Chief, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Attending Physician

Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Clinical Interests

Pediatric Otolaryngology; tonsil and adenoid diseases and surgery; head and neck masses; thyroglossal duct cyst/sinuses; airway disorders


Medical School: 

Georgetown University School of Medicine


University of Illinois Hospital/Chicago; Surgical Internship


University of Illinois Hospital/Eye & Ear Infirmary/Chicago; Otolaryngology Residency


Children's Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children's Hospital)/Chicago; Pediatric Otolaryngology



Otolaryngology; American Board of Otolaryngology

Professional Memberships: 

American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery; American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology; Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children; American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Surgeons


Koempel J.A. On the origin of tonsillectomy and the dissection method. Laryngoscope (2002) 112: 1583 – 1586. 

Koempel J.A., Solares C.A. and Koltai P.J. The evolution of tonsil surgery: rethinking the surgical approach to obstructive sleep disordered breathing in children. J Laryngol Otol. (2006),120,993-1000. 

Koempel J.A. and Cotton R.T. History of pediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. (2008) Oct 41(5):825-35.

Koempel J.A. Thyroglossal duct remnant surgery: a reliable, reproducible approach to the suprahyoid region. Int J Pediatric Otorhinolaryngol. (2014) Nov;78(11):1877-82.

Bhandari N., Don D.M., Koempel J. A. The incidence of revision adenoidectomy: a comparison of four surgical techniques over a 10-year period. Ear Nose Throat J. (2018) Jun;97(6):E5-9.

Garcia E., Osterbauer B., Koempel J.A. Prevalence of an intact hyoid bone at revision excsion of a thyroglossal duct remnant. Laryngoscope (2019) May;129(5):1215-17.

Research Interests: 

Tonsillectomy; tonsil surgery; airway/tracheobronchial disorders; head and neck masses; thyroglossal duct cyst/sinus; healthcare policy and politics; healthcare reform

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