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Department Otolaryngology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Airway Evaluation
  • Airway Reconstruction
  • Airway Stenosis Treatment
  • Bone Anchored Hearing Appliance (BAHA) Implants
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery
  • Coblation
  • Craniofacial Reconstruction
  • Craniomaxillofacial Surgery
  • Cutaneous Laser Surgery
  • Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Distraction Osteogenesis
  • Ear Lobe Repair
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Ear Reshaping
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tubes
  • Ear Wax Removal
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • Entry-level Rhinology and Laryngology
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • Evaluation/Treatment of Antenatally Diagnosed Congenital Anomalies
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Nasal Endoscopy
  • Fracture Reconstruction
  • General Pediatric ENT
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Laryngeal Framework Surgery
  • Laryngeal Function Assessment
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laser Treatment of Hemangiomas and Birthmarks
  • Management of Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Maxillofacial Implants
  • Maxillofacial Reconstruction
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Nasal Airway Surgery
  • Nasal Endoscopy
  • Nasal Reconstruction
  • Nasal Valve Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Otology (External and Middle Ear - No Inner Ear)
  • Otoplasty (Ear Pinning)
  • Parotidectomy
  • Pediatric Cranioplasty
  • Pediatric Fracture Treatment
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Rigid Bronchoscopy
  • Scar Revisions
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
  • Surgical Endoscopy
  • Surgical Treatment of Hemangiomas and Birthmarks
  • Surgical Ultrasound
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Thyroid Ultrasound
  • Thyroid Ultrasound and Biopsy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Resection
  • Tracheostomy
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis Treatment
  • Voice and Larynx Surgery
View all 66 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Birthmark
  • Branchial Cleft Cyst
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Congenital Head and Neck Disease
  • Congenital Head and Neck Masses
  • Congenital Vascular Lesions
  • Craniofacial Disorders
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Dentofacial Deformities
  • Deviated Septum
  • Ear Drum Perforations
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Facial Nerve Paralysis
  • Hemangiomas
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Laryngeal Stenosis
  • Laryngeal Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Maxillofacial Deformities
  • Middle Ear Infection
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction (Children)
  • Nose Deformity
  • Nosebleed
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children
  • Parotid Cancer
  • Parotid Gland Problems
  • Parotid Masses
  • Parotid Tumors
  • Pediatric Craniofacial Disorders
  • Pediatric Ear Disease
  • Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Problems
  • Pediatric Head and Neck Cancer
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss
  • Pediatric Parathyroid Disorders
  • Pediatric Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Pediatric Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
  • Pediatric Thyroid Masses
  • Pediatric Tumors
  • Pediatric Vocal Cord Problems
  • Pharyngitis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Strep Throat
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thyroglossal Duct Cyst
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Glands
  • Thyroid Lesion
  • Thyroid Masses
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tongue Tie
  • Tonsil and Adenoid Problems
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
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About Brandon Hopkins, MD

Brandon Hopkins, MD joined the Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute in 2013 after completing his fellowship at the University of California, Davis in Pediatric Otolaryngology Cleft and Craniofacial Care.

Dr. Hopkins earned his medical degree from James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, TN. He completed his Otolaryngology training at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is board-certified by the State of Ohio Medical Board and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

In addition to the full scope of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery his specialty interests include the surgical care of patients with cleft and craniofacial abnormalities and the management of pediatric multi-level airway obstruction.

His cleft and craniofacial interests include the surgical correction of cleft lip, cleft palate, palatal fistulas, and cleft nasal deformity, alveolar bone grafting, microtia and ear reconstruction including otoplasty, and surgery to address velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI).

Dr. Hopkins is the Surgical Director of the Pediatric Center for Airway Voice and Swallowing (PCAVS) and this is Cleveland Clinics Aerodigestive Program.  His airway interest focuses on a multi-level approach to address pediatric airway obstruction and sleep apnea. This includes:

  • Airway evaluations and endoscopic airway management (ex: balloons, endoscopic laser, microdebrider, and microlaryngeal surgery)
  • Drug Induced Sleep Endoscopy (DISE)
  • Upper Airway
    • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
    • Midface and mandibular distraction and advancement (ex: micrognathia, Pierre Robin)
    • Choanal atresia repair
    • Pyriform aperture stenosis repair
    • Tongue base reduction
    • Lingual tonsillectomy
    • Hyoid suspension/genioglossal advancement/Repose
    • Septoplasty
    • Inferior Turbinate Reduction
    • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty
  • Lower airway
    • Laryngotracheoplasty with cartilage grafting
    • Cricotracheal and tracheal resections
    • Laryngeal cleft repair
    • Tracheoesophageal fistula repair
    • Tracheal Slide
    • Supraglottoplasty
    • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
    • Esophageal and airway foreign body management
    • Pediatric tracheostomy care and decannulation

