Patient Rating:

4.6 out of 5

268 Patient Ratings
87 Patient Comments

Clough Shelton, M.D., FACS

Chief, Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Clinical Details


Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 595-1700 Intermountain Hearing and Balance Center
230 South 500 East , 150
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 587-8368 University Hospital
Otolaryngology/ENT, Clinic 9
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Dr. Shelton has been associated with the University of Utah since 1994. Prior to that time, he was a partner at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. He has lectured throughout the world on Neurotology disorders. He has published over 100 articles and edited books on Neurotology. He is an active member of both national and international professional societies. Currently, he is President of the American Neurotology Society, Past President of the American Otological Society and a Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Originally from Texas, Dr. Shelton enjoys the outdoor recreation of Utah, particularly cycling. He also enjoys traveling and exploring different parts of the world. He and his wife have a son and a daughter.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Bioengineering - Adjunct Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders - Adjunct Professor
Neurosurgery - Adjunct Professor
Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor
Academic Divisions Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Pediatric Administration
Board Certification American Board of Otolaryngology (Otolary)
American Board of Otolaryngology (Sub: Neurotology)

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending doctor
My confidence in doctor
Time doctor spent with me
Doctor spoke using clear language
Doctor's effort to include me in decisions
Doctor's concern for questions & worries
Doctor's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Doctor's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

February 15, 2014


February 07, 2014

One of the staff members made reference to Dr. Shelton as "The best of the best" and we were very pleased to find this statement true. We were also very impressed with resident, Dr. Gibbs.

January 31, 2014

We're impressed with the quality of care given to us. Thank You!

January 22, 2014

Good experience

January 18, 2014

Thanks to all we met. We felt well taken care of.

December 20, 2013

Dr. Shelton is very professional and I am lucky to have him as my care provider!

December 17, 2013

Dr. Shelton is wonderful!!!!

December 13, 2013

Dr. Shelton is very competent

November 19, 2013

Dr. Shelton is the only doctor I trust when it comes to my cochlear implant care.

November 12, 2013

Dr. Shelton is a very caring individual! I appreciated his care and concern for how I was doing in my recovery.

November 12, 2013

Dr. Shelton is wonderful.

November 11, 2013

TeeMarie Jorgensen administered the audio tests required to qualify for a hearing implant. She was kind and patient and interested that I know the advantages and disadvantages of any devices considered. Dr. Daniel Givens was concerned about a prior stroke and after review with various observations and tests, he advised me of collateral damage that prior doctors had neglected. Dr. Clough Shelton advised me of new technology in the works, including a prototype of a "buried" device, and after reflection I decided to delay my surgery in case that device becomes available within the next year. Fabulous people!

November 11, 2013

Hey, I really like Dr. Shelton

October 31, 2013

Explained well what I needed to know and his assistants .

October 30, 2013

ENT Clinic at U of U is world class in every respect.

October 27, 2013

I have recommended Dr. Shelton's area of expertise to several other people.

October 21, 2013

Very good

October 19, 2013

care providers at Utah University Medical were good.

October 14, 2013

Always the best!

October 07, 2013

The only thing that could have been improved on was it would've been a little less stressful for me had Dr. Shelton or one of his office staff called me first to let me know that I was being referred to a doctor at the Huntsman Center. I thought it must have been a mistake when Huntsman called me to inform me that I needed an appointment right away with an MD at Huntsman. I had already been told that my test results were normal. So it was more than surprising to me to receive a call from the Huntsman Center. Otherwise, everything about my appointment with Dr. Shelton and his office was a good experience.

October 07, 2013

I have never had a bad experience with Dr. Shelton or his staff. My ear was infected and they were able to see me within 4 hours to provide treatment, even though they had to make time for me to come in.

September 30, 2013

Dr. Shelton and Dr. Chevalier were both extremely detailed in their examination of me and their questioning about my situation. They spent a lot of time answering my many questions, and their answers were easy to understand and very complete. Wonderful doctors!

September 26, 2013


September 02, 2013

Excellent medical care, as always.

August 12, 2013

I have actually recommended Dr Shelton to a number of individuals over the years. I have tremendous respect for him and his expertise and would never hesitate to refer him to others or continue to see him myself. Teemarie, audiologist, has been a wonderful support since my cochlear implant surgery. She is patient, and never makes me feel like an idiot =) when making programming changes...not an easy task for her I am sure.

August 04, 2013

Was a little concerned that the Doctor did not check the ear where the surgery was done. Although we had stated that we felt fine with the surgery and recovery.

