Sukgi Choi, MD

Associate in Otolaryngology

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Medical Services


  • Airway Disorders
  • Congential neck masses
  • Otolaryngology
  • Sarcoma
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery


  • Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement


  • English


  • Otolaryngology Program
  • Center for Airway Disorders (CAD)
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Experience and Education


Medical School

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1983

New York, New York


Mount Sinai Medical Center, 1988

New York, New York


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center , 1989

Cincinnati, Ohio


Professional History

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.


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  1. 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 Sep; 157(3):504-514.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Kubik M, Thottam P, Shaffer A, Choi S. The role of the otolaryngologist in the evaluation and diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis. Laryngoscope. 2017 Jun; 127(6):1459-1464.
  5. 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.
  6. Bhatti NI, Ahmed A, Stewart MG, Miller RH, Choi SS. Remediation of problematic residents--A national survey. Laryngoscope. 2016 Apr; 126(4):834-8.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Bhatti NI, Ahmed A, Choi SS. Identifying quality indicators of surgical training: A national survey. Laryngoscope. 2015 Dec; 125(12):2685-9.
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  12. 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.
  13. Dedhia K, Choi S, Chi DH. Management of refractory tympanostomy tube otorrhea with ear wicks. Laryngoscope. 2015 Mar; 125(3):751-3.
  14. Baldassari CM, Choi S. Assessing adenoid hypertrophy in children: X-ray or nasal endoscopy? Laryngoscope. 2014 Jul; 124(7):1509-10.
  15. 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.
  16. Bedwell JR, Choi SS. Medical versus surgical management of pediatric orbital subperiosteal abscesses. Laryngoscope. 2013 Oct; 123(10):2337-8.
  17. 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.
  18. Bedwell JR, Choi SS. Are stents necessary after choanal atresia repair? Laryngoscope. 2012 Nov; 122(11):2365-6.
  19. Choi SS, Miller RH. Women otolaryngologist representation in specialty society membership and leadership positions. Laryngoscope. 2012 Nov; 122(11):2428-33.
  20. Miller RH, Choi SS. Mentoring, networking, and leadership. Laryngoscope. 2012 Nov; 122(11):2434-5.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Choi SS, Lander L. Pediatric acute mastoiditis in the post-pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era. Laryngoscope. 2011 May; 121(5):1072-80.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Preciado D, Verghese S, Choi S. Aggressive bronchoscopic management of plastic bronchitis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2010 Jul; 74(7):820-2.
  30. 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.
  31. Reed J, Shah RK, Jantausch B, Choi SS. Aryepiglottic abscess manifesting as epiglottitis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Sep; 135(9):953-5.
  32. Shah RK, Chun R, Choi SS. Mediastinitis in infants from deep neck space infections. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jun; 140(6):936-8.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Shah RK, Engel SH, Choi SS. Relationship between voice quality and vocal nodule size. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Nov; 139(5):723-6.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Collins WO, Choi SS. Otolaryngologic manifestations of achondroplasia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Mar; 133(3):237-44.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. Pearson SE, Choi SS. Recurrent laryngeal papillomas in identical twins. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Sep; 131(3):327-9.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. El-Bitar MA, Choi SS. Bilateral occurrence of congenital middle ear cholesteatoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Nov; 127(5):480-2.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Changing trends in neonatal subglottic stenosis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000 Jan; 122(1):61-3.
  56. Choi SS, Tran LP, Zalzal GH. Airway abnormalities in patients with Arnold-Chiari malformation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Dec; 121(6):720-4.
  57. Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Pitfalls in laryngotracheal reconstruction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999 Jun; 125(6):650-3.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. Willner A, Choi SS, Vezina LG, Lazar RH. Intranasal anatomic variations in pediatric sinusitis. Am J Rhinol. 1997 Sep-Oct; 11(5):355-60.
  63. Schoem SR, Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Pneumomediastinum and pneumothorax from blunt cervical trauma in children. Laryngoscope. 1997 Mar; 107(3):351-6.
  64. Zalzal GH, Choi SS, Patel KM. Ideal timing of pediatric laryngotracheal reconstruction. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Feb; 123(2):206-8.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. Choi SS, Zalzal GH. Branchial anomalies: a review of 52 cases. Laryngoscope. 1995 Sep; 105(9 Pt 1):909-13.
  69. 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.
  70. Bower CM, Choi SS, Cotton RT. Arytenoidectomy in children. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1994 Apr; 103(4 Pt 1):271-8.
  71. Choi SS, Myer CM. Proliferative myositis of the mylohyoid muscle. Am J Otolaryngol. 1990 May-Jun; 11(3):198-202.
  72. Choi SS, Cotton RT. Surgical management of voice disorders. Pediatr Clin North Am. 1989 Dec; 36(6):1535-49.
  73. 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.
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