Listen to Dr. Hopkins on our Head and Neck Innovations podcast: Driving Patient Care and Research to Treat Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California Davis Medical Center
Pediatric Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery
Sacramento, CA

Residency - University of Cincinnati Hospital/Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Cincinnati, OH

Medical Education - East Tennessee State University-James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Johnson City, TN

Undergraduate - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

Additional Training

  • Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology Certification

Professional Highlights

  • An Institution-Wide Tracheostomy Rounding Team: Initial Caregiver Perceptions at the Cleveland Clinic, American Academy of Otolaryngology, Brooke A. Quintona, William S. Tierneyb, Paul C. Brysonb, Alejandro Bribriescob, Colin T. Gillespieb, Brandon D. Hopkins, 2021
  • Amador E, Tierney WS, Hopkins B. Office-Based Lower Airway Endoscopy: Feasibility and Safety. Laryngoscope. 2021 Feb;131(2):E649-E652. doi: 10.1002/lary.28743. Feb 2021 May 15. PMID: 32413163
  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Team preparation and approach to tracheostomy, Alejandro C. Bribriesco, Monisha Sudarshan, Colin T. Gillespie, Paul C. Bryson, Brandon Hopkins, Donna Tanner, Siva Raja, Usman Ahmad, Daniel P. Raymond, Sudish C. Murthy, JTCVS Tech. 2020 Dec 7 doi: 10.1016/j.xjtc.2020.11.023
  • Hopkins B, Dean K, Appachi S, Drake AK, Craniofacial Interventions in Children. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2019 Oct, 52(5) 903-922
  • Early Otorrhea Rates: A Randomized Trial of Ciprofloxacin versus Saline Drops after Tympanostomy Tubes. Gabarain G, Baird R, Morisada M, Anne S, Hopkins B.Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2019 Aug;128(8):760-766. doi: 10.1177/0003489419843550. Epub 2019 Apr 16.PMID: 30991815 Clinical Trial.
  • Anne S, Schwartz S, Ishman SL, Cohen M, Hopkins B. Medical Versus Surgical Treatment of Pediatric Acute Mastoiditis: A Systematic Review. Laryngoscope. 2018 Oct 4
  • Shah J, Ciolek P, Hopkins B. Novel endoscopic suturing technique to mitigate risk of graft extrusion in endoscopic posterior cricoid split and costal cartilage grafting: A case report. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 Jun;109:164-167


  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Specialty Interests

Complex Upper Airway Obstruction (Aerodigestive Care) Obstructive Sleep Apnea Pediatric Tracheostomy Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery Congenital Ear Deformities Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI)

Awards & Honors

  • Vice Chair, Head and Neck Institute–Growth and Program Development; 10/2021-Present
  • Resident Graduation Presenter/Introducer Summer 2020
  • Pediatric Section Head Cleveland Clinic HNI 8/2018-Present
  • Surgical Director of the Pediatric Center for Airway Voice and Swallowing (PCAVS) 
  • Northeastern Ohio Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Society
    • Legislative Board of Governor’s Representative 2014
    • Program Chairman 2018-2019
    • Treasurer 2019-2020
    • President 2021-2022
    • Assistant Professor CCLCM 2017
    • Head and Neck Institute Quality Officer Cleveland Clinic foundation 1/2017-10/2021
    • Otolaryngology Resident Teaching Award Recipient 6/2019
    • Annual Fund Grant Recipient 2018 -$88,000
    • Resident Clinical Competency Committee Meeting Member 10/2014-6/2021
    • National Foundation of Ectodermal Dysplasia-Scientific Advisory Board Member


    • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
    • Northeastern Ohio Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Society
    • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
    • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
    • American Broncho-Esophagological Association
    • National Foundation of Ectodermal Dysplasia
    • Aerodigestive Society

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/1/2024, Dr. Hopkins has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

49 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 3.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 6, 2024

I was able to move up on the waitlist to see Dr Hopkins. That made me happy!

Reviewed on May 6, 2024

Dr Hopkins has amazing people skills with parents and children. The man deserves to have two pools in his backyard! We cannot say enough good things!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Whatever you Pay Dr. Hopkins double it! He is worth is weight in gold. Child focused, we have sought care for my boys from one month to 2 years and he is outstanding. He makes procedures reasonable for kids and tolerable with fast approach and talking to them. He explains to parents and kids on their level.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

The service was great. Everyone the staff and the doctor are awesome. The doctor was knowledgeable and helped our son. We left the clinic feeling confident in the care my son received. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Dr. Hopkins and team are fantastic. My son was comfortable in the office and Dr. Hopkins made me feel at ease knowing my son needed a surgery coming up.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr. Hopkins spoke with my daughter directly and involved her in her care plan.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Dr Hopkins is hands down the BEST doctor !!!

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