Brandon Isaacson, M.D., is committed to helping both children and adults with hearing loss enjoy a better quality of life.
“It’s a privilege to help people who experience problems related to otolaryngology,” says Dr. Isaacson. “Hearing loss, and its associated conditions, significantly impact the quality of life for children and their families,” he says. “Hearing loss 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, go to school and experience positive interactions with others.
Dr. Isaacson is an otologist (Ear specialist) at Children’s Health, specializing in the medical and surgical diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear. These often-complex conditions can affect hearing and balance.
He is also one of the few otolaryngologists in Texas who can perform endoscopic ear surgery. Using this minimally invasive technique, Dr. Issacson is able to perform ear surgery through the ear canal instead of creating 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 school, with minimal pain, within a day or two.”
Dr. Isaacson 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.
He earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed an otolaryngology residency at the University of Michigan. He received advanced training in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery during his fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.
He 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 participates in research to improve the care of patients with hearing loss. He also helps improve the quality and safety of surgical treatments, such as endoscopic ear surgery and cochlear implants. He is a prolific author and has published 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 many academic journals and is a member of the editorial board of Otology & Neurotology.
He is a member of many professional organizations, including the Texas Medical Association, North American Skull Base Society, Dallas County Medical Society, American Neurotology Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.
In 2015, Dr. Isaacson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery for his educational and service contributions.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- Medical College of Georgia/Georgia Regents University (1999)
- University of Michigan Hospitals (2000), General Surgery
- University of Michigan Hospitals (2004), Otolaryngology
- Baylor College of Medicine (2006), Otology/Neurotology
- Board Certification
- American Board of Otolaryngology
- Skull base tumors
- Skull base paraganglioma
- Facial nerve disorders
- Endoscopic ear surgery
- Cochlear implants
- Acoustic neuromas
- Evaluation of the Normal Cochlear Second Interscalar Ridge Angle and Depth on 3D T2-Weighted Images: A Tool for the Diagnosis of Scala Communis and Incomplete Partition Type II., Booth TN, Wick CC, Clarke R, Kutz JW, Medina M, Gorsage D, Xi Y, Isaacson B. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2018 May;39(5):923-927.
- The Modified Rambo Transcanal Approach for Cochlear Implantation in CHARGE Syndrome., Wick CC, Moore AM, Killeen DE, Isaacson B. Otol Neurotol. 2017 October; 38(9): 1268-1272.
- Endoscopic Lateral Cartilage Graft Tympanoplasty., Wick CC, Arnaoutakis D, Kaul VF, Isaacson B. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 October; 157(4):683-689.
- Endoscopic ossiculoplasty., Isaacson B, Wick CC, Hunter JB. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 2017 March;28(1):39-43.
- Transcanal Endoscopic Ear Surgery for the Management of Congenital Ossicular Fixation., Zhu VF, Kou YF, Lee KH, Kutz JW Jr, Isaacson B. Otol Neurotol. 2016 Sep;37(8):1071-6.
- The Impact of Post Meningitic Labyrinthitis Ossificans on Speech Performance After Pediatric Cochlear Implantation., Liu CC, Sweeney M, Booth TN, Lee KH, Kutz JW, Roland PS, Isaacson B. Otol Neurotol. 2015 Dec; 36(10): 1633-1637.
- High-resolution CT findings in children with a normal pinna or grade I microtia and unilateral mild stenosis of the external auditory canal., Jacob R, Gupta S, Isaacson B, Kutz JW Jr, Roland P, Xi Y, Booth TN. Am J Neuroradiol. 2015 Jan; 36(1): 176-80.
- High-resolution 3-D T2-weighted imaging in the diagnosis of labyrinthitis ossificans: emphasis on subtle cochlear involvement., Booth TN, Roland P, Kutz JW Jr, Lee K, Isaacson B. Pediatr Radiol. 2013 Dec;43(12):1584-90.
- Pediatric stapedectomy: does cause of fixation affect outcomes?, Neilan RE, Zhang RW, Roland PS, Isaacson B, Lee KH, Walter Kutz J Jr. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2013 Jul;77(7):1099-102.
- Pediatric otogenic intracranial abscesses., Isaacson B, Mirabal C, Kutz JW Jr, Lee KH, Roland PS. Otolaryngology head and Neck Surgery 2010; 142:434-437.
- American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
- American Board of Otolaryngology (Examiner and former member of the Task Force for New Materials)
- American Cochlear Implant Alliance
- American Neurotology Society
- Dallas Association of Otolaryngology (Past President and Vice-president)
- Dallas County Medical Society
- North American Skull Base Society
- Otosclerosis Study Group
- Texas Medical Association
- Triological Society (Fellow)
Awards and Honors
- Teaching Award
- Chief Resident Clinical Leadership and Teaching Award (2008, 2012, 2017)
- American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
- Distinguished Service Award (2015)
- Honor Award (2010)
- Merck Manual Award
- Academic Excellence in Medical School (1999)
- Alpha Omega Alpha
- Medical Honor Society (1998)
- Andreas Vesalius Award
- Excellence in Medical Gross Anatomy (1996)
- Peacock Family Award
- Excellence in Medical Gross Anatomy (1996)
- Teaching Award