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Dr. Joseph Chen, MD, FRCSC

Director, Sunnybrook Otology-Skull Base Fellowship Program
Provincial Coordinator, Ontario Cochlear Implant Program
Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology – H&N Surgery, University of Toronto

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room M1 102
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Administrative Assistant: Cheryl Dunham

Phone: 416-480-4140
Fax: 416-480-5761


  • McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, 1985

Surgical Training:

  • General Surgery, McGill University, 1985-87
  • Otolaryngology-H&N Surgery, McGill University, 1987-1990

Fellowship Training:

  • Neurotology-Skull Base Surgery, University of  Zurich (Prof. U. Fisch), 1991-1992
  • Anterior Skull Base Surgery, University of Bern (Prof. J. Raveh), 1990-1991

Current Position:

  • Professor, University of Toronto
  • Otolaryngologist-in-Chief, 2007-present
  • Fellowship Director, Otology-Skull Base Surgrery
  • Financial Unit Manager, Department of Otolaryngology-HNS, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
  • Provincial Coordinator, Ontario Cochlear Implant Program

Academic Highlights:

  • Harris P. Mosher Award, The American Triological Society
  • Postgraduate Director, Otolaryngology-HNS, University of Toronto, 2000-2003
  • Undergraduate Director, Otolaryngology-HNS, University of Toronto, 1997-2000
  • Teacher of the Year, 1997, 2001

Select Recent Publications:

Amoodi H, Shipp D, Nedzelski J, Chen J, Lin V. (Accepted July 2012)  Do Deafened Adults who Received Unilateral Cochlear Implants at Least Ten Years Prior Have Similar Performance and Satisfaction Values Over Time. Otology-Neurotol.

Forzley BR, Chen JM, Nedzelski J, Lin V, Shipp D, Hebert PC, Hochman JB. (2012) Bilateral Sequential Adult Cochlear Implantation: Who Should Receive Priority in the Context of a Constrained Health Care System. Laryngoscope. 

Grewal A, Nedzelski, J, Chen, J, Lin, V, Grewal, Amandeep, Nedzelski, Julian, Chen, Joseph, Lin, Vincent. (2012) Dexamethasone Uptake in the Murine Organ of Corti with Transtympanic Versus Systemic Administration. Otolaryngol HN Surg. 0088.

Crowson MG, Symons S, Chen J. (2012) Left Cerebellopontine Angle Lipoma with Mild Brainstem Compression in a 13-year-old Female. Otol Neurotol. ON-12-554R1.

Mick P, Amoodi H, Shipp D, Nedzelski J, Lin V, Chen J. Hearing Preservation with Full Insertion of the FlexSoft Electrode. Otol Neurotol. ON-12-470.

Clinkard, D; Amoodi, H; Kandasamy, T; Chen, S; Qian W; Chen, J; Harrison R; Lin, V. (2012) Changes in Expression of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Its Receptors in the Aging Mouse Cochlea, Part 2: Deaf C57 Mice. Otolaryngol HN Surg. 0133.

Kandasamy, T., Clinkard, D., Qian, W., Chen, S., Chen, J.M., Harrison, R.V., Lin, V.Y.W. (2012) Changes in Expression of VEGF and its Receptors in the Aging Mouse Cochlea – Part 1: The Normal Hearing Mouse. Journal of Otolaryngology. 31(Supplement 1): S36-42.

Arora, R., Amoodi, H., Stewart, S., Friesen, L., Lin, V.Y.W., Nedzelski, J.M., Chen, J.M. (2012) The Addition of a CROS Microphone to a Unilateral CI System – A Prospective Study in Speech Outcomes. Laryngoscope. 121: 1536-40

Chung, J., Chueng, K., Shipp, D., Friesen, L., Chen, J.M., Nedzelski, J.M., Lin, V.Y.W. Unilateral Multichannel Cochlear Implantation Results in Significant Improvement in Quality of Life. Otology & Neurotology. 2012; 33:566-71.

Amoodi H, Shipp D, Friesen L, Nedzelski J, Chen J, Lin V.  (2011) Cochlear Implantation Outcome in Those Whose Candidacy Criteria Were Non-conforming. Laryngoscope. Journal of Otolaryngol HN Surgery Jul 121(7):1536-40.

Monteiro, Eric, Shipp, David, Chen, Joseph, Nedzelski, Julian, Lin, Vincent. (2012) Cochlear Implantation: A Personal and Societal Economic Perspective Examining the Effects of Cochlear Implantation on Personal Income. 41: S43-S46

Clinkard, D., Amoodi, H., Lin, V.Y.W., Chen, J.M., Nedzelski J.M. (2011) Cochlear Implantation and Fabry's Disease. Cochlear Implants International. Nov 12(4):238-40.

Hugh, S.C., Shipp, D.B., Chen, J.M., Nedzelski, J.M., Lin, V.Y.W. (2011) When Do We Choose the "Better Balance" Ear for Cochlear Implants? Cochlear Implants International. Nov 12(4):190-3.

Greenberg SL, Shipp D, Lin VY, Chen JM, Nedzelski JM. (2011) Cochlear Implantation in Patients with Bilateral Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss After Major Blunt Head Trauma. Otol Neurotol. Jan 32(1):48-54.

Park E, Shipp D, Chen J, Nedzelski J, Lin V. (2011) Postlingually Deaf Adults of All Ages Derive Equal Benefits From Unilateral Multi-channel Cochlear Implant. J Am Acad Audiol. 22:637-643.

KinkardD , Friesen L, Stewart S, Ostroff J, ChenJ,  Nedzelski J, Shipp D, Lin V. (2011) Telephone Use and Factors Influencing it Among Cochlear Implant Users. Cochlear Implant International. Aug 12(3):140-6.

