Richard Kopke, MD, FACS
CEO of Hough Ear Institute
Richard “Rick” Kopke, M.D., joined the staff of the Hough Ear Institute (HEI) and its affiliate, Otologic Medical Clinic, in 2004, having retired after serving 26 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he built an international reputation as an expert in the field of inner ear medicine. He also received one of our country’s highest rewards, the Legion of Merit.
Dr. Kopke is board certified in otolaryngology and has sub specialty certification in Neurotology. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the institute and serves as Medical Director of the Hough Ear Hearing and Speech Center at HEI.
Dr. Kopke earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. He received Fellowship training in Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery and Neurobiology from the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
During his medical practice, Dr. Kopke sees adults and children with ear, hearing, and balance problems, and as required, he provides medical and surgical treatment for these problems. His surgical expertise includes procedures such as ventilation tubes, tympanoplasty, and mastoidectomy for chronic otitis media and cholesteatoma. He has a passion for helping adults and children with profound hearing loss through surgery and rehab for cochlear implants, as well as surgery for other implantable hearing devices. He also does more involved procedures such as acoustic neuromas and vestibular nerve sections.
Dr. Kopke also devotes time to research at the Hough Ear Institute. He and the HEI team are working on potential treatments and cures for sensorineural loss and balance problems. At present, their research efforts include regeneration of hair cells in the inner ear, which could someday eliminate the need for hearing aids. HEI is also studying novel approaches for delivery of therapeutic genes and medicines to the inner ear using magnetic nanoparticles.
Dr. Kopke has started a variety of clinical trials with the military to prevent and treat acute acoustic trauma and sudden hearing loss. Dr. Kopke participates in teaching and training of other ear surgeons in countries like Vietnam and Jordan.
Dr. Kopke is a clinical professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has written numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters. He has presented papers and taught courses at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and various national and international research meetings. He is a member of the American Neurotology Society, the American Otologic Society, and the Triological Society. His Triological Society thesis earned the prestigious Edmund Prince Fowler Award from the AAO-HNS.