Amelia F. Drake, MD, FACS

Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Newton D. Fischer Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Director, UNC Craniofacial Center (School of Dentistry)
Executive Associate Dean of Academic Programs, UNC School of Medicine
Vice Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery


Pediatric otolaryngology, pediatric airway disorders, craniofacial anomalies.

Contact Information:

  • Appointments: (984) 974-6484
  • Surgery Scheduler: Phyllis Dixon (919) 966-9153
  • Medical Assistant: Gina Kim (984) 974-3515
  • Administrative Coordinator: Ellen Doutt (919) 966-3343


  • MD: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1981
  • Residency: Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1981-1983
  • Residency: Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1983-87
  • Fellowship: Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1987-1988

Professional Experience:

  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC, 2001-present
  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UNC, 2001-present
  • Director, UNC Craniofacial Center, UNC School of Dentistry, 2001-present
  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC, 2001-2010
  • Newton D. Fischer Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery UNC, 1999 – present
  • Associate Professor of Surgery/Otolarynogology, UNC, 1994-2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pedicatrics, UNC, 1994-2001
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UNC, 1989-1994
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery/Otolaryngoogy, University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor, MI, 1988-1994
  • Adjunct Professor, Vocal Pedagogy, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI, 1986-1987

Recent Honors:

  • Vice Presidential Citation, Southern Section of the Triologic Society, January 2012.
  • Senior Associate Fellow of the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators, 2008-2013
  • Gabriel F. Tucker Award, for significant contributions to the field of pediatric laryngology, presented at the annual meeting of the American Laryngological Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2006.
  • Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education. 2005-present.
  • Top Doctor in America, selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. based on peer nominations, in “America’s Top Doctors” published in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Recent Publications:

