Huseyin Isildak, MD — Academic Profile

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Director of Otology/Neurotology
  • Director of Cochlear Implant Program

Board Certifications


  • Istanbul School of Medicine
Residency Training
  • Department of Otolaryngology, Cerrahpasa Medical School, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Fellowship Training
  • Advance Otology Fellowship, Delaware Otologic Medicine and Surgery
  • Otology and Neurotology Fellowship, Paparella Ear Neck and Head Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Affiliated Specialty Centers

Clinical Interests/Expertise

  • otology
  • neurotology
  • cochlear implantation 
  • ear and hearing problems 
  • dizziness 
  • treatment of skull base tumors (vestibular schwannoma, glomus tumors etc).

Dr. Isildak

Contact Information

Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Department of Surgery, Health Sciences Center T19-068
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191
Tel: 631-444-8410
Fax: 631-444-7635

For patient care information, including insurance participation and practice locations, click here.
  • Personal Statement
  • Honors
  • Publications
  • Additional
  • Dr. Huseyin Isildak joined the Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery as an Associate Professor of Surgery on August , 2021. Dr. Isildak comes to us after practicing Director of Otology/Neurotology at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for 8 years. 
    He completed a Otology and Neurotology Clinical Fellowship at Paparella Ear, Head and Neck Institute, Minneapolis, MN.  He also completed an Otology Fellowship at Delaware Otologic Medicine and Surgery, Christiana Health Care System. Dr. Isildak completed his Otolaryngology Residency at Cerrahpasa Medical School in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Dr. Isildak has  published over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, multiple book chapters. He has presented multiple abstracts at national meetings (posters and oral presentations). He has also been invited to present his work at
    several  regional and national academic centers, which include Johns Hopkins Medical Center and University of Florida. 

    He has served as an Associate Editor for BioMed Central (BMC) Cancer published by Springer Nature since 2013. He is also Otolaryngology Section Editor for CSurgeries a peer-reviewed surgical video journal. He is in the Editorial Board for Operative techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery/Elsevier since 2015. Dr. Isildak has also served as the section editor for an issue of Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology focused on surgical management of Meniere disease. 
    He serves as a reviewer for many journals including Otology/neurotology, laryngology.

  • Proclamation from @BrookhavenTown during the Town Hall Eid al Fitr Celebration, recognizing the dedication of healthcare professionals, May 20, 2023

  • Inducted into the American Otological Society, COSM Boston, May 6, 2023

  • Excellence in Teaching Golden Adam's Apple Reward, Stony Brook ENT, June 22, 2022

  • Faculty Teaching and Mentorship Award,  Penn State Health, June 10, 2021

  • Exceptional Teaching Recognition from the Penn State Office for a Respectful Learning Environment

  • 2018, 2020 Best Doctors® in America

  • 2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Penn State College of Medicine

  • HCAHPS Dean’s List

  • Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 2014-2015

  • The Best Researcher - Otolaryngology Resident in Turkey

  • Conferred by a private otolaryngology society, KANAL KBB, 2010

  • Sezai Bedrettin Tumay Award

  • The Best Research in Pediatric Patients Group Turkey, 2008

  • > Click here to see abstracts/full text of Dr. Isildak journal articles on PubMed (National Library of Medicine).
  • Benyo S, Saadi R, Isildak H. Diagnostic Delays in Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence.
    ORL- Journal for Oto- Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. 2023:
    PMID: 36634632.

  • Patel S, Benyo S, Saadi R, Liaw J, King TS, Isildak H. Predictive Patient Factors for Poor Outcomes
    Following Stapedotomy for Otosclerosis. Otology & neurotology :
    official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and]
    European Academy of Otology and Neurotology. 2022;43(6):619-624 PMID: 35283465.

  • Pool C, King TS, Pradhan S, Isildak H. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss and
    coronavirus disease 2019. The Journal of laryngology and otology.
    2022;136(9):823-826 PMID: 35443898.

  • Patel VA, Liaw J, Saadi RA, Isildak H, Kalmar CL, Polster SP. Headache Diagnosis in Children and
    Adolescents. Otolaryngologic clinics of North America. 2022;55(3):633-647
    PMID: 35490042.

  • Benyo S, Benn DV, Saadi RA, et al. Utility of Temporal Bone Computed Tomography
    in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. The western journal of emergency medicine.
    2022;23(2):238-245 PMID: 35302459.

  • Patel V, Isildak H. Cholesteatoma. 2022.

