Meet Dr. Peter Roland
Dallas ENT


As Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Peter Roland, M.D., wears many hats: administrator, surgeon, teacher, researcher, and clinician. Today, he’ll analyze the results of a clinical trial that studied cochlear implant infection. He’ll also prepare for tomorrow’s meeting of a hospital committee he chairs, see a patient with a severe ear injury, meet with a potential faculty member, consult with colleagues in the Comprehensive Skull Base Surgery Program, welcome incoming residents, prep for surgery, tell a family that their loved one will hear again, and then, he just might tie a new fly for his next fishing trip. 

My most memorable case? That would be my first cochlear implant in 1990. I also remember, 21 years later, taking him to lunch at Café Pacific last year when he graduated from SMU. Despite the restaurant noise, we had a nice conversation. These are wonderful memories.”

Dr. Roland also wears hats on the national and international scene. In recent years, he has served on key panels of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery that have evaluated the causes of, and best treatments for, such widespread conditions as ear infections and swimmer’s ear, as well as the safest way to manage earwax and impaction.

No matter which hat he’s wearing, Dr. Roland’s first priority is improving the health and quality of life of his patients, and in that process, training the next generation of physicians and surgeons.

“What I want patients to know is that our goal is to provide them with objective information about the available treatment options, and then which therapy we believe will be best for them,” says Dr. Roland. “We’ll then help them get to the right person, whether that’s one of our team, a physician in another department, or even outside the University.”

Dr. Roland founded and continues as a director of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program (DCIP), a joint enterprise of the University of Texas at Dallas, UT Southwestern, and Children’s Medical Center Dallas that provides clinical services to cochlear implant (CI) recipients and their families through UTD’s Callier Center for Communication Disorders. The research conducted by the DCIP provides critical information regarding electrode placement, signal processing, and communication outcomes for CI users.

In 2011, Dr. Roland received two honors from the Academy Foundation: the Distinguished Service Award, given for exceptional service in scientific programs and instruction, and the Distinguished Award for Humanitarian Service, the Foundation’s most prestigious award, recognizing his longtime dedication to humanitarian outreach in otologic medicine and surgery.

Clinical Interests

  • Hearing problems
  • Ear disease
  • Balance disturbance
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Tumors of the skull base
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Cochlear implant
  • Neurotology
  • Pediatric otology
  • Stapedectomy