Michael Hoa, MD| Neurotology, Otolaryngology | MedStar Health

Michael Hoa, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (612 reviews)

Specialties: Neurotology, Otolaryngology

Languages: English


About me

Michael Hoa, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Hoa is board certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, otology, and neurotology. Dr. Hoa serves as the medical director of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Cochlear Implant Program which provides comprehensive cochlear implant services to both pediatric and adult populations. 

In addition to his duties as a neurotologist (ear and skull base surgeon), Dr. Hoa is a surgeon-scientist in the intramural research program at the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His interest is in hearing restoration through regeneration of inner ear cell types, including hair cells. Prior to his arrival at Georgetown, Dr. Hoa completed an otolaryngology residency at Wayne State University School of Medicine and a neurotology fellowship at the prestigious House Clinic in Los Angeles. Dr. Hoa also received extensive research training at the associated House Research Institute under an NIH-sponsored institutional research training grant investigating the underlying mechanisms involved in hair cell regeneration.

In addition to the above, Dr. Hoa is one of the few neurotologists in the region who offer all approaches for the treatment of acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) including hearing preservation (middle fossa approach, retrosigmoid approach) and non-hearing preservation approaches (translabyrinthine approach) as well as stereotactic radiosurgery treatments. His training and experience allow him to tailor the treatments to each patient’s needs.

Dr. Hoa and his team are one of the few surgeons in the region who offer the full range of hearing rehabilitation options to both adult and pediatric patients including, hearing aids, implantable hearing aids (i.e. Maxum, Esteem) for adults, bone anchored hearing devices and cochlear implants. In addition, he also has advanced training in endoscopic ear surgery approaches allowing for minimally invasive options for ear surgery across the age spectrum.

Dr. Hoa's clinical interests include diagnosis and management of acoustic neuroma and skull base tumors (including hearing preservation surgical approaches); diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss (including otosclerosis and genetic hearing loss); hearing restoration (including cochlear implantation, implantable hearing devices); diagnosis and treatment of Meniere's disease; pediatric otology/neurotology and treatment of chronic ear infections including cholesteatoma.

"Treatments should be reflective of not only the best evidence but should also be tailored to meet the patient's needs and clinical situation. It is important to me that my patients are well informed and have all their questions answered. Treatment plans are a result of a joint discussion between myself and the patient." 

Clinical areas of focus

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak From Ear
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Encephalocele Repair
  • Endoscopic Ear Surgery
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Nerve Tumor
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Hearing Loss
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Meningioma
  • Neoplasm Of Ear
  • Ossicular Chain Reconstruction
  • Otosclerosis
  • Paraganglioma
  • Pulsatile Tinnitus
  • Stapedectomy
  • Sudden Deafness
  • Superior Canal Dehiscence
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation (TMP)
  • Tympanoplasty/Mastoidectomy
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder
  • Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak From Ear
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak From Nose
  • Cervical Spine Mass
  • Choking Sensation
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Clivus Chondroma
  • Cochlear Nerve Damage
  • Crackling Sound In Ears
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Disorder Of Earlobe
  • Ear And Temporal Bone Cancer
  • Ear Canal Lesions
  • Ear Cyst
  • Ear Discharge
  • Ear Drainage
  • Ear Fullness
  • Ear Mass
  • Ear Pressure
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)
  • Face Swelling
  • Facial Nerve Disease
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Nerve Schwannoma
  • Facial Nerve Tumor
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Paresis
  • Fissured Tongue
  • Foreign Body (EAR)
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Loss (ASYMMETRICAL)
  • Hearing Loss (CENTRAL)
  • Hearing Loss (CONDUCTIVE)
  • Hearing Loss (MIXED)
  • Hearing Loss (NEURAL)
  • Hyperacusis
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Disease
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Injury
  • Inner Ear Trauma
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Lip Droop
  • Mastoiditis
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Meningioma
  • Missing Eardrum
  • Muffled Hearing
  • Neoplasm Of Ear
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Nystagmus
  • Otalgia
  • Otitis Externa
  • Otitis Media
  • Otosclerosis
  • Ototoxicity
  • Paraganglioma
  • Perforated Ear Drum
  • Perichondritis
  • Petrous Apex Tumor
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Pulsatile Tinnitus
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Ruptured Eardrum
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Small Ear Canal
  • Sudden Deafness
  • Superior Canal Dehiscence
  • Swooshing Sound In Ears
  • Temporal Bone Fracture
  • Tinnitus
  • Tympanic Membrane Perforation (TMP)
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuronitis
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
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Procedures I perform

  • Acoustic Neuroma Removal
  • Auditory Brainstem Implant
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Assessment
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aid Surgery
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA)
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Repair
  • Cerumen Removal
  • Cochlear Implant Hearing Aid Assessment
  • Cochlear Implant Hearing Aid Surgery
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Cyberknife
  • Ear Exam
  • Encephalocele Repair
  • Endoscopic Ear Surgery
  • Head And Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Middle Ear Exploration
  • Myringoplasty
  • Myringotomy
  • Ossicular Chain Reconstruction
  • Skull Base Approach
  • Stapedectomy
  • Tympanometry
  • Tympanoplasty/Mastoidectomy
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Practice locations

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6862 Elm Street
Suite 800B
McLean, VA, 22101


Fax 877-376-2418

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Building 1
Washington, DC, 20007


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    • POS OA & OA Plus
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    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
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    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
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    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
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    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
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    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus



Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Neurotology

Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology

Fellowship Program: House Ear Clinic (2012)

Residency Program: DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital (2009)

Internship Program: DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital (2005)

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine (2004)

News and publications

  1. Slattery WH, Hoa M, Bonne N, Friedman RA, Schwartz MS, Fisher L, Brackman DE. Middle Fossa Decompression for Hearing Preservation: A Review of Institutional Results and Indications. Otol Neurotol 2011; 32(6):1017-24.
  2. Wilkinson EP, Hoa M, Slattery WH 3rd, Fayad JN, Friedman RA, Brackmann DE. Evolution in the management of facial nerve schwannoma. Laryngoscope 2011; 121(10):2065-74.
  3. Hoa M, Slattery WH 3rd. Update on Neurofibromatosis 2. Otolaryngol Clin N Am 2012; 45(2):315-32, viii.
  4. Hoa M, House JW, Linthicum FH Jr. Petrous apex cholesterol granuloma: Maintenance of the drainage pathway, the histopathology of surgical management, and histopathologic evidence for the exposed marrow theory. Otol Neurotol 2012; 33(6):1059-65.
  5.  Hoa M, Drazin D, Hanna G, Schwartz M, Lekovic GP. The Approach to the Patient with Incidentally Diagnosed Vestibular Schwannoma. Neurosurg Focus 2012; 33(3):E2.
  6.  Friedman RA, Hoa M, Brackmann DE. Surgical management of endolymphatic sac tumors. J Neurol Surg B 2013; 74(01):012-019 DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1329622

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  • Dec 18, 2023


  • Dec 4, 2023

    Dr. Hoa is an excellent physician and communicator, informative & answers questions fully.