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Alejandro Rivas, MD

Alejandro Rivas, MD



64 Ratings 18 Reviews


Otolaryngology-Otology, Pediatric Otology

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  • 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.


  • 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

CMC RBC Zagara Ste 170

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands

3909 Orange Pl
Beachwood OH, 44122

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395 E Market St
Akron OH, 44304

Patient Experience Reviews

4.7 out of 5

64 Ratings

Patient Comments (18)

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Dr. Rivas is a great doctor. ***

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Excellent Knowledgeable,Honest Dr.

Reviewed On 4/1/2022
Very knowledgeable and personable doctor. I have confidence he can resolve my problem.

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Dr. Rivas has been thorough, caring and skilled. *** Dr. Rivas was referred to us and is known by his colleagues and peers as a magician.

Reviewed On 3/1/2022
Dr. Rivas is an exemplary surgeon. I am very grateful for his kindness, compassion and expertise. I feel privileged to be under his exceptional care.

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
Dr rivas campos is exceptional- I an always so nervous so I usually forget what he discusses however I know he does. Hes unlike any other. Hes special. His bedside manner and care is one of a kind!

Reviewed On 1/1/2022
We drove 8 hours to UH to meet specifically with Dr. Rivas. We have been receiving care for our son elsewhere. Dr. Rivas's care and expertise far surpassed our previous experience at ***. We are so thankful.

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
Dr. Rivas and staff are wonderful. ***

Reviewed On 12/1/2021
Doctor Rivas is a Wonderful doctor that I Absolutely totally trust in taking care of my health issues! University hospital is very Lucky to have such a Wonderful doctor on staff! The office staff is always nice and helpful also.

Reviewed On 11/1/2021
Dr. Explained everything very clearly to me about my appointment and I will not see him for a year.

Reviewed On 11/1/2021

Reviewed On 10/1/2021
The provider (Dr. Rivas) was excellent. ***

Reviewed On 9/1/2021
Everything was really good.

Reviewed On 8/1/2021
*** Dr Rivas Campos was very good. He listens and explains things well

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr Rivas is always very kind, explains everything very well and spends as much time as necessary with me!

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr. Rivas takes time to attentively listen to patients questions and concerns. He is sincere in his dedication to enhancing the health of his patients. I am grateful for his expertise, kindness and compassion. University Hospitals is fortunate to have a surgeon of Dr. Rivas' caliber. He is a great asset to the *** team and to the cochlear implant patients who are fortunate to have him as their surgeon.

Reviewed On 7/1/2021
Dr. Rivas and his nurse *** went above and beyond expectations. I can't thank them enough for their help

Reviewed On 6/1/2021
Dr. Rivas is a Fantastic doctor, he explains things, and he absolutely shows you the he cares about his patients

Board Certifications

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


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.

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.