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Dr. Michael Rutter
Pediatric Airway Surgeon
Dr. Michael Rutter is a medtech entrepreneur and a professor in the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
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About Dr. Michael Rutter
Dr. Rutter is an ENT surgeon specializing in pediatric otolaryngology with an emphasis on airway problems in children, adolescents and young adults. His interests include tracheal reconstruction and complex airway surgery. He works as a problem-solver with each patient to evaluate the issue and then craft a solution. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He completed his fellowship at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and he completed a fellowship in clinical research in New Zealand.
He was drawn to his career by the challenge and highly individualized nature of pediatric airway problems and management. He likes working in a multidisciplinary team setting and focusing on coordinated care for complex childhood airway conditions.
He received the 2016 Gabriel Frederick Tucker Award from the American Laryngological Association, and the 2018 Sylvan Stool Teaching Award from the Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advancement in Children (SENTAC). These awards are for his contributions to the field of pediatric laryngology.
In addition to caring for patients, he is also involved in research to find improvements in airway management.
When he is not at work, he is better known in Cincinnati as a swim meet announcer, rather than an airway surgeon.
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Podcasts Featuring Dr. Michael Rutter
Pediatric airway surgeon Dr. Michael Rutter and I discuss risk-taking and effective market analysis in entrepreneurship. In the operating room, Dr. Rutter cultivates a congenial OR environment and often seeks ideas from other team members with different areas of expertise. These problem solving-driven conversations often result in pioneering new airway surgery techniques. In the medical device sphere, he outlines his journey of creating a tracheal balloon dilation device, explaining how he obtained intellectual property rights, cleared FDA regulations, and marketed the product.
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