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Alejandro Rivas, MD

Alejandro Rivas, MD

Ratings

(4.8)

40 Ratings 10 Reviews

Specialty

Otolaryngology-Otology, Pediatric Otology

Accepting New Patients

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Seeing New Patients As Soon As: Wednesday, May 19

216-844-6000

Biography

  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

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.

Expertise

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

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Languages Spoken

English, French, Spanish

Office Locations

CMC Bolwell Ste 3300A

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106
216-844-6000

CMC RBC Zagara Ste 170

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106
216-844-6000

UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands

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

Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

40 Ratings

Patient Comments (10)

Reviewed On 3/1/2021
Dr. Rivas is an amazing doctor. I am so glad to have met him. I was very impressed with Dr. Rivas and the entire staff at his office and the hospital. So professional and helpful. Thank you.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
I would highly recommend these Dr.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
Good visit.

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
I had a cochlear implant procedure performed by Dr Rivas. I was unsure about the procedure and he took time to answer my questions and concerns. I felt like I had chosen the best surgeon in the business and now that the procedure has been performed I believe I was correct. ***

Reviewed On 2/1/2021
dr. Rivas was encouraging at the last appointment I attended. he got my husband in as well so he could hear the conversation abs be updated about my status. *** he was super AND he was encouraging as I continue my recovery!

Reviewed On 1/1/2021
Very satisfied with Dr Rivas and *** (resident). They put a plan in place for further care as needed.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr. Rivas is a wonderful doctor, so pleasant, and helped me so very much!

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
The doctor was very good, patient and used plain English to describe things ***

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Dr Revas was wonderful. he made me feel comfortable throughout my appointment. He took his time to explain the procedure he was going to perform prior to and during the procedure. It was nice to know he listened to what I have been c/o for awhile and was able to describe ways we may be able to treat it

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
This was my first visit with him and even though it was over the phone I felt comfortable and De Revas took the time to listen to my symptoms and concerns. He was then able to discuss some treatment options. Doctor made me feel very comfortable and hopeful to be able to resolve or help with my issues

Board Certifications

  • 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)

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.

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