Dr. Aaron Tward is a surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating ear and skull base disorders. In patient care, his interests include cochlear implantation (surgically placing devices that help deaf patients perceive sound), managing benign and malignant tumors of the skull base (such as acoustic neuroma), surgery for chronic otitis media, stapedectomy (a procedure to the middle ear that can improve hearing), repair of superior semicircular canal dehiscence (a rare disorder that may affect hearing and balance) and endoscopic surgeries of the ear and skull base.
In research, Tward's interests include tumor biology, the genetics and genomics of head and neck disorders, and outcomes for patients who have ear or skull base surgery.
Tward earned both a doctorate in biomedical sciences and his medical degree from UCSF. At Harvard Medical School, he completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, followed by a fellowship in otology (ear disorders), neurotology (neurological ear disorders) and skull base surgery.