David M. Poetker, MD, MA

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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.


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
Virtual Visit

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

Ages Seen


Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital
Otolaryngology- Center For Advanced Care - Froedtert Hospital

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)

Board Certifications


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Patient Reviews

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Doctor Poetker was definitely the friendliest doctor I've ever been and actually cared about my issues. Answered all of my (many) questions and provided complete explanations and treatment options. He was great!!!
Dr Poetker was great. He was patient and explained everything. I would suggest him to all my friends.i
Great concern, communication and information!
This was probably one of the best interaction I've had with any of my multiple doctors in the past two years.
It was three years since I saw Dr. He not only remembered me. But also what we discussed and possible treatments. Very impressive
Dr Poetker is very caring, thorough and explains everything very well.
Everyone was very kind and helpful, but not in a baby-ing way which I really appreciated. Staff talked to me directly and clearly and gave good directions and information.
I've already recommended Dr. Poetker to others.
Great care
Everyone was respectful and helpful. The doctor spent a lot of time with me and explained everything. He listened. Excellent experience.
Dr Poetker and nurse have always been easy to talk to, very personable and caring.
I was able to get in when I needed to, thanks to the person looking for an appointment fo me knowing I really needed to see a physician. MA was excellent and so was Dr Poetker.
Doctor was very personable and knowledgeable. He was also very good at explaining CT and medical findings in a way that made sense to a non-medical person. Overall, very happy with my visit. Was happy that my concerns were addressed in a comprehensive and proactive way. Top notch doctor.
Pleased with all aspects!
Very impressive facility, and excellent team members. Explained issues in an understandable manner to me,{old RN}, and my son, who has no medical knowledge, but does have HHT. You have proved to me that I can count on returning to your center for continued RX. And my son appears willing to return for follow-up later in the year.
Dr Poetker is kind, informative and attentive. He is by far theBEST ENT I have seen! I would and have highly recommend!
The best ever in every way. Love my Doc and will recommend!
Doctor explained options and procedures with great detail including CT scan. Was will worth the 180 mile trip.
Beyond my expectations. All staff were very congenial and helpful and I was well informed about my condition by my attending physician.
Dr. Poetker was AWESOME. He really listened to my concerns and validated what I was worried about. He clearly explained the treatment plan and next steps. I'm so grateful for him!
I left feeling very confident that I was receiving great care and happy with my plan of care.
He's very direct & to the point. Always punctual. Answers questions so that I understand what's going on.
Took time to listen and very good at dicussing solutions and treatments. Top drawer doc.
Positive experience overall.
Dr. Poetker is absolutely wonderful
Everyone from check in, nurse and doctor were all very friendly and kept me in the loop of any decisions made. Like my "voice" was heard.
Dr Poetker is a very knowledgeable and caring doctor. He is very patient and took his time explaining the CT and options to my mother who is hard of hearing. Very pleased with the care he gave her and she was very pleased also.
Dr. Poetker is one of the most caring and intelligent physicians I know. Part of the reason I made the choice to proceed with a surgery I was nervous about was because I trust his skills, judgment, and overall care for people 100%. I would recommend him to anyone.
My appointment with Dr. Poetker was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, explained my problem to me and showed me the results of my CT scan. He explained the surgery I would need. I am very confident and happy to have him perform the surgery on me inJanuary.
I am in a very difficult time medically and feel very good about the care and information I received.
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