August 02, 2013

They all seemed to be in a hurry.

July 29, 2013

Dr. Shelton listens and addresses all concerns.

July 14, 2013

She was knowledgeable and seemed to help me with what I needed.

July 11, 2013

I always have a informational appointment and very helpful.

July 08, 2013

Because I am deaf everybody took time to write down what I didn't understand. Everybody was kind and professional.

May 28, 2013

Dr. Shelton has helped for nearly 15 years and is tremendous!

May 24, 2013


May 21, 2013

excellent DR.

May 13, 2013

Always a pleasure to receive care from Dr Shelton - very attentive and communicative about patient's situation.

May 07, 2013

Dr. Shelton was very pleasant

April 29, 2013

He waited, although the MRI made me late. Impressive!

April 24, 2013

I am so very grateful to Dr. Shelton, he has given my son normal hearing in the ear he operated on and he did an absolutely amazing job.

April 22, 2013

You should have a rating marked "Excellent"! That's the care I received from everyone.

April 09, 2013

Always a good experience with Dr. Shelton. Thanks.

April 09, 2013

Dr. Shelton will always take time to answer questions we may have and has even given us more time than is probably scheduled. The last visit I felt a little discouraged because my hearing seemed to me to have dropped significantly because I was not understanding or detecting words or sounds. But Dr. Shelton explained what was happening and why I was feeling the difference in my hearing even though the testing only showed a slight change. We learned what to look for in the future and felt understood.

April 01, 2013

Couldn't help me

March 25, 2013

total experience waswonderful

March 19, 2013

Like I said in a previous post, Dr. Shelton is always very nice and addresses all questions and concerns.

March 18, 2013

I've felt very fortunate in having Dr. Shelton provide care for my hearing loss since he joined the staff at the U of U Med Center

March 18, 2013

Dr Shelton is a wonderful doctor who listens, is honest, very knowledgable, and willing help with concerns. I rely on him and I am grateful he is my doctor.

March 04, 2013

Dr. Shelton is the best, makes me feel comfortable and thoroughly explains all procedures and greatest part, he cares about your well being.

February 25, 2013

Our experienceat the Medical Center has always been very good.

February 04, 2013

Dr. Shelton is so professional and thorough. I am thankful for all of his help.

February 04, 2013

I would highly recommend to others who had hearing problems to come and see Dr. Shelton and his team. Dr. Shelton knows how to help and make a profoundly hearing impaired person feel that his or hers needs are important to them.

January 21, 2013

Dr. Sheldon was very nice and very knowledgable about my sons tumor. I feel very confident in his ability to do what he says.

December 31, 2012

Dr. Shelton is not only a Professional Doctor but Very Friendly too (O)__(O)

December 26, 2012

Had surgery. Very good experience to this point

December 25, 2012

I loved the efficiency of the visit. I hate wasting time, and none of the staff members wasted any time. It was a very good experience.

December 11, 2012

First class medical care.

December 04, 2012

Marvelous !!!!

November 26, 2012

Clough Shelton is a Star in the Galaxy. He is kind, polite, highly intelligent and qualified! I have never seen a better doctor! I have trusted him with my life twice and not been disappointed. He is just amazing!

November 21, 2012

In my opinion, you guys are off the chart on this page. If possible I would give a "10" for each of these questions. Everyone was patient, kind, and presented as truly caring. We left the facility feeling as tough we had a new group of friends.

November 12, 2012

I trust/appreciate my doctor for his expertise and care.

November 07, 2012

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Shelton. Any time someone mentions they may need an ENT specialist, I'm right there to recommend him. He never makes me feel rushed, always listens to my questions and concerns, and treats me just like a friend.

October 17, 2012

We met with Dr. Jacob and Dr. Shelton. Dr. Shelton was great. we were glad that in the end Dr. Shelton was providing most of our services.

October 15, 2012

This visit felt a little rushed.

October 09, 2012

Dr Shelton is awesome! He knows what he's doing. He talks to the person that has the issue, even if they are children, as well as addressing any parental concerns. He makes you feel comfortable. We were told he was the very best at what he does and we believe it. We've already told other people about him.

October 08, 2012

Dr. Shelton, as well as his staff, couldn't have been more thorough and explanatory with my care. Dr. Shelton was my last resort and came highly recommended within the medical community. I thank him for taking my case. He was efficient, knowledgable, kind and caring. I have recommended him as well as any physician in his practice to friends and family. Dr. Shelton and the University Medical Center rest equally with the others.

