Brandon Isaacson, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and serves as Co-Director of UT Southwestern's Comprehensive Skull Base Program. Dr. Isaacson also chairs the Otolaryngology Resident Selection Committee.

Dr. Isaacson earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia, where he served as President of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed an otolaryngology residency at the University of Michigan, as well as a fellowship at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine, where he received advanced training in otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery. He also holds a B.S. in chemistry (summa cum laude) from Georgia's Armstrong State University.

Dr. Isaacson is board certified in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery and neurotology. He is a Fellow of the American Neurotology Society, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. In 2018, he was also inducted as a Fellow of the Triological Society.

Dr. Isaacson's research interests include cochlear implants, endoscopic ear surgery, acoustic neuroma, petrous apex lesions, and paraganglioma. His clinical interests include all aspects of otology and neurotology, with a special focus on skull base surgery.

He has authored over 90 scientific articles, contributed to more than 30 book chapters, and delivered numerous international, national, and regional presentations, lectures, and professional courses. He serves as a reviewer for a number of academic journals as well as on the editorial board of Otology & Neurotology

Dr. Isaacson has been awarded the UT Southwestern Chief Resident Appreciation Award for excellence in resident education and advocacy in 2008, 2012, and 2017. From the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Foundation, he received the Honor Award in 2010, and the Distinguished Service Award in 2012 . Dr. Isaacson has also served on the task force for new materials and as a board examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Meet Dr. Isaacson

Otology and Neurotology Specialist in Dallas

Brandon Isaacson, M.D., is one of the few otolaryngologists in the Dallas area who performs endoscopic ear surgery. The minimally invasive technique allows Dr. Isaacson to perform ear surgeries on adults and children through the ear canal instead of using a large incision behind the ear.

“Endoscopic ear surgery is a game-changer for patients,” he says. “It’s much easier for patients to recover from. They’re usually back at work, with minimal pain, within a day or two.”

Dr. Isaacson specializes in otology and neurotology, the areas of medicine that address the ear and its relation to the brain, central nervous system, hearing, and balance. An expert in minimally invasive procedures, he also is skilled at performing traditional open surgery when appropriate.

In addition, he has vast experience performing skull base surgery and serves as Co-Director of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Comprehensive Skull Base Program.

Most of Dr. Isaacson’s patients are referred to him by other otolaryngologists, and he’s proud that he can make a difference in the lives of the people he treats.

“It’s a privilege to help people who have these problems because their lives are often significantly affected by them,” he says. “Hearing loss, in particular, really makes it hard to function, so it’s great to be part of helping to restore people’s hearing to a level that allows them to do their jobs and interact with their loved ones. 

Dr. Isaacson credits UT Southwestern’s positive patient outcomes to a specialized, multidisciplinary approach.

“There are many specialists – from audiologists and speech therapists to surgeons – involved in caring for each of our patients,” he says. “I couldn’t do my job, and we wouldn’t see the success we do, without this team approach.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine (2004-2006), Otology/neurotology/skull Base Surgery
  • Residency - University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers (2000-2004), Otolaryngology
  • Internship - University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers (1999-2000), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Medical College of Georgia/Georgia Regents University (1995-1999)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Triological Society (2018)
  • American Otological Society (2019)
  • Texas Medical Association
  • North American Skull Base Society
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • American Neurotology Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Dallas Association of Otolarygology (2010)
  • Texas Association of Otolaryngology (2011)
  • Otosclerosis Study Group (2012)
  • Politzer Society (2014)
  • International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery (2014), The IWGEES - International Working Group on Endoscopic Ear Surgery is a group of highly specialized and motivated otolaryngologists and otogists who are mastering Endoscopic Ear Surgery, believing in the advantages that endoscopy carries in the field of otology as well as the future of the technique in dealing with middle ear disease.
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2020-2022
  • Triological Society 2018, Otolaryngology Honor Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award 2010, Honor Awards are part of the American Academy’ of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery's system for recognizing meritorious service.
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Distinguished Service Award 2014
  • Chief Resident Appreciation Award 2008, Resident Clinical Leadership and Teaching Award
  • Merck Manual Award 1999, Academic Excellence in Medical School
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1998, Medical Honor Society
  • Andreas Vesalius Award 1996, Excellence in Medical Gross Anatomy
  • Peacock Family Award 1996, Excellence in Medical Gross Anatomy
Books & Publications
  • Skull base tumors
  • Skull base paraganglioma
  • Facial nerve disorders
  • Endoscopic ear surgery
  • Cochlear implants
  • Acoustic neuromas

Clinical Focus

  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Hearing Loss
  • Acoustic Neuromas
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Ear Surgery

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