• 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

4.86 out of 5
27 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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    Dr. Azbell was very kind, took his time to listen to concerns, and went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable with decisions moving forward.

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    Very happy with our physician and felt he took appropriate time to explain our options

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    Very coordinated physician

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    Dr. Azbell was phenomenal, he was SO kind and I felt like he truly cared about my son and informing us. I know the procedure we were having done was quite simple so I couldn't help thinking how common and straightforward this process and procedure is to him since he does it day in and out but regardless he still made sure to treat it as if it were a big deal to us and I really appreciate that! He maintains a high level of compassion for his patients and families and I'm so thankful we were in his care.

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    Dr Azbell was very kind and knowledgeable.
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      Dr. Azbell is amazing and does a wonderful job!
    • Patient Review

      We have always had great experiences with Dr Azbell. We referred our nephew to him after Andrew had his adenectomy. Always a great experience!
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      The doc was awesome
    • Patient Review

      We really enjoyed meeting Dr. Azbel. He was able to assess my son's problem quickly and schedule him for tube placement quickly. I trust him as my sons surgeon and am so happy and grateful my son is getting the care he needs after months of battling painful ear infections. He is truly a lifesaver for our family.
    • Patient Review

      We highly recommend Dr. Azbell. Wonderful physician
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      Dr Azbell is amazing at his job!
    • Patient Review

      He said my child's tubes were stopped up. I told him she had several infections and he said he would not replace them that I'd have to call when she had an active infection. I did call last week with an active infection. Nobody answered and nobody returned my voicemail I left. Terrible.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell is so kind!
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      He was excellent
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      Dr. Azbell was wonderful with my daughter - excellent care
    • Patient Review

      We have been seeing Dr Azbell for 6mo following a lump on my sons neck. After the first appointment we realized there was also an issue with fluid on one ear and a hearing test revealed hearing loss. This 6mo followup confirmed the hearing loss was still present and Dr Azbell recommended tubes and to remove the lymph node/lump. I am so grateful for the diligent follow up and thorough way Dr Azbell and the team has educated us in the process and delivered news with candor and compassion. We are so grateful for these providers and staff!
    • Patient Review

      We love Dr. Azbell and his caring demeanor! There was also a question regarding a test that she had done through another provider that warranted Dr. Azbell's attention. I had totally forgot to ask him about it with all that was going on at the moment. I was so thankful that he brought it up for me!
    • Patient Review

      I was blown away by Dr. Azbell. I have been raising concerns with our previous ENT for months now and have never felt like they were concerned. He fully investigated my concerns and found an explanation for our ongoing issues almost immediately.
    • Patient Review

      Can not brag enough about everyone here. Truly the best place with the best doctor and nurses
    • Patient Review

      Care was rushed and it was obvious my sons appointment was an inconvenience
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Azbell was really friendly and thorough, and I appreciated his insight regarding my daughter.
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    • Patient Review

      Doctor was kind, considerate, compassionate and very knowledgeable. Excellent!
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      Great experience
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      A very good deal
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      Doctor listened to all my concerns and questions
    • Patient Review

      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.