David Haynes, MD, FACS, MMHC

Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Endowed Director, Relationship Development
Program Director, Neurotology Fellowship
Service Chief, Otology and Neurotology

Masters of Management in Healthcare, Owen School of Business, 2017

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Healthcare Provider Profile

David Haynes, MD, MMHC, FACS is chief of the Division of Otology and Neurotology, Program Director of the Neurotology Fellowship, Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program and Skull Base Center, and Endowed Director of Relationship Development at in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Haynes is a pioneer of otologic surgery and has helped to design many of the tools and techniques that have become the standard of practice in chronic ear surgery, cochlear implantation, and lateral skull base surgery. With a career-long focus on the care of the individual patient, Dr. Haynes has developed novel systems to overcome barriers to timely otologic care. Beginning in 1997, Dr. Haynes designed and piloted a streamlined process to reduce travel burden and wait times for cochlear implant patients that resulted in the world’s first bundled cochlear implant program and, in 2019, the initiation of the Same Day Cochlear Implant Program.

Dr. Haynes received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis and was the first resident trained in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He completed his clinical fellowship at The Otology Group/the EAR Foundation, now known as the Otology Group of Vanderbilt. His leadership positions have included the executive board of the American Neurotology Society, the Hearing Health Foundation, Otology and Neurotology Inc, and the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, and he serves as an associate editor of Otology and Neurotology Open.