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
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Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Otolaryngology and Comm. Sciences - Froedtert Hospital
900 N. 92nd St.
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

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4.9 out of 5. 137 ratings, 37 reviews
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!!
Feb. 22, 2020
I went in because of a chronic sinus infection and upon reviewing some old scans, he immediately recognized an infection around the root of a tooth likely leading to the sinus problem. He reviewed the scans with me and explained the images. He is the first doctor to identify and link the asymptomatic tooth infection to my sinus issues.
Feb. 21, 2020
very knowledgeable and explained everything that is going on with my health.
Feb. 12, 2020
Dr. Poetker is the best ENT!
Feb. 7, 2020
I was able to view my CT scan during the appointment which helped clarify matters.
Feb. 2, 2020
There were concerns I mentioned to Dr. Poetker that he never addressed. If I hadn't reminded him about several things he would never have addressed them.
Jan. 26, 2020
he as always treated me with respect and thoroughness.
Jan. 16, 2020
I didn't feel rushed.
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.