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Douglas C Bigelow, MD

Douglas C Bigelow, MD Physician

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 C. 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, 2018 and 2019 Top Docs issues

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Clinical Specialties


  • Otorhinolaryngology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, 1990

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Adenocarcinoma of the Head and Neck
  • Asymmetrical Hearing Loss
  • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • BAHA Implant
  • Base of Skull Tumors
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Benign Schwannoma
  • Central Hearing Loss
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak from Ear
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak from Nose
  • Cerumen Removal
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Chordoma
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Cochlear Nerve Damage
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Crackling Sound in Ears
  • CSF Leak Repair
  • Ear and Temporal Bone Cancer
  • Ear and Temporal Bone Tumors
  • Ear Canal Lesion
  • Ear Cleaning
  • Ear Cyst
  • Ear Discharge
  • Ear Drainage
  • Ear Exam
  • Ear Fullness
  • Ear Infection - Middle Ear (Otitis Media)
  • Ear Mass
  • Ear Pressure
  • Earache
  • Encephalocele
  • Encephalocele Repair
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Facial Asymmetry
  • Facial Deformities
  • Facial Nerve Decompression
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Facial Paralysis Reconstruction
  • Facial Paresis
  • Foreign Body in Ear
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Head and Neck Tumor Reconstruction
  • Head Mass
  • Hearing Aid Evaluation
  • Hearing Evaluation
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hyperacusis
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Disease
  • Impacted Cerumen
  • Inner Ear Trauma
  • Itchy Ear
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Lip Droop
  • Malignant Schwannoma
  • Mastoiditis
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Meningioma
  • Microsurgery
  • Middle Ear Exploration
  • Missing Eardrum
  • Mixed Hearing Loss
  • Muffled Hearing
  • Myringoplasty
  • Myringotomy
  • Neural Hearing Loss
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 2
  • Nystagmus
  • Ossicular Chain Reconstruction
  • Osteoma
  • Otalgia
  • Otoacoustic Emissions Test
  • Otosclerosis
  • Ototoxicity
  • Paraganglioma
  • Perforated Ear Drum
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Perichondritis
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Preauricular Fistula
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Small Ear Canal
  • Stapedectomy
  • Sudden Deafness
  • Superior Canal Dehiscence
  • Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
  • Swooshing Sound in Ears
  • Temporal Bone Cancer
  • Temporal Bone Fracture
  • Tinnitus
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation
  • Tympanometry
  • Tympanoplasty/Mastoidectomy
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • 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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