Director of Otology and Neurotology

Ashkan Monfared

Ashkan Monfared, MD, otolaryngologist, is the Director of Otology and Neurotology at The George Washington Medical Faculty Associates. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS). He has clinical expertise and special interest in skull base surgery and tumors of the skull base such as acoustic neuromas, chordomas, chondrosarcomas, and petroclival meningiomas. He also has expertise in ear surgery for treatment of chronic ear disease, cholesteatoma, and otosclerosis.

Dr. Monfared completed his medical training, residency and fellowship at Stanford University Medical Center. He previously served as staff surgeon in Otolaryngology at Stanford University Hospital, Veteran Administration Hospital and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Since joining GW, he has created the Comprehensive Hearing Center which is one of the only adult Cochlear Implant programs in the Washington Metro Area. The Center serves the needs of patients with any degree of hearing loss and ear disease.

An accomplished researcher in the areas of acoustic neuroma and inner ear imaging, he has authored several peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. He is the co-principal investigator of a multi-center prospective study on large acoustic neuromas (vestibular schwannomas) known as Acoustic Neuroma Subtotal Resection Study (ANSRS). His other current research interests are inner ear physiology, otologic simulators, image guidance surgery, and resident education.

Since 2004, Dr. Monfared has been active in international humanitarian medical missions. He is on the board of directors of Global ENT Outreach, a non-profit humanitarian organization providing assistance and education with otologic surgeries in many developing countries. Dr. Monfared is fluent in Persian.

Podcast: Advancements of Cochlear Implants for the Hearing Impaired

Ashkan Monfared, MD, discusses the advancements of cochlear implants for restoring hearing in patients who have lost the ability to hear naturally. Dr. Monfared explains which individuals are candidates for this surgery, the pre- and post-operative measures taken, and recovery considerations based on the wide spectrum of patients who are eligible for this treatment. He also shares information on the difference between hearing aids and cochlear implants.

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