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Christopher H. Azbell, MD

Christopher H. Azbell, MD
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  • Ear Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology) - Pediatric
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)
  • Head and Neck Surgery
This provider offers TeleCare
  • Conditions treated

    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
  • About

    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


    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

  • Procedures performed

    • 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
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