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Alejandro Rivas, MD

Alejandro Rivas, MD

  • Specialty: Otolaryngology-Otology, Pediatric Otology
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  • Primary Location: 395 E Market St (30 mi.)
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  • Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish

Office Locations

Akron ENT Associates, Inc (30 mi.)

395 E Market St
Akron, OH 44304
216-844-6000

DO Bolwell 3300A (0 mi.)

11100 Euclid Ave
Bolwell Ste 3300A
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-844-6000

RBC Rainbow Babies & Childrens (0 mi.)

11100 Euclid Ave
Ste 170
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-844-3936

DO 1611 S Green (5 mi.)

1611 S Green Rd
Ste 146
South Euclid, OH 44121
216-844-6000

UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands (7 mi.)

3909 Orange Pl
Ste 4100
Beachwood, OH 44122
216-844-6000

Biography: Alejandro Rivas, MD

Expertise

  • Acoustic Neuromas
  • Central Perforation of Tympanic Membrane
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Middle Ear Cholesteatoma
  • Otosclerosis
  • Perforated Ear Drum
  • Vestibular Schwannoma

Titles

  • Director, Cochlear Implant Program, University Hospitals
  • Division Chief, Otology and Neurotology, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Certifications & Memberships

  • Neurotology - American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Education

Fellowship | Neurotology
Neurotology - Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2009 - 2011)

Residency | Otolaryngology
Otolaryngology - Johns Hopkins Hospital (2005 - 2009)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - University Of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center (2004 - 2005)

Research Fellowship | Otolaryngology
Otolaryngology - Johns Hopkins Hospital (2002 - 2004)

Medical Education
Militar Nueva Granada Facultad De Medicina (2000)

About

Alejandro Rivas, MD, serves as the Division Chief of Otology and Neurotology at University Hospitals, where he is also the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program. Dr. Rivas is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Neurological Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Most recently, he had the honor to receive the Richard W. and Patricia R. Pogue Chair in Auditory Surgery and Hearing Sciences. Dr. Rivas is a Fellow of the American Neurotology Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Triological Society and the North American Skull Base Society. He is board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as well as Otology and Neurotology.

Dr. Rivas earned his medical degree from the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, School of Medicine in his hometown of Bogotá, Colombia. He completed a research fellowship and residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at John Hopkins University in Maryland, and subsequently finished an ACGME-accredited Neurotology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee, where he subsequently practiced for 12 years before moving to Cleveland.

Dr. Rivas’s interests include endoscopic ear surgery, cochlear implantation, single-sided deafness, congenital malformations of the ear, ear canal atresia, bone conduction implantation, acoustic neuromas and other skull base surgeries. He is considered one of the pioneers of endoscopic ear surgery in the United States and the world. Dr Rivas has performed and taught endoscopic ear surgery and cochlear implant surgical approaches to other doctors in many countries, including Colombia, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Japan, Australia, Peru, France, Spain, and Guatemala. As an educator, he had the opportunity to host and co-direct the 2014 ACIA meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Rivas has also presented at numerous international, national and regional meetings. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for a number of academic journals, is the secretary of the Iberoamerican Cochlear Implant Group (GICCA) and is a board member of the International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery (IWGEES).

Dr. Rivas’s research endeavors on endoscopic ear surgery and hearing loss target the use of the least invasive and less morbid management options to improve auditory outcomes of hearing-impaired patients. On this subject, he has contributed more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, has edited several books, and presently serves as Associate Editor of Audiology and Neurotology.

Dr. Rivas has received multiple awards, including the Henkel Chief Resident Teacher of the Year Award in 2009, the Honor Award for distinguished service from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Foundation in 2018, and the Wesley Wilkerson MD Award for Clinical Excellence in 2019. In 2021, he will be inducted as member of the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum, one of the highest honors in Otolaryngology.

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Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5
- based on 127 Ratings
(5)
3/1/2024

Dr Rivas is a superior doctor.

(5)
3/1/2024

As always, my experience with Dr. Rivas was outstanding! He is warm, sensitive, and takes all the time I need to answer my questions.

(5)
3/1/2024

Wonderful care with Dr. Rivas.

(5)
3/1/2024

Dr. Rivas and staff are excellent.

(5)
2/1/2024

Absolutely wonderful doctor and entire staff

(5)
2/1/2024

Dr.Campos is an excellent physician. I have recommended him to several people already. His staff was very helpful and attentive.

(5)
1/1/2024

Dr. Rivas was kind enough to add me on to the end of his surgery schedule to be seen as a new patient for sudden hearing loss. The clinical staff, the clerical staff and the doctor stayed after office hours to treat me. Everyone was very kind and I truly appreciate everything they did for me at both appointments.

(5)
12/1/2023

Everything went smooth

(5)
12/1/2023

Good experience, very impressive and comforting

(5)
11/1/2023

I am SO thankful that I chose Dr. Rivas for my cochlear implant care. Very blessed to have been his patient

(5)
11/1/2023

Very good experience.

(5)
11/1/2023

Dr, Rivas is a great doctor. I trust him and what he tells me. **

(5)
10/1/2023

My experience with Dr. Rivas is that he is very attentive when he is with me, but he is usually very late.

(5)
10/1/2023

I have already recommended the doctor to others.

(5)
10/1/2023

One of the best physicians!!!

(5)
9/1/2023

Our doctor has been amazing ***

(5)
8/1/2023

Were good

(5)
7/1/2023

Every thing was excellent

(5)
7/1/2023

My experience was excellent seeing Dr Revis! I was scheduled for cochlear implant right ear within a week after seeing Dr I am extremely pleased & excited to have my surgery. Thank you!!

(5)
7/1/2023

Exceptional Doctor that I would recommend to everyone.

(5)
7/1/2023

Love DR. RIVAS!

(5)
6/1/2023

Excellent

(5)
6/1/2023

Everyone was very professional and courteous and informative. The care was excellent and very prompt. Scheduling and phone calls were great.

(5)
5/1/2023

Dr. Rivas is a Fantastic doctor, and the office staff is always friendly and helpful

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Alejandro Rivas did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.