David Francis, MD, MS

  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT, Otolaryngology)
David Francis, MD


David Francis, MD,MS, is a UW Health otolaryngologist — or ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor — and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He cares for people with a range of disorders that affect the ears, nose and throat. He specializes in laryngology (conditions affecting the voice box).

As one of only a few laryngologists in Wisconsin, Dr. Francis’ practice is focused on treating voice, swallowing and breathing disorders. He has a clinical interest in treating patients with paralyzed vocal cords.

Dr. Francis takes a patient-centered approach to care. He uses open communication and shared decision-making to build trust with his patients. He listens, asks questions and provides education about their condition and treatment options. Together, they create a plan aimed at curing their condition and restoring their quality of life.

In addition to his clinical and teaching roles, Dr. Francis is involved in several research projects studying thyroid cancer and vocal cord paralysis. He is motivated to positively impact patient experience and outcomes through both his clinical and research work.

In his free time, Dr. Francis enjoys traveling and spending time with his family outdoors and on the water.

I take time to understand what my patients’ goals are and work to help achieve them.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Otolaryngology
Medical School
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

Laryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

  • University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, WA
  • University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals, Seattle, WA

Areas of expertise

  • Laryngology-Voice Surgery (ENT)
  • Performing Arts Medicine - Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders