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Nina Zhao, MD
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Nina Zhao, MD

  • Specialty: Otolaryngology-Voice/Swallow/Airway, Otolaryngology-Sleep Surgery
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  • Primary Location: 11100 Euclid Ave (0 mi.)
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  • Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese

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Office Locations

UH Seidman Cancer Center (0 mi.)

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

DO 3909 Orange (7 mi.)

3909 Orange Pl
Suite: 4100
Beachwood, OH 44122

SCC 2075 Healthway (22 mi.)

2075 Healthway Dr
Avon, OH 44011

Biography: Nina Zhao, MD


  • Laryngology and Voice Disorders
  • Medical Education
  • Voice, Airway and Swallowing Disorders

Certifications & Memberships

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


Fellowship | Laryngology
Laryngology - UC Davis Medical Center (2021 - 2022)

Professional Education
University Of California Berkeley (2019 - 2020)

Research Fellowship
San Francisco VA Medical Center (2019 - 2021)

Residency | Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - University Of California San Francisco (USCF) Medical Center At Parnassus (2014 - 2019)

Medical Education
University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine (2010 - 2014)

Washington University In St Louis (2009)


Nina Zhao, MD, MAEd, is a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellowship-trained laryngologist in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at University Hospitals. Dr. Zhao specializes in caring for patients with complex voice, airway and swallowing disorders and offers both open and endoscopic surgical procedures as well as minimally invasive office procedures.

Dr. Zhao completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. She went on to attend medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, followed by residency training in otolaryngology at the University of California, San Francisco. There, she developed a passion for surgical education, completing the Health Professions Education Pathway as a resident. After residency, she was selected as a Health Professions Education Evaluation and Research fellow at the San Francisco VA. During that time she also obtained a Master's degree in education at the University of California, Berkeley. She then completed her clinical fellowship in laryngology and bronchoesophagology with Peter Belafsky, MD, PhD, at the University of California, Davis, which is recognized as one of the preeminent fellowships for swallow care in the country.

Dr. Zhao has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and presented her work nationally. Her research interests include outcomes and quality improvement in dysphagia management and program evaluation, assessment, and measurement design in surgical education. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Broncho-Esophagological Association, Dysphagia Research Society, American Educational Research Association, and the Society of University Otolaryngologists.

Outside of work, Dr. Zhao enjoys running, spinning, hiking, traveling, cooking, baking, salsa dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

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, Nina Zhao did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.