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Specialty Care

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 281-494-7010 (Sugar Land) | 281-661-4858 (THI)
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 Sugar Land
15400 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Texas Hearing Institute
3100 Shenandoah Street
Houston, TX 77021

Rodrigo C. Silva, MD

Director, Ear and Hearing Center

Program Director, Cochlear Implant Program
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Otolaryngology 2009
Universidade de Brasilia Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2003


Dr. Silva was recruited in 2017 from the University of Florida to direct the Ear and Hearing Center, which includes the multidisciplinary programs for Cochlear Implantation and care of children with Microtia and Aural Atresia. His main focus is the medical and surgical care of ear diseases in children, including hearing loss, congenital ear anomalies, chronic ear infections and cholesteatoma.  Dr. Silva speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Clinical Interests:

Hearing loss, cochlear implantation, microtia, aural atresia, bone-anchored hearing aids, cholesteatoma, ossiculoplasty, minimally invasive endoscopic ear surgery.

Research Interests:

Outcomes of cochlear implantation, chronic otitis media in children with craniofacial disorders.


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Otolaryngology Member
Interamerican Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Member
International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery Member
Society of University Otolaryngologists Member

Selected Publications

Silva RC, Carter RA, Ojano-Dirain C, Antonelli PJ. Efficacy of Disinfecting Solutions in Removing Biofilms from PVC Tracheostomy Tubes. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jan;123(1):259-63.

Tubbs KJ, Silva RC, Ramirez Perez HE, Castleman WL, Collins WO. A Comparison of Two Methods of Endoscopic Dilation of Acute Subglottic Stenosis Using a Ferret Model. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jan;123(1):253-8.

Rodney J, Ojano-Dirain C, Antonelli PJ, Silva RC. Effect of repeated tracheostomy tube reprocessing on biofilm formation. Laryngoscope. 2016 Apr;126(4):996-9.

Ojano-Dirain C, Silva R, Antonelli PJ. Prevention of Biofilm Formation by Polyquaternary Polymer. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Sept; 88:157-162.

Dirain CO, Silva RCCollins WOAntonelli PJ. The Adenoid Microbiome in Recurrent Acute Otitis Media and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. J Int Adv Otol. 2017 Dec;13(3):333-339.

Pattisapu P, Lindquist NR, Appelbaum EN, Silva RC, Vrabec JT, Sweeney AD.  A systematic review of cochlear implant outcomes in prelingually-deafened, late-implanted patients.  Otol Neurotol 2020 Jan 13. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000002555. [Epub ahead of print].

Machol K, HadleyTD, Schmidt J, Cuthbertson D, Traboulsi T, Silva RC, Arjmand EM, CitronC, Khan S, Citron S, Carter E, Brookler K, Shapiro JR, Steiner RD, Byers PH, Rauch F, Glorieux F, Durigova M, Smith P, Bober M, Sutton VR, Lee BH, Nagamani SCS, Raggio C. Hearing Loss in Individuals with Osteogenesis Imperfecta in North America- Results from a Multicenter Study. Am J Med Genet A 2019 Dec 26. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.61464. [Epub ahead of print].

Patient and Family Comments


English, Portuguese, Spanish

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