Stephen F Conley, MD

Children’s Wisconsin since 1990
  • Professor, the Medical College of Wisconsin

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Dr. Conley is both a board-certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon and a board certified Pediatrician with fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology. He is the only double board certified Pediatric Otolaryngologist in the state of Wisconsin, providing additional expertise in the care of infants, children, and adolescents in his full-time practice at Children's Wisconsin.

Along with teaching physicians-in-training and medical students, Dr. Conley is active in local and national professional societies. He is an expert in the care of children with cleft palate and associated speech disorders. He has extensive experience in airway diseases and surgery in infants and children. Along with providing expert medical and surgical care in pediatric otitis media, sinusitis, and voice problems, Dr. Conley has a special interest in pediatric swallowing disorders and congenital abnormalities of the head and neck including Velocardiofacial (22q11.2 deletion) syndrome. He developed and is a member of a multidisciplinary team to treat swallowing disorders in children with cerebral palsy, brain injury, and developmental disorders. He is a consultant to the Children's Wisconsin Cleft Palate Team and to the Difficult Feeding Team. His current areas of research are cleft palate speech disorders, swallowing abnormalities in developmentally disabled children, avoidance of bleeding after tonsillectomy, and evaluation and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing in children. He provides peer review of scientific articles submitted to multiple medical journals in the specialty of Otolaryngology.

Areas of Interest

  • Pediatrics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Cerumen removal
  • Craniofacial irregularities
  • Foreign body in ear nose and airway
  • Hearing disorders
  • Hearing loss
  • Mastoiditis
  • Neck abscess
  • Nosebleeds
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Otitis Externa Swimmer Ear
  • Otitis media
  • Salivary control
  • Sinusitis
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Vocal fold dysfunction
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Education and Awards


  • 1978, Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX), MD


    1981, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center - Pediatrics1986, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics - Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


    1987, Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) - Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


  • Best Doctors of America - 2013
  • M Magazine’s Top Rated Doctors - 2013
  • Presidential Citation for Foreign Body Management Award - American Broncho-Esophagological Association - 2012
  • Honorable Mention for Clinical Research – American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc. - 2009
  • Certificate of Honor - American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - 2009
  • Honorable Mention Award - The New York State Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc. - 2000

Research and publications


  • Swallowing disorders
  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Post-tonsillectomy hemorrhage avoidance
  • Cleft palate speech disorders
  • Ulcerative lesions as a rare cause of laryngotracheitis in the pediatric population.
  • Outcomes of tonsillectomy in neurologically impaired children.
  • Long-term efficacy of intra-oral surgery for sialorrhea.
  • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis in children: masquerader of common respiratory diseases.
  • Anterior lingual thyroglossal cyst: Antenatal diagnosis, management and long-term outcome.


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