Medical School

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine , 1983 , New York , NY


  • Mount Sinai Medical Center , 1988 , New York , NY


  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center , 1989 , Cincinnati , OH


Sukgi S. Choi, M.D. is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1983). She completed Otolaryngology training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and Pediatric Otolaryngology training at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She practiced as a pediatric otolaryngologist at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC for over 20 years and spent the last three years as the Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.

She is currently an Associate in Otolaryngology of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Senior Lecturer of Otology and Laryngology at the Harvard Medical School. She is the previous Director of the Fellowship Program in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children's National Medical Center, and served as the chair of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education committee responsible for overseeing otolaryngology residency and fellowship training in the United States. She has played an active role in many professional societies. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Section on Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2002-2008. She is a past president of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.


  • American Board of Otolaryngology


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  1. Lawlor CM, Dombrowski ND, Nuss RC, Rahbar R, Choi SS. Laryngeal Web in the Pediatric Population: Evaluation and Management. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Feb; 162(2):234-240. View abstract
  2. Propst EJ, Wolter NE, Ishman SL, Balakrishnan K, Deonarain AR, Mehta D, Zalzal G, Pransky SM, Roy S, Myer CM, Torre M, Johnson RF, Ludemann JP, Derkay CS, Chun RH, Hong P, Molter DW, Prager JD, Nguyen LHP, Rutter MJ, Myer CM, Zur KB, Sidell DR, Johnson LB, Cotton RT, Hart CK, Willging JP, Zdanski CJ, Manoukian JJ, Lam DJ, Bauman NM, Gantwerker EA, Husein M, Inglis AF, Green GE, Javia LR, Schraff S, Soma MA, Deutsch ES, Sobol SE, Ida JB, Choi S, Uwiera TC, Shah UK, White DR, Wootten CT, El-Hakim H, Bromwich MA, Richter GT, Vijayasekaran S, Smith ME, Vaccani JP, Hartnick CJ, Faucett EA. Competency-Based Assessment Tool for Pediatric Tracheotomy: International Modified Delphi Consensus. Laryngoscope. 2019 Dec 10. View abstract
  3. Lawlor CM, Choi S. Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Dysphagia: A Review. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Nov 27. View abstract
  4. Gurgel RK, Cardon BR, Allen CM, Presson AP, Kelly BC, Hopf HW, Choi SS, Miller RH. Evaluating gender parity in operative experience for otolaryngology residencies in the United States. Laryngoscope. 2020 Jul; 130(7):1651-1656. View abstract
  5. Buchinsky FJ, Valentino WL, Ruszkay N, Powell E, Derkay CS, Seedat RY, Uloza V, Dikkers FG, Tunkel DE, Choi SS, Mortelliti AJ, Campisi P, Ospina JC, Donne AJ, Sataloff RT, Conley SF, McClay JE, Friedman EM, Elden L, Tylor DA, Rosen CA, Smith LJ, Copley GJ, Karas DE, Schweinfurth JM, Myer CM, Wiatrak BJ, Dohar JE, Sobol SE, Bastian RW, Smith RJH, Smith ME, Wassie AM, Post JC, Ehrlich GD. Age at diagnosis, but not HPV type, is strongly associated with clinical course in recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. PLoS One. 2019; 14(6):e0216697. View abstract
  6. Kumar S, Choi S, Gupta SK. Eosinophilic Esophagitis-A Primer for Otolaryngologists. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 04 01; 145(4):373-380. View abstract
  7. Lawlor C, Smithers CJ, Hamilton T, Baird C, Rahbar R, Choi S, Jennings R. Innovative management of severe tracheobronchomalacia using anterior and posterior tracheobronchopexy. Laryngoscope. 2020 02; 130(2):E65-E74. View abstract
  8. Choi S, Lawlor C, Rahbar R, Jennings R. Diagnosis, Classification, and Management of Pediatric Tracheobronchomalacia: A Review. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Mar 01; 145(3):265-275. View abstract
  9. Irace AL, Dombrowski ND, Kawai K, Watters K, Choi S, Perez J, Dodrill P, Hernandez K, Davidson K, Rahbar R. Evaluation of Aspiration in Infants With Laryngomalacia and Recurrent Respiratory and Feeding Difficulties. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 02 01; 145(2):146-151. View abstract
