Garret W. Choby, M.D.

  1. Otolaryngologist


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Garret W. Choby, M.D., is an otolaryngologist — head and neck surgeon who specializes in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. His clinical focus includes:

  • Surgical treatment of sinonasal tumors, both benign and malignant
  • Skull base surgery, along with his neurosurgical colleagues
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis, including aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)
  • Revision endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Choby is active in numerous areas of research including assessing and improving quality of life following skull base surgery, understanding survival differences in sinonasal malignancies and improving patient outcomes with AERD and nasal polyposis. He is a fellow of the American Rhinologic Society and serves on several committees in the North American Skull Base Society and American Rhinologic Society.

Dr. Choby also serves as the Chair of Quality in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

  1. Chronic sinusitis
  2. CSF leak
  3. Esthesioneuroblastoma
  4. Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
  5. Nasal and paranasal tumors
  6. Nasal cancer
  7. Nasal polyps
  8. Pituitary tumor
  9. Samter's triad
  10. Sinonasal melanoma
  11. Skull base tumor
  1. Endoscopic procedure
  2. Endoscopic transnasal transsphenoidal surgery
  3. Pituitary tumor surgery
  4. Sinus surgery
  5. Skull base surgery
  • Endoscopic skull base surgery
  • Sinonasal malignancy
  • Quality of life in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis
  • Aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (Samter's Triad)
  • Optimizing endoscopic sinus surgery outcomes
  • Quality improvement
  1. 2017
    Fellow - Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base SurgeryStanford University
  2. 2016
    Resident - Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  3. 2012
    Post-Grad - Institute for Clinical Research and EducationUniversity of Pittsburgh
  4. 2011
    MDPennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  5. 2007
    BS - Molecular BiologyGrove City College

Professional memberships

  1. 2019 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Department of Otolaryngology - Departmental Executive Committee
  2. 2014 - present
    MemberAmerican Rhinologic Society
  3. 2012 - present
    MemberNorth American Skull Base Society
  4. 2011 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  5. 2010 - present
    MemberAlpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society


Research activities

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