  • Saadi R, Isildak H. Middle Ear, Tympanic Membrane, Perforations. Medscape. 2022.

  • Benyo S, Saadi RA, Sacks CD, Patel V, King TS, Isildak H. Current Variations and Practice Patterns in Tympanic Membrane Perforation Repair.
    The Journal of laryngology and otology. 2022:1-22 PMID: 35307041.

  • Harounian JA, Patel VA, Isildak H. Contemporary management of
    keratosis obturans: a systematic review. J Laryngol Otol.
    2021 Sep;135(9):759-764. PMID: 34348811

  • Hwang G, Saadi R, Patel VA, Liaw J, Isildak H. Thyroid Dysfunction in Ménière's Disease:
    A Comprehensive Review. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec.
    2021;83(4):219-226 PMID: 33853078 

  • Moroco AE, Saadi RA, Baker AR, Zhu J, Isildak H. Usage Patterns of CT and
    MRI in the Evaluation of Otologic Disease. Otol Neurotol.
    2021 Jul 1;42(6):e698-e708. PMID: 33606467

  • Liaw J, Saadi R, Patel VA, Isildak H. Middle Ear Viral Load Considerations in the
    COVID-19 Era: A Systematic Review Otol Neurotol. 2021 Feb PMID: 33201081

  • Saadi R, Liaw J, Baker A, Isildak H. Response to Letter to the Editor Regarding
    "Improving Microscopic Imaging in Otology and Neurotology" Otol Neurotol.
    2020 Dec;41(10):1450 PMID: 32976338

  • Saadi R, Pennock M, Baker A, Isildak H. A Case of External Auditory Canal Sebaceous
    Carcinoma: Literature Review and Treatment Discussion Biomed Hub.
    2020 Jun 11;5(2):72-78 PMID: 32775336

  • Liaw J, Isildak H, Meningocele of the Internal Auditory Canal Requiring Facial-
    Nerve Decompression. Biomed Hub. 2020 May 11;5(2):1-6. doi:
    10.1159/000507420. eCollection 2020 May-Aug. PMID: 32775333

  • Zacharia, B, Eichberg D, Ivan M, Hanft S, Boockvar J, Isildak H, Mansouri A,
    Komotar R, D’Amico R, Letter: Surgical Management of Brain Tumor Patients in
    the Covid-19 Era Neurosurgery. 2020 Apr 29 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed
    PMID: 32347942

  • Liaw J, Patel V, Saadi R, Bann DV, Mau C, Brettler S, Tuanquin L, Zacharia B,
    Isildak H, Letter: COVID-19 Pandemic: Safety Precautions for Stereotactic
    Radiosurgery 2020 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32335668;

  • Saadi R, Bann DV, Patel V, Goldenberg D, May J, , Isildak H, A Commentary
    on Safety Precautions for Otologic Surgery during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    [Commentary] Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Apr 14. [Epub ahead of
    print] PubMed PMID: 32286916.

  • Bann DV, Patel V, MD, Saadi R, Goyal N, Gniady JP,. McGinn J, Goldenberg
    D, Isildak H, May J, Wilson M, Best Practice Recommendations for Pediatric
    Otolaryngology During the COVID-19 Pandemic, [State of the Art Review],
    Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery 2020 Apr 28 [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 32340588

  • Sacks C, Saadi R, Isildak H. The Effect of Patient Volume and Experience on
    Management of Menière's Disease. Otol Neurotol. 2020 Feb 5. PubMed PMID:

  • Saadi R, Liaw J, Baker A, Isildak H. Improving Microscopic Imaging in Otology
    and Neurotology. Otol Neurotol. 2020 Jan 24. PubMed PMID: 31985709 (in press)

  • Patel VA, Dunklebarger M, Banerjee K, Shokri T, Zhan X, Isildak H. Surgical
    Management of Vestibular Schwannoma: Practice Pattern Analysis via NSQIP.
    Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2019 Oct 21:3489419882044 PubMed PMID:

  • Shokri T, Czarnecki B, Baker A, Isildak H. Hearing Rehabilitation Implementing
    Transcutaneous Bone Conduction Device: Single-Center Experience. Ear Nose
    Throat J. 2019 Sep 29:145561319870481. PMID: 31565979

  • Clyde, J. W., Patel, V. A., Kanekar, S., Isildak, H. Magnetic resonance imaging
    findings in idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Acta Radiol 2019
    Sep;60(9):1167-1174. 2019 PMID: 31392900.