  • Hopkins B, Dean K, Appachi S, Drake AF. Otolaryngologic Clinics, Updates in Pediatric Otolaryngology, edited by Drs. Samantha Anne and Julina Ongkasuwan, submitted Feb 2019.
  • Rawal RB, Farquhar DR, Kilpatrick LA, Drake AF, Zdanski CJ. Considering a Weight Criterion for Neonatal Tracheostomy: An Analysis of the ACS NSQIP-P.Laryngoscope. 2018 Sep 8. doi: 10.1002/lary.27272. PMID:30194839
  • Jagsi R, Jones RD, Griffith KA, Brady KT, Brown AJ, Davis RD, Drake AF,Ford D, Fraser VJ, Hartmann KE, Hochman JS, Girdler S, Libby AM, Mangurian C, Regensteiner JG, Yonkers K, Escobar-Alvarez S, Myers ER. An Innovative Program to Support Gender Equity and Success in Academic Medicine: Early Experiences From the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists.Ann Intern Med. 2018 Jul 17;169(2):128-130. doi: 10.7326/M17-2676. Epub 2018 Mar 20. PMID:29554690
  • Kilpatrick LA, Drake AF.Effect of Primary and Revision Repair on Palatal Motion.JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Feb 1;143(2):116. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2016.3070. PMID:27711913
  • Zdanski CJ, Austin GK, Walsh JM, Drake AF, Rose AS, Hackman TG, Zanation AM.  Transoral Robotic Surgery for Upper Airway Pathology in the Pediatric Population.  Laryngoscope2017 Jan;127(1):247-251. doi: 10.1002/lary.26101. Epub 2016 Jun 19.
  • Rawal RB, Kilpatrick LA, Wood JS, Drake AF.Trends in medical malpractice claims in patients with cleft or craniofacial abnormalities in the United States.Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Nov; 90:214-219. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2016.09.030. Epub 2016 Sep 24.
  • Abode KA, Drake AF,Zdanski CF, Retsch-Bogart GZ, Gee AB, Noah TL.  A Multidisciplinary Children’s Airway Center: Impact on the Care of Patients with Tracheostomy.  Pediatrics.  2016 Feb;137(2):320150455. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-0455.  Epub 2016 Jan 11.  PMID:  26755695
  • Farzal Z, Walsh J, Lopes de Rezende Barbosa G, Zdanski CJ, Davis SD, Superfine R, Pimenta LA, Kimbell JS, Drake AF.  Volumetric Nasal Cavity Analysis in Children with Unilateral and Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate.  Laryngoscope.  2016 Jun;126(6):1475-80.  doi: 10.1002/lary.25543.  Epub 2015 Aug 12.  PMID: 26267849
  • Baugh AD, Wooten W, Chapman B, Drake AF, Vaughn BV.  Sleep Characteristics in Goldenhar Syndrome.  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Mar;79(3):356-8.  doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2014.12.024.  Epu b 2014 Dec 25.  PMID: 25636665
  • Taylor RJ, Miller JD, Rose AS, Drake AF, Zdanski CJ, Senior BA, Ebert CS Jr, Zanation AM. Comprehensive Quality of Life Outcomes for Pediatric Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. Rhinology.  2014 Dec;52(4):327-33.  Doi:10.4193/Rhin14.028.  PMID: 25479210
  • de Rezende Barbosa GL, Pimenta LA, Pretti H, Golden BA, Roberts J, Drake AF.Difference in Maxillary sinus volumes of Patients with Cleft lip and Palate. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014 Oct 25;78(12):2234-2236. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2014.10.019. PMID: 25458166
  • Pimenta LA, de Rezende Barbosa GL, Pretti H, Emodi O, van Aalst J, Rossouw PE, Tyndall DA, Drake AF. Three-dimensional Evaluation of Nasopharyngeal Airways of Unilateral Cleft lip and Palate Patients.Laryngoscope. 2014 Sep 2. doi: 10.1002/lary.24895. PMID: 25180659
  • Taylor RJ, Miller JD, Rose AS, Drake AF, Zdanski CJ, Senior BA, Ebert CS, Zanation AM. Comprehensive Quality of Life Outcomes for Pediatric Patients Undergoing Endoscopic Sinus Surgery.  Rhinology.2014 Dec;52(4):327-33. doi: 10.4193/Rhin14.028.
  • Swibel Rosenthal, LH, Drake AF, Harmon PJ, Bell B Jr, Jalilvand A, Zdanski CJ, Management of Congenital Oral or Oropharyngeal Masses Resulting in Cleft Palate, J OtolRhinol, 2014;3(2)
  • Neubauer, P, Swibel Rosenthal, LH, Wooten III, WI, Zdanski, CJ, Drake AF, The Role of Direct Laryngoscopy in the Diagnosis of Laryngeal Cleft, Open Journal of Pediatrics, 2013;3(2):92-95.  PMID: 20394993
  • Drake AF, Rosenthal L S. Otolaryngologic Challenges in Cleft/Craniofacial Care. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 2013; 50(6):734-743.   PMID: 23136966
  • Heike CL, Hing AV, Aspinall CA, Bartlett SP, Birgfeld CB, Drake AF, Pimenta LA, Sie KC, Urata MC, Vivaldi D, Luquetti DV.  Clinical care in craniofacial microsomia: a review of current management recommendations and opportunities to advance research. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics. 9999:1-12, 2013   PMID: 24132932
  • Carrie L. Heike, Laura P. Stueckle, Erik T. Stuhaug, Luiz A. Pimenta, Amelia F. Drake, Daniela Vivaldi, Kathleen C.Y. Sie, Craig B. Birgfeld. Photographic Protocol for Image Acquisition in Craniofacial Microsomia. Head and Face Medicine Journal, December 23, 2011.
  • McKinney K, Stadler M, Ebert C, Wong Y, Shah R, Rose A, Zdanski C, Drake A, Wheless S, Zanation A. Trans-palatal Greater Palatine Canal Injection: Radioanatomic Analysis of Where to Bend the Needle for Pediatric Sinus Surgery. Am J Rhinology. Accepted for publication, May 2010.
  • Bryson P, Leight W, Zdanski C, Drake A, Rose A. High-Resolution Ultrasound in the Evaluation of Pediatric Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, Vol. 135 (No. 3), 250-253, March 2009.
  • Patel M, Zdanski C, Abode K, Reilly C, Malinzak E, Stein J, Harris W, Drake A. Experience of the School-Aged Child with Tracheostomy. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 73 (2009), 975-980, May 31, 2009.
  • Demke J, Bassim M, Patel MR, Dean S, Rahbar R, van Aalst JA, Drake A. Parental Perceptions and Morbidity: Tracheostomy and Pierre Robin Sequence. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 2008 Oct;72(10):15 09-16. Epub 2008 Aug 20.
  • Eapen RJ, Buss E, Grose JH, Drake AF, Dev M, Hall JW. The development of frequency weighting for speech in children with a history of otis media with effusion. Ear Hear. 2008 Oct;29(5):718-24.
  • Sie KC, Starr JR, Bloom DC, Cunningham M, de Serres LM, Drake AF, Elluru RG, Haddad J Jr, Hartnick C, Macarthur C, Milczuk HA, Muntz HR, Perkins JA, Senders C, Smith ME, Tollefson T, Willging JP, Zdanski CJ. Multicenter interrater and intrarater reliability in the endoscopic evaluation of velopharyngeal insufficiency. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jul;134(7):757-63.
  • Bloom DC, Starr JR, Cunningham M, Davis T, de Serres LM, Drake AF, Haddad J, Hartnick C, MacArthur C, Milczuk HA, Muntz HR, Perkins JA, Senders C, Smith ME, Tollefson T, Willging JP, Zdanski CJ, Sie K. Multicenter inter-rater and intra-rater reliability in the evaluation of velopharyngeal insufficiency. Submitted, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Muhlebach MS, Miller MB, Moore C, Wedd JP, Drake AF, Leigh MW. Are lower airway or throat cultures predictive of sinus bacteriology in cystic fibrosis? Pediatric Pulmonology 2006 Mar;41(5):445-451.
  • Leighton S, Drake AF. Airway Considerations in Craniofacial Patients. In: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America; 16 (2004) 555-566.
  • Bassim MK, Drake AF. Tympanostomy tube obstruction related to ototopical drug therapy. Ear Nose Throat 2005 July;84(7):416-7.
  • Ebert CS, Drake AF. The impact of sleep-disordered breathing on cognition and behavior in children: A review and meta-synthesis of the literature. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2004 Dec;131(6):814-26.
  • White DR, Zdanski CJ, Drake AF. Comparison of Pediatric Airway Foreign Bodies Over Fifty Years. Southern Medical Journal 2004 May;97(5):434-436.
  • Keiger CJH, Case LD, Kendal-Reed M, Jones KR, Drake AF, Walker JC. Nicotinic Cholinergic Receptor Expression in the Human Nasal Mucosa. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, & Laryngology 2003;112(1):77-84.
  • Cohen S, Pine HS, Drake AF. Use of rigid and flexible bronchoscopy among pediatric otolaryngologists. Arch Otoaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001; 127:505-509.
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