• 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

4.84 out of 5
30 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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    Doctor was kind, considerate, compassionate and very knowledgeable. Excellent!

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    Great experience

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    Doctor listened to all my concerns and questions
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      Dr. Azbell is excellent. He has been consistently a caring and knowledgeable provider. I appreciate his thoughtfulness is caring for my son and making sure he gets what he needs to stay healthy.
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      Absolutely wonderful experience!
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      They listened and answered my many questions regarding my daughter care. They explained everything and made sure we were well informed about the whole process. I feel like someone finally listened to me about my daughters health.
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      Our family always recommends Dr.Azbell to anyone we know who is in need of pediatric ENT care.
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      Amazing experience!
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      He was great!
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      Dr. Azbell was gentle with our son. He was efficient with assessing our concern and performing a procedure to correct it in the same visit.
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      He was very informative. Answered all our questions. He made us both comfortable with moving forward with the surgery. Very pleasant experience
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell is an exceptional doctor. He listens to your concerns and does not rush you in any way. We felt like we were his only patient that day.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbel is amazing! We have been so thankful for him. He does so well with the kids
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell went above and beyond to reassure us of the care plan outlined and his bedside manner was great with our 4yo
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell was very patient with us and extremely empathetic. We appreciated his bedside manner and willingness to help! He is fantastic!
    • Patient Review

      Dr Azbell is amazing, very gentle and kind.
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      We have been very worried about patient, but Dr. Azbell showed concern for patient and proposed treatment that should solve the issues he has had.
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      Dr. Azbell was great, he really listened to my concerns about my daughter
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      I would recommend care to anyone
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      Dr. Azbell is great!
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      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.
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      Dr. Azbell and his team have been a blessing! They took wonderful care of my baby boy during surgery and recovery!
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      We love Dr Azbell
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      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.
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      Very good listener, explained things well and compassionate care
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      Dr. Azbell is wonderful. He does so well talking with the kids as well as explaining the plan to the parents.