  10. Dean KM, DeMason CE, Choi SS, Malloy KM, Malekzadeh S. Otolaryngology boot camps: Current landscape and future directions. Laryngoscope. 2019 12; 129(12):2707-2712. View abstract
  11. Justicz N, Choi S. When Should Pediatric Septoplasty Be Performed for Nasal Airway Obstruction? Laryngoscope. 2019 07; 129(7):1489-1490. View abstract
  12. Shaffer AD, Ford MD, Choi SS, Jabbour N. The Impact of Timing of Tympanostomy Tube Placement on Sequelae in Children With Cleft Palate. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2019 07; 56(6):720-728. View abstract
  13. Baldassari CM, Choi S. Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children: What is the Best Management Option? Laryngoscope. 2018 12; 128(12):2671-2672. View abstract
  14. Brodsky JR, Choi SS. Should children with an enlarged vestibular aqueduct be restricted from playing contact sports? Laryngoscope. 2018 10; 128(10):2219-2220. View abstract
  15. Hughes A, Choi S. Does intraglandular injection of botulinum toxin improve pediatric sialorrhea? Laryngoscope. 2018 07; 128(7):1513-1514. View abstract
  16. Shaffer AD, Ford MD, Choi SS, Jabbour N. Should Children With Cleft Palate Receive Early Long-Term Tympanostomy Tubes: One Institution's Experience. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2018 03; 55(3):389-395. View abstract
  17. Hseu A, Choi S. When should you perform injection medialization for pediatric unilateral vocal fold immobility? Laryngoscope. 2018 06; 128(6):1259-1260. View abstract
  18. Choi S, Nnacheta L. Clinical Practice Guidelines: AAO-HNSF Process for CPG Development and Topic Selection. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 02; 158(2):219-221. View abstract
  19. Shaffer AD, Ford MD, Choi SS, Jabbour N. The Impact of Tympanostomy Tubes on Speech and Language Development in Children with Cleft Palate. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 09; 157(3):504-514. View abstract
  20. Mims M, Thottam PJ, Kitsko D, Shaffer A, Choi S. Characterization of Sleep Architecture in Down Syndrome Patients Pre and Post Airway Surgery. Cureus. 2017 Jan 17; 9(1):e983. View abstract
  21. Anderson ME, Brancazio B, Mehta DK, Georg M, Choi SS, Jabbour N. Preferred parental method of post-operative tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy follow-up (phone call vs. clinic visit). Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Jan; 92:181-185. View abstract
  22. Kubik M, Thottam P, Shaffer A, Choi S. The role of the otolaryngologist in the evaluation and diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis. Laryngoscope. 2017 06; 127(6):1459-1464. View abstract
  23. Huyett P, Monaco SE, Choi SS, Simons JP. Utility of Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy in the Evaluation of Pediatric Head and Neck Masses. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 05; 154(5):928-35. View abstract
  24. Bhatti NI, Ahmed A, Stewart MG, Miller RH, Choi SS. Remediation of problematic residents--A national survey. Laryngoscope. 2016 Apr; 126(4):834-8. View abstract
  25. Thottam PJ, Simons JP, Choi S, Maguire R, Mehta DK. Clinical relevance of quality of life in laryngomalacia. Laryngoscope. 2016 05; 126(5):1232-5. View abstract
  26. Reilly BK, Kim A, Peña MT, Dong TA, Rossi C, Murnick JG, Choi SS. Rhabdomyosarcoma of the head and neck in children: review and update. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Sep; 79(9):1477-83. View abstract
  27. Thottam PJ, Choi S, Simons JP, Kitsko DJ. Effect of Adenotonsillectomy on Central and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children with Down Syndrome. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Oct; 153(4):644-8. View abstract
  28. Bhatti NI, Ahmed A, Choi SS. Identifying quality indicators of surgical training: A national survey. Laryngoscope. 2015 Dec; 125(12):2685-9. View abstract
  29. Brietzke SE, Shin JJ, Choi S, Lee JT, Parikh SR, Pena M, Prager JD, Ramadan H, Veling M, Corrigan M, Rosenfeld RM. Clinical consensus statement: pediatric chronic rhinosinusitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Oct; 151(4):542-53. View abstract
  30. Dedhia K, Choi S, Chi DH. Management of refractory tympanostomy tube otorrhea with ear wicks. Laryngoscope. 2015 Mar; 125(3):751-3. View abstract
