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David M. Poetker, MA, MD

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4.9 (147)
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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
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Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Otolaryngology and Comm. Sciences - Froedtert Hospital
900 N. 92nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
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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

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4.9 out of 5. 147 ratings, 34 reviews
Jan. 26, 2021
very satisfied with the in person visit and recommendations for further treatment.
Dec. 25, 2020
kind considerate knowledgeable good listener
Dec. 18, 2020
the provided listened to my concerns and thoroughly went over the information relating to my issue
Dec. 10, 2020
Dr. Poetker knows my health issues well, probably better than most of my other providers (I have many, and explains everything to my satisfaction. ) It's always a pleasure to see him.
Nov. 26, 2020
Very respectful and easy to talk too.
Nov. 6, 2020
My procedure was urgent for the providers to know how to take care of it. I am doing better breathing through both sides of my nose that has been blocked for about 2 years. Thank you!
Nov. 3, 2020
I was very happy that my doctor reviewed my history and looked at recent imaging from other Froedtert providers to have a better understanding of my current sinus issue. He also respectfully reviewed all my options and listened carefully to my feelings about these options. He helped to recommend the option BEST for ME! I really appreciate that!
Oct. 24, 2020
very professional experience
Oct. 13, 2020
the doctor was not rushed. he asked and answered all questions and concerns. everything was explained in terms I could understand and I got to see what he was seeing with a clear understanding of the visuals - ct scans and camera in the sinuses. he was awesome.
Oct. 3, 2020
Always listens and is very compassionate
Sept. 25, 2020
he always is up to speed on everything about me
Sept. 22, 2020
Dr Poetker used his experience to help me understand the MRI he explained in great depth. He told me the options and the risks of each option. He never pressured me to either option and wanted me to take time to think of each option thoroughly. Dr Poetker is a very caring and thoughtful individual, and I am grateful I have him.
Sept. 3, 2020
he was fast yet was very clear about the information. he made sure I was in a out as quick as possible. he made sure that I was comfortable during the visit
Aug. 26, 2020
very professional
Aug. 12, 2020
dr poedtker is excellent. listens and very knowledgeable.
Aug. 11, 2020
on time and listened to all my concerns very friendly
Aug. 9, 2020
Dr. Poetker was very helpful and kind. The procedure did not hurt at all.
Aug. 8, 2020
I travel 3 hours to see Dr. Poetker since he was the only provider that could provide the surgical services that I needed. He is always willing to listen and provides easy to understand medical information about my condition. feel that he truly cares about me as a person. I could follow up with a provider in my hometown, but have such respect for Dr. Poetker that I will continue to make the drive just to see him.
Aug. 1, 2020
very attentive, knowledgeable, rational. A nice calm reprieve in an uncertain world. I feel like my health is valued
July 31, 2020
on time, respectful, knowledgeable, conservative approach to medications and tests
July 25, 2020
Dr. Poetke listens to his Patients!!
July 17, 2020
Dr. Poetker is professional, very intelligent and an excellent physician! I would recommend him highly!
July 8, 2020
very straightforward and honest
June 24, 2020
Great staff physician, caring and informative.
June 22, 2020
prompt, knowledgeable, took time to address concerns
June 18, 2020
Dr. Poetker is a fine doctor, very informative and a very nice person. I was lucky to have him for my surgeon for sinus cancer! His years of follow-up were great.
June 15, 2020
He always pays attention to what I say and responds appropriately on how to address my concerns.
June 4, 2020
Doctor Poetker and his team are exceptional. I honestly would not trust my care to anyone else.
May 21, 2020
The Doctor was very passionate about his specialized field. He also let me know about new treatment plans. He gave me choices about my options.
April 13, 2020
saw dr Poetker for a second opinion on my current plan of care. he came prepared to our visit having reviewed my past medical history, asked appropriate questions and appeared concerned about me
March 11, 2020
Everyone was so friendly and caring. They called me by name. Dr. Poetker listened to my concerns and answered my questions and ensured the plan of care was collaborative and accepted.
March 3, 2020
no. this office is always amazing. Dr. Poetker is the best.
March 2, 2020
knowledge and professionalism. caring and concern
March 2, 2020
Dr. Poetker was amazing. He took his time and really asked questions and when we left there we felt relieved and understood what steps to take now. Thank you so much!!
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