Heather M. Weinreich, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Heather M. Weinreich, MD, MPH

Mailing Address:

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






Heather M. Weinreich, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. With a broad background in otolaryngology and a specialty in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, she has expertise in hearing disorders, chronic ear diseases, lateral skull base tumors, superior semi-circular canal dehiscence, and vestibular disorders of the inner ear.

She will be working with Drs. Jeffery Yu and Miriam Redleaf, professor and director of the otology/neurotology program at UI Health. She is part of the team whose expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of diseases including chronic infections of the ear, balance disorders, skull base tumors, hearing loss from infancy through adulthood and disorders of the facial nerve. Dr. Weinreich is part of the Happy Ears on Taylor St., working with adult cochlear implant patients.

Dr. Weinreich has specific clinical interests in vestibular disorders including Meniere’s disease and vestibular migraine. Her research interests include clinical efficiency, models for health care delivery and the role of gender in surgical education.

Specialties & Services
  • Otology
  • Neurotology
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Hearing Disorders
  • Chronic Ear Diseases
  • Vestibular Disorders
Residency: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Internship: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Masters in Public Health: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Professional Associations
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Auditory Society, member
  • American Neurotology Society
  • American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance

Research Focus

Evaluation of Gender in Surgical Education, Skill Acquisition and Communication

  • Assess for implicit bias in evaluation of surgical skills and clinical knowledge in a surgical residency program
  • Evaluate if gender predicts efficiency in surgical skills
  • Determine if gender differences exist in learning surgical skills
  • Research the role instrument size and equipment has on surgical skills and surgeon confidence within field of otolaryngology as it pertains to gender
  • Study the impact of gender and communication within a surgical OR team
  • Explore if gender and resulting communication affects patient safety in the OR

Current Projects

  • Survey of Otolarynologists – Gender, Surgical Instruments and Communication
  • The Role of Gender in Surgical Education


  • Jabbour N,Weinreich HM, Owusu J, Lehn M, Yueh B, Levine S. Hazardous Noise Exposure from Toys May Increase After Purchase and Removal from Packaging: A Call for Advocacy by Pediatric Health Care Providers. Submitted to Journal of Pediatrics March 2017.
  • Nieman CL,Weinreich HM, Sharon JD, Chien WW, Francis HW. Cochlear Implantation in an Open Mastoid Cavity. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;155(3):533-7.
  • Nelson (Weinreich) HM, Davey CS, Goetz S, Daly KA. Prevalence of risk factors for otitis media in two Native American and white cohorts. Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium Recent Advances in Otitis Media. 2003:71.
  • Paparella Clinical Otological Award, recognition of resident superior research in otology, International Hearing Foundation, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Eivind Hoff Award, recognition of medical student research/writing in otolaryngology, International Hearing Foundation (Minneapolis, MN)
  • AAO-HNSF Cochrane Conclave Scholars