David M. Poetker, MA, MD

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Dr. Poetker, a board-certified otolaryngologist, specializes in all disorders of the paranasal sinuses including acute and chronic sinusitis. He has received specialty training to address tumors of the paranasal sinuses. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks and revision (re-do) sinus surgeries.

Sinus disease is a long-term, chronic problem. Dr. Poetker specializes in the long-term management of sinus disease. He works with his patients in an organized, logical fashion to find the medical and surgical management that fits the individual.

Dr. Poetker’s research interests include studying the differences in mucus production in patients with sinus disease. In addition, he is involved with several studies to evaluate the safety of corticosteroids.


Diseases & Conditions

Allergic Sinusitis
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leaks
Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Fungal Sinusitis
Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
Nasal and Sinus Disorders
Nasal and Sinus Tumors
Nasal Polyps
Recurrent Acute Rhinosinusitis
Sinus Issues Following Trauma

Treatment & Services

Balloon Dilation
Endoscopic Orbital Surgery
Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Endoscopic, Computer-assisted Management of Frontal Sinusitis
Frontal Sinus Surgery
Laser Surgery
Nasal/Sinus Surgery
Revisional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
Skull Base Surgery

Ages Seen


Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Otolaryngology and Comm. Sciences - Froedtert Hospital
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-5580
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Education & Training

Drake University - Des Moines - IA - Master of Arts - (1996)

Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals - Milwaukee - Residency in Otolaryngology - (2006)

Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital - Portland - Fellowship in Rhinology & Sinus Surgery - (2007)

University of Iowa College of Medicine - Iowa City - Doctor of Medicine - (2001)

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Patient Reviews

The comments are submitted by patients (or their caregivers) and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Learn more about our survey.