  • Shokri T, Liaw J, Isildak H. Unilateral Otorrhea and Mastoid Erosion. JAMA Otolaryngol
    Head Neck Surg. 2018 Jul 1;144(7):641-642. PubMed PMID: 29931033.
    Patel VA, M. Dunklebarger, T.T. Zacharia, Isildak H. Otologic manifestations of
    Susac syndrome, Aca Otorhinolarygol Ital 2018;38:544-553

  • Kim Y, Patel VA, Isildak H, Carr MM. An analysis of safety and adverse events
    following cochlear implantation in children under 12 months of age. Otol Neurotol.
    2017 Dec;38(10):1426-1432. PMID: 28953606.

  • Oberman BS, Patel V, Cureolgu S, Isildak H. The aetiopathologies of Meniere’s
    disease: a contemporary review. Aca Otorhinolarygol Ital. 2017
    Aug;37(4):240-263. PMID: 28244505.

  • Patel VA, Oberman BS, Zacharia TT, Isildak H. Magnetic resonance imaging findings
    in Meniere’s disease. J Laryngol Otol. 2017 Jul: 131(7):602-607. PMID:

  • Ferster AP, Cureoglu S, Keskin N, Paparella MM, Isildak H. Secondary Endolymphatic
    Hydrops. Otol Neurotol. 2017 Jun:38(5): 774-779. PMID: 28306649.

  • Ferster AP, Priesol AJ, Isildak H. The clinic manifestations of vestibular migraine:
    A review. Auris Nasus Larynx. 2017 Jun;44(3):249-252. PMID: 28285826.

  • Teixido M, Baker A, Isildak H. Migraine and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo:
    A single institution review. J Laryngol Otol. 2017 Jun;131(6):508-513. PMID:

  • Baker AR, Fanelli DG, Kanekar S, Isildak H. A Retrospective Review of Temporal
    Bone Imaging With Respect to Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid Placement. Otol
    Neurotol. 2017 Jan;38(1):86-88. PMID: 27755364.

  • Patel HH, Isildak H. Meniere’s disease an overview, Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-
    Head and Neck Surgery, 2016 Dec. 27(4).

  • Clark CM, Patel HH, Kanekar SG, Isildak H. Enlarged vestibular aqueducts and
    other inner-ear abnormalities in patients with Down syndrome. J Laryngol Otol.
    2016 Dec 28:1-5. PMID: 28027715.

  • Baker A, Fanelli D, Kanekar S, Isildak H. A Review of Temporal Bone CT Imaging
    With Respect to Pediatric Bone-anchored Hearing Aid Placement. Otol Neurotol.
    2016 Oct;37(9):1366-9. PMID: 27755364.

  • Onal Z, Çullu-Çokuğraş F, Isildak H, Kaytaz A, Kutlu T, Erkan T, Doğusoy G.
    Evaluation of the likelihood of reflux developing in patients with recurrent upper
    respiratory infections, recurrent sinusitis or recurrent otitis seen in ear-nose-throat
    outpatient clinics. Turk J Pediatr. 2015 May-Jun;57(3):258-65.PubMed PMID:

  • Teixido MT, Kirkilas G, Seymour P, Sem K, Iaia A, Sabra O, Isildak H.
    Normative inner ear volumetric measurements. J Craniofac Surg. 2015
    Jan;26(1):251-4. PubMed PMID: 25490572.

  • Ünel S, Yilmaz M, Albayram S, Işık Z, Ceyhan E, Isildak H, Teixido M, Savas Y,
    Kiris A. Anastomoses of the vestibular, cochlear, and facial nerves. J Craniofac
    Surg. 2012 Sep;23(5):1358-61. PubMed PMID: 22948657.

  • Unel S, Yilmaz M, Albayram S, Kiris A, Isik Z, Ceyhan E, Isildak H, Savas Y,
    Keser Z. A Radiological Study on the Topographical Relationships between the
    Vestibular, Cochlear and Facial Nerves. Eurasian J Med. 2012 Apr;44(1):6-12.
    PubMed PMID: 25610197

  • Karaman E, Isildak H, Yilmaz M, Enver O, Albayram S. Encephalomalacia in the
    frontal lobe: complication of the endoscopic sinus surgery. J Craniofac Surg.
    2011 Nov;22(6):2374-5. PubMed PMID: 22134284.

  • Edizer DT, Ozdoğan A, Karaman E, Isildak H. Report of a case of malignant
    peripheral nerve sheath tumor of the neck with an early local recurrence. Ear
    Nose Throat J. 2011 Oct;90(10):E1-3. PubMed PMID: 22033963.

