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Ralph B. Metson, M.D.

Ralph B. Metson, M.D.

Dr. Metson is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in Rhinology and Sinus Surgery. Board certified in Otorhinolaryngology, he has more than 30 years of dedicated experience in treating advanced, unusual or difficult to treat sinus conditions. Dr. Metson has extensive experience with minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery, as well as comprehensive medical management of sinus disease.


  • B.A. Pomona College, 1975
  • M.D. University of California, San Diego, 1979

Postgraduate Training

  • Internship in General Surgery, LA County – USC Medical Center, 1981
  • Residency in Otolaryngology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Research Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1987

Professional Memberships

  • 1981 - American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • 1985 - Massachusetts Medical Society
  • 1986 - 1994 - American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 1986 - American Medical Association
  • 1987 - Massachusetts Society of Otolaryngology
  • 1988 - 2005 - American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Fellow
  • 1989 - New England Otolaryngologic Society
  • 1990 - American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • 1994 - American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Fellow
  • 1995 - American Rhinologic Society, Fellow
  • 1996 - American Laryngologic Society, Fellow


  • Director, Rhinology Fellowship Program, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Director, Endoscopic Surgery of the Sinuses, Eustachian Tube, and Ear; Harvard Medical School course


  • 1975 - Phi Beta Kappa, Pomona College
  • 1975 - Magna cum laude, Pomona College
  • 1986 - Golden Apple Teaching Award by Harvard ENT Chief Residents
  • 1996 - American Academy of Otolaryngology Honor Award
  • 2002 - American Academy of Otolaryngology Distinguished Service Award
  • 2002 - Medal of Honor, Norwegian Society of Otolaryngology
  • 2011 - Golden Headmirror Teaching Award, American Rhinologic Society
  • 2016 - Montgomery Award for Excellence in Teaching

Research Area Affiliations

  • Sinus and Nasal Disorders

Research Summary

Dr. Metson’s primary research interests include clinical outcomes of sinus surgery, genetic basis of chronic sinusitis, and endoscopic approaches to the orbit and optic nerve.

Select Publications

Factors affecting time to revision sinus surgery for nasal polyps: A 25-year experience. Wu AW, Ting JY, Platt MP, Tierney HT, Metson R. Laryngoscope 2014;124:29-33.

Long-term outcomes in sinus surgery: A new tool for measuring health-related quality of life. Remenschneider AD, D'Amico L, Litvack JR, Gray ST, Holbrook EH, Gliklich R, Metson R. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2014.

Gene expression profiling of nasal polyps associated with chronic sinusitis and aspirin-sensitive asthma. Stankovic K, Goldsztein H, Reh DD, Platt MP, Metson R. Laryngoscope 2008;118:881-889.

Image-guided sinus surgery: Lessons learned from the first 1,000 cases. Metson, R. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2003;128:8-13.

Endoscopic surgery for lacrimal obstruction. Metson R. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1991;104:473-79.

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