Douglas E. Mattox, MD



A internationally known expert in otology and neurotology, Dr. Mattox is the William Chester Warren Jr., MD Chair and Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

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William Chester Warren, Jr., MD Chair and Professor, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Head and Neck Surgeon
Head and Neck Cancer
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Dr. Mattox came to Emory Healthcare in 1998 as the first Chair of the Department Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Before joining Emory, Dr. Mattox served a variety of professorial and administrative roles at the University of Maryland Medical System, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio. He also served as chief of the Otolaryngology Section at the Audie Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital in Texas.

Dr. Mattox is a founding member of the North American Skull Base Society and also holds memberships in the International Skull Base Society, the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery, the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum, the Triological Society and the American Otologic Society.


Dr. Mattox earned a bachelor's in biology from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He served his internship and residency in otolaryngology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in neurotology with Professor Ugo Fisch, MD at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. He is certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Neurotology.


Dr. Mattox's research focuses on hearing and the vestibular system. His basic science research has been a histological evaluation of peripheral auditory damage after ototoxic and high-intensity noise exposure. More recently, the interest has turned to other clinical issues including sudden hearing loss, Meniere's disease, and pulsatile tinnitus. His work on pulsatile tinnitus has lead to new surgical techniques for the management of venous hum tinnitus.


Dr. Mattox has authored over one hundred peer-reviewed articles in Otolaryngology and an equal number of book chapters and reviews.  Along with Professor Ugo Fisch he wrote Microsurgery of the Skull Base, which has been translated into Spanish and Chinese.

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Dr. Mattox has received numerous awards including the Edmund Prince Fowler Award from the Triological Society, the George T. Nager, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching in Otolaryngology from the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology, and the Outstanding Teacher and Physician Award from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Division of Otolaryngology. Dr. Mattox is also an alumni member of the Dartmouth College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Dr Mattox has been recognized numerous times by America's Top Doctors and Atlanta Magazine's Top Doctors.

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