  • Isildak H, Ibrahimov M, Yilmaz M, Enver O, Albayram S. A purely
    cochlear schwannoma presenting with progressive hearing loss.
    Ear Nose Throat J. 2011 Oct;90(10):481-8. PubMed PMID: 22033959.

  • Karaman E, Yilmaz M, Ada M, Yilmaz RS, Isildak H. Unusual location of primary
    hydatid cyst: soft tissue mass in the parapharyngeal region. Dysphagia. 2011
    Mar;26(1):75-7. PubMed PMID: 20204411.

  • Isildak H, Karaman E, Ozdogan A, Ibrahimov M, Yilmaz M. Unusual manifestations
    of bilateral carotid artery dissection: Dysphagia and hoarseness. Dysphagia. 2010
    Dec;25(4):338-40. PubMed PMID: 20195872.

  • Karaman E, Hacizade Y, Isildak H, Agayev A, Mercan H, Alimoglu Y, Korkut N.
    Carotid sheath-like foreign body in the neck. J Craniofac Surg. 2010
    Jul;21(4):1296-8. PubMed PMID: 20647842.

  • Yilmaz M, Karaman E, Isildak H, Enver O, Kilic F. Symptomatic unilateral
    submandibular gland aplasia associated with ipsilateral sublingual gland
    hypertrophy. Dysphagia. 2010 Mar;25(1):70-2. PubMed PMID: 19779854.

  • Isildak H, Yilmaz M, Ibrahimov M, Aslan M, Karaman E, Enver O. Schwannoma
    of the hard palate. J Craniofac Surg. 2010 Jan;21(1):276-8. PubMed PMID:

  • Ada M, Isildak H, Saritzali G. Congenital vocal cord paralysis. J Craniofac
    Surg. 2010 Jan;21(1):273-4. PubMed PMID: 20098198.

  • Isildak H, Karaman E, Yilmaz M, Hacizade Y, Isildak H, Cansiz H. Sever visual
    loss after ear surgery. J Craniofac Surg. 2010 Jan;21(1):155-6 PubMed PMID:

  • Isildak H, Albayram S, Isildak H. Spontaneous intracranial hypotension
    syndrome accompanied by bilateral hearing loss and venous engorgement in the
    internal acoustic canal and positional change of audiography. J Craniofac Surg.
    2010 Jan;21(1):165-7. PubMed PMID: 20072012.

  • Karaman E, Duman C, Isildak H, Enver O. Composite cartilage island grafts in
    type 1 tympanoplasty: audiological and otological outcomes. J Craniofac Surg.
    9 2010 Jan;21(1):37-9 PubMed PMID: 20061979.

  • Karaman E, Yilmaz M, Isildak H, Hacizade Y, Korkut N, Devranoğlu I, Enver O,
    Sekercioglu N. Management of jugular paragangliomas in otolaryngology practice.
    J Craniofac Surg. 2010 Jan;21(1):117-20. PubMed PMID: 20061964.

  • Karaman E, Samasti M, Saritzali G, Ozdemir S, Halil MC, Isildak H. Otomyiasis
    by Wohlfahrtia magnifica. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Nov;20(6):2123-4
    PubMed PMID: 19884847.

  • Karaman E, Yilmaz M, Alimoglu Y, Edizer DT, Isildak H, Ozek H. Extranodal
    sinonasal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma presenting as chronic sinusitis and
    necrotic wound infection. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Nov;20(6):2095-6
    PubMed PMID: 19881363.

  • Karaman E, Enver O, Alimoglu Y, Gonullu N, Bahar H, Torun MM, Isildak H.
    Oropharyngeal flora changes after tonsillectomy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.
    2009 Nov;141(5):609-13 PubMed PMID: 19861199.

  • Ogreden S, Karaman E, Isildak H, Kaytaz A. Congenital laryngeal cyst in a newborn.
    Turkish Archives of Otolaryngology. 2009 Oct; 47(2): 99-102

  • Karaman E, Yilmaz M, Isildak H, Enver O. The Effects of Autologous Serum on
    Experimental Traumatic Tympanic Membrane Perforation. Int. Adv. Otol. 2009
    Oct; 5(3): 318-322.

  • Karaman E, Duman C, Alimoglu Y, Isildak H, Oz F. Paradoxical vocal cord
    motion--haloperidol usage in acute attack treatment. J Craniofac Surg. 2009
    Sep;20(5):1602-4. PubMed PMID: 19816305.

