Craig A. Buchman, MD, FACS


Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs
Chief, Division of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
Director, UNC Ear and Hearing Center
Director, UNC Skull Base Center
Administrative Director, W. Paul Biggers Carolina Children's Communicative Disorders Program (CCCDP)


Otology, neurotology, lateral skull base surgery, acoustic tumors, cochlear implants, hearing preservation.


  • MD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1990
  • Internship, Surgery: Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 1991
  • Research Fellowship, Pediatric Otolaryngology: Univ. of Pittsburgh, Children's Hosp. of Pittsburgh, 1992
  • Residency, Otolaryngology: Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 1996
  • Fellowship, Oto/Neuroto/Skull Base Surg: House Ear Institute & Clinic, Los Angeles, CA, 1997

Professional Experience:

  • Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC, 2008-present
  • Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC, 2005-present
  • Associate Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC, 2001-2005
  • Chief, Division of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC, 2001-present
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Univ. of Miami, Miami, FL, 2000-2001
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology & Anatomy, Univ. of Miami, Miami, FL, 1999-2001
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, Dept. of Otolaryngol., Univ. of Miami, 1997-2000
  • Attending Physician & Surgeon, Univ. of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hosp., 1997-2001
  • Attending Physician & Surgeon, Veterans Administration Hosp., Miami, FL, 1997-2001
  • Attending Physician & Surgeon, Anne Bates Leach Eye Hosp & Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL, 1997-2001
  • Attending Physician & Surgeon, Univ. of Miami Hosp. & Clinics/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1997-2001
  • Attending Physician & Surgeon, Miami Children's Hosp., Miami, FL, 1998-2001


Recent Honors:

  • Blue Ribbon Poster Presentation. Dillon et al. Hearing Preservation in EAS Recipients: Cochleostomy versus Round Window Surgical Approaches. 13th Symposium on Cochlear Impants in Children, Chicago, IL July 14-16, 2011.
  • Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) Centurion Clinical Research Award Grant, June 2010.
  • Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing, 2010 Lectureship, Denver Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO April 22, 2010.
  • Chandler Lecturer, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL June 13, 2009.
  • Fellow in the Academy of Educators, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Apr 16, 2009.
  • Who’s Who’s in America 2010, 2011 Citation
  • Presidential Citation, Triological Society, Southern Section Meeting, Bonita Springs, FL Jan 8-11, 2009.
  • Presidential Citation, Triological Society, Annual Meeting, Olando, FL, May 1, 2008
  • Best Doctors in America 2007-2011 databases
  • Triological Society, Harris P. Mosher Award for best clinical thesis, "Vestibular Effects of Cochlear Implantation." January 2004
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2003.
  • Triological Society Career Development Research Award, "Inflammatory Mechanisms in Viral Otitis Media." October 1, 2003
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, October 2003

Recent Publications:

