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Department of Otolaryngology

Department of Otolaryngology

Robert Dobie, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Robert Dobie, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Otology
 
UC Davis Health System
Department of Otolaryngology
2521 Stockton Blvd, Suite 7200
Sacramento, CA 95817

Contact:
Phone: (916)734-2801

Clinical Focus

Ear disorders (hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, infections)

Research Focus

Clinical epidemiology; medical-legal issues

Undergraduate Education

  • Stanford University, Stanford California, A.B.(with Great Distinction)' Biology, 1967

Graduate Education

  • Stanford University, Stanford California, M.D., 1971
  • Stanford University, Stanford California, Surgery Internship, 1971
  • Stanford University, Stanford California, Otolaryngology Residency, 1971-1975
  • Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory of the South, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA, Auditory Physiology Research Fellowship, 1977-1978
  •  Professor Ugo Fisch, University Hospital, Zurich Switzerland, Otoneurosurgery Clinical Fellowship, 1983-1984

Board Certification

  • American Board of Otolaryngology, 1975
     Licensed in CA, TX (active); MD, LA, WA (inactive)

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (The Triological Society)
  • American Otological Society
  • Americam Neurotology Society (past executive council member)
  • Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (past president)
  • National Hearing Conservation Association (executive council)

Recent Publications

1967

Arce A, Dobie RA: Small chimpanzee colony management. J Inst An Tech 1967;18:139-143.
1971

Dobie RA, Simmons FB: A dichotic threshold test: Normal and brain-damaged subjects. J Speech Hear Res 1971;14:71-81.  
1976

Smith MF, Dobie RA: The use of homograft stapes. Laryngoscope 1976;86:1196-1202.  
1977

Okamoto E, Fee WE Jr, Boles R, Calcaterra TC, Dobie RA, Steadman MG: Safety of hospital vs. home care of infant tracheotomies. Trans Am Acad Ophthalmol Otolaryngol 1977;84:92-99.  
1978

Dobie RA: Rehabilitation of swallowing disorders. Am Fam Phys 1978;17:84-95.  
1979

Dobie RA, Berlin CI: Binaural interaction in brainstem-evoked responses. Arch Otolaryngol 1979;105:391-398.  
1979

Dobie RA, Berlin CI: Influence of otitis media on hearing and development. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Suppl 60 1979;88(5, Pt 2):48-53.  
1979

Dobie RA, Cox K, Larsen GL: Skin flap esophagostomy: A new procedure. Arch Otolaryngol 1979;105:200-202.  
1979

Dobie RA, Tobey DN: Clinical features of diphtheria in the respiratory tract. JAMA 1979;242:2197-2201.  
1980

Beukelman DR, Cummings CW, Dobie RA, Weymuller EA Jr: Objective assessment of laryngectomized patients with surgical reconstruction. Arch Otolaryngol 1980;106:715-718.  
1980

Dobie RA: Vertigo: A physiological approach. J Fam Pract 1980;11:623-631.  
1980

Dobie RA, Clopton BM: Auditory evoked responses obtained by cross-correlation: A preliminary report. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1980;88:797-802.  
1980

Dobie RA, Kimm J: Brainstem responses to electrical stimulation of the cochlea. Arch Otolaryngol 1980;106:573-577.  
1980

Dobie RA, Norton SJ: Binaural interaction in human auditory evoked potentials. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1980;49:303-313.  
1980

Miller JM, Dobie RA, Pfingst BE, Heinz RD: Electrophysiologic studies of the auditory cortex in the awake monkey. Am J Otolaryngol 1980;1:119-130.  
1981

Cummings CW, Larson SM, Dobie RA, Weymuller EA Jr, Rudd TG, Merello A: Assessment of cobalt 57 tagged bleomycin as a clinical aid in staging of head and neck carcinoma. Laryngoscope 1981;91:529-537.  
1981

Dobie RA, Archer RJ: Otologic referral in industrial hearing conservation programs. J Occup Med 1981;23:755-761.  
1981

