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Ari B. Rubenfeld, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Otolaryngology


Building & Room:

EEI Building, Suite 3.87


1855 W. Taylor St., Chicago, Illinois 60612

Office Phone:


Otolaryngology Clinic

Building & Room:

Specialty Care Building, 6C


1009 S. Wood St., Chicago, Illinois 60612

Office Phone:



Dr. Rubenfeld is a General Otolaryngologist with particular interest and expertise in surgical diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. His practice encompasses the entire range of General Otolaryngology, however. Dr. Rubenfeld's philosophy is deeply rooted in patient safety and quality surgical and clinical outcomes. He acts as the Surgeon Champion for our institution's participation in the American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

Dr. Rubenfeld works closely with the department's mission to develop Quality Improvement initiatives both within the framework of hospital operations in addition to resident programming. Dr. Rubenfeld has and continues to contribute to many leadership roles in the department and hospital serving 6 years as Clinic Medical Director; currently serving as Associate Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital; and sitting at Chair of the Medical Staff Review Board among others. Dr. Rubenfeld's greatest joy comes from his charming and brilliant young daughters and amazing wife. He enjoys cooking for others, is a politics wonk, loves to garden. More often than not, Dr. Rubenfeld relates the day’s events in terms of 80's and 90's iconic music and movies.


Specialties & Services

  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Otolaryngology
  • Allergy/Nasal Allergy
  • Allergy - Nasal Allergy
  • Goiters
  • Reflux
  • Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Stenosis
  • Tongue Tie
  • Tracheotomy - Decannulation
  • Snoring


  • Norman Haber Memorial Award, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Dean's Letter of Commendation, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • James A. Gibson Society, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine


Selected Publications

  • BSigurdson L, Sen T, Hall L 3rd,Rubenfeld A, Hard R, Gardella J, Bright F, Hicks WL Jr. Possible Impedance of Luminal Reepithelialization by Tracheal Cartilage Metalloproteinases. Archives of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. 2003 Feb;129(2):197-200
  • Ari Rubenfeld MD, Erik Kass MD, Bradly Clark MD, Carter Van Waes MD, PhD. A Novel Approach to Invasive Fungal Sinusitis – Use of Adjuvant Topical and Nebulized Amphotericin B. Presented at Triological Society Southern Section Meeting, Naples, FL. January, 2003
  • Kuriokose MA MD, Loree TR MD,Rubenfeld A, Anderson T MD, Datta R MD, Hill H MD, Rugual NR MD, Orner J MD, Singh A MD, Hicks Jr. WL MD. Simultaneously Presenting Head and Neck and Lung Cancer: A Diagnostic and Treatment Dilemma. Laryngoscope 112. 120-123. January, 2002


Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology
Residency: Georgetown University Hospital, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Internship: Georgetown University Hospital, General Surgery
Medical School: State University of New York, Buffalo School of Medicine
Bachelor of Science: Cornell University

Professional Memberships

  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society
  • American College of Surgeons

Research Currently in Progress

  • Clinical investigation established treatment guidelines for patients with simultaneous head and neck and pulmonary malignancies. Basic science investigation studied tracheal re-epithelialization with cell culture models
  • Elaboration of a treatment protocol based on principals’ successful experience with autoimmune hearing loss
  • Investigated mouse antibody response to vaccine carrier viruses and marker genes