Anna H. Messner MD, FACS, FAAP


  • Texas Medical Center
  • West Campus


Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 832-277-1420 (West)

Contact Information

Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6701 Fannin Street, Mark Wallace Tower, Suite 540
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway, 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77094
United States

Division Chief, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery

Texas Children's Hospital

Bobby Alford Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology

Professor of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada fellowship Pediatric Otolaryngology 1995
Wake Forest University Medical Center residency Otolaryngology-Head/Neck Surg 1994
Wake Forest University Medical School medical school Doctor of Medicine 1989
Duke University bachelors Bachelor of Arts 1982


Texas Children’s Hospital Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (Ear, Nose, and Throat) is a leading national and international provider of high-quality, innovative, family-centered pediatric ENT care.  Dr. Messner joined the TCH team in 2019 after spending 23 years on the faculty of Stanford University where she was chief of pediatric otolaryngology and the residency program director. Clinically, she is experienced in all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology and in recent years has had a special interest in the area of obstructive sleep apnea, ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) and care of the child with craniofacial disorders.  Dr. Messner is a leader in pediatric otolaryngology and the president-elect of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.  She is actively involved in the training of physicians and is currently completing a 6-year term on the national Otolaryngology residency review committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Clinical Interests:

Obstructive sleep apnea, otitis media, ankyloglossia (tongue-tie), neck masses in children, velopharyngeal insufficiency, ENT issues in velocardiofacial (22q11 deletion) syndrome

Research Interests:

Pain management after pediatric ear, nose and throat procedures, ankyloglossia, perioperative steroid use, education of medical professionals


Organization Name Role
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education - Otolaryngology Residency Review Committee Member
American Academy of Otolaryngology Fellow
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
American College of Surgeons Fellow
American Medical Association Member
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology President
European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Member
Society of University Otolaryngologists Member

Selected Publications

Miller C, Bly R, Cofer S, Dahl JP, de Serres L, Goudy S, Hartzell L, Jabbour N, Kacmarysnki D, Macarthur C, Messner A, Milczuk H, Rastatter J, Swibel Rosenthal LH, Scott A, Tollefson T, Woolley A, Zdanski C, Zopf DA, Sie K.  Multicenter Interrater Reliability in the Endoscopic Assessment of Velopharyngeal Function Using a Video Instruction Tool. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jan 15:194599818822989. doi: 10.1177/0194599818822989. [Epub ahead of print].  PMID: 30642231.

Kligerman MP, Alexandre A, Jean-Gilles P, Walmer DK, Gomez AJ, Kong CS, Cheney ML, Mittleman MA, Messner AH.  Head and Neck Cancer in Haiti: A Case Series from Hopital de L'Universite d'Etat d'Haiti.  Int J Otolaryngol 2018 Oct 1;2018:9429287. doi: 10.1155/2018/9429287. eCollection 2018.  PMID: 30364200.

Santa Maria C, Aby J, Truong MT, Thakur Y, Rea S, Messner A.  The Superior Labial Frenulum in Newborns: What Is Normal?  Glob Pediatr Health 2017 Jul 12;4:2333794X17718896. doi: 10.1177/2333794X17718896. eCollection 2017.  PMID: 28812052.

Beswick DM, Messner AH, Hwang PH.  Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis Management in Rhinologists and Pediatric Otolaryngologists.  Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2017 Sep;126(9):634-639. doi: 10.1177/0003489417719717. Epub 2017 Aug 2.

Kligerman MP, Alexandre A, Jean-Gilles P, Walmer D, Cheney ML, Messner AH.  Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in a low income country: The Haitian experience.  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2017 Feb;93:128-132. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2016.12.041. Epub 2016 Dec 30.

Tsao GJ, Messner AH, Seybold J, Sayyid ZN, Cheng AG, Golianu B.  Intraoperative acupuncture for posttonsillectomy pain: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.  Laryngoscope 2015 Aug;125(8):1972-8. doi: 10.1002/lary.25252. Epub 2015 Apr 7

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