Christopher Hilton

Assistant Professor


Dr. Hilton's primary clinical specialty is the surgical treatment of chronic ear disease, and lateral skull based tumors. His current research is in developing a cell culture model of Cholesteatoma Keratinocytes for investigation of behavior and novel treatment options for chronic ear disease.

Research Summary


  • Hilton, C.; Levine, S.; Ondrey, F. Investigation of the Behavior of Cholesteatoma in Cell Culture, 2008.
  • Hilton, C.; Huang, T. Age-Related Hearing Loss. Geriatrics and Aging 2008; 11(9):522-524.
  • Shinners, M.; Hilton, C.; Levine, S.. Implantable Hearing Devices. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery 2008; 16:416-419.
  • Hilton, C.; Wiedmann, T.; St Martin, M.; Humphrey, B.; Schleiffarth, R.; Rimell, F. Differential Deposition of Aerosols in the Maxillary Sinus of Human Cadavers by Particle Size. American Journal of Rhinology 2008; 22(4):395-8.
  • Poe D, Anand V, Syms CA 3rd, Hilton CW,. Balloon dilation of the eustachian tube for dilatory dysfunction: A randomized controlled trial.
    Laryngoscope. 2018 May;128(5):1200-1206. doi: 10.1002/lary.26827. Epub 2017 Sep 20.
  • Nussbaum ES, Hilton C, Defillo A, McDonald W, Passe T, Kallmes KM, Nussbaum LA. Extradural petromastoid calcifying pseudoneoplasm of the neuraxis (CAPNON): Case report and literature review.  Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2018 Mar;166:99-106. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2018.01.010. Epub 2018 Jan 12.
  • Hilton CW, Ondrey FG, Wuertz BR, Levine SC. Interleukin-8 production in response to tumor necrosis factor-alpha by cholesteatoma keratinocytes in cell culture. Laryngoscope. 2011 Feb;121(2):372-4. doi: 10.1002/lary.21352
  • Hilton CW, Haines SJ, Agrawal A, Levine SC. Late failure rate of hearing preservation after middle fossa approach for resection of vestibular schwannoma.  Otol Neurotol. 2011 Jan;32(1):132-5. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3182001c7d.

Clinical Summary


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Clinical Experience Statement

I am a Neurotologist, an ENT doctor who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of hearing, balance and facial movement. This includes treatment of the middle ear: the ear drum, middle ear bones, and mastoid; the inner ear: the cochlea and semicircular canals; and the brain: specifically the brainstem and the nerves that connect it to the ear and facial muscles.



Administrative Contact

Kristin Brochman