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Alejandro Rivas, MD

Alejandro Rivas, MD



119 Ratings 17 Reviews


Otolaryngology-Otology, Pediatric Otology

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  • Director, Cochlear Implant Program, University Hospitals
  • Division Chief, Otology and Neurotology, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • 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

RBC Rainbow Babies & Childrens

11100 Euclid Ave
Suite: 170
Cleveland, OH 44106

UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands

3909 Orange Pl
Suite: 4100
Beachwood, OH 44122

DO 395 E Market

395 E Market St
Suite: 395
Akron, OH 44304

Akron ENT Associates, Inc

395 E Market St
Akron, OH 44304

Patient Experience Reviews

4.8 out of 5

119 Ratings

Patient Comments (17)

Reviewed On 8/1/2023
Were good

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Every thing was excellent

Reviewed On 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!!

Reviewed On 7/1/2023
Exceptional Doctor that I would recommend to everyone.

Reviewed On 7/1/2023

Reviewed On 6/1/2023

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
Everyone was very professional and courteous and informative. The care was excellent and very prompt. Scheduling and phone calls were great.

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr. Rivas is a Fantastic doctor, and the office staff is always friendly and helpful

Reviewed On 4/1/2023
Dr. Rivas is the absolute best!!

Reviewed On 4/1/2023
Everyone was very impressive.

Reviewed On 1/1/2023
Dr Rivas is wonderful, he is caring and very concerned about my issue

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Excellent doctor!

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Provider was great. ***

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Best ENT I have ever been to and I have seen 3 or 4 he listened and CARED and showed compassion for my hearing loss and wanted to help me great Dr

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Dr. Rivas is amazing. ***

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Dr Rivas is one of the best ENT doctors you have! He's also generally a great person and doctor overall. He is kind, compassionate, extremely knowledgeable with ears, humble and confident, and takes the time to explain things showing pictures of the anatomy, while still having fun with my son. I just adore him and trust my son and his care. Thank you Dr Rivas

Reviewed On 10/1/2022
Dr Rivas is amazing. He is kind, caring and of course very good in his specialty He explains exactly what he is going to do

Certifications & Memberships

  • 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.