Ruth J. Davis, MD

Assistant Professor

  • Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Dr. Davis is a translational and clinical researcher with a focus on voice and airway disorders. Her research has been funded by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) and the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund. Her primary areas of study include laryngotracheal stenosis, aging voice, and laryngeal leukoplakia. Her research program applies principles of immunology, fibroblast biology, and tissue engineering to the study of novel treatments for laryngeal disease.

rjdavis3@wisc.edu
608-262-8331

Education

  • MD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Residency, Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Fellowship, Laryngology, Vanderbilt Voice Center, Nashville, TN

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Davis is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellowship-trained laryngologist who specializes in the care of patients with voice, airway, and swallowing disorders. Her expertise includes airway stenosis and complex airway reconstruction, care of professional voice users, vocal cord paralysis, inflammatory and infectious disorders of the larynx, recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, laryngeal leukoplakia, and early-stage laryngeal cancers. Dr. Davis takes a patient-centered approach, emphasizing patient values in a shared decision-making process. Given the intersection of laryngeal disease with a variety of organ systems, Dr. Davis recognizes the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in the personalized management of her patients, working closely with colleagues in speech-language pathology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, thoracic surgery, neurology, radiation oncology, and physical therapy, among others.

Dr. Davis provides a wide range of services including Airway Dilation, Airway Reconstruction, Cricopharyngeal myotomy, Laryngeal Papilloma Laser Treatment, Laryngeal Surgery, Laser Procedures, Leukoplakia Laser Treatment, Microflap excision of vocal fold lesions, Microlaryngoscopy, Tracheostomy, Vocal Cord Injection, Zenker’s Diverticulectomy.

Research Interests

Dr. Davis is a translational and clinical researcher with a focus on voice and airway disorders. Her research has been funded by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) and the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund. Her primary areas of study include laryngotracheal stenosis, aging voice, and laryngeal leukoplakia. Her research program applies principles of immunology, fibroblast biology, and tissue engineering to the study of novel treatments for laryngeal disease.

Recent Publications

  • Similarity Network Analysis of the Adaptive Immune Response in the Proximal Airway.
    Clark E, Talatala ERR, Ye W, Davis RJ, Collins SL, Hillel AT, Ramirez-Solano M, Sheng Q, Wanjalla CN, Mallal SA, Gelbard A
    Laryngoscope 2024 Mar 07;
    [PubMed ID: 38450771]

  • Localizing Hormone Receptor Expression to Cellular Compartments in Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis.
    Talatala ERR, Clark E, Ye W, Davis RJ, Hillel AT, Collins SL, Ramirez-Solano M, Sheng Q, Gelbard A
    Laryngoscope 2023 Dec; 133(12): 3506-3511
    [PubMed ID: 37382162]

  • Sirolimus-eluting airway stent reduces profibrotic Th17 cells and inhibits laryngotracheal stenosis.
    Motz KM, Lina IA, Samad I, Murphy MK, Duvvuri M, Davis RJ, Gelbard A, Chung L, Chan-Li Y, Collins S, Powell JD, Elisseeff JH, Horton MR, Hillel AT
    JCI Insight 2023 Jun 08; 8(11)
    [PubMed ID: 37159282]

  • Mapping Genetic Susceptibility to Stenosis in the Proximal Airway.
    Sharif K, Tierney WS, Davis RJ, Wohler E, Sobreira N, Hillel AT, Collins S, Ramirez-Solano M, Sheng Q, Gelbard A
    Laryngoscope 2023 Nov; 133(11): 3049-3056
    [PubMed ID: 37102306]

  • Interdisciplinary assessment of tracheostomy care knowledge: An opportunity for quality improvement.
    Duggal R, Davis RJ, Appachi S, Tierney WS, Hopkins BD, Bryson PC
    Am J Otolaryngol 2023; 44(4): 103865
    [PubMed ID: 37004318]

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