  31. Baldassari CM, Choi S. Assessing adenoid hypertrophy in children: X-ray or nasal endoscopy? Laryngoscope. 2014 Jul; 124(7):1509-10. View abstract
  32. Bedwell JR, Choi S, Chan K, Preciado D. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accreditation and influence on perceptions of pediatric otolaryngology fellowship training experience. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Sep; 139(9):890-4. View abstract
  33. Bedwell JR, Choi SS. Medical versus surgical management of pediatric orbital subperiosteal abscesses. Laryngoscope. 2013 Oct; 123(10):2337-8. View abstract
  34. Peña MT, Preciado D, Orestes M, Choi S. Orbital complications of acute sinusitis: changes in the post-pneumococcal vaccine era. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Mar; 139(3):223-7. View abstract
  35. Bedwell JR, Choi SS. Are stents necessary after choanal atresia repair? Laryngoscope. 2012 Nov; 122(11):2365-6. View abstract
  36. Choi SS, Miller RH. Women otolaryngologist representation in specialty society membership and leadership positions. Laryngoscope. 2012 Nov; 122(11):2428-33. View abstract
  37. Miller RH, Choi SS. Mentoring, networking, and leadership. Laryngoscope. 2012 Nov; 122(11):2434-5. View abstract
  38. Whigham AS, Howell R, Choi S, Peña M, Zalzal G, Preciado D. Outcomes of balloon dilation in pediatric subglottic stenosis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2012 Jul; 121(7):442-8. View abstract
  39. Preciado D, Choi S. Management of acute otitis media in cochlear implant recipients: to tube or not to tube? Laryngoscope. 2012 Apr; 122(4):709-10. View abstract
  40. Baldassari CM, Kepchar J, Bryant L, Beydoun H, Choi S. Changes in central apnea index following pediatric adenotonsillectomy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Mar; 146(3):487-90. View abstract
  41. Choi SS, Lander L. Pediatric acute mastoiditis in the post-pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era. Laryngoscope. 2011 May; 121(5):1072-80. View abstract
  42. Pestieau SR, Quezado ZM, Johnson YJ, Anderson JL, Cheng YI, McCarter RJ, Choi S, Finkel JC. High-dose dexmedetomidine increases the opioid-free interval and decreases opioid requirement after tonsillectomy in children. Can J Anaesth. 2011 Jun; 58(6):540-50. View abstract
  43. Jaryszak EM, Lander L, Patel AK, Choi SS, Shah RK. Prolonged recovery after out-patient pediatric adenotonsillectomy. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Apr; 75(4):585-8. View abstract
  44. Baldassari CM, Howell R, Amorn M, Budacki R, Choi S, Pena M. Complications in pediatric deep neck space abscesses. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Apr; 144(4):592-5. View abstract
  45. Jaryszak EM, Shah RK, Vanison CC, Lander L, Choi SS. Polysomnographic variables predictive of adverse respiratory events after pediatric adenotonsillectomy. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Jan; 137(1):15-8. View abstract
  46. Preciado D, Verghese S, Choi S. Aggressive bronchoscopic management of plastic bronchitis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2010 Jul; 74(7):820-2. View abstract
  47. Shah RK, Patel A, Lander L, Choi SS. Management of foreign bodies obstructing the airway in children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Apr; 136(4):373-9. View abstract
  48. Reed J, Shah RK, Jantausch B, Choi SS. Aryepiglottic abscess manifesting as epiglottitis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Sep; 135(9):953-5. View abstract
  49. Shah RK, Chun R, Choi SS. Mediastinitis in infants from deep neck space infections. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jun; 140(6):936-8. View abstract
  50. Ryan JT, Preciado DA, Bauman N, Pena M, Bose S, Zalzal GH, Choi S. Management of pediatric orbital cellulitis in patients with radiographic findings of subperiosteal abscess. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jun; 140(6):907-11. View abstract
  51. Tanna N, Choi SS. Efficacy and safety of adenotonsillectomy for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea in Prader-Willi syndrome. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2009 Apr; 118(4):267-9. View abstract
  52. Acevedo JL, Lander L, Choi S, Shah RK. Airway management in pediatric epiglottitis: a national perspective. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Apr; 140(4):548-51. View abstract
