Meredith Adams

Associate Professor, Chief Division of Otology and Neurotology


As a neurotologist and lateral skull base surgeon, I focus on the surgical and medical treatment of disorders of the ear, hearing and balance, and skull base tumors. My clinical expertise includes cochlear implantation, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, acoustic neuroma, Neurofibromatosis Type II, lateral skull base surgery, gamma knife radiosurgery, cerebrospinal fluid leak, and vestibular (inner ear balance) disorders. I am particularly grateful to have the privilege of helping patients and families regain quality of life and the ability to communicate and deepen connections. My team is committed to pursuing excellence in clinical care, research, and education, all while offering patients personalized, evidence-based, and innovative treatments.


  • Otology
  • Neurotology
  • Lateral Skull Base Surgery


Undergrad:  B.S. with highest distinction, University of Michigan
Med School:  M.D. with Distinction in Academics and Research Excellence, University of Michigan
Internship: General Surgery, University of Michigan
Residency: Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, University of Michigan
Fellowship: Neurotology and Cranial Base Surgery, University of Michigan
Grad School: M.S. Clinical Research, University of Minnesota

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Subspecialty Certification in Neurotology, American Board of Otolaryngology

Awards and Recognitions

  • Paparella Endowed Professorship in Neurotology
  • University of Minnesota Physicians Clinical Excellence Honoree
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Top Doctors
  • Minnesota Monthly Best Doctors
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors
  • Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award 

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • Otology and Neurotology Education Committee (ONEC)
  • Prior Chair of the Leadership & Mentorship for Women in Otolaryngology Committee
  • Equilibrium Committee and Women in Otolaryngology Program Committee
  • Associate Editor for Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and OTO Open 
  • American Neurotology Society
  • Scientific Program Committee
  • Membership and Credentials Committee
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • UMN Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS), Scientific Advisory Board
  • International Hearing Foundation, Board Member
  • 5M-5 Minneapolis Ambassadors Lions Club

Research Summary

My highly collaborative research program is focused on improving the diagnosis and management of neurotologic diseases, including hearing loss, dizziness, and tinnitus. Our research group accomplishes this through clinical and health services research, medical device development, and otopathologic research. We are funded by NIH, DoD, and foundation grants.


  • Choi JS, Venteicher AS, Adams ME. Guiding Patients Through Decision-Making in Management of Sporadic Vestibular Schwannoma. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2023 Jun;56(3):459-469. PMID: 37024332.
  • Gathman TJ, Choi JS, Vasdev RMS, Schoephoerster JA, Adams ME. Machine Learning Prediction of Objective Hearing Loss with Demographics, Clinical Factors, and Subjective Hearing Status. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Online ahead of print, February 9, 2023. PMID: 36758959
  • Adams ME, Karaca-Mandic P, Marmor S. Use of neuroimaging for patients with dizziness who present to outpatient clinics vs emergency departments in the United States. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 May 1;148(5):465-473.  PMID: 35389454.



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420 Delaware St SE - MMC-396
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Contact

Shane Gullikson