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David J. Eisenman

David J. Eisenman M.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Administrative Title: Vice Chair
Location: James T. Frankil Building, 16 S. Eutaw Street 500
Phone: 410-328-1890
Fax: 410-328-5827

Personal History:

David J. Eisenman, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Eisenman is also vice chair and director of the Otology and Neurotology Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland School of Medicine he spent two years as chief of Otology & Neurotology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and three years in private practice in Washington, DC. At Walter Reed he was instrumental in the creation of a cochlear implant program and a multidisciplinary, integrated balance disorder center.

Dr. Eisenman graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in New York in 1987, and was selected for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MD from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1992. While at Yale, he was awarded the Logan-Clendening Traveling Fellowship for research in the History of Medicine. He also spent an additional year at Yale working in the Laboratory of Developmental Respiratory Neurophysiology. Dr. Eisenman then completed two years of general surgery training at the New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical Center and four years in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. He then completed a fellowship at the University of Michigan in neurotology and skull base surgery.

Dr. Eisenman specializes in diseases of the ear and lateral skull base and has delivered numerous invited lectures on topics in the field of hearing, balance and facial nerve disorders to students, residents and health care practitioners.

Research Interests:

Dr. Eisenman's primary current research interest is in understanding sigmoid sinus wall anomalies- sigmoid sinus diverticulum, dehiscence and ectasia- as causes of pulse-synchronous (or pulsatile) tinnitus. He has numerous ongoing studies whose aim is to elucidate the development, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders, their relationship to intracranial hypertension, and management of complications of treatment.

Clinical Speciality:

Otology and Neurotology


Selected Publications:

  1. Eisenman DJ.  Sinus Wall Reconstruction for Sigmoid Sinus Diverticulum and Dehiscence:  A standardized surgical procedure for a range of radiographic findings.  Otol Neurotol,  2011;32:1116-9.
  2. Harvey RS, Hertzano, R, Kelman, S and Eisenman DJ.  Pulse-synchronous tinnitus and sigmoid sinus wall anomalies: Descriptive epidemiology and the idiopathic intracranial hypertension population. Otol Neurotol, 2014;35:5-17.
  3. Hertzano R and Eisenman DJ . Large, symptomatic tension pneumocele: 23 years after translabyrinthine resection of an acoustic neuroma.  Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg  2011;144:477-8.
  4. Hertzano R, Elkon R, Kurima K, Morrisson A, Chan SL, Sallin M, Biedlingmaier A, Darling D, Griffith AJ, Eisenman DJ, Strome SE. Cell type-specific transcriptome analysis reveals a major role for Zeb1 and miR-200b in mouse inner ear morphogenesis.  PLoS Genet. 2011 Sep;7(9):e1002309.
  5. Eisenman DJ, Speers R, Telian SA. Labyrinthectomy versus Vestibular Neurectomy: Long-Term Physiologic and Clinical Outcomes. Otol Neurotol 2001;22: 539-48.
  6. Eisenman DJ, Ashbaugh C, Zwolan T, Arts HA, Telian SA. Implantation of the malformed cochlea. Otol Neurotol 2001;22: 834-41.
  7. Eisenman DJ, Arts HA. Effectiveness of Treatment for Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss.  Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2000;126: 1161-4.
  8. Eisenman DJ, Parisier SC. Is Chronic Otitis Media with Cholesteatoma Associated with Neurosensory Hearing Loss? Am J Otol 1998;19:20-24. (Reprinted in Home Study Course, American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery, Congenital & Pediatric Problems, 1999-2001).
  9. Eisenman DJ, Digoy P, Victor JD, Selesnick SH. Topical Papaverine and Facial Nerve Dysfunction in Cerebellopontine Angle Surgery.  Am J Otol 1999; 20:77- 80.
  10. King KA., Choi BY, Zalewski C, Madeo AC, Manichaikul A, Pryor SP, Ferruggiaro A, Eisenman D, Kim HJ, Niparko J, Thomsen J, Butman JA, Griffith AJ, Brewer CC.  SLC26A4 genotype, but not cochlear radiologic structure, is correlated with hearing loss in ears with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA). Laryngoscope 2009; 120: 384-389.