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Department of Otolaryngology

Department of Otolaryngology

Hilary Brodie, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chairman

Hilary Brodie, M.D., Ph.D.
Otology and Neurotology

UC Davis Health System
Department of Otolaryngology
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA 95817


Dr. Brodie has a subspecialty practice in otology and neurotology. His clinical focus is in hearing loss and various diseases affecting the middle and inner ears. He works with a team of Audiologists, Speech Pathologists, and Physical Therapists to provide comprehensive programs in cochlear implantation and in the treatment of vestibular disorders.

Research Focus

Dr. Brodie is engaged in research related to understanding the underlying mechanisms of a disease called labyrinthitis ossificans.  Labyrinthitis ossificans is a disease process in which new bone forms in the inner ear following diseases such as meningitis, skull fractures, and various inflammatory diseases.  The significance of this research involves future cochlear implantation.  If a child is deafened by meningitis and the cochlea fills with new bone, insertion of a cochlear implant is hindered.  Understanding the mechanisms of bone deposition will hopefully allow for inhibition of the process and thereby maintain a patent cochlea.


University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S. in Physiological Psychology, 1977

Graduate Education

Observational fellowships in Otology/Neurotology

  • House Ear Institute, 1991
  • University of Zurich, 1992

Board Certification

Professional Societies

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
American Medical Association
American Neurotology Society
American Otological Society
Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Sacramento Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Society of University Otolaryngologists - Head and Neck Surgeons
California Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Society


1979 - Brodie, H.A., D.W. Shucard and S.A. Hoffman. Simple apparatus for blocking small animal brains. Brain Research Bulletin 4:439-441.

1982 - Hoffman, S.A., D.W. Shucard, H.A. Brodie, C. Reifenrath and R.J. Harbeck. Suppression of water intake by immune complex formation in the hypothalamus. Journal of Neuroimmunology 2:167-176.

1987- Brodie, H. A. and R.A. Chole. The possible role of immunologic injury in the dysplastic bony lesion in LP/J mice. American Journal of Otolaryngology 8:342-350, September.

1988 - Brodie, H.A., R.A. Chole and K.R. Henry. Otosclerosis. Comparative Pathology Bulletin 20(2):2-3, May.

1992 - Brodie, H.A. and R.A. Chole. Recurrent pneumosialadenitis: A case presentation and new surgical intervention. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 98: 350-353, April.

1993 - Brodie, H.A., R.A. Chole, G.C. Griffin and J.G. White. Macrothrombo-cytopenia and progressive deafness: A new genetic syndrome. American Journal of Otology 13(6):507-511, November.

1996 - Brodie, H.A., P.S. Chang and R.A. Chole. Dexamethasone inhibition of development of dysplastic bony lesions in LP/J mice. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology 102(10):814-817, October.

1996 - Senders, C.W., B.E. Emery, J.M. Sykes and H.A. Brodie. A prospective, double-blind, randomized study of the effects of perioperative steroids on palatoplasty patients. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 122:267-270, March.

1996 - Nemzek, W.R., H.A. Brodie, B.W. Chong, C.J. Babcook, S.T. Hecht, M.S. Salamat, W.G. Ellis and J.A. Seibert. Imaging findings of the developing temporal bone in fetal specimens. American Journal of Neuroradiology 17:1467-1477, September.

1997 - Sykes, J.M. and H.A. Brodie. An objective evaluation method for facial mimic motion. Commentary. Otolaryngology Journal Club Journal 3(6):302-303, December.

1997 - Gadre, A.K., H.A. Brodie, J.N. Fayad and M.J. O'Leary. Venous channels of the petrous apex: Their presence and clinical importance. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 116(2):168-174, February.

1997 - Brodie, H.A. and T.C. Thompson. Management of complications from 820 temporal bone fractures. American Journal of Otology 18:188-197, March.

1997 - Brodie, H.A. Prophylactic antibiotics for posttraumatic cerebrospinal fluid fistulae. A Meta-analysis. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 123:749-752, July.

1998 - Davidson, E.B., H.A. Brodie and E.M. Breznock. Removal of a cholesteatoma in a dog, using a caudal auricular approach. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 211(12):1549-1553, December.

1999 - Brodie, H.A., T.C. Thompson, L. Vassilian and B.N. Lee. Induction of labyrinthitis ossificans after pneumococcal meningitis: An animal model. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 118(1):15-21, January.

1999 - Cass, S.P. and C.Y.J. Chang. Invited Commentator: H.A. Brodie. Management of facial nerve injury due to temporal bone trauma. American Journal of Otology 20(1):113-114, January.

1999 - Nabili, V., H.A. Brodie, N.I. Neverov and S.P. Tinling. Chronology of labyrinthitis ossificans induced by streptococcus pneumoniae meningitis. Laryngoscope 109:931-935, June.

1999 - Senders, C.W., S. Di Mauro, H.A. Brodie, B.E. Emery and J.M. Sykes. The efficacy of perioperative steroid therapy in pediatric primary palatoplasty. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal 36(4):340-344, July.

2000 - DeSautel, M.G. and H.A. Brodie. The effects of decomplementation in the development of labyrinthitis ossificans in gerbils. Laryngoscope 109:1674- 1678, 20

2001 - Buckmiller, L.M., H.A. Brodie, K.J. Doyle and W.R. Nemzek. Choristoma of the middle ear: A component of a new syndrome? Otology Neurotology 22 (3):363-368, May.

2003 - A.N. Mhatre, Y. Kim, H.A. Brodie, A.K. Lalwani. Macrothrombocytopenia and Progressive Deafness Is Due to a Mutation in MYH9. Otology & Neurotology 24:205-209, March.

2003 - Si F, Brodie H, Gillespie PG, Vazquez AE, Yamoah EN. Developmental assembly of transduction apparatus in chick basilar papilla. Journal of Neuroscience 23(34):10815-26, November.

2004 - S.P. Tinling, J. Colton, H.A. Brodie. Location and Timing of Initial Osteoid Deposition in Postmeningitic Labyrinthitis Ossificans Determined by Multiple Fluorescent Labels. The Laryngoscope 114: 675-680, April.

Departmental Duties

Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


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

Reflux Clinic Appointments:

(916) 734-4076

Clinic Appointments:

(916) 734-5400