Lee A. Zimmer, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology; Medical Director, Neurosensory Program, UC Neuroscience Institute; Medical Director, Endoscopic Cranial Base Program

Otolaryngology (ENT)
Otolaryngology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Sinus Pain, Allergy, Allergy & Sinus, Brain Tumors, Cancer, Oncology, Endoscopic Cranial Base Surgery, Swallowing Disorders, Pituitary Tumors
.Lee A. Zimmer, MD, PhD photo

Practice Locations

  • Clifton

    • UC Health Physicians Office (Clifton)

      222 Piedmont Avenue
      Suite 5200
      Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

      Phone: (513) 475-8400
      Fax: (513) 475-8228
      Map and Directions
  • West Chester

    • UC Health Physicians Office North (West Chester)

      7690 Discovery Drive
      Suite 3900
      West Chester, Ohio 45069

      Phone: (513) 475-8400
      Fax: (513) 475-8271
      Map and Directions


Lee Zimmer, MD, PhD, is a fellowship-trained surgeon who focuses on minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant tumors of the skull base and sinuses, acute and chronic sinusitis, nasal obstruction and nose bleeds. Having returned to his hometown of Cincinnati in 2005, Dr. Zimmer developed the endoscopic cranial base program at the University of Cincinnati. A bright example of teamwork, the program combines the talents of ENT, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Ophthalmology. Since that time, the program has welcomed national and international recognition for clinical and academic excellence in skull base surgery. Dr. Zimmer has also joined the board of the North American Skull Base Society.
Dr. Zimmer’s passion lies in a thorough understanding of sinus, skull base and neuro-anatomy. With a background in neuro-anatomy, Dr. Zimmer and his team have published numerous anatomical and clinic manuscripts pertaining to sinus and skull base surgery to improve the understanding, safety and efficacy of these approaches. The quality of this work has been well received with invitations to national and international meetings and as guest professorships for anatomical courses. For Dr. Zimmer, numerous hours in the anatomy lab elevate a surgeon from being competent to a master of their field.
Dr. Zimmer grew up in a small business family on the West side of Cincinnati. After attending St. Xavier High School, he obtained his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and a combined MD/PhD at the University of Maryland in neuro-anatomy and physiology. He then completed his Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery training and fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Cranial Base Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. He is proud of receiving the opportunity to bring his talents back to his hometown of Cincinnati.
Married with two children, Dr. Zimmer spends time outside of work on the soccer field coaching his children. He served on the Clifton Soccer Board for four years. He and his wife currently run the soccer program at their children’s grade school.  


Medical School
University of Maryland School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Pittsburgh, PA

Board Certifications

American Board of Otolaryngology
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 
North American Skull Base Society 
American Rhinologic Society  
Cincinnati ENT Society

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