Amodi H, Mick P, Shipp D, Friesen L, Nedzelski J, Chen J, Lin V. (2011) The Effect of Cochlear Implantation on Tinnitus Handicap Inventory and the Influence on Quality of Life. Laryngoscope. 121(7): 1536-1540.

Alexander AJ, Bartel L, Friesen L, Shipp D, Chen J. (2011) From Fragments to the Whole: a Comparison Between Cochlear Implant Users and Normal-Hearing Listeners in Music Perception and Enjoyment. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. J Otolaryngology HN Surgery. 40(1):1-7.

Bartel L, Greenberg S, Friesen L, Bodmer D, Shipp D, Ostroff J, Chen  J. (2011) Qualitative Case Studies of Five Cochlear Implant Recipients' Experience with Music. Cochlear Implants International. 12(1):  27-33.

Grewal AS, Hochman JB, Chen JM. Iatrogenic temporal bone menigoencephalocele arising from the posterior fossa. Otol Neurotol. 2011, 32(4): e28-9

Hochman JB, Stockley TL, Shipp D, Lin V, Chen JM, Nedzelski JN. Prevalence of connexin 26(GJB2) and Pendred(SLC26A4) Mutations in a Population of Adult Cochlear Implant Candidates. Otol Neurotol. 31(6), 919-922.

Ederies A, Chen J, Aviv R, Pirouzmand F, Blibao JM, Thompson AL, Symons S. (2010) Aspergellosis of the Petrous Apex and Meckel's Cave. Skull Base Surgery. 20(3): 189-192.

Fuller E, Marotta TR, Chen JM, Willinsky RA, Bharatha A, O'Kelly C, Hochman JB, Howard P, Wolter NE, Symons SP. (2010) Middle Ear Aneurysm Treated with an Innovative, Vessel Preserving, Aneurysm Occluding Stent. Laryngoscope. 120(4), 796-799.

Wang JR, Yuen HW, Shipp DB, Stewart S, Lin VY, Chen JM, Nedzelski JM. (2010) Cochlear Implantation in Patients with Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease Including Cogan Syndrome: a Comparison with Age- and Sex-Matched Controls. Laryngoscope. 120(12): 2478-83.

Ederies A, Yuen HW, Chen J, Aviv R, Symons S. (2009) Traumatic Stapes Fracture with Rotation and Subluxation into the Vestibule and Pneumolabyrinth. Laryngoscope. Jun; 119(6): 1195-7.

Lee TC, Aviv R, Chen JM, Nedzelski J, Symons S. (2009) CT Grading of Otosclerosis. Am J Neuroradiol. 30(7): 1435-9.

Yuen HW, Bodmer D, Smilsky K, Nedzelski J, Chen JM. (2009) Bone anchored hearing aid in the management of single sided deafness. Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surgery. 141(1): 16-23.

Lin V, Jacobson M, Dorion J, Chen J, Nedzelski J.  (2009) Global assessment of outcome after varying reinnervation techniques for patients with facial paralysis subsequent to acoustic neuroma excision. Otol Neurotol. 30: 408-413.

Yuen HW, Symons S, Pirouzmand F, Chen J. (2009). Vascularized mastoid cranioplasty following translabyrinthine excision of vestibular schwannomas. Skull Base Surgery. 19(3): 193-201

Stewart C, Chen JM. (2007) Acute bilateral aminoglycoside-induced hearing loss following nonotologic surgery. J Otolaryngol. 36(1): 64-68.

Lin VY, Houlden D, Bethune A, Nolan M, Pirouzmand F, Rowed D, Nedzelski JM, Chen JM. (2006) A novel method in predicting immediate postoperative facial nerve function post acoustic neuroma excision. Otol Neurotol. 27(7): 1017-1022.

Perez R, Fuoco G, Dorion JM, Ho PH, Chen JM. (2006) Does the chorda tympani nerve confer general sensation from the tongue? Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 135(3): 368-373.

Tsai V, Ostroff J, Korman M, Chen JM. (2005) Bone-conduction hearing and the occlusion effect in otosclerosis and normal controls. Otol Neurotol. 26(6): 1138-1142.

Marshall AH, Fanning N, Symons S, Shipp D, Chen JM, Nedzelski JM. (2005) Cochlear implantation in cochlear otosclerosis. Laryngoscope 115(10): 1728-1733.

Lin VY, Chee GH, David EA, Chen JM. (2005) Medical canal fibrosis: surgical technique, results, and a proposed grading system. Otol Neurotol. 26(5): 825-829.

Perez R, Chen JM, Nedzelski JM. (2005) Intratemporal facial nerve schwannoma: a management dilemma. Otol Neurotol. 26(1): 121-126.

Chee GH, Goldring JE, Shipp DB, Ng AH, Chen JM, Nedzelski JM. (2004) Benefits of cochlear implantation in early-deafened adults: the Toronto experience. J Otolaryngol. 33(1): 26-31.

Ostroff JM, David EA, Shipp DB, Chen JM, Nedzelski JM. (2003) Evaluation of the high-resolution speech coding strategy for the Clarion CII cochlear implant system. J Otolaryngol. 32(2) 81-6.

Hilton MP, Kaplan DM, Ang L, Chen JM. (2002) Facial nerve paralysis and meningioma of the internal auditory canal. J Laryngol Otol. 116(2): 132-134.

Chen JM, Shipp D, Al-Abidi A, Ng A, Nedzelski JM. (2001) Does choosing the "worse" ear for cochlear implantation affect outcome? Otol Neurotol. 22(3): 335-339.

Brennan JW, Rowed DW, Nedzelski JM, Chen JM. (2001) Cerebrospinal fluid leak after acoustic neuroma surgery: influence of tumor size and surgical approach on incidence and response to treatment. J Neurosurg. 94(2): 217-223.