Ronald Jason Vilela, MD


  • Texas Medical Center
  • West Campus
  • Specialty Care



Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 832-827-1420 (West) | 713-839-0164 (Bellaire) | 281-661-4858 (THI)
Fax: 832-825-9070

Contact Information

Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus
6701 Fannin Street, Mark Wallace Tower, Suite 540
Houston, TX 77030
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Texas Chidlren's Hospital - West Campus
18200 Katy Freeway, 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77094
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Texas Children's Specialty Center - Bellaire
6330 West Loop South
Bellaire, TX 77401
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Texas Hearing Institute
3100 Shenandoah Street
Houston, TX 77021
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Associate Director of Perioperative Services

Texas Children's Hospital

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery


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, tonsil and adenoid surgery and surgery for velopharyngeal insufficiency. 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.


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

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.

Anand A, Vilela RJ, Guarisco JL. Intracapsular versus Standard Tonsillectomy: Review of the Literature. Journal of Louisiana State Medical Society 2005 Sept/Oct; 157(5):259-61.

Druzgal CH, Chen Z, Yeh NT, Thomas GR, Ondrey FG, Duffey DC, Vilela RJ, Ende K, McCullagh L, Rudy SF, Muir C, Herscher LL, Morris JC, Albert PS, Van Waes C. A pilot study of longitudinal serum cytokine and angiogenesis factor levels as markers of therapeutic response and survival in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Head & Neck 2005 Sept; 27(9):771-84.

Vilela RJ, Langford C, McCullagh L, Kass ES. Cocaine-Induced Oronasal Fistula with External Nasal Erosion But Without Palate Involvement. Ear, Nose & Throat Journal 2002 Aug; 81(8):562-3.

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