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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Gubbels is the director of the UW Health Cochlear Implant Program and is certified in both neurotology and otolaryngology by the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is fellowship trained in otology, neurotology and skull-base surgery. Dr. Gubbels’ clinical interests include cochlear implantation in children and adults, diseases of the ear, hearing rehabilitation, facial nerve disorders, acoustic neuromas and skull-base surgery.


Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology)

Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology)

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Otolaryngology
Fellowship University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Fellow, Otology & Neurotology, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Residency Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, Portland, OR
Internship Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, Portland, OR
Medical School University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, 2000

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Congenital atresia of the ear canal and middle ear
  • Endolymphatic sac decompression
  • Facial nerve decompression
  • Facial nerve grafting
  • Flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Free flap
  • Functional neck dissection
  • Gentamicin titration
  • Labyrinthectomy
  • Laryngeal papilloma laser treatment
  • Leukoplakia laser treatment
  • Mastoid obliteration
  • Mastoid Surgery
  • Maxilofacial trauma repair
  • Microlaryngoscopy
  • Ossiculoplasty
  • Posterior semicircular canal occlusion
  • Reinke's Edema Laser Treatment
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Stapedectomy
  • Superior semicircular canal dehiscence
  • Transnasal laryngotracheoscopy
  • Vocal cord injection
  • Zenker's diverticulectomy

Dr. Gubbels’ research interests include regenerative therapies for hearing loss, inner ear development, congenital ear disorders and cochlear implantation.

PubMed Articles
Chow CL Guo W Trivedi P Zhao X Gubbels SP . Characterization of a unique cell population marked by transgene expression in the adult cochlea of nestin-CreER(T2)/tdTomato-reporter mice. J Comp Neurol. 2015 Jul 1;523(10):1474-87
[PubMed ID: 25611038]
Gubbels SP Dang PT . In response to "is nasopharyngoscopy necessary in adult-onset otitis media with effusion?". Laryngoscope. 2014 Nov;124(11):E446
[PubMed ID: 24482112]
Gartrell BC Jones HG Kan A Buhr-Lawler M Gubbels SP Litovsky RY . Investigating long-term effects of cochlear implantation in single-sided deafness: a best practice model for longitudinal assessment of spatial hearing abilities and tinnitus handicap. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Oct;35(9):1525-32
[PubMed ID: 25158615]
Dang PT Kennedy TA Gubbels SP . Simultaneous, unilateral plugging of superior and posterior semicircular canal dehiscences to treat debilitating hyperacusis. J Laryngol Otol. 2014 Feb;128(2):174-8
[PubMed ID: 24480590]
Gartrell BC Gentry LR Kennedy TA Gubbels SP . Radiographic features of superior semicircular canal dehiscence in the setting of chronic ear disease. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Jan;35(1):91-6
[PubMed ID: 24136312]
Dang PT Gubbels SP . Is nasopharyngoscopy necessary in adult-onset otitis media with effusion? Laryngoscope. 2013 Sep;123(9):2081-2
[PubMed ID: 23404463]
Gubbels SP Zhang Q Lenkowski PW Hansen MR . Repair of posterior semicircular canal dehiscence from a high jugular bulb. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 Apr;122(4):269-72
[PubMed ID: 23697325]
Nickele CM Akture E Gubbels SP Ba┼čkaya MK . A stepwise illustration of the translabyrinthine approach to a large cystic vestibular schwannoma. Neurosurg Focus. 2012 Sep;33(3):E11
[PubMed ID: 22937845]
Gartrell BC Hansen MR Gantz BJ Gluth MB Mowry SE Aagaard-Kienitz BL Baskaya MK Gubbels SP . Facial and lower cranial neuropathies after preoperative embolization of jugular foramen lesions with ethylene vinyl alcohol. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Sep;33(7):1270-5
[PubMed ID: 22801041]
Gartrell BC Kennedy TA Gubbels SP . Bilateral duplicated internal carotid arteries presenting as middle ear masses: a case report and review of the literature. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2012 Aug;121(8):521-4
[PubMed ID: 22953658]
Sheffield AM Gubbels SP Hildebrand MS Newton SS Chiorini JA Di Pasquale G Smith RJ . Viral vector tropism for supporting cells in the developing murine cochlea. Hear Res. 2011 Jul;277(1-2):28-36
[PubMed ID: 21530627]
Khachi S Gubbels SP Robinson RA Hansen MR . Ganglion cyst presenting as an external auditory canal mass. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Jan;144(1):131-2
[PubMed ID: 21493405]
Woodson EA Dempewolf RD Gubbels SP Porter AT Oleson JJ Hansen MR Gantz BJ . Long-term hearing preservation after microsurgical excision of vestibular schwannoma. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Sep;31(7):1144-52
[PubMed ID: 20679955]
Gurgel RK Woodson EA Lenkowski PW Gubbels SP Hansen MR . Zygomatic root abscess: a rare complication of otitis media. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Jul;31(5):856-7
[PubMed ID: 19415039]
Dempewolf R Gubbels S Hansen MR . Acute radiographic workup of blunt temporal bone trauma: maxillofacial versus temporal bone CT. Laryngoscope. 2009 Mar;119(3):442-8
[PubMed ID: 19235746]
Brigande JV Gubbels SP Woessner DW Jungwirth JJ Bresee CS . Electroporation-mediated gene transfer to the developing mouse inner ear. Methods Mol Biol. 2009;493:125-39
[PubMed ID: 18839345]
Smith LK Gubbels SP MacArthur CJ Milczuk HA . The effect of the palatoplasty method on the frequency of ear tube placement. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Oct;134(10):1085-9
[PubMed ID: 18936356]
Gubbels SP Woessner DW Mitchell JC Ricci AJ Brigande JV . Functional auditory hair cells produced in the mammalian cochlea by in utero gene transfer. Nature. 2008 Sep 25;455(7212):537-41
[PubMed ID: 18754012]
Hildebrand MS Newton SS Gubbels SP Sheffield AM Kochhar A de Silva MG Dahl HH Rose SD Behlke MA Smith RJ . Advances in molecular and cellular therapies for hearing loss. Mol Ther. 2008 Feb;16(2):224-36
[PubMed ID: 18223547]
Gubbels SP Selden NR Delashaw JB Jr McMenomey SO . Spontaneous middle fossa encephalocele and cerebrospinal fluid leakage: diagnosis and management. Otol Neurotol. 2007 Dec;28(8):1131-9
[PubMed ID: 17921911]