• General pediatric otolaryngology
  • Acute and chronic ear disease
  • Tympanic membrane perforation
  • Hearing loss
  • Congenital ear abnormalities
    • Failed school hearing screens
    • Sinus disease
    • Nasal polyps
    • Allergic rhinitis
    • Congenital neck masses
    • Thyroid masses
    • Breathing disorders
    • Airway stenosis
    • Tracheostomy dependence
    • Feeding difficulty
    • Salivary gland problems
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Tonsil enlargement
    • Recurring tonsil infections
    • Recurring strep
    • Chronic sore throat
    • Snoring
    • Sleep disordered breathing
    • Sleep apnea
    • Adenoid enlargement
    • Adenoid infection
    • Sinus infections
    • Chronic nasal congestion/allergies
    • Chronic sinusitis
    • Nosebleeds
    • Nasal foreign bodies
    • Ear pain
    • Ear infections
    • Chronic ear fluid
    • Ear drum perforations
    • Ear foreign bodies
    • Cholesteatoma
    • Ankyloglossia (tongue ties)
    • Lumps or bumps of the head, face, and neck
    • Airway papillomas
    • Airway disorders
    • Adenoid hypertrophy
    • Aural atresia
    • Branchial cleft cyst
    • Choanal atresia and pyriform aperture stenosis
    • Chronic ear infection/otitis
    • Chronic cough
    • Chronic sinusitis
    • Chronic tonsillitis
    • Cochlear Implants
    • Deafness
    • Deviated nasal septum
    • Enlarged or infected neck lymph nodes
    • Failed newborn hearing screening
    • Foreign objects in ear, nose or throat
    • Hemangioma
    • Hoarseness
    • Laryngeal cleft
    • Laryngomalacia
    • Mastoiditis
    • Myringotomy (ear tubes)
    • Nasal dermoid/gliomas
    • Nasal polyposis
    • Nasal tumors
    • Otitis externa (swimmer's ear)
    • Otitis media
    • Salivary gland problems
    • Stridor (noisy breathing)
    • Swallowing disorders
    • Thyroglossal duct cyst
    • Thyroid enlargement (including thyroid cancer)
    • Tonsillar hypertrophy
    • Tracheal stenosis
    • Tracheoesophageal fistula
    • Tracheomalacia
    • Tracheostomy dependence
    • Velopharyngeal insufficiency (VIP)
    • Vocal fold paralysis

Procedures Performed

  • Cochlear Implant Program
  • Tympanoplasty
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Cochlear implantation
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
    • Septoplasty
    • Endoscopic airway surgery
    • Open airway reconstruction
    • Thyroid surgery
    • Excision of neck masses
    • Ear tubes
    • Myringotomy and tympanostomy
    • Tube removal
    • Myringoplasty
    • Ear foreign body removal under anesthesia
    • Cerumen removal under anesthesia
    • Ear exam under anesthesia
    • Tonsil surgery
    • Adenoid surgery
    • Tonsillectomy
    • Adenoidectomy
    • Adenotonsillectomy
    • Cautery of nosebleeds
    • Excision of mouth/face/neck lesions
    • Lingual and maxillary frenuloplasty
    • Lingual and maxillary frenectomy


Chris Azbell, MD, grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama for his undergraduate education. After graduating medical school at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, he completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Louisville. During residency he made the decision to focus his career on the care of pediatric patients. He went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Following his training, Azbell joined the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Kentucky. His practice covers the entire breadth of pediatric otolaryngology, with particular emphasis on hearing loss, cochlear implantation, and complex endoscopic and open airway surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Erin, and they have two young boys. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, running, traveling, and cooking.

Faculty Rank

  • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
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    Christopher Azbell, MD - UK HealthCare

Training & Education


University of Alabama, School of Medicine, Birmingham, Ala.


Otolaryngology, University of Louisville, School of Medicine


Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Otolaryngology

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Ratings & Reviews

4.89 out of 5
17 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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    I would recommend care to anyone

    Patient Review

    Dr. Azbell is great!

    Patient Review

    We absolutely loved Dr. Azbell! He was very thorough, gave us plenty of opportunities to ask questions, and made us feel very comfortable with the surgeries that our kiddos need.

    Patient Review

    Dr. Azbell and his team have been a blessing! They took wonderful care of my baby boy during surgery and recovery!

    Patient Review

    We love Dr Azbell
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell is always very friendly, explains what he is doing while doing it. He listen's extremely well and offers his opinion and advice on how to make issue better. We never feel rushed or just another patient. You can tell he truly cares and only wants the best for his patients. His attitude and compassion toward his patients is easily recognized and we always feel better after seeing Dr.Azbell.
    • Patient Review

      Doctor was great. Scheduling is unorganized and is taking forever from the time we first came to finally getting tonsils/tubes put in/taken out.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell is wonderful to work with. He is attentive, caring, friendly, and quick to provide any information needed. He is personable and has wonderful bedside manner.
    • Patient Review

      Very good listener, explained things well and compassionate care
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell is wonderful. He does so well talking with the kids as well as explaining the plan to the parents.
    • Patient Review

      Great experience. Very caring physician
    • Patient Review

      Noticed on My Chart that the provider documented that they examined far more than they actually did. For example, they noted lung sounds and heart rate and rhythm was normal and 2+ pulses... But those things were definitely not assessed.
    • Patient Review

      I would recommend the doctor, but would absolutely warn against what seemed to be a disregard for schedule.
    • Patient Review

      The visit was a follow up from my son having tubes put in. Very short visit, but *Dr. Azbell has been amazing from the first visit to this last one.
    • Patient Review

      I was satisfied
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell was great! Explained everything in detail and has an awesome bedside manner!
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell was amazing. He listened, responded to all of my questions, showed compassion and the utmost care for our child.