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West Campus
Specialty Care

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 832-227-1420 (West) | 713-839-0164 (Bellaire)


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

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

Texas Children's Specialty Care - Bellaire 6330 West Loop South
6330 West Loop South
Bellaire, TX 77401

Anna H. Messner, MD, FACS, FAAP

Division Chief, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery

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 Past-President 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 of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Messner serves as a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery and is also the Associate Editor for Pediatrics for a leading Otolaryngology journal entitled Laryngoscope.

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

Dr. Anna Messner has been recently board certified in Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology, a new board exam in which she was a part of the inaugural class along with 14 other Texas Children's Hospital ENT physicians.


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 Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Senior Examiner
American College of Surgeons Fellow
American Medical Association
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Member
Society of University Otolaryngologists Member

Selected Publications

Messner AH, Walsh J, Rosenfeld RM, Schwartz SR, Ishman SL, Baldassari C, Brietzke SE, Darrow DH, Goldstein N, Levi J, Meyer AK, Parikh S, Simons JP, Wohl DL, Lambie E, Satterfield L. Clinical Consensus Statement: Ankyloglossia in Children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 May;162(5):597-611. doi: 10.1177/0194599820915457. Epub 2020 Apr 14.PMID: 32283998.

Chan KH, Dinwiddie JK, Ahuja GS, Bennett EC, Brigger MT, Chi DH, Choo DI, Cunningham MJ, Elluru RG, Giannoni CM, Goudy SL, Koempel JA, MacArthur CJ, Malone B, Messner AH, Mitchell RB, Park AH, Richter GT, Rosbe KW, Shah UK, Sie KCY, Smith RJ, Sulman CG, Thompson JW, Thorne MC, Wei JL, Wetmore RF, White DR, Zalzal GH, Schoem SR. Advanced practice providers and children's hospital-based pediatric otolarynology practices. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2020 Feb;129:109770. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2019.109770. Epub 2019 Nov 7.PMID: 31733596.

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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Board Certification

Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology

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