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Texas Medical Center
Specialty Care

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 281-469-4688 (CyFair)
Fax: 832-825-9070


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

Texas Children's Specialty Care Cy-Fair
11777 FM 1960 West
Houston, TX 77065

Daniel C. Chelius, MD

Attending Surgeon, Otolaryngology

Associate Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Children's Mercy Hospital Fellowship Pediatric Otolaryngology 2011
Baylor College of Medicine Residency Otolaryngology-Head/Neck Surg 2010
Baylor College of Medicine Internship General Surgery 2006
Baylor College of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2005


In addition to general pediatric otolaryngology, my primary interest is in pediatric head and neck surgery including acquired and congenital head and neck masses, head and neck cancers, and thyroid disease as well as in the head and neck sequellae of immunocompromise and cancer treatment. My goal is to bring the highest quality care to each individual child as a partner with their family. To that end, I lead a high volume, focused, multidisciplinary Pediatric Head and Neck Tumor Team in collaboration with colleagues from Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Speech and Language Pathology, Oral Surgery, and Oncology. I am also a Pediatric Thyroid Surgeon in Texas Children’s Pediatric Thyroid Tumor Program where I collaborate with a team including several other high volume thyroid surgeons and a focused team of thyroid experts from oncology, endocrinology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, genetics, and nuclear medicine.

News Articles:

Houston teen smiling again after surgery for rare gum tumor

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


Organization Name Role
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Chapter Councilor, Baylor College of Medicine
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting Coordinator, 2020-2024 Past Chair, Young Physicians Section
American Academy of Pediatrics Subspecialty Fellow
American College of Surgeons Fellow
American Head and Neck Society Member
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Member
Houston Society of Otolaryngology Past President

Selected Publications

Potter SL, Reuther J, Chandramohan R, Gandhi I, Hollingsworth F, Sayeed H, Voicu H, Kakkar N, Baksi KS, Sarabia SF, Lopez ME, Chelius DC, Athanassaki ID, Mahajan P, Venkatramani R, Quintanilla NM, Lopez-Terrada DH, Roy A, Parsons DW. Integrated DNA and RNA sequencing reveals targetable alterations in metastatic pediatric papillary thyroid carcinoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2021 Jan;68(1):e28741.

You P, Dimachkieh AL, Chelius DC Jr. Diagnosis and management of pediatric epithelial salivary gland malignancy. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 Dec;28(6):443-448.

Bertot BE, Presti ML, Stormes K, Raskin JS, Jea A, Chelius D, Lam S. Trigeminal schwannoma presenting with malocclusion: A case report and review of the literature. Surg Neurol Int 2020 Aug 8;11:230.

Niles D, Boguniewicz J, Shakeel O, Margolin J, Chelius D, Gupta M, Paul D, King KY, McNeil JC. Candida tropicalis Thyroiditis Presenting with Thyroid Storm in a Pediatric Patient with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2019 Oct; 38(10):1051-1053.

Dimachkih AL, Kazahaya K, Chelius D. Assessment and Management of Thyroid Disease in Children. Otolaryngology Clin North Am 2019 Oct; 52(5):957-967.

Dempsey RF, Chelius Jr DC, Pederson WC, Maricevich M, Dimachkieh AL, Kupferman ME, Weiner HL, Hollier Jr LH, Buchanan EP. Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Oncologic Reconstruction. Clinics in Plastic Surgery 2019; 46(2):261-273.

Cruz, A and Chelius, Daniel. "Infectious Lymphadenopathy." Infectious Diseases in Pediatric Otolaryngology. Ed. T. Valdez, Ed. J. Vallejo. New York: Springer, 2016.

Nguyen A, Chelius DC, Baker KA, Weatherly RA. Optimal positioning techniques with fiberoptic laser excision in the treatment of congenital tongue base lesionsLaryngoscope. 2013 Jun: 123(6):1552-5.

Galer C, Santillan AA, Chelius D, Huh W, El-Naggar A, Hanna E, Weber RS, Kupferman MB. Minor salivary gland malignancies in the pediatric populationHead Neck. 2012 Nov;34(11):1648-51.

Roehm C, Chelius D, Larrier D, Hicks J, Albright J, Valdez T. Postcricoid vascular lesions: histopathological and immunohistochemical diagnosisLaryngoscope. 2011 Feb; 121(2):397-403.

Board Certification

Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology

Patient and Family Comments

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