We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Packer has joined Sound Health as a neurotologic surgeon at our Town and Country Head and Neck Surgery Division. Dr. Packer is also appointed as the Medical Director of Neurotology for the Mercy Hospital system.
Dr. Packer specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of complex ear and lateral cranial base diseases. His clinical focus is chronic ear surgery, hearing rehabilitation and restoration including implantable hearing devices, operative management of dizziness, tinnitus, management of facial nerve disease, and surgery for the resection of lateral skull base tumors.
Dr. Packer is happy to join the Sound Health network of physicians.
What is Neurotology?
Neurotology is the medical and surgical management of diseases and disorders of the cranial nerves and skull base.
What Conditions Does a Neurotologist Treat?
Neurotologists treat conditions having to do with hearing, balance, nerve function, infectious disease, and anatomy of the head and neck. These conditions include:
• Acoustic neuromas (skull-based tumors near the ear)
• Basilar skull fractures
• Bell’s Palsy (muscle weakness on one side of the face)
• Facial paralysis
• Hearing rehabilitation
• Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears)
Dr. Packer’s Training and Experience
After graduating from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Dr. Packer completed his Otolaryngology residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and a fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He served for 25 years in the United States Air Force developing the Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence as founding director for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). He also served as the Ex Officio representative to the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders, the AAO advisor on the Council for Accreditation of Occupational Hearing Conservation, and Sensory specialty representative to Joint Program Councils for DoD research planning and funding.
Prior to joining Sound Health, Dr. Packer was an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and text book chapters, served as guest editor for special edition hearing health issues in international peer-review journals, and presented regularly at regional, national, and international meetings.
Dr. Packer’s Office is Located at 607 South New Ballas Rd, Suite 2300 in St. Louis. To Make an Appointment, Call (314) 251-6394.