  • Hatch DR, Teagle HFB, Park L, Woodard J, Buchman CA. The Impact of Cochlear Implant Revision Surgery on Speech Perception Performance in Children. Otol Neurotol (submitted)
  • Ahmad FI, DeMason CE, Teagle HFB, Henderson L, Adunka OF, Buchman CA. Cochlear Implantation in Children with Post-Lingual Hearing Loss. Laryngoscope (submitted).
  • He S, Grose J, Buchman CA. Auditory Discrimination: The Relationship Between Psychophysical and Electrophysiological Measures. Ear Hear (in press).
  • Di Maria L, Teagle HFB, Buss E, Leibold LJ, Roush PA, Buchman CA. Influence of Frequency Compression Hearing Aids for CI Children with Acoustically Amplified Residual Hearing in the Non-Implanted Ear. Ear Hear (in press).
  • Buchman, CA, Teagle HFB, Roush PA, Park LR, Hatch D, Woodard J, Zdanski C, Adunka OF. Cochlear implantation in children with labyrinthine anomalies and cochlear nerve deficiency: Implications for auditory brainstem implantation. Laryngoscope. 2011 Sept;121(9):1979–1988.
  • Choudhury B, Adunka OF, Demason CE, Ahmad FI, Buchman CA, Fitzpatrick DC. Detection of Intracochlear Damage With Cochlear Implantation in a Gerbil Model of Hearing Loss. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Oct;32(8):1370-1378.
  • Suberman TA, Campbell AP, Adunka OF, Buchman CA, Roche JP, Fitzpatrick DC. A gerbil model of sloping sensorineural hearing loss. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Jun;32(4):544-52.
  • Stadler ME, Huang BY, Campbell A, Buchman CA, Adunka OF. Endolymphatic sac abscess in the setting of enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome. Otol Neurotol. 2011 Apr;32(3):e18-9.
  • Campbell AP, Adunka OF, Zhou B, Qaqish BF, Buchman CA. Large vestibular aqueduct syndrome: anatomic and Functional Parameters. Laryngoscope. 2011 Feb;121(2):352-357.
  • Campbell AP, Suberman TA, Buchman CA, Fitzpatrick DC, Adunka OF. Correlation of early auditory potentials and intracochlear electrode insertion properties: an animal model featuring near real-time monitoring. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Dec;31(9):1391-8.
  • Huang BY, Roche JP, Buchman CA, Castillo M. Brain stem and inner ear abnormalities in children with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder and cochlear nerve deficiency. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2010 Nov;31(10):1972-9.
  • Kimani JW, Buchman CA, Booker JK, Huang BY, Castillo M, Powell CM, Weck KE. Sensorineural hearing loss in a pediatric population: association of congenital cytomegalovirus infection with intracranial abnormalities. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck 2010 Oct;136(10):999-1004.
  • Adunka OF, Mlot S, Suberman TA, Campbell AP, Surowitz J, Buchman CA, Fitzpatrick DC. Intracochlear recordings of electrophysiological parameters indicating cochlear damage. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Oct;31(8):1233-41.
  • Adunka OF, Pillsbury HC, Adunka MC, Buchman CA. Is electric acoustic stimulation better than conventional cochlear implantation for speech perception in quiet? Otol Neurotol. 2010 Sep;31(7):1049-54.
  • Campbell AP, Suberman TA, Buchman CA, Fitzpatrick DC, Adunka OF. Flexible cochlear microendoscopy in the gerbil. Laryngoscope. 2010 Aug;120(8):1619-24.
  • Roche JP, Huang BY, Castillo M, Bassim MK, Adunka OF, Buchman CA. Imaging characteristics of children with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Jul;31(5):780-8.
