Department of Otolaryngology

J. Douglas Swarts, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Education & Training

  • University of Akron 1974- BS, Biology
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 1989- PhD, Anthropology

Representative Publications

Swarts JD, Rood SR:  The Morphometry and Three-Dimensional Structure of the Adult Eustachian Tube:  Implications for Function.  Cleft Palate J 1990; 27:374-381.

Swarts JD, Alper CM, Seroky JT, Chan KH, Doyle WJ:  In vivo observation with MRI of the rapid development of middle ear effusion in response to induced underpressures.  Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1995; 104:522-528.

Ghadiali SN, Banks J, Swarts JD. Effect of surface tension and surfactant administration on Eustachian tube mechanics. J Appl Physiol. Sep 2002;93(3):1007-1014.

Chen A, Li-Korotky HS, Hebda PA , Zeevi A, Swarts JD. Gene Expression Profiles of Early Pneumococcal Otitis Media in the Rat.  Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol., Oct 2005. 69(10): p. 1383-1393.

Doyle WJ, Swarts JD. Eustachian tube-Tensor Veli Palatini Muscle-cranial base relationships in children and adults: An osteological study. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngology, Sep 2010; 74(9):986-90.

Swarts JD, Cullen-Doyle BM, Alper CM, Doyle WJ.  Surface area-volume relationships for the mastoid air cell system and tympanum in adult humans: Implications for mastoid function.  Acta Otolaryngol. Nov 2010; 130(11):1230-6.

Ghadiali SN, Bell ED, Swarts JD.  Timing of Tensor and Levator Veli Palatini force applications determines Eustachian tube active resistance patterns during the forced response test.  Auris Nasus Larynx, Dec 2010; 37(6):720-9.

Bluestone CD, Swarts JD.  Human evolutionary history:  Consequences for the pathogenesis of otitis media.  Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Dec 2010; 143(6):739-44.

Swarts JD, Alper CM, Mandel EM, Villardo R, Doyle WJ.  Eustachian tube function in adults without middle ear disease.  Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol.  2011 Apr;120(4):220-5.

Doyle WJ, Swarts JD, Banks J, Casselbrant ML, Mandel EM, Alper CM. Sensitivity and specificity of eustachian tube function tests in adults. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Jul;139(7):719-27.

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Research Interest Summary

Eustachian tube structure and function, impact on middle ear disease, evolutionary medicine

Research Interests

Dr. Swart's laboratory studies how middle ear-Eustachian tube anatomy and physiology underlie the development and persistence of middle ear inflammatory disease.  To that end, they develop, evaluate and deploy tests of diffusive and bolus middle ear gas exchange and their anatomic correlates.  Using these tests they identify criteria by which they can differentiate patients likely to have persistent middle ear inflammatory disease from those who won’t.  This knowledge feeds back into the development of rational treatment strategies for middle ear inflammatory disease.

Research Grants

Middle Ear Pressure in Health and Disease, PI: William J. Doyle, P50, 2013-2018, NIH

Furlow Palatoplasty with Tensor Tenopexy for Otitis Media, PI: Cuneyt M. Alper, R01, 2011-2016, NIH