  • Korkut N, Isildak H, Tuskan K, Oğreden S. [Lipoma of the cerebellopontine
    angle: two cases report and review of literature]. Kulak Burun Bogaz Ihtis Derg.
    2009 Jul-Aug;19(4):207-11. Turkish. PubMed PMID: 19860636.

  • Canakcioglu S, Tahamiler R, Saritzali G, Alimoglu Y, Isildak H, Guvenc MG,
    Acar GO, Inci E. Evaluation of nasal cytology in subjects with chronic rhinitis:
    a 7-year study. Am J Otolaryngol. 2009 Sep-Oct;30(5):312-7. PubMed PMID:

  • Karaman E, Isildak H, Yilmaz M, Edizer DT, Ibrahimov M, Cansiz H, Korkut N,
    Enver O. Management of paragangliomas in otolaryngology practice: review of a
    7-year experience. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Jul;20(4):1294-7. PubMed PMID:

  • Ozek H, Andican G, Karaman E, Gelisgen R, Tuskan K, Isildak H, Burcak G. Superoxide
    Dismutase and Glutathione in Otitis Media with Effusion: Relation with
    Hearing Loss, Int. Adv. Otol. 2009 May; 5(2): 150-155.

  • Canakcioglu S, Tahamiler R, Saritzali G, Isildak H, Alimoglu Y. Nasal patency
    by rhinomanometry in patients with sensation of nasal obstruction. Am J Rhinol
    Allergy. 2009 May-Jun;23(3):300-2. PubMed PMID: 19490805.

  • Karaman E, Isildak H, Haciyev Y, Kaytaz A, Enver O. Carotid-cavernous fistula
    after functional endoscopic sinus surgery. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Mar;20(2):556-8
    PubMed PMID: 19305255

  • Erisir F, Isildak H, Haciyev Y. Management of mild to moderate rhinophyma with
    radiofrequency. J Craniofac Surg. 2009 Mar;20(2):455-6. PubMed PMID: 19242362.

  • Tahamiler R, Canakcioglu S, Yilmaz S, Isildak H. Long-term immunotherapy for
    perennial allergic rhinitis: relationship of specific IgG levels to skin-prick
    test .results and clinical symptoms and signs. Ear Nose Throat J. 2008
    Dec;87(12):E29. PubMed PMID: 19105132.

  • Karaman E, Isildak H, Mercan H, Hacizade Y, Cansiz H. Invasion of the
    recurrent laryngeal nerve by tracheal tumor: an unusual presentation with
    coincidental huge multinodular goiter. J Craniofac Surg. 2008 Nov;19(6):1707-10.
    PubMed PMID: 19098590.

  • Karaman E, Isildak H, Ozdilek A, Sekercioglu N. Kimura disease. J Craniofac
    Surg. 2008 Nov;19(6):1702-5. PubMed PMID: 19098588.

  • Karaman E, Hacizade Y, Isildak H, Kaytaz A. Pott's puffy tumor. J Craniofac
    Surg. 2008 Nov;19(6):1694-7. PubMed PMID: 19098585.

  • Karaman E, Isildak H, Ogreden S, Oz F, Kaytaz A. Stridor associated with
    essential laryngeal myoclonus.Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 
    Jan;138(1):121-3. PubMed PMID: 18165009.




  • Serving a second term on the Skull-Base Surgery Committee
    of our American Otolaryngology Society

  • Invited to serve on the AOS/COSM 2024 Program Advisory Committee

  • Invited as an external peer reviewer of the upcoming AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline
    (CPG) on Age-Related Hearing Loss

  • The North American Skull Base Society
    2016 – Present

  • American Neurotology Society
    2014 – Present

  • Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology
    2014 – Present

  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
    2014 – 2017

  • Dauphin County Medical Society
    2014 – 2015

  • American Medical Association
    2013 – Present

  • Association of Research in Otolaryngology
    2013 – Present

  • Central Pennsylvania Society of Otorhinolaryngologists
    2013 – 2014

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
    2011 – Present

  • International

  • Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
    2017 – Present

  • Turkish Otolaryngology Society
    2004 – Present


  • Review:
    JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
    BioMed Central (BMC) Cancer
    Clinical Otolaryngology

  • Editorial Board Member:

  • Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Elsevier 2015 – Present

  • Section Editor for CSurgeries, 2016 – 2022

  • Associate Editor for BioMed Central (BMC) Cancer, Springer Nature, 2013 – 2020

  • Guest Editor for Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology, Elsevier “Surgery for Meniere’s Disease” Issue 4 Volume 27, 2016