  53. Shah RK, Engel SH, Choi SS. Relationship between voice quality and vocal nodule size. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Nov; 139(5):723-6. View abstract
  54. Tanna N, Preciado DA, Clary MS, Choi SS. Surgical treatment of subperiosteal orbital abscess. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jul; 134(7):764-7. View abstract
  55. Buchinsky FJ, Donfack J, Derkay CS, Choi SS, Conley SF, Myer CM, McClay JE, Campisi P, Wiatrak BJ, Sobol SE, Schweinfurth JM, Tsuji DH, Hu FZ, Rockette HE, Ehrlich GD, Post JC. Age of child, more than HPV type, is associated with clinical course in recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. PLoS One. 2008 May 28; 3(5):e2263. View abstract
  56. Shah RK, Lander L, Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Resource utilization in the management of subglottic stenosis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Feb; 138(2):233-41. View abstract
  57. Collins WO, Choi SS. Otolaryngologic manifestations of achondroplasia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Mar; 133(3):237-44. View abstract
  58. Sherwood ML, Buchinsky FJ, Quigley MR, Donfack J, Choi SS, Conley SF, Derkay CS, Myer CM, Ehrlich GD, Post JC. Unique challenges of obtaining regulatory approval for a multicenter protocol to study the genetics of RRP and suggested remedies. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Aug; 135(2):189-96. View abstract
  59. Glade RS, Pearson SE, Zalzal GH, Choi SS. Coblation adenotonsillectomy: an improvement over electrocautery technique? Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 May; 134(5):852-5. View abstract
  60. Donfack J, Buchinsky FJ, Derkay CS, Steinberg BM, Choi SS, Conley SF, Meyer CM, McClay JE, Campisi P, Hu FZ, Preston RA, Abramson AL, Ehrlich GD, Post JC. Four mutations in Epidermodysplasia verruciformis 1 (EVER1) gene are not contributors to susceptibility in RRP. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2006 Jul; 70(7):1235-40. View abstract
  61. Pearson SE, Choi SS. Pseudoaneurysm of the internal carotid artery: a case report and review of the literature. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 May; 131(5):454-6. View abstract
  62. Pearson SE, Choi SS. Recurrent laryngeal papillomas in identical twins. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Sep; 131(3):327-9. View abstract
  63. Peña MT, Aujla PK, Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Acute airway distress from endotracheal intubation injury in the pediatric aerodigestive tract. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 May; 130(5):575-8. View abstract
  64. Reeves WC, Ruparelia SS, Swanson KI, Derkay CS, Marcus A, Unger ER. National registry for juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003 Sep; 129(9):976-82. View abstract
  65. El-Bitar MA, Choi SS, Emamian SA, Vezina LG. Congenital middle ear cholesteatoma: need for early recognition--role of computed tomography scan. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2003 Mar; 67(3):231-5. View abstract
  66. Singer MS, Seibel NL, Vezina G, Choi SS, Dinndorf PA. Successful treatment of invasive aspergillosis in two patients with acute myelogenous leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2003 Mar; 25(3):252-6. View abstract
  67. El-Bitar MA, Pena MT, Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Retained ventilation tubes: should they be removed at 2 years? Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Dec; 128(12):1357-60. View abstract
  68. El-Bitar MA, Choi SS. Bilateral occurrence of congenital middle ear cholesteatoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Nov; 127(5):480-2. View abstract
  69. McClay JE, Tandy R, Grundfast K, Choi S, Vezina G, Zalzal G, Willner A. Major and minor temporal bone abnormalities in children with and without congenital sensorineural hearing loss. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Jun; 128(6):664-71. View abstract
  70. Finkel JC, Cohen IT, Hannallah RS, Patel KM, Kim MS, Hummer KA, Choi SS, Pena M, Schreiber SB, Zalzal G. The effect of intranasal fentanyl on the emergence characteristics after sevoflurane anesthesia in children undergoing surgery for bilateral myringotomy tube placement. Anesth Analg. 2001 May; 92(5):1164-8. View abstract
