Edwin Monsell, M.D., Ph.D.

Edwin Monsell, M.D., Ph.D.

Edwin Monsell, M.D., Ph.D.

Position Title

Professor Emeritus

Narrative Bio

Dr. Monsell has practiced otology and neurotology in southeast Michigan since 1988.  He was the first Coordinator for Research of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.  He is president of the Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society, and Chair of the Stereotactic Radiosurgery Study Group.  He is past Associate Editor for Otology of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a member of the editorial board of Otology and Neurotology as well as a reviewer for several other scientific and medical journals.

Dr. Monsell is active nationally and internationally as a teacher and lecturer on ear surgery.  He is a member of the Michigan State Medical Society, American Medical Association, American Otological Society, and a fellow of the American Neurotology Society, the Triological Society, and other medical societies.  He has served on numerous committees and task forces.

Dr. Monsell is an honors graduate of Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. He is married with two children.

Office Address

Wayne State University - Medicine
4201 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI  48201

  • Best Doctors, 2002 to present
  • America's Top Physicians 2009 to present
  • The Best Doctors in America, Woodward/White, Inc. National Edition, 1994 to present
  • Mosher Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, Triological Society, 2003
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2004
  • Sigma Xi, scientific honorary society 
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, 1994


Other Information

GRANTS  (last 5 years)  

2012-2013   P-I, extension of Active Hearing Loss in Paget's Disease of Bone, Source of Funds: The Paget Foundation, end date 6-30-12, 1 year extension to support data analysis and preparation for publication. (no salary support) 

1995-2012   P-I, Active Hearing Loss in Paget's Disease of Bone, The Paget Foundation, $10,000


Post Graduate Training

Board Certification: Otolaryngology, Neurotology (American Board of Otolaryngology)

Ph.D.  - Duke University, Durham, NC (cell biology and neuroscience) 1977

M.D. -  University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1979

Residency - Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1983

Fellowship - House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA (Otology and Neurotology) 1986

Areas of Interest

  • Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma)
  • Gamma Knife - stereotactic radiosurgery and microsurgery
  • cholesteatoma (infected skin cyst of the middle ear and mastoid)
  • chronic ear infection
  • laser stapes surgery for otosclerosis
  • facial paralysis (Bell's palsy)
  • paragangliomas of the skull base
  • surgery for hearing loss due to chronic infection or birth defects
  • cochlear implants
  • Baha hearing implant
  • hearing loss
  • tinnitus (ear noise)
  • balance


(last five years) 
1.  Mittal S, Monsell EM, Narayani S, Kupsky WJ, Guthikonda M, Mittal S.  Synchronous occurrence of paraganglioma of the glomus jugulare and olfactory groove meningioma Clinical Neuropathology, in press, 2013.  

2.  Hu Z, Luo X, Zhang L, Lu F, Dong F, Monsell EM, Jiang H.  Generation of human inner ear prosensory-like cells via epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Regen Med. 2012 Sep;7(5):663-73. PMID: 22954437.

3.  Carrasquilla G, Barn C, Monsell EM, Cousin M, Walter V, Lefvre G, Sander O, Fisher LM: Randomized, prospective, three-arm study to confirm the auditory safety and efficacy of artemether-lumefantrine in Colombian patients with uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. Jan;86(1):75-83, 2012.  PubMed PMID: 22232454; PMCID: PMC3247112.
This paper was based on seven years of research collaboration with Novartis Pharma of Basal, Switzerland, the Oxford University Tropical Medicine Group, and other institutions.  To our knowledge it was the first and only clinical trial to use ABR change as the primary endpoint. This trial was instrumental in securing continued WHO support for the use of artimisinin anti-malarials in the WHO world-wide campaign against malaria.

4.  Monsell, EM: Effects of vestibular rehabilitation on multiple sclerosis-related fatigue and upright postural control: A randomized controlled trial, JR Hebert, Phys Ther, 91:1166-1183, 2011, Commentary in Multiple Sclerosis Monitor and Commentary, Robert P. Lisak, Ed., 5(3), Fall 2011

Book Chapters  (last five years)

1.  Monsell EM, Cass SP, Rybak LP, Nedzelski JM:  Chemical Treatment of the Labyrinth.  In Brackmann D, Shelton C, Arriaga M (eds.) Otologic Surgery (4th ed.)  Elsevier, 2014


2.  Monsell EM, Slattery E: Non-hereditary hearing loss.  In Pensak M, Choo A (eds.), Textbook of Clinical Otology (4th ed.), Thieme, New York, 2014


  • Mechanisms of hearing loss in Otologic disease
  • Assessment of hearing results in Otologic surgery
  • Treatment of vestibular schwannoma

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