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Dr. Derald Brackmann specializes in diseases of the ear, facial nerve, dizziness and acoustic neuromas. He has served as president of the majority of the societies of his specialty, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, the American Neurotology Society, the American Otologic Society, the North American Skull Base Society and the International Skull Base Society. He is also Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Neurosurgery at the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.

Dr. Brackmann has received many awards, including Medical Alumnus of the Year at the University of Illinois, University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award and the Award of Merit of the American Otologic Society. He is a member of numerous societies of his specialty and is also an honorary member of the Otolaryngology Society of Australia and the Royal Society of Medicine of England. In addition to authoring nearly 300 scientific articles and book chapters, he is the editor or co-editor of four textbooks and is a co-editor of yearly series entitled Advances in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Brackmann was born in a small town in central Illinois in 1937. His primary education was completed there prior to his family moving to Champaign, Illinois, where he graduated from High School in 1955. He then attended the University of Illinois for undergraduate training and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1962. After one year of internship and residency in Chicago, he was inducted into the United States Air Force, where he served as a flight surgeon from 1964-1966. Following completion of his military duty, he had residency training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles County Medical Center in Los Angeles, completing that training in 1970. Following a clinical fellowship in Otology and Neurology at the House Ear Clinic and Institute, Dr. Brackmann joined the House Clinic.

Dr. Brackmann resides with his wife of forty-two years in South Pasadena, California. They have four sons: David, Douglas, Mark and Steven; and two grandchildren: Lauren and Nick. Recreational interests include hunting and fishing with his family and good friends.