Miriam I. Redleaf, MD

Louis J. Meyer, Professor of Otolaryngology

Professor & Head,Otology/Neurotology

Miriam I. Redleaf, MD

Mailing Address:

The Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 West Taylor Street
Suite 387
Chicago, Illinois 60612






Miriam I. Redleaf, M.D, is Louis J. Mayer Professor of Otology/Neurotology and heads the Otology/Neurotology Program at the University of Illinois Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She specializes in the ear, the facial nerve, and the nerves and canals leading to the ear. Dr. Redleaf is extensively published, having authored more than 80 scholarly articles. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Neurotology.

Since 2012 she has been traveling to Ethiopia and teaching ENT residents and graduates (doctors) how to manage ear disease and operate on ears. Since 2014 she has been organizing Visual Amharic workshops twice a year for Deaf children, their parents and their teachers. She is currently the co-director of a 2-year Ethiopian otology fellowship which spans Mekelle University, Gondar/Haramaya/Hawassa/Bahir Dar Universities as well as the Myungsung Christian Medical Center in Addis Ababa. She and her UIC and Ethiopian colleagues have created the first audiology programs in Ethiopia.


At the University of Illinois, she has conceived and executed articles in peer-review journals with over 35 University of Illinois medical students, residents, staff and faculty. She has created the “Buckingham Virtual Tympanum” iPhone app for teaching the landmarks of the tympanic membrane. She has created multi-disciplinary programs for evaluation and care of patients with cochlear implants, vestibular and balance problems, and facial nerve weakness. She created the protocol and process for students with abnormal hearing screens in the Chicago Public Schools to come for medical evaluation in ENT. She was ENT education director for 5 years until her work in Ethiopia needed more attention.

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Specialties & Services
  • Chronic Disease of the Ear and Mastoid
  • Hearing Loss
  • Otosclerosis
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Skull base surgery
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
Board Certification:American Board of Otolaryngology
Certificate of Added Quality:Clinical Neurotology
Residency: University of Iowa - Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Internship:University of Iowa - Department of Surgery - General Surgery
Fellowship: University of Iowa - Clinical Neurotology
Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of OHNS
  • Chicago Laryngology and Otology Society
  • American Neurotology Society
  • Triologic Society – Thesis accepted December 2011
  • American Otological Society
  • International Hearing Society
  • American College of Surgeons 10-03-2010
  • Practical clinical otology and neurotology - recognition and treatment of common but little-recognized disorders.
  • Implementation of international otology and audiology education with documentation of the effects of intervention.
  • Stress and burnout and their opposites- enjoyment and happiness - for clinical otologists.

PRACTICAL CLINICAL OTOLOGY AND NEUROTOLOGY neurotology - recognition and treatment of common but little-recognized disorders.

  • Hassan A, Patel RM, Redleaf MI. Intraoperative skull x-ray for misdirection of cochlear implant array into the vestibular labyrinth. J Laryngology and Otology 2015. 129: 923-927.
  • Mishu C, Klodd D, Redleaf MI. Spontaneous extrusions of cochlear implant arrays. ENT J 2017. 96:E40-E43. PubMed PMID: 28719718.
  • Lieberman E, Redleaf M. The “Otalgia Point” a novel clinical gesture in otolaryngology. Annals Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2015. 124: 953-956.
  • Valika TS, Redleaf MI. Middle cranial fossa dehiscence as an incidental finding on CT. Annals Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2016. 125: 729-733. PubMed PMID: 27242365.

IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL OTOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY EDUCATION with documentation of the effects of intervention.

  • Shull T, Hailu M, Nega A, Gebrehiwot T, Redleaf M. Introduction of Visual Amharic to Educate Deaf Students in Ethiopia - A Pilot Study. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 2016.4:153. doi:10.4172/2375-4427.1000153
  • Redleaf MI, Hagos NK, Tessema G, Tassew YZ, Redleaf HH. Otologic surgery training in a rural Ethiopian community. Rwandan Journal of Medicine 2016. 3: 11- 1311-13. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/rj.v3i1.2F
  • Bedri E, Teferi N, Redleaf MI. Stapes release in tympanosclerosis. Otology & Neurotology 2018. 39: 184-188. Doi: 10.1097/MAO. 0000000000001639. PubMed PMID:29210944.
  • Bedri E, Bitew A, Redleaf M. HIV positivity per se does not affect tympanoplasty outcomes. Annals Otology, Rhinology & Larynogology 2018. 127: 249-252.
  • Girma B, Bitew A, Kiros N, Redleaf M. High density surgical camps in regions of sparse expertise. Annals Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2018. 127: 327-330.
  • Uys M, Selesho E, Swiegers D, Redleaf MI. The role of online education in the expansion of audiological services in Ethiopia. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 2018. 6:187. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000187
  • Bedri E, Korra B, Worku A, Redleaf M. Double-layer tympanic membrane grafts in type 1 tympanoplasty. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2019. 3489419843551. doi: 10.1177/0003489419843551. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30991811.
  • Honnurappa V, Ramdass S, Mahajan N, Vijayendra V, Redleaf M. Effective inexpensive management of necrotizing otitis externa is possible in resource poor settings. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2019. 3489419846143. doi: 10.1177/0003489419846143. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31043072.
  • Lee KK, Vijayendra V, Bedri E, Honnurappa V, Redleaf M. Symptoms of Meniere’s disease in Ethiopia, India, and the United States. Accepted to JAMAoto.


  • Wickemeyer J, Redleaf M. Stapedectomy is rewarding – but how to prove it? Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2019. 3489419849615. doi: 10.1177/0003489419849615. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31081345.