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Erik Waldman, MD, FACS

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Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)


Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology



Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology


Dr. Waldman attended UCLA for medical school and then completed his residency in Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He took a gap year as a medical volunteer and performed surgeries on patients with very limited access to health care in Nepal, Vietnam and Cambodia. He then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital Boston. For 8 years he was the Clinical Director of Cochlear Implants as well as the student clerkship director for the Department of Otolaryngology at Columbia University Medical Center / Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. He is now the Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) as well as the American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery. His clinical interests involve all of pediatric otolaryngology including hearing loss, snoring, ear infections, and aerodigestive problems in children. He is married and has two children who keep him busy playing soccer, building legos, and watching living room karaoke.


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Education & Training

Children's Hospital Boston (2008)
Johns Hopkins Hospital (2006)
UCLA (2001)
UC San Diego, Animal Physiology and Neuroscience (1996)


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Clinical Care


Erik Waldman, MD, wants parents to know that he understands how worrisome it can be to hear that your child needs or might benefit from surgery. Discussing those concerns and answering questions is not only an important part of his job, it’s his favorite part.

“Parents come to me to help them make important healthcare decisions for their kids,” says Dr. Waldman, who is chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Yale Medicine. “There can be a lot of anxiety and stress over even the smallest procedures with kids. I spend as much time as possible listening and explaining. Parents often tell me it makes them much less anxious both before and after their child’s procedure. It’s a huge part of why I love what I do.”

Dr. Waldman isn’t shy about sharing his own experiences as his own daughter had a partial tonsillectomy when she was 5. “She was able to eat normally the day after surgery and her sleep is much more restful since the surgery,” he says. Now Dr. Waldman is among the few pediatric otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialist) in the area who regularly performs a partial tonsillectomy, which results in less pain and a quicker recovery for appropriate patients.

“I don’t remember ever meeting a family who is unhappy about having had the surgery a month afterward, whether a full or a partial tonsillectomy,” Dr. Waldman says. “A child’s quality of life, and therefore a family’s, often improves dramatically after this type of procedure.”

Dr. Waldman treats the entire spectrum of pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders, including hearing loss, snoring, ear infections and aerodigestive problems.

Clinical Specialties

Otolaryngology Surgery; Pediatric Otolaryngology; Pediatrics

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  • Otolaryngology

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    AB of Otolaryngology
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