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Charles D. Bluestone, MD

Charles Bluestone, MD
Job Title Professor of Otolaryngology (with tenure), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
4401 Penn Avenue, Suite Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
412-692-5460 Phone

Education and Training

Medical School:

1958 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


1959 Internship - Montefiore Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1962 Otorhinolaryngology Residency, University of Illinois Research and Education Hospital, Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago, IL


  • Society of University Otolaryngologists
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc.
  • Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children
  • American Otological Society
  • American Academy of Pediatrics - Section on Pediatric Otolaryngology and Bronchoesophagology; Founding Chairman, 1977-1978
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology


  • Leading Scientists of the World: 2005, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
  • Top Docs, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. 2005
  • Top Docs, selected by Pittsburgh magazine in April, 2005: 1 of 135 physicians in 48 specialities in Pittsburgh and only Pediatric Otolaryngologist
  • Health Care Hero, Lifetime Achievement Finalist, Pittsburgh Business Times 2005

Biography Summary

For more than 30 years, Charles Bluestone, MD, has devoted his life's work to treating children with ear, nose and throat problems. He has become world-renowned in cutting-edge research that has influenced the diagnosis and treatment of otitis media (middle ear disease)-the most common infection among children in the United States after the common cold.

Dr. Bluestone is a Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

A pioneer in pediatric otolaryngology, Dr. Bluestone created Children's Hospital's Pediatric Otolaryngology Department in 1975 and served as its first full-time director. Since then, his unparalleled clinical care, teaching and research in pediatric otolaryngology have earned him national and international recognition. He has been credited with establishing Children's Hospital as the leading authority in innovative treatment options for children with ear, nose and throat disease.

Dr. Bluestone's research interests are focused primarily in the field of otitis media, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, and sinusitis in children. In 1980, he founded Children's Hospital's Otitis Media Research Center, which has gained international recognition for providing the most contributions to the current understanding of the causes and treatments of otitis media in infants and children.

Under his direction, the center is actively investigating medical and surgical treatments for otitis media and conducting laboratory and clinical studies related to the causes, development and management of the disease. Dr. Bluestone and his department have received research funding from the National Institutes of Health for more than two decades.

Among his many contributions, Dr. Bluestone initiated the fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital, where he has mentored more than 50 fellows, most of whom are now in academic medicine. His program was the first subspecialty in otolaryngology to receive accreditation.

Clinical Specialties

  • Otitis Media (middle ear disease)

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Genetic Epidemiology of Otitis Media
  • Otitis Media Project 1, Gas Supply, Demand and ME Gas Balance
Last Update
July 2, 2014
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Last Update
July 2, 2014