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West Campus
Specialty Care

Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Texas Hearing Institute

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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 Center - Bellaire
6330 West Loop South
Bellaire, TX 77401

Texas Hearing Institute
3100 Shenandoah Street
Houston, TX 77021

Ronald Jason Vilela, MD

Associate Director of Perioperative Services

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Minnesota Medical School at Minneapolis Fellowship Pediatric Otolaryngology 2008
Tulane University School of Medicine Residency Otolaryngology-Head/Neck Surg 2007
Tulane University School of Medicine Internship General Surgery 2003
University of Texas at Houston Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2002


Dr. Vilela came to us following completion of his pediatric otolaryngology training at The Children's Hospitals of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Prior to fellowship training, Dr. Vilela graduated from medical school at the University of Texas-Houston and completed his otolaryngology residency at Tulane University School of Medicine and Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans.

Dr. Vilela is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Harris County Medical Society. He is interested in a wide variety of pediatric otolaryngology disciplines including chronic ear disease and hearing loss, cochlear implantation, sinonasal problems, diseases of the airway including airway reconstruction, and tonsil and adenoid surgery. He believes patient care is best approached by a team that includes your primary care physician, other subspecialists, if need be, and, most importantly, parents and/or caretakers.

Dr. Ronald Vilela 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
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Member
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
American Board of Otolaryngology Diplomate
American Cochlear Implant Alliance Member
American College of Surgeons Fellow
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Member
Harris County Medical Society Member
Houston Society of Otolaryngology Member
Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advancements in Children Member
Texas Medical Association Member

Selected Publications

Yusif Hajiyev, MD, Ronald J Vilela, MDCost-Effective Microscopic Draping: COVID-19 Umbrella.  First Published March 26, 2021 Research Article.

Vilela RJ, “Nasal Soft Tissue Infections.” In: Infectious Diseases in Pediatric Otolaryngology: A Practical Guide.  Valdez TA, Vallejo JG. (Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2015) 85-91.

Cunningham CL, Vilela RJ, Roy S. Radiofrequency ablation as a novel treatment for lingual thyroid. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2010 Nov 11. [Epub ahead of print].

Vilela RJ, Black A, Sidman JS. Treatment of Velopharyngeal Inadequacy. In: Advanced Therapy in Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. Thomas JR. (Shelton, CT: PMPH-USA, 2010) 119-25.

Board Certification

Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology

Patient and Family Comments

* Texas Children's Hospital physicians' licenses and credentials are reviewed prior to practicing at any of our facilities. Sections titled From the Doctor, Professional Organizations and Publications were provided by the physician's office and were not verified by Texas Children's Hospital.