Dobie RA, Archer RJ: Results of otologic referrals in an industrial hearing conservation program. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1981;89:294-301.  
1981

Kaplan JN, Dobie RA, Cummings CW: The incidence of hypopharyngeal stenosis after surgery for laryngeal cancer. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1981;89:956-959.  
1982

Dobie RA: Hearing conservation in industry. West J Med 1982;137:499-505.  
1982

Dobie RA, Snyder JM, Donaldson JA: Electronystagmographic and audiologic findings in patients with Meniere's disease. Acta Otolaryngol (Stockh) 1982;94:19-27.  
1982

Dobie RA: Otologic referral criteria. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1982;90:598-601.  
1983

Bassett MR, Dobie RA: Patterns of nutritional deficiency in head and neck cancer. Otolaryngol Head and Neck Surg 1983;91:119-125.  
1983

Dobie RA: Reliability and validity of industrial audiometry: Implications for hearing conservation program design (1983 Triological Society Thesis). Laryngoscope 1983;93:906-927.  
1983

Gacek RR, Malmgren LT, Abbs JH, Berlin CI, Dobie RA, Fredrickson JM, Wolf G, Moore EJ: Postdoctoral research training. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1983;91(100):15-17.  
1983

Martin GK, Shaw DW, Dobie RA, Lonsbury-Martin BL: Endolymphatic hydrops in the rabbit: Auditory brainstem responses and cochlear morphology. Hear Res 1983;12:65-87.  
1984

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Short-latency auditory responses obtained by cross correlation. J Acoust Soc Am 1984;76:1411-1421.  
1984

Kelly-Ballweber D, Dobie RA: Binaural interaction measured behaviorally and electrophysiologically in young and old adults. Audiology 1984;23:181-194.  
1984

Patterson HC, Dobie RA, Cummings CW: Treatment of the clinically negative neck in floor of the mouth carcinoma. Laryngoscope 1984;94:820-824.  
1985

Anonsen C, Dobie RA, Hoekema D, Huang TW, Gown AM: Carcinosarcoma of the floor of mouth. J Otolaryngol 1985;14(4):215-220.  
1985

Dobie RA: Industrial audiometry and the otologist. Laryngoscope 1985;95:382-385.  
1985

Dobie RA, Dillier N: Some aspects of temporal coding for single-channel electrical stimulation of the cochlea. Hear Res 1985;18:41-55.  
1985

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Binaural interaction in auditory brain-stem responses: Effects of masking. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1985;62:56-64.  
1985

Lane CL, Dobie RA, Crawford DR, Morgan MS: Standard threshold shift criteria: An investigation of the most reliable indicator of noise-induced hearing loss. J Occup Med 1985;27:34-42.  
1985

Kelly-Ballweber D Wilson MJ, Dobie RA: Binaural interaction in auditory brain stem responses: Parametric studies. Ear Hear 1985;6:80-88.  
1986

Dobie RA, Fisch U: Primary and revision surgery (selective neurectomy) for facial hyperkinesia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:154-163.  
1986

Dobie RA, Hoberg KE, Rees TS: Electrical tinnitus suppression: A double-blind crossover study. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;95:319-323.  
1986

Goding GS, Dobie RA: Gaze nystagmus and blood alcohol. Laryngoscope 1986;96:713-717.  
1987

Dobie RA: Noise-induced hearing loss: The family physician's role. Am Fam Phys 1987;36:141-148.  
1987

Fisch U, Dobie RA, Gmur A, Felix H: Intracranial facial nerve anastomosis. Am J Otol 1987;8:23-29.  
1987

Harrop-Griffiths J, Katon W, Dobie R, Sakai C, Russo J: Chronic tinnitus: Association with psychiatric diagnoses. J Psychosom Res 1987;31:613-621.  
1987

Wilson MJ, Dobie RA: Human short-latency auditory responses obtained by cross-correlation. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1987;66:529-538.  
1988

