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Garret Choby, MD

  • Associate Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Neurological Surgery

Following his fellowship training, Dr. Choby joined the faculty at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, with joint appointments in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery, where he served as the Chair of Quality and had a domestic and international referral practice for sinonasal cancers, skull base tumors, and refractory sinus disease. He was subsequently recruited back to UPMC where he serves in his current role. 

Dr. Choby is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, the American Rhinologic Society (ARS), and the North American Skull Base Society. He is a nationally recognized leader in sinus and skull base disorders and is a regular invited lecturer nationally and internationally. He is also the Chair-Elect of the Skull Base and Orbital Surgery section of the ARS and Chair of the ARS educational courses committee. 

Dr. Choby specializes in sinus and skull base surgery. His clinical focus includes sinonasal malignancies, skull base tumors and inflammatory sinus disease. He enjoys a collaborative practice with his neurosurgical colleagues, offering comprehensive care for patients with complex skull base tumors. 

    Education & Training

  • Stanford University, Fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Otolaryngology Residency
  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, MD
Three-time recipient of the Press-Ganey Patient Experience Award
Departmental Teacher of the Year
Research Interests

Active research areas include improving quality of life (QOL) following endoscopic skull base surgery and improving survival in patients with sinonasal malignancies. Highlights of ongoing studies include proliferative and transcriptomic profiling of sinonasal mucosal melanoma, a multi-site prospective investigation on chemosensory and QOL dysfunction following endoscopic skull base surgery, and a multi-site consortium prospectively evaluating survival outcomes and transcriptomic profiling of sinonasal malignancies. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts.