Ricardo Carrau

Ricardo Carrau, MD


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Overall Patient Satisfaction Rating

4.8 out of 5




As a clinician, I’m an otolaryngologist – head and 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. I was also named to the Castle Connolly list of "America's Top Doctors" from 2014-2019.

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


University Hospital

San Juan, PR

University Hospital

San Juan, PR


Head & Neck Surgery

Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

Board Certifications

American Board of Otolaryngology

Academic Department

Department of Otolaryngology

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 11/21/2019, Dr. Carrau has reported no relationships with companies or entities.


Patient Satisfaction Review

The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the five questions gathered from the Outpatient Oncology survey, developed by Press Ganey Associates for use in oncology clinics across the country. On behalf of The James, Press Ganey administers the survey to patients who see our providers in an outpatient clinic office. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of The James.

Overall Ratings (out of 203 reviews)
4.8 out of 5
Kept you informed about your condition and treatment

4.8/ 5

Amount of time spent with you

4.7/ 5

Concern for your questions and issues

4.8/ 5

Skill and knowledge

4.9/ 5

Overall quality of care

4.8/ 5

Patient Comments (13 total comments)

Reviewed: 11/4/2019

Dr. Carray and his staff are wonderful.

Reviewed: 11/2/2019

D.R Carrau and his nurse Stacy are two of the best, I have the utmost respect and admiration for them both!

Reviewed: 10/17/2019

Dr. a different asset to the James.

Reviewed: 9/6/2019

Would not trade Dr. Carray for any thing. Fully trust him!

Reviewed: 8/26/2019

The (best).

Reviewed: 6/17/2019

Dr. Carrau is excellent!

Reviewed: 6/13/2019

Dr. Carrau is the most amazing doctor in the universe. He is a genius!

Reviewed: 6/3/2019

Excellent doctor. Have recommended him to other family members.

Reviewed: 5/31/2019

Dr. Ricardo L. Carrau MD F.A.C.S. is above and beyond any doctor I have ever encountered. (Do not let him leave.)

Reviewed: 4/19/2019

The doctor was good to me.

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