John Niparko, M.D.

Timothy C. Hain, M.D. Last updated on July 21, 2020

Dr. John Niparko died of cancer on April 25, 2016 in Los Angeles. He was 61.

Since February 2013, he had been professor and chair of the Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

John earned his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, where he completed his residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery and a fellowship in otology, and where he later became a faculty member. He was recruited to Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery by Dr. Charles Cummings, who sensed great promise in his restless energy. Indeed, John transformed the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery by training a long line of residents and fellows who now serve in leadership positions throughout the world in otology and neurotology, and other otolaryngology specialties. In 2001, he became the inaugural George T. Nager Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at John Hopkins.

John formed the Listening Center at Johns Hopkins 25 years ago and built it up to be one of the pre-eminent cochlear implant programs in the U.S.

A past president of the American Otological Society and recipient of numerous awards, Niparko was the author or co-author of more than 200 professional journal papers or abstracts, 45 reviews, and four books, among them the Atlas of Skull Base Surgery and Cochlear Implants: Principles and Practice. He also was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Otology & Neurology.