David M. Poetker, MD, MA

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Established Patient Appointments 414-805-5581
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New Patient Appointments 414-777-7700
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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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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.
Nice fun friendly people
Very professional
Dr. Poetker is always on time, and the staff in the clinic was great.
Dr Poetker does a great job listening to our concerns. I never feel rushed. Excellent Dr.
Very professional and caring doctor.
Experience with the provider was the best. They treat their patients with care and understanding. I would recommend my providers to anyone else. I very satisfied with everything they did for my health.
Dr Poetker is wonderful and I would recommend to everyone
Dr Poetker and his nurse were very professional as well as positive, kind, caring and helpful.
It was an excellent visit , everything went very smooth Very pleased . Surely will return
Great experience, truly loved all of the information and no need for clarification because of the thoughtful details provided.
Excellent Doctor,correct my problem and more, grateful to have passed pain problems gone!
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