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Bradley F. Marple, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
He also serves as the department’s Arthur E. Meyerhoff Chair and the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, among many other administrative and clinical roles.
Dr. Marple’s clinical interests include inflammatory sinonasal disease, acute and chronic sinusitis, sinonasal disease that is refractory to medical and surgical treatment, and anterior skull-base defects.
Named one of U.S. News & World Report’s Top Doctors since 2012, Dr. Marple also has been named a Best Doctor in America every year since 1998, a Texas Monthly Super Doctor every year since 2004 and a D Magazine Best Doctor multiple times.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Rhinologic Society.
A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Marple earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine before completing residencies in surgery and otolaryngology at UT Southwestern. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1994.
Among his many professional activities, Dr. Marple has served since 2010 on the board of directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, as well as on the American Medical Association’s CPT Editorial Panel.
He also serves on the editorial boards of publications that include the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, ENToday, and Respiratory Reviews.
Dr. Marple’s research interests include allergic fungal rhinosinusitis and intranasal inflammation. He has published approximately 80 scholarly articles and a number of book chapters.
Nationally recognized otolaryngologist Bradley Marple, M.D., specializes in evaluating and treating disorders that affect the ear, nose, and throat. His expertise includes providing state-of-the-art surgical care for sinonasal diseases, including chronic inflammatory conditions, acute and chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, and deviated nasal septum.
"Patients come in every day and say, ‘Thank you. I never knew it could be this good.”
Dr. Marple has been named a Best Doctor in America every year since 1998 and one of U.S. News & World Report’s Top Doctors since 2012. In addition, he is a Texas Monthly Super Doctor and D Magazine Best Doctor.
In addition to performing sinus surgery, Dr. Marple treats patients who have certain anterior skull-base defects, as well as those with tumors in the nose, paranasal sinuses, or adjacent structures. He has special expertise in performing revision surgery in patients whose disease is refractory to primary surgery.
Dr. Marple is in the vanguard of physicians using advanced endoscopic techniques, allowing for effective minimally invasive surgery that significantly shortens recovery times for patients. He notes that there are now a number of alternatives for patients today that completely eliminate the need for surgery.
“The vast majority of people with sinonasal disease can be treated with medications, so it should be rare that patients need to have surgery,” he says. “The most important way we manage sinonasal disease is not with surgery but with medical management before and after surgery. The role of surgery is really to enhance the medical management.”
Dr. Marple’s approach underscores the importance of ongoing, comprehensive, and, often, multidisciplinary care – as in cases where allergies play a large role in the condition.
Whether through surgery or medical therapy, Dr. Marple finds great satisfaction in helping to improve his patients’ quality of life.
“It’s very rewarding to work through the evaluation, treatment, and follow-up with patients who come to us feeling diseased and uncomfortable,” he says.
“Helping to get those patients to the point that they can resume their normal activities and not have to focus on their conditions anymore is really what gets me out of bed and into the clinic every day.”
Most of his patients do so well that when they come in for annual check-ups, there’s hardly a need to talk medicine.
“We often spend very little time having to talk about their medical condition because it’s a minimal issue now,” he says. “They want to talk about their kids or what they did over the holidays, and that’s really nice. I feel like we’ve grown a big family of patients.”
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