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Douglas Bigelow, MD

Douglas Bigelow, MD Physician

Co-Director, Center for Cranial Base Surgery Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology Associate Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Bigelow is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Douglas Bigelow

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2017

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003 - 2018

Recognized by Guide to America's Top Physicians 2004, 2005

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's 1994, 1996, 1999, 2002, and 2018 Top Docs issues

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Penn Medicine.

Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1990

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Age-related Hearing Loss (Presbycusis)
  • Audiologic Assessment
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Cranial Base Surgery (Skull Base Surgery)
  • Cranial Base Tumor
  • Ear and Temporal Bone Cancer
  • Ear and Temporal Bone Tumors
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Infection - Middle Ear (Otitis Media)
  • Ear Infection (Otitis)
  • Ear Melanoma
  • Ear Microsurgery
  • Ear Pain
  • Ear Wax (Cerumen) Impaction
  • Encephalocele Surgery
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Grafts
  • Facial Nerve Rejuvenation
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Fluid in Ears
  • Gamma Knife
  • Glomus Tumors (Glomangioma)
  • Hearing Loss
  • Independent Medical Exam (IME)
  • Meningioma
  • Middle Ear Disease
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
  • Occupational Hearing Loss
  • Otosclerosis
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parotid Surgery (Parotidectomy)
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Pheocromocytoma
  • Second Opinion
  • Skull Base Lesions
  • Tinnitus

Description of Clinical Expertise

Otology, Neurotology, Cranial Base Surgery

Ear surgery, cochlear implants, cochlear implant surgery, acoustic neuroma, Gamma Knife, Gamma Knife Radiosurgery, Hearing loss, deafness, otosclerosis, cholesteatoma, chronic otitis media, paraganglioma, glomus tumor, auditory brainstem implant, neurofibromatosis type 2, neurofibromatosis type II, cranial base surgery, skull base surgery, ear cancer, temporal bone cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Minnesota
Residency: Hennepin County Medical Center
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Washington University, St. Louis
Residency: Saint John's Mercy Medical Center


American Academy of otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery, National American Board of Otolaryngology:HNS, National American Neurotology Society, National North American Skull Base Society, National PA Academy of Otolaryngology:HNS, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bigelow is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Otology, Neurotology, Cranial Base Surgery

Selected Publications:

Wolfe S, Lai S, Bigelow DC:: Bilateral Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the External Auditory Canals Laryngoscope 112 : 1003-1005,2002.

Ruckenstein MJ, Prasthoffer A, Bigelow DC, von Feldt JM, Kolasinski SL:: Immunologic and Serologic Testing in patients with Meniere’s Disease Otology & Neurotology 23 : 517-521,2002.

Aronzon A, Ruckenstein MJ, Bigelow DC:: The Efficacy of Corticosteroids in Restoring Hearing in Patients Undergoing Conservative Management of Acoustic Neuromas. Otology & Neurotology – Accepted : 2002.

Kupferman ME, Bigelow DC, Sutton LN, Bilaniuk L, Carpentieri DF, Kazahaya K:: Endolymphatic Sac Tumor in a Four-Year Old Male Skull Base 12 (Supp 1): 20,2002.

Ruckenstein MJ, Hedgepeth C, Rafter KO, Montes ML, Bigelow DC:: Tinnitus Suppression in Cochlear Implant Patients. Otology & Neurotology 22 : 200-204,2001.

Ruckenstein MJ, Rafter KO, Montes ML, Bigelow DC: The Management of Far-Advanced Otosclerosis in the Era of Cochlear Implantation Otology & Neurotology 22 : 471-474,2001.

Grady MS, Judy KD, Bigelow DC, Sinson GP, Rostomily R, Winn HR:: Experts Corner: Posterior Fossa Ependymoma Skull Base 11 : 219-223,2001.

Bonhomme GR, Loevner LA, Yen DM, Deems DA, Bigelow DC, Mirza N: Extensive Intracranial Xanthoma Associated with Type II Hyperlipidemia. American Journal of Neuroradiology 21 : 353-355,2000.

Anderson TD, Loevner LA, Bigelow DC, Mirza N:: Prevalence of Unsuspected Acoustic Neuroma Found by Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 122 : 643-646,2000.

Bigelow DC:: Glomus Jugulare Tumors. ASNM Monitor 8 : 33-37,2000.

Academic Contact Info

HUP - 5th Floor Ravdin

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-6970
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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