October 02, 2012

This appointment was by far the longest I have had since being a patient of Dr Shelton's. It was extremely informative and thorough, beginning with the audiologist and finishing up with the OR scheduling nurse. I have high regard for Dr Shelton and his expertise. His staff are amazing!

September 26, 2012

I have recommended Doctor Shelton to a couple of people all ready.

September 25, 2012

Thank you so much for the wonderful care that I received.

September 24, 2012

Due to a rare connective tissue disorder that has caused me to see many doctors, I rarely have confidence in anyone I see. Having said the aforementioned, it was obvious he knew what he was doing and he put me at ease. I would recommend him in a second!

September 24, 2012

Dr Shelton and staff were very good

September 07, 2012

Everything was good. Dr. Shelton took as much time as needed to make sure that I had my questions answered and didn't seem rushed.

July 24, 2012

Dr. Shelton didn't spend much time listening to me and I felt I was dismissed as he hurried to the next patient. I asked how my hearing was he said fine but the test showed mild hearing loss. He wasn't very friendly and spent maybe 5 minutes talking with

July 23, 2012

It was a very pleasant experience.

June 20, 2012

I would & will recommend Dr. Shelton, Dr. Macdonald & their teams to everyone. They are so nice, knowledgable, & work together so cohesively. I was impressed.

June 18, 2012

This man is the most professional doctor I have ever seen. Considering I am a medical interpreter and have sen my share of doctors I can say I am extremely pleased with the care he provided. He is very kind and understanding. He loves to teach and he took every opportunity that was presented to teach his residents and interns. I am very impressed and although he has a closed practice I have recommended him to 2 people. Thank you University Health Care for having such wonderful providers.

June 11, 2012

Very professional!

April 25, 2012

This was the first time I've been in hospital since Oaknoll Naval Hospital in the early '60s. Yours is better; I didn't have to make-up my bed each morning. I appreciated that.

April 25, 2012

Dr. Shelton provided comprehensive information on the procedure and what to expect post-op.

April 03, 2012

The doctor is wonderful.

March 16, 2012

thank you Dr. Shelton!

March 09, 2012

Dr. Shelton seemed like he was very confident in his diagnosis. he explained every thing so well to us. eventhough it was news that we didn't want to hear, we felt like it was the right thing and Dr. Shelton seems very reliable and actually took the time to hear Preston's entire history.

March 07, 2012

already did reccomend to someone else

January 13, 2012

i will be seeking another opinion Dr. Shelton wasn't concerned about much of anything other then seeing his next patient

January 13, 2012

Most off these answers apply to my first visit 5 yrs ago as well. excellant service

January 13, 2012

Dr. Shelton is the BEST!! and he has a good sense of humor!

January 11, 2012

I felt everyone's care for me as an individual, which surprised me in such a large facility. I look forward to the surgery to correct my hearing loss.

January 06, 2012

Dr Shelton and staff are great

January 04, 2012

Excellent conversation, answered questions completely, have complete confidence in the care providers.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Cochlear Implants

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Surgery - Professor
Bioengineering - Adjunct Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders - Adjunct Professor
Neurosurgery - Adjunct Professor
Pediatrics - Adjunct Professor
Academic Divisions Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Pediatric Administration
Board Certification American Board of Otolaryngology (Otolary)
American Board of Otolaryngology (Sub: Neurotology)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-5450 School of Medicine
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-5450 University Hospital
50 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Shelton has been associated with the University of Utah since 1994. Prior to that time, he was a partner at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. He has lectures throughout the world on Neurotology disorders. He has published over 100 articles and edited books on Neurotology. He is an active member of both national and international professional societies. Currently, he is President of the American Neurotology Society, Past President of the American Otological Society and a Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology.


Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Otologic Medical Group, Inc.
Clinical Fellow
Fellowship House Ear Institute
Chief Resident Stanford University Medical Center
Chief Resident
Residency Stanford University Hospital
Internship Parkland Memorial Hospital
Professional Medical University of Texas Southwestern
Undergraduate University of Texas at Austin
Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate Texas A&M University
Premedical Sciences