Chatrian GE, Vossler D, Dobie RA, Snyder J, Kelly W, Wirch A: Electrocochleogram and brainstem auditory evoked potentials in patients with cerebellopontine angle tumors. Neurology Suppl 1 1988;38(3):389.  
1988

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Auditory responses to the envelopes of pseudorandom noise stimuli in humans. Hear Res 1988;36:9-20.  
1988

Flint P, Duckert LG, Dobie RA, Rubel EW: Chronic perilymphatic fistula: Experimental model in the guinea pig. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1988;99(4):380-388.  
1988

Hillel AD, Dobie R, Little J: Evoked electromyography of the eleventh nerve and trapezius muscle. Head Neck Surg 1988;10(6):387-395.  
1988

Palaskas CW, Dobie RA, Snyder JM: Progression of hearing loss in bilateral Meniere's disease. Laryngoscope 1988;98:287-290.  
1988

Sullivan MD, Katon W, Dobie R, Sakai C, Russo J, Harrop-Griffiths J: Disabling tinnitus: Association with affective disorder. Gen Hosp Psychiatr 1988;10:285-291.  
1989

Crabtree G, Dobie RA: The effect of unilateral corneal anesthesia on the Schirmer test. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1989;100:631-632.  
1989

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Analysis of auditory evoked potentials by magnitude-squared coherence. Ear Hear 1989;10:2-13.  
1989

Gates GE, Caspary DM, Clark W, Pillsbury HC III, Brown SC, Dobie RA: Presbycusis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1989;100:266-271.  
1989

Palaskas CW, Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Cross-correlation of the frequency-following response. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1989;74:399-400.  
1989

Palaskas CW, Wilson MJ, Dobie RA: Electrophysiologic assessment of low-frequency hearing: Sedation effects. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1989;101:434-441.  
1989

Sullivan MD, Dobie RA, Sakai CS, Katon WJ: Treatment of depressed tinnitus patients with nortriptyline. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1989;98:867-872.  
1990

Dobie RA: A method for allocation of hearing handicap. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1990;103:733-739.  
1990

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Optimal ('Wiener') digital filtering of auditory evoked potentials: Use of coherence estimates. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1990;77:205-213.  
1990

Tucci DL, Wilson MJ, Dobie RA: Coherence analysis of scalp responses to amplitude-modulated tones. Acta Otolaryngol (Stockh) 1990;109:195-201.  
1991

Dobie RA: What's new in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Bull Am Coll Surg 1991;76:37-39.  
1991

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Optimal smoothing of coherence estimates. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1991;80:194-200.  
1991

Pasic TR, Dobie RA: Cis-platinum ototoxicity in children. Laryngoscope 1991;101:985-991.  
1991

Watson CS, Dobie RA, Durlach N, Humes LE, Levit H, Miller JD, Sherrick CE, Simmons FB, Studebaker GA, Tyler RS, Widin GP: Speech-perception aids for hearing-impaired people: Current status and needed research. J Acoust Soc Am 1991;90:637-685.  
1992

Dobie RA: The relative contributions of occupational noise and aging in individual cases of hearing loss. Ear Hear 1992;13:19-27.  
1992

Dobie RA, Sullivan MD, Katon WJ, Sakai CS and Russo J: Antidepressant treatment of tinnitus patients: Interim report of a randomized clinical trial. Acta Otolaryngol (Stockh) 1992;112(2):242-247.  
1992

Sullivan M, Katon W, Dobie R, Sakai C, Russo J: Somatization, co-morbidity, and the quality of life: Measuring the effect of depression upon chronic medical illness. Psychiatr Med 10:61-76, 1992.  
1993

Dobie RA: Objective response detection. Ear Hear 1993;14(1):31-35.  
1993

Dobie RA: Research study report: Furosemide (Lasix). Tinnitus Today 1993;18(1):6-9.  
1993

Dobie RA, Sakai CS, Sullivan MD, Katon WJ, Russo J: Antidepressant treatment of tinnitus patients: Report of a randomized clinical trial and clinical prediction of benefit. Am J Otol 1993;14(1):18-23.  
1993