  • Niparko JK, Tobey EA, Thal DJ, Eisenberg LS, Wang NY, Quittner AL, Fink NE; CDaCI Investigative Team. Collaborators: Eisenberg LS, Johnson K, Critton T, DesJardin J, Gillinger M, Luxford W, Martinez A, Mebane L, Regnery J, Visser-Dumont L, Niparko JK, Bowditch S, Chinnici J, Clark J, Francis H, Mertes J, Ostrander R, Yeagle J, Visaya J, Coresh J, Mellon N, Kane MO, Wainscott S, Wallace J, Hodges A, Balkany T, Lopez A, Goodwin L, Payne S, Zwolan T, Donaldson A, Arts HA, Butler B, El-Kashlam H, Heavner K, O'Sullivan MB, Telian S, Thomas E, Vereb A, Brown CJ, Teagle HF, Buchman CA, Zdanski C, Eskridge H, Pillsbury HC, Tobey EA, Loy B, Bauer P, Boyd A, Cantu L, Cokely C, Florence S, Gisclair J, Levitan L, Penrad J, Raby S, Rasmus J, Roland P, MacFadyen H, Pearson D, Rekart DM, Sacar L, Sweeney M, Wagner L, Weissner N, Williams B, Fink NE, Bayton P, Habtemarian D, Powe NR, Vilche T, Wang NY, Quittner AL, Barker D, Leibach P, Cruz I, Niparko JK, Eisenberg LS, Fink NE, Quittner AL, Thal D, Tobey EA, Wang NY, Cohen N, Evans J, Geers A, Kirk KI, Lalwani A.Spoken language development in children following cochlear implantation. JAMA. 2010 Apr 21;303(15):1498-506.
  • Teagle HF, Roush PA, Woodard JS, Hatch DR, Zdanski CJ, Buss E, Buchman CA. Cochlear implantation in children with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. Ear Hear. 2010 Jun;31(3):325-35.
  • Adunka OF, Pillsbury HC, Buchman CA. Minimizing Intracochlear Trauma during Cochlear Implantation. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2010;67:96-107. Epub 2009 Nov 25, [Epub ahead of print].
  • Basura GJ, Eapen R, Buchman CA. Bilateral cochlear implantation: current concepts, indications, and results. Laryngoscope. 2009 Dec;119(12):2395-401.
  • Eapen RJ, Buchman CA. Bilateral cochlear implantation: current concepts. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Oct;17(5):351-5.
  • Barker DH, Quittner AL, Fink NE, Eisenberg LS, Tobey EA, Niparko JK; CDaCI Investigative Team. Collaborators: Eisenberg L, Luxford W, Johnson K, Martinez A, DesJardin J, Visser-Dumon L, Ambrose S, Stika C, Gillinger M, Niparko J, Chinnici J, Francis H, Bowditch S, Yeagle J, Carver C, Marlowe A, Gregg A, Gross J, Ostrander R, Mellon N, Mertes J, Kane MO, Hodges A, Balkany T, Lopez A, Goodwin L, Zwolan T, O'Sullivan MB, Vereb A, Arnedt C, Teagle HF, Brown CJ, Buchman CA, Zdanski C, Eskridge H, Tobey E, Warner-Czyz A, Rekart D, Cokely C, Weissner N, Boyd A, Quittner A, Cruz I, Barker D, Fink N, Wang NY, Habtemariam D, Vilche T, Bayton P. Predicting behavior problems in deaf and hearing children: the influences of language, attention, and parent-child communication. Dev Psychopathol. 2009 Spring;21(2):373-92.
  • Eapen RJ, Buss E, Adunka MC, Pillsbury HC 3rd, Buchman CA. Hearing-in-noise benefits after bilateral simultaneous cochlear implantation continue to improve 4 years after implantation. Otol Neurotol. 2009 Feb;30(2):153-9.
  • Adunka OF, Buss E, Clark MS, Pillsbury HC, Buchman CA. Effect of preoperative residual hearing on speech perception after cochlear implantation. Laryngoscope. 2008 Nov;118(11):2044-9.
  • Balkany T, Hodges A, Buchman C, Luxford W, Pillsbury C, Roland P, Shallop J, Backous D, Franz D, Graham J, Hirsch B, Luntz M, Niparko J, Patrick J, Payne S, Staller S, Telischi F, Tobey E, Truy E. Cochlear implant soft failures consensus development conference statement. Cochlear Implants Int. 2005 Sep;6(3):105-122.
  • Ebert CS Jr, Zanation AM, Buchman CA. Another cause for conductive hearing loss with present acoustic reflexes. Laryngoscope. 2008 Nov;118(11):2059-61.
