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Dr. Joe Walter Kutz on the BackTable ENT Podcast

Dr. Joe Walter Kutz


Dr. Joe Walter Kutz is a neurotologist and Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

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About Dr. Joe Walter Kutz

J. Walter Kutz Jr., M.D., is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Kutz is also Co-director of UT Southwestern Medical Center's Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) program.

His clinical interests include diseases of the skull base, acoustic neuroma, cochlear implants, otosclerosis, Meniere’s disease, and chronic otitis media.

After his initial medical education and otolaryngology residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Kutz completed a two-year fellowship in otology and neurotology at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. Because the cochlear implant was first developed at the House Ear Clinic, he had a unique opportunity to be active in a busy implantation program during his training.

Dr. Kutz has multiple clinical research interests, including cochlear implants, acoustic neuroma outcomes, neurofibromatosis type 2, and implantable hearing devices. He is also actively involved in resident and fellow education and is the Director of the Neurotology Fellowship and Associate Director of the Otolaryngology Residency Program.

Dr. Kutz is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology with a certificate of added qualification in Neurotology. He was recognized as a Best Doctor in Dallas by D Magazine. Dr. Kutz frequently lectures at both national and international meeting on endoscopic ear surgery, acoustic neuroma, skull base surgery, and chronic otitis media.

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Resources from Dr. Joe Walter Kutz

Podcasts Featuring Dr. Joe Walter Kutz

Episode #118


In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Walter Kutz (UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX), and guest Dr. Matthew (Matt) Carlson (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN) discuss high-yield research tips for medical students and physicians.

Episode #114


In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Walter Kutz and Dr. David Haynes, program director of the Neurotology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University, discuss the importance of mentoring for both ENT trainees and faculty.

Episode #100


In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Gopi Shah, Dr. Walter Kutz (UT Southwestern), and Dr. Daniel Choo (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital) discuss indications and repair techniques for tympanic membrane perforation in children.

Episode #70


In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Gopi Shah and Dr. Kutz interview Dr. Marc Bennett, a Vanderbilt University ENT professor, about the importance of quality improvement, and initiatives and tips for quality initiative research.

Episode #67


In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Ashley Agan and Dr. Walter Kutz talk with Dr. Michael Seidman, an AdventHealth neurotologist with a unique interest in complementary and integrative medicine (CIM), about his holistic health approach to treating ENT-related disorders and his supplement company, PEAK 365 Nutrition.

Episode #60


In this episode of BackTable ENT, Dr. Walter Kutz interviews otologist Dr. Hamid Djalilian about the link between the hearing / vestibular disorders and migraines.

Episode #37


Dr. Joe Walter Kutz talks with Dr. Jed Grisel about practice patterns treating patients with hearing loss, as well as the correlation between hearing loss and cognitive decline, and how best to screen these patients.

Episode #16


We talk with Dr. Rachel St. John and Dr. Walter Kutz about Congenital Hearing Loss including causes, available treatments, and counseling.

Episode #4


Dr. Ashley Agan and Dr. Gopi Shah talk with Dr. Joe Walter Kutz about the management of Eustachian Tube Disorders, including pearls and pitfalls on treating the "clogged ear".

Articles Featuring Dr. Joe Walter Kutz

Tympanoplasty 101: How to Fix a Tympanic Membrane Perforation

As one of the most common (and successful) otologic surgeries, tympanoplasty remains an essential tool for treating tympanic membrane perforation. This article from Backtable ENT provides insight into how two leading otologists approach this surgery in children.

Pediatric Tympanic Membrane Perforation: Operative & Non-Operative Management

While tympanic membrane perforation occurs commonly in younger children, tympanoplasty is not indicated in all situations. Learn more about etiologies and management of this common complaint with BackTable ENT.

A physician conducts an exam to determine the patient’s otologic conditions

Dr. Djalilian discusses his research on the otologic conditions that may actually be caused by migraines. Learn more about Ménière’s disease, sudden sensory hearing loss, persistent postural-perceptual dizziness, and how a migraine treatment regimen for these otologic conditions may provide increased relief to patients.

An otolarygologist explains treatment options for a patient with migrianes including nortriptyline and topiramate.

Learn how nortriptyline and topiramate are used to treat migraines and headaches. With trigger management and proper medication dosage, patients can often find relief.

A physician counsels his patient on her Cognivue test results

With increased research pointing to a link between cognitive dysfunction & hearing loss, some ENT offices are using cognitive testing, like the Cognivue screening test, as a part of their care routine. Learn more about how your colleagues are navigating cognitive decline in hearing loss patients.

Otoscope ear exam to evaluate and manage chronic eustachian tube disorder

Identifying and treatming chronic eustachian tube disorders is challenging. Dr. Gopi Shah, Dr. Ashley Agan, and Dr. Walter Kutz discuss the essentials of caring for patients with chronic eustachian tube disorders and outline the approach for distinguishing between patulous eustachian tube and eustachian tube dysfunction.

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Expert Strategies for Achieving Success in Medical Research in Otolaryngology with Dr. Matthew Carlson on the BackTable ENT Podcast)
Mentorship: a Practical Guide with Dr. David Haynes on the BackTable ENT Podcast)
Tympanic Membrane Perforation in Children with Dr. Daniel Choo and Dr. Walter Kutz on the BackTable ENT Podcast)
Quality in Otolaryngology: Why Is It Important to You? with Dr. Marc Bennett on the BackTable ENT Podcast)
Complementary and Integrative Medicine in ENT with Dr. Michael Seidman on the BackTable ENT Podcast)
Balloon Sinuplasty: Evolution, Efficacy & Expert Insights with Dr. Ayesha Khalid on the BackTable ENT Podcast)


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Eustachian Tube Disorders Condition Overview

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