  71. Peña M, Choi S, Boyajian M, Zalzal G. Perioperative airway complications following pharyngeal flap palatoplasty. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2000 Sep; 109(9):808-11. View abstract
  72. Derkay CS, Carron JD, Wiatrak BJ, Choi SS, Jones JE. Postsurgical follow-up of children with tympanostomy tubes: results of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Pediatric Otolaryngology Committee National Survey. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000 Mar; 122(3):313-8. View abstract
  73. Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Changing trends in neonatal subglottic stenosis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000 Jan; 122(1):61-3. View abstract
  74. Choi SS, Tran LP, Zalzal GH. Airway abnormalities in patients with Arnold-Chiari malformation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Dec; 121(6):720-4. View abstract
  75. Armstrong LR, Derkay CS, Reeves WC. Initial results from the national registry for juvenile-onset recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. RRP Task Force. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Jul; 125(7):743-8. View abstract
  76. Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Pitfalls in laryngotracheal reconstruction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Jun; 125(6):650-3. View abstract
  77. Choi SS, Pafitis IA, Zalzal GH, Herer GR, Patel KM. Clinical applications of transiently evoked otoacoustic emissions in the pediatric population. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1999 Feb; 108(2):132-8. View abstract
  78. Gamble B, McClay J, Biavati M, Choi S. Aberrant second branchial cleft fistula. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 1998 Nov 15; 46(1-2):103-7. View abstract
  79. Schoem SR, Choi SS, Zalzal GH, Grundfast KM. Management of oropharyngeal trauma in children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Dec; 123(12):1267-70. View abstract
  80. Choi SS, Vezina LG, Grundfast KM. Relative incidence and alternative approaches for surgical drainage of different types of deep neck abscesses in children. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Dec; 123(12):1271-5. View abstract
  81. Willner A, Choi SS, Vezina LG, Lazar RH. Intranasal anatomic variations in pediatric sinusitis. Am J Rhinol. 1997 Sep-Oct; 11(5):355-60. View abstract
  82. Schoem SR, Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Pneumomediastinum and pneumothorax from blunt cervical trauma in children. Laryngoscope. 1997 Mar; 107(3):351-6. View abstract
  83. Zalzal GH, Choi SS, Patel KM. Ideal timing of pediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Feb; 123(2):206-8. View abstract
  84. Zalzal GH, Choi SS, Patel KM. The effect of gastroesophageal reflux on laryngotracheal reconstruction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996 Mar; 122(3):297-300. View abstract
  85. Mancuso RF, Choi SS, Zalzal GH, Grundfast KM. Laryngomalacia. The search for the second lesion. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996 Mar; 122(3):302-6. View abstract
  86. Choi SS, Milmoe GJ, Dinndorf PA, Quinones RR. Invasive Aspergillus sinusitis in pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. Evaluation and management. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995 Oct; 121(10):1188-92. View abstract
  87. Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Branchial anomalies: a review of 52 cases. Laryngoscope. 1995 Sep; 105(9 Pt 1):909-13. View abstract
  88. Lerner DN, Choi SS, Zalzal GH, Johnson DL. Intracranial complications of sinusitis in childhood. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1995 Apr; 104(4 Pt 1):288-93. View abstract
  89. Bower CM, Choi SS, Cotton RT. Arytenoidectomy in children. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1994 Apr; 103(4 Pt 1):271-8. View abstract
  90. Choi SS, Myer CM. Proliferative myositis of the mylohyoid muscle. Am J Otolaryngol. 1990 May-Jun; 11(3):198-202. View abstract
  91. Choi SS, Cotton RT. Surgical management of voice disorders. Pediatr Clin North Am. 1989 Dec; 36(6):1535-49. View abstract
  92. Choi S, Lawson W, Urken ML. Subperiosteal orbital hematoma. An unusual complication of sinusitis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988 Dec; 114(12):1464-6. View abstract