David Roberson, MD
|Department||Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement|
Associate in Otolaryngology
Director of Implementation, Program for Patient Safety and Quality
Associate Professor of Otology and Laryngology
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston MA 02115
Dr. Roberson studied hair cell regeneration in the inner ear from 1988-2003. Since 2003, his research has focused on quality and safety in Otolaryngology and in Pediatrics. He has led several major national studies investigating causes and solutions of errors and adverse events in Otolaryngology. He has developed a novel tool, the “complexity ruler,” which makes it possible to measure the complexity of a child’s disease and medical care, and has demonstrated that complexity is a risk factor for adverse events at Children's Hospital Boston.
About David Roberson
Dr. Roberson graduated from Princeton University in 1981, and spent two years teaching math and science in the Peace Corps in Nepal. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Medical School with honors in 1988 and then spent a year in a basic science lab studying cell division in the inner ear. He completed an two-year preliminary program in General Surgery at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle from 1989-1991, residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1991-1995 and a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital Boston in 1995-1996. He has been on the full-time faculty at Children's Hospital Boston since 1996.
Shah RK, Kentala E, Healy GB, Roberson DW. Classification and consequences of errors in otolaryngology. Laryngoscope 2004;114: 1322-1335.
Roberson DW, Alosi JA, Cotanche DA. Direct transdifferentiation gives rise to the earliest new hair cells in regenerating avian auditory epithelium. J of Neurosci Res 2004;78: 461-471.
- Matsui JI, Haque A, Huss D, Messana EP, Alosi JA, Roberson DW, Cotanche DA, Dickman JD, Warchol ME. Caspase inhibitors promote vestibular hair cell survival and function after aminoglycoside treatment in vivo. J Neurosci 2003;23: 6111-6122.