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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

David Francis, MD earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals ,Seattle, WA. He received fellowship training in laryngology and care of professional voice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. He is an assistant professor and the Director of Outcomes Research in the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research program.

Dr. Francis is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and has high-level specialty training in the care of voice, airway and swallowing disorders. He has extensive experience with both the medical and surgical care of professional voice users, management of neurological disorders of the voice including vocal fold paralysis and laryngeal dystonias (e.g., spasmodic dysphonia, laryngeal tremor). He has expertise in managing infectious diseases of the larynx, airway stenosis and dysphagia. He has a patient-centric approach to caring for patients and strongly believes that “listening to the patient is central to personalized care” and that one-size does not fit all when managing voice, swallowing and airway disorders. He also recognizes that the care of voice, swallowing and breathing disorders requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes close collaborations with speech-language pathology, pulmonary, gastroenterology, allergy, thoracic surgery and neurology among others. 

Dr. Francis provides a wide range of services including airway dilation, airway reconstruction, vocal fold injection, laryngoplasty/thyroplasty, arytenoid adduction, laser procedures, microlaryngoscopy, microflap excision of vocal fold lesions (e.g., polyps, cysts), laryngectomy, partial laryngectomy, laryngeal papilloma treatment, endoscopic and open zenkers diverticulectomy, cricopharyngeal myotomy, transnasal esophagoscopy and thyroidectomy. 


Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology)

Facial Nerve Grafting

Gender Services - Laryngology

General Otolaryngology

Laryngology-Voice Surgery (ENT)

Maxilofacial Trauma Repair

Performing Arts Medicine - Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

Skin Cancer Reconstruction


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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital
Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial
UnityPoint Health - Meriter

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Otolaryngology

Laryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Residency University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, WA
Internship University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, WA
Medical School University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

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