4.9 out of 5. 157 ratings, 54 reviews
Dec. 18, 2019
He is a great provider. This suvey needs a does not apply choice.
Dec. 15, 2019
Dr. Poetker was very Personable and Professional. Dr. Poetker really seemed to care about my health and really wanted to do the best for me!
Dec. 11, 2019
Dr Poetker was very kind in our discussions and thorough with his discernment and diagnosis. he is very knowledgeable about this area and I left feeling hopeful again.
Dec. 7, 2019
Dr. Poetker, was fantastic! " He is knowledgeable, smart, caring and a "top notch physician!". I would recommend him HIGHLY!
Nov. 29, 2019
Dr. Poetker is always a phenomenal practitioner that I feel comfortable with taking lead only care. Having been my provider since 2015, I know I am in the best of hands for my ENT needs, and that he always is there to answer a message or see me in clinic. His resident, Hillary, was also very professional and attentive to my need; and she did an impressive job reviewing my extensive chart and relating it to that visit.
Nov. 27, 2019
very professional in all aspects.
Nov. 22, 2019
Dr. Poetker was amazing and I was very happy with the surgery and results
Nov. 21, 2019
The Provider told me my issue ...took care of me ND made me Kno that he was very concerned about my health issue which made me feel great
Nov. 2, 2019
Dr Poetker really listens and problem solves to help me get the best result.
Oct. 16, 2019
Oct. 15, 2019
absolutly professional in all catagories.Great person.Refered me to doctors that I need.
Oct. 8, 2019
More an issue of scheduling. They scheduled my pre-op before doctor visit. I waited a long time during pre-op and then waited over 30 minutes to see the dr. They should schedule closer together so it's not such a long time period there. Literally fell asleep in the waiting room waiting.
Sept. 19, 2019
Dr. Poetker listened and was great at explaining my results, treatment options and plan of care. I went to see him for a second opinion and am happy with that decision.
Sept. 17, 2019
I have seen two ENT doctors prior to him and he by far exceeded them and my expectations. He actually looked into my case prior to my appointment and knew what was going on, unlike my experiences before with other providers. I was very impressed and so was my husband.
Aug. 29, 2019
I have seen a good number of doctors over the years, and Dr. Poetker is by far the best doctor I have ever gone to. I wish every doctor was like him. He listens. He knows what he's talking about. He makes it clear what he does and does not know. He answers questions patiently, clearly, and as fully as he can. He actually makes decisions with you instead of leaving the decision entirely to you without a feeling of informed guidance or insisting things be done a certain way. In my opinion, this man is the gold standard for doctors.
Aug. 23, 2019
dr spent a lot of time discussing options and adapted decisions based on info I gave
Aug. 22, 2019
The Doctor was very knowledgeable about my condition, answering all of my questions and was very kind throughout my visit.
Aug. 13, 2019
Dr. Poetker did a nice job listening to what my concerns were. He is great at communicating to patients and answers all questions before leaving.
Aug. 8, 2019
Dr Poetker explained my options in a very clear manner.
Aug. 7, 2019
He is intelligent, professional and offered a well-reasoned approach to the problem.
Aug. 5, 2019
postoperatively - I would like to be better educated about blood clot expectations.But all is well
Aug. 2, 2019
He listened well, explained clearly and was good humored.
July 28, 2019
The doctors and staff were very positive, understanding, reassuring and clear. Your system was so easy to "get from here to there" in a timely manner. I love your email system to stay in contact and follow my progress. My memory isn't the best and this was very helpful to me and to my family! Thank you!
July 24, 2019
All aspects of treatment were excellent. My only complaint is that these surveys are all too frequent and overkill. They appear to be following every doctor or clinic visit. It's fine that you wish to monitor quality but this is too much.
July 6, 2019
The entire staff was so friendly and helpful. Their attitudes were genuine and sincere. the doctor listened to all of my questions and concerns and answered them in a way that was easy for me to get understand. I was very impressed with everything, especially considering there was a computer outage that morning.
June 28, 2019
Dr. Poetker explains options and possible next steps in a clear manner. He listens and answers questions patiently. He's genuinely concerned about my health.
June 27, 2019
he listens and cares. that is not easy to find in healthcare these days. He is terrific!
June 20, 2019
Dr. Poetker gave clear explanations of my condition and assured me of it being common so not to fear exam.
May 28, 2019
Provider and staff were very thorough and responsive to my needs. Will follow up with the provider at a later date.
May 18, 2019
Amazingly thorough and explained coindition with expertise. Nice man- very patient & easy to understand. I'd say meeting with Dr. Poetker was the finest physician experience I've had.
May 11, 2019
Dr Poetcher always has a kind and reassuring manner, taking as much time as needed.
May 10, 2019
MD was nice but my appointment consisted of him literally reading my chart aloud to me. Less than 2 minutes of the appointment was any physical assessment. He reiterated what I had already done to try to diagnose my chronic chief concern but offered nothing new. I felt that I was being assessed to be a surgical candidate rather than being seen by a specialist to get answers as to the cause of my chief concerns. I cancelled my follow up appointment immediately. I can read my own chart. Extremely disappointing.
May 7, 2019
All my paperwork prior to my visit indicated a 7:15am appointment, the time I chose. When I got there I was told, once the receptionist could be bothered to recognize that I was there, that my appointment was for 7:30am. I was never notified of the change prior to my appointment date. I had arrived much earlier than the suggested 15 minutes, so my wait to see the Dr was long.
April 25, 2019
Dr. Poetker clearly understood the problems that I was experiencing due to the condition about which I was seeing him. He asked what seemed to me to be appropriate questions and he based subsequent questions on my answers. He was clearly concerned about resolving my issues and he was friendly and easy to talk to.
April 24, 2019
everyone was helpful and nice. Dr. poettker sp? is awesome!!
April 24, 2019
Dr. Poetker went into great detail when I asked a question and made sure I understood.
April 21, 2019
The staff and doctor were very wonderful. They listened and responded to my needs and I felt very well taken care of.
April 18, 2019
How he explained in detail my surgery possible adverse effects.
April 17, 2019
doctor pecker was very knowledgeable. I knew what my problem was right away and put together a plan for treating me. I have been doctoring with this issue for more than six years with no positive results so far. I think dr. petrichor knows how to treat me for the best possible results
April 16, 2019
Always attentive
April 16, 2019
He listened!
April 15, 2019
Smart, caring. He's a good egg. You're lucky to have him. I as well!
March 23, 2019
knowledge, trust, confidence, reputation.
March 20, 2019
he listens with understanding. takes my concerns seriously.
March 17, 2019
Dr. Poetker has always been excellent as far as answering my questions and giving suggestions on how to improve or maintain the problems that I have in terms of his care.
March 16, 2019
Does a very professional job.
March 5, 2019
very friendly felt he was interested in my problem
Feb. 22, 2019
Didn't seem to be in a hurry to leave. Was wiling to answer questions.
Feb. 22, 2019
*Dr. Poetker is a good communicator.
Feb. 16, 2019
This was an initial visit. There was no treatment provided, no testing ordered. It seemed to be handled as a meet and greet to establish myself as a patient. I was expecting a bit more based on the summary of the clinic on the Froedtert site. The Doctor made it clear that he had a collaborative style with the patients which is very positive.
Feb. 14, 2019
very concerned and knowledgeable
Feb. 13, 2019
Doctor is very good and explains any questions asked.
Jan. 30, 2019
This was a 1st time appt for me with this specialist. He took the time to get informed on my condition and gave me information that was very informative and easy to understand for when we get test results. Excellent bedside manner. He seemed very knowledgeable and I fully trust him with my care.
Jan. 30, 2019
Dr. Poetker is truthfully one of the best doctors to talk to I have ever had. He listens, addresses everything I say patiently, and doesn't just want to rush me into a treatment decision. I wish every doctor were like him.