  • Francis HW, Buchman CA, Visaya J, Wang NY, Zwolan TA, Niparko JK, The CDaCI Research Team. Surgical results of pediatric cochlear implantation in a prospective study of language development. Otol Neurotol (in press).
  • Cullen RD, Luxford WF, Fayad J, Buchman CA. Revision cochlear implantation in children. Otol Neurotol. 2008 Feb;29(2):214-220.
  • Buchman CA, Adunka OF. Scala tympani cochleostomy I: Results of a Survey. Laryngoscope 2007;117:2187-94.
  • Adunka OF, Radeloff A, Gstoettner WK, Pillsbury HC, Buchman CA. Scala tympani cochleostomy II: Topography and histology. Laryngoscope 2007;117:2195-2200.
  • Buss E, Pillsbury HC, Buchman CA, Pillsbury CH, Clark MS, Haynes DS, Labadie RF, Amberg S, Roland PS, Kruger P, Novak MA, Wirth JA, Black JM, Peters R, Lake J, Wackym PA, Firszt JB, Wilson BS, Lawson DT, Schatzer R, D'Haese PS, and Barco AL. Multicenter U.S. Bilateral MED-EL Cochlear Implantation Study: Speech Perception over the First Year of Use. Ear Hear 2008;29:20-32.
  • Bassim MK, Patel KG, Buchman CA. Lateral Semicircular Canal Dehiscence. Otol Neurotol. 2007;28(8):1155-6. Jun 7; Epub ahead of print.
  • Adunka OF, Buchman CA. Cochlear Implant Fixation in Children Using Periosteal Sutures. Otol Neurotol. 2007;28 (6):768-70; Jul 14; Epub ahead of print.
  • Bassim MK, Ewend MG, Buchman CA. Secondary intracanalicular extension of a primary intracochlear schwannoma. Otol Neurotol. 2007;28(6):863-4; Feb 5; Epub ahead of print.
  • Adunka OF, Jewells V, Buchman CA. Value of computed tomography in the evaluation of children with cochlear nerve deficiency. Otol Neurotol. 2007;28(5):597-604;
  • Adunka OF, Buchman CA. Cochlear implantation in the irradiated temporal bone. J Laryngol Otol. 2006;16;1-4.
  • Eisenberg LS, Johnson KC, Martinez AS, Cokely CG, Tobey EA, Quittner AL, Fink NE, Wang NY, Niparko JK, CDaCI Investgative Team. Speech recognition at 1-year follow-up in the childhood development after cochlear implantation study: Methods and preliminary findings. Audiol Neurootol. 2006;11(4):259-68.
  • Adunka OF, Roush PA, Teagle HF, Brown CJ, Zdanski CJ, Jewells V, Buchman CA. Internal Auditory Canal Morphology in Children with Cochlear Nerve Deficiency.Otol Neurotol. 2006;27(6):793-801
  • Cullen RD, Zdanski C, Roush P, Brown C, Teagle H, Pillsbury HC 3rd, Buchman C. Cochlear Implants in Waardenburg Syndrome. Laryngoscope. 2006;116(7):1273-1275
  • Buchman CA, Roush PA, Teagle HF, Brown CJ, Zdanski CJ, Grose JH. Auditory neuropathy characteristics in children with cochlear nerve deficiency.Ear Hear. 2006;27(4):399-408.
  • Adunka O, Roush P, Grose J, Macpherson C, Buchman CA. Monitoring of Cochlear Function During Cochlear Implantation. Laryngoscope 2006;116(6):1017-20.
  • Bassim MK, Buss E, Clark MS, Kolln KA, Pillsbury CH, Pillsbury HC 3rd, Buchman CA. MED-EL Combi40+ Cochlear Implantation in Adults. Laryngoscope 2005;115(9):1568-73.
  • Das S, Palmer OP, Leight WD, Surowitz JB, Pickles RJ, Randell SH, Buchman CA. Cytokine amplification by respiratory syncytial virus infection in human nasal epithelial cells. Laryngoscope 2005;115(5):764-768.
  • Copeland BJ, Senior BA, Buchman CA, Pillsbury HC. The accuracy of computer-aided surgery in neurotologic approaches to the temporal bone: A cadaver study. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005;132(3):421-8.
  • Downs BW, Buchman CA. External auditory canal translocation for cochlear implantation. Laryngoscope 2005;115(3):555-6.