David M. Poetker, MD, MA

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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. Was very good at explanations, and information on how to treat.
Professional care
Dr. Poetker and his team do a wonderful job. Quick, efficient and thorough. Can't ask for anything better than that.
Dr. David Poetker was very knowledgeable,polite, listen to my concerns and extremely thorough on all options available for my medical problem.
Very good treatment from the checkin all the way to the actual visit with doctor. Dr. Poetker did an extremely thorough job of explaining everything in detail. He actually did a little probing up my nose to show me some of the sinus condition. He explained the actual surgical procedure in details, noting the risks, and options. He easily answered by questions about his personal experience with surgical issues and how he dealt with each of them. He instilled a lot of confidence in his ability to do this procedure with my wellbeing in mind.
The nurse who took me to my room and spoke with me has such an upbeat personality. I smiled and felt at ease. The doctor listens and explains things completely. I have already recommended this office to a friend.
I love my appointments with Dr. Poepker. He takes his time and is very sympathetic. Plus, he has been wonderful about explaining my conditions, potential treatments, and ongoing research in the field. I really appreciate that.
Nice institution
My provider is coordinating with several of my other doctors which seems to be working better and gives me more confidence in his ability as sharing information is a good thing.
After difficulties and frustrations with scheduling an appointment with an allergist, I made this appointment and it was a great experience. Easy to schedule, quick, and my questions were answered in detail.
Always a pleasure
Dr was very informative about my condition and the procedure to solve this.
Dr. Poetker is very knowledgeable and listens to your concerns and can put things in terms that are easy to understand.
100 stars! Doctor P was patient, knowledgeable and listened to the concerns. He presented all of the treatment options and what he liked/disliked about each one. I would highly recommend him! It was quite possibly one of the best doctor visits I've ever had.
Dr. Poetker listens and takes his time. Never feel rushed or unhappy with his diagnosis. I also got an appointment very quickly.
Very good visit
Great experience. He listened and provided thorough information on treatment options and collaborated with my other medical team members.
Feeling sick is no fun but this was a very positive experience and gave me hope for feeling better soon!
Dr poetker is excellent
The doctor was professional and listened to my concerns. He was kind and caring. He answered my questions and offered suggestions to assist in my healing.
This office is efficient and works as a team well. Dr. Poetker is a professional, knowledgeable, caring provider who really wants to help me with a very bad chronic condition.
So impressed with Dr. Poetker and the ENT clinic! Dr Poetker's explanations are clear and extremely helpful. Grateful he shared alternatives to obtain my prescription medication. Very pleased and grateful!
No waiting at any point. Everyone was pleasant and professional.
Dr. Poetker is great!
Excellent experience.
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
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