Katon W, Sullivan M, Russo J, Dobie R, Sakai C: Depressive symptoms and measures of disability: A prospective longitudinal study. J Affective Disord 1993;27(4):245-254.  
1993

Clark MR, Sullivan MD, Katon WJ, Russo JE, Fischl M, Dobie RA, Voorhees R: Psychiatric and medical factors associated with disability in patients with dizziness. Psychosomatics 1993;34(5):409-415. "nbsp;
1993

Dobie RA: Confidence intervals for hearing loss allocation estimates. Ear Hear 1993;14(5):315-321.  
1993

Santos PM, Hall RA, Hughes LF, Snyder JM, Dobie RA: Diuretic and diet effect on Meniere's disease, evaluated by the 1985 Committee on Hearing and Equilibrium and Guidelines. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1993;109(4):680-689.  
1993

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Objective response detection in the frequency domain. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1993;88(6):516-524.  
1993

Sullivan M, Katon W, Russo J, Dobie R, Sakai C: A randomized trial of nortriptyline in severe chronic tinnitus: Effects on depression, disability and symptoms. Arch Int Med 1993;153(19):2251-2259.  
1993

Sullivan M, Clark MR, Katon WJ, Fischl M, Russo J, Dobie RA, Voorhees R: Psychiatric and otologic diagnoses in patients complaining of dizziness. Arch Int Med 1993;153(12):1479-1484.  
1993

Dobie, RA, Sakai, CS: Furosemide open trial for treatment of tinnitus. Journal of Audiological Medicine 1993;2:167-174.  
1993

Levi EC, Folsom RC, Dobie RA: Amplitude-modulation following response (AMFR): Effects of modulation rate, carrier frequency, age, and state. Hear Res 1993;68(1):42-52.  
1994

Clark MR, Sullivan MD, Fishel M, Katon WJ, Russo JE, Dobie, RA, Voorhees RD: Symptoms as a clue to otologic and psychiatric diagnoses. J Psychosom Res 1994;38(5):461-470.  
1994

Sullivan MD, Katon WJ, Russo JR, Dobie RA, Sakai CS: Coping and marital support as correlates of tinnitus disability. Gen Hosp Psychiatry 1994;16(4):259-266.  
1994

Dobie RA: Separating noise-induced from age-related hearing loss. West J Med 1994;160(6):564-565.  
1994

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Phase weighting: A method to improve objective detection of steady-state evoked potentials. Hear Res 1994;79(1-2):94-98.  
1994

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Objective detection of 40-Hz auditory evoked potentials: Phase coherence vs. magnitude-squared coherence. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol 1994;92(5):405-413.  
1995

Dobie RA: Prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1995;121(4):385-391.  
1995

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Objective vs. human observer detection of 40-Hz auditory evoked potentials. J Acoust Soc Am 1995;97(5 Pt 1):3042-3050.  
1995

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Comparison of objective threshold estimation procedures for 40-Hz auditory evoked potentials. Ear Hear 1995;16(3):299-310.  
1995

Dobie RA, Jenkins H, Cohen NL: Multicenter comparative study of cochlear implants: Surgical results. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Suppl 1995;104 (Suppl. 165):6-8.  
1995

Levi EC, Folsom RC, Dobie RA: Coherence analysis of envelope-following responses (EFRs) and frequency-following responses (FFRs) in infants and adults. Hear Res 1995;89(1-2):21-27.  
1996

Dobie RA: Compensation for hearing loss. Audiology 1996;35(1):1-7.  
1996

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: A comparison of t-test, F-test, and coherence methods of detecting steady-state auditory-evoked potentials, distortion-product otoacoustic emissions, or other sinusoids. J Acoust Soc Am 1996;100(4 Pt 1):2236-2246.  
1997

Dobie RA: Does computerized dynamic posturography help us care for our patients? Am J Otol 1997;18:108-112.  
1997

