Miriam I. Redleaf, MD

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 and Audiology Division in 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 70 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 training ENT residents at Addis Ababa University, St. Paul’s Hospital and Millennium Medical College, and Mekelle University. She is coordinating and the country’s first 2-year Otology (Ear Surgery) Fellowship.More...

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 hearing failures in the Chicago Public Schools come for medical evaluation in ENT. She was ENT education director for 5 years until her work in Ethiopia needed more attention. Current projects are the “flow” app for easing the discomfort of clinic wait times. In process is the “Cue/See” iPhone app for adapting Cued Speech for lay use. By the time this bio is published for use in the Fall 2017, she will be on to more things.

Specialties & Services
  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Diseases of the Ear
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Hearing Loss
  • Middle Ear Implants
  • Skull Base Surgery
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 Neurotological Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Editor for Annals Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
  • Characterizing the Apoptotic Pathway in Papilloma Cells. New treatment for Papillomatosis, UIC Medical Center, 2007
  • Reservatrol as a Potential Survivin Inhibitor. New Treatment for Papillomatosis in a rabbit model, UIC Medical Center, 2006
  • Cochlear implant electrode array exposure: A delayed complication. Ear Nose Throat
  • Bedri EH,Redleaf M. Ossicular Chain Reconstruction in a Developing Country. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2018 May;127(5):306-311. doi: 10.1177/0003489418760054.PubMed PMID: 29502435.
  • Redleaf M. Editor, Publisher, Producer of: Simply Unbelievable, the Anastaplo Brudno Conversations. Anastaplo G and Brudno S. Ethio-American Hearing Project Press 2018.
  • Sigari F, Mhoon EM, Montag A,Redleaf M. Pseudo-bifurcation of the vertical facial nerve,Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2007.