David D. Hamlar, MD, DDS

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

David D. Hamlar

Contact Info


Fax 612-625-2101

Mailing Address:
Department of Otolaryngology
420 Delaware Street S.E.
MMC 396
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Otolaryngologist, Craniofacial Surgeon

MD - Ohio State University

Ohio State University Hospital

University of Minnesota - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

DDS - Howard University College of Dentistry


Dr. Hamlar specializes in craniofacial and skull base surgery. He prides his work on helping patients facing difficult to remove cranial base tumors and disfiguring traumatic injuries to restore them to an acceptable cosmetic and functional lifestyle.


I enjoy providing the full breadth of plastic and reconstructive surgical options for my patients. From newborns with cleft lips and palates to cancer patients requiring free tissue transfer; from skull base tumors only accessible with minimally invasive techniques to restoring form and function to injured patients This has been reinforced through my military career taking care of our wounded men and women, as well as humanitarian missions taking care of those who otherwise would not receive care.

Awards & Recognition

  • Retired Major General Minnesota National Guard
  • State of Minnesota Veterans’ Service Award
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine Top Doctor
  • Minnesota Monthly Magazine Top Doctor

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery- Fellow
  • American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery-Fellow
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • American Legion



“Thyroglossal Duct Cysts”. Owusu J and Hamlar D. Atlas of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery(1) 944-949. Elsevier. 2015.

Wirtz N, Hamlar D. Surgery for Sleep Disordered Breathing: Part 2. Genioglossus advancement for obstructive sleep apnea.Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery26(4):193-6 2015.

Dorrity, J, Wirtz, N, Froymovich, O, and Hamlar, D. Genioglossal Advancement, Hyoid Suspension, Tongue Base Radiofrequency, and Endoscopic Partial Midline Glossectomy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, “Obstructive Sleep Apnea”. 49(6):1399-1414 2016.

Vedant Borad, Martin S. Lacey, David D. Hamlar, Harley S. Dresner, Girijesh K. Yadava, Warren Schubert. Intraoperative Imaging Changes Management in Orbital Fracture Repair, Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery , May 15, 2017.

Xanthogranulomatous Sialadenitis, an Uncommon Reactive Change is Often Associated with Warthin’s Tumor, Lihong Bu, Hui, Zhu, Emilian, Racila1, Sobia, Khaja, David Hamlar, Faqian, Li. Head and Neck Pathology, 1(3). Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Springer Nature 12 Aug 2019.


Board Certifications

Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Clinical Experience Statement

Provide physical and psychological restoration of congenital and acquired craniofacial deformities. Hopefully this will allow our patients to see themselves as a part of, and continue to contribute to the greater society.