Otto RA, Dobie RA, Lawrence V, Sakai C: The impact of a laryngectomy upon quality of life: Perspective of the patient vs. health care provider. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1997;106:693-699.  
1997

Dobie RA: Tinnitus and depression. Intl. Tinnitus J. 1997; 3:33-34.  
1998

Dobie RA, Sadai CS: Monetary compensation for hearing loss: Clinician’s survey. J Occup Hear Loss 1998;1(1):73-80.  
1998

Dobie RA, Sakai CS: Monetary compensation for hearing loss: Choice and weighting of frequencies. J Occup Hear Loss 1998;1(3):163-171.  
1998

Krempl G, Dobie RA: Evaluation of posturography in the detection of malingering subjects. Am J Otol 1998;19:619-627.  
1998

Dobie RA, Wilson MJ: Low-level steady–state auditory evoked potentials: Effects of rate and sedation on detectability. J Acous Soc Am 1998;104(6):3482-3488.  
1999

Dobie RA: Randomized clinical trials in tinnitus: A review. Laryngoscope 1999;109:1202-1211.  
2000

Larson VD, Williams DW, Henderson WG, et al.: Efficacy of 3 commonly used hearing aid circuits: A crossover trial. JAMA 2000; 284: 1806-13.  
2001

Yaremchuk K, Dobie RA: Otologic injuries from airbag deployment. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2001; 125: 130-134.  
2002

Dobie RA: Age correction: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Spectrum 2001; 18: 6-9 (erratum published 2002; 19:5)  
2002

Haskell GB, Noffsinger D, Larson VD, Williams DW, Dobie RA, Rogers JL: Subjective measures of hearing aid benefit in the NIDCD/VA Clinical Trial. Ear and Hearing 2002; 23: 301-307.  
2002

Morgan SS, Beck WG, Dobie RA Can posturography identify informed malingerers? Otol Neurotol 2002; 23: 214-217.  
2002

Larson VD, Williams DW, Henderson WG, Luethke LE, Beck LB, Noffsinger D, Bratt GW, Dobie RA, Fausti SA, Haskell GB, Rappaport BZ, Shanks JE, Wilson RH: A multi-center, double blind clinical trial comparing benefit from three commonly used hearing aid circuits. Ear Hear 2002; 23(4): 269-76.  
2003

Dobie RA: Depression and tinnitus. Otolaryngol Clin N Am 2003; 36:383-388.  
2003

Rabinowitz PM and Dobie RA Use of the audiometric configuration to determine whether hearing loss is noise-induced: Can “notch” criteria help? Spectrum 2003; 20 (1): 8 – 11.  
2005

Dobie RA Audiometric threshold shift definitions: Simulations and suggestions. Ear and Hearing. 2005;26:62-77.  
 2005 Dobie RA.  Estimating noise-induced permanent threshold shift from audiometric shape: The ISO-1999 model.  Ear and Hearing 2005; 26:630-635
 2006 Dobie RA, Black FO, Pesznecker S, Stallings V.  Hearing loss in patients with vestibulotoxic reactions to gentamicin therapy.  Arch Otolaryngol 2006; 132:253-257.
 2006 Dobie RA.  Methodological issues when comparing hearing thresholds of a group with population standards: the case of the Ferry engineers.  Ear Hear 2006 Oct; 27(5):526-37.
 2006 Rabinowitz PM, Galusha D, Slade MD, Dixon-Ernst C, Sircar KD, Dobie RA.  Audiogram notches in noise-exposed workers.  Ear & Hearing 2006 Dec; 27(6):742-50.

Departmental Duties

  •  Attending Otolaryngologist

Location:

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Mailing address:

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA 95817

Cleft Lip/Palate:

(916) 734-2452

Audiology & Speech Appointments:

(916) 734-5400

Facial Plastic Surgery Appointments:

(916) 734-2347

Dental Appointments:

(916) 734-5429

Clinic Appointments:

(916) 734-5400