60379-Totten, Douglas

Douglas J. Totten, MD

Otolaryngology, PGY 3
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Where did you grow up?
Hanover, Indiana
What is your medical school/undergraduate background? 
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Undergraduate: Carleton College, bachelor’s in chemistry
MBA: Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, concentrations in health care and operations and analytics
Why are you pursuing a career in ENT?
My interest in ENT was initially sparked at 12 years of age when I had a tympanomastoidectomy to remove a pretty gnarly cholesteatoma. (I recently went back and read the op note!) As a result, I wanted to check out ENT. I immediately felt at home with the attendings, residents, and OR and have continued to dive deeper into the field and get more excited about my future career as time has passed.
What intrigued you about IU School of Medicine?
In addition to being close to home and in a city that I’m extremely fond of, IU School of Medicine has such a broad capture area, a great mix of hospitals all close together, an excellent reputation, a wide variety of cases, and a fantastic and motivated group of leaders and residents, particularly in the ENT department!
What do you want to learn most from the faculty and residents in the Department of Otolaryngology?
How to be a world-class surgeon. Most of my research has been in ears, so I’ll be excited for those cases, too. Overall, I’m simply excited to learn more than I can fathom at the moment.
What are some of your hobbies?
Distance/marathon running (I recently qualified for the Boston Marathon while running Carmel!); homebrewing; music (guitar/piano/tenor sax/others); sports (pretty much all of them; particularly football, and, of course, basketball as a Hoosier).

Titles & Appointments

  • Resident Appointee
  • Education
    2021 MD Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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