Ricardo Carrau, MD

The James Cancer Center
Ricardo Carrau

Clinical Expertise

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Bell Palsy
  • Facial Cancers
  • Facial Nerve Diseases
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Goiter
  • Goiter, Endemic
  • Goiter, Substernal
  • Graves Disease
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Jaw Cancers
  • Jaw Diseases
  • Lichen Planus, Oral
  • Lingual Goiter
  • Mandible Tumors
  • Mandibular Diseases
  • Maxillary Diseases
  • Maxillofacial Injuries
  • Mouth Diseases
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2a
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2b
  • Nasal Surgical Procedures
  • Natural Orifice Endoscopic Surgery
  • Neck Dissection
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Nose Cancers
  • Nose Diseases
  • Otolaryngology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parathyroid Cancers
  • Parathyroid Diseases
  • Pharyngeal Cancers
  • Pharyngeal Diseases
  • Pituitary Apoplexy
  • Pituitary Cancers
  • Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Thyroid Cancer
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As a clinician, I’m an otolaryngologist – head & neck surgeon with many clinical and research interests, including head oncology, swallowing disorders, salivary gland disorders and sialendoscopy, endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic and open skull base surgery and more. I am on the faculty of The Ohio State University’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which I joined in 2011 as a tenured professor, and as the Director of the Comprehensive Skull Base Surgery Program and as the Co-director of the Anatomy Laboratory Toward Visuospatial Innovation in Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery (ALT-VISION), a research and education lab.

In 2014, the OSUCCC – James received a five-year, $11 million Specialized Program of Research Excellence grant from the National Cancer Institute to study thyroid cancer. I am co-leading one of the projects being supported by the grant: a study that attempts to identify biomarkers of damage to salivary glands and find new ways of protecting them from damage they can incur during thyroid cancer treatment.

Being part of OSUCCC – James has been a highlight of my career because it represents the cutting edge of treatment and of research. New technologies help us get to tumors that used to be impossible to reach—especially ones in the skull base. They also allow our multidisciplinary teams to perform minimally invasive surgeries with much faster recovery times.

I have been a doctor for over 35 years and served in the Air Force Reserve for five as a major in the medical corps. I’ve published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, and edited, co-edited, or co-written more than a dozen medical books. I was raised in Puerto Rico and am bilingual in English and Spanish. I also have conversational skills in Portuguese and speak a little Italian and French.

Education and Background


  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

    San Juan, Puerto Rico


  • Head & Neck Surgery

    Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh, PA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Academic Department

I see patients at

The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute

460 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210


Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the university requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their university responsibilities. As of 3/28/2017, Dr. Carrau has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.

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