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Wilson KF, Hoggan RN, Shelton (2013)Tympanoplasty with intact canal wall mastoidectomy for cholesteatoma: long-term surgical outcomes.  Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 149(2),292-5
  2. Wilson KF, London NR, Shelton (2013)Tympanoplasty with intact canal wall mastoidectomy for cholesteatoma: Long-term hearing outcomes.LID - 10.1002/lary.24202 [doi]  Laryngoscope, The,
  3. Gurgel RK, Shelton (2013)The SoundBite hearing system: Patient-assessed safety and benefit study.LID - 10.1002/lary.24091 [doi]  Laryngoscope, The,
  4. Collett T, Error ME, Shelton C(2013)Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Tympanic Membrane  Otology & Neurotology, 34(8),115-116
  5. Mumert ML, Altay T, Shelton C, Harnsberger HR, Couldwell W(2012)Ganglion cyst of the temporomandibular joint with intracranial extension in a patient presenting with seventh cranial nerve palsy.  Journal of Neurosurgery, 116(2),310-2
  6. Salzman KL, Childs AM, Davidson HC, Kennedy RJ, Shelton C, Harnsberger H(2012)Intralabyrinthine schwannomas: imaging diagnosis and classification.  American Journal of Neuroradiology, 33(1),104-9
  7. Shelton C, Warren F(2012)Minimal access cochlear implant fixation: temporalis pocket with a plate.  Otology & Neurotology, 33(9),1530-4
  8. Hillman TA, Shelton (2011)Resorbable plate cranioplasty after the translabyrinthine approach.  Otology & Neurotology, 32(7),1171-4
  9. Warren FM 3rd, McCool RR, Hunt JO, Hu N, Ng PP, Buchmann LP, Shelton (2011)Preoperative embolization of the inferior petrosal sinus in surgery for glomus jugulare tumors.  Otology & Neurotology, 32(9),1538-41
  10. Gorrie A, Warren FM 3rd, de la Garza AN, Shelton C, Wiggins RH 3r(2010)Is there a correlation between vascular loops in the cerebellopontine angle and unexplained unilateral hearing loss?  Otology & Neurotology, 31(1),48-52
  11. Warren FM 3rd, Wiggins RH 3rd, Pitt C, Harnsberger HR, Shelton (2010)Apparent cochlear nerve aplasia: to implant or not to implant?  Otology & Neurotology, 31(7),1088-94
  12. 92. Kang SY, Swolan TA, Kileny PR, Niparko JK, Driscoll CL, Shelton C, Telian SA(2009)

    Incomplete electrode extraction during cochlear implant revision.

     Otology & Neurotology, 2009(30),160-164
  13. Hillman TA, Kertesz TR, Hadley K, Shelton (2006)Reversible peripheral vestibulopathy: the treatment of superior canal dehiscence.  Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 134(3),431-6
  14. Massey BL, Kennedy RJ, Shelton (2005)Stapedectomy outcomes: titanium versus teflon wire prosthesis.  Laryngoscope, The, 115(2),249-52
  15. Kennedy RJ, Shelton C, Salzman KL, Davidson HC, Harnsberger H(2004)Intralabyrinthine schwannomas: diagnosis, management, and a new classification system.  Otology & Neurotology, 25(2),160-7
  16. Badi AN, Kertesz TR, Gurgel RK, Shelton C, Normann R(2003)Development of a novel eighth-nerve intraneural auditory neuroprosthesis.  Laryngoscope, The, 113(5),833-42
  17. Kertesz TR, Shelton C, Wiggins RH, Salzman KL, Glastonbury CM, Harnsberger (2001)Intratemporal facial nerve neuroma: anatomical location and radiological features.  Laryngoscope, The, 111(7),1250-6
  18. Ellul S, Shelton C, Davidson HC, Harnsberger H(2000)Preoperative cochlear implant imaging: is magnetic resonance imaging enough?  American Journal of Otology, 21(4),528-33
  19. Dahlen RT, Harnsberger HR, Gray SD, Shelton C, Allen R, Parkin JL, Scalzo (1997)Overlapping thin-section fast spin-echo MR of the large vestibular aqueduct syndrome.  American Journal of Neuroradiology, 18(1),67-75
  20. Sedwick JD, Louden CL, Shelton (1997)Stapedectomy vs stapedotomy. Do you really need a laser?  Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 123(2),177-80
  21. Shelton (1995)Unilateral acoustic tumors: how often do they recur after translabyrinthine removal?  Laryngoscope, The, 105(9 Pt 1),958-66
  22. Nassif PS, Shelton C, Arriaga (1992)Hearing preservation following surgical removal of meningiomas affecting the temporal bone.  Laryngoscope, The, 102(12 Pt 1),1357-62
  23. Shelton C, Hitselberger WE, House WF, Brackmann D(1990)Hearing preservation after acoustic tumor removal: long-term results.  Laryngoscope, The, 100(2 Pt 1),115-9
  24. Shelton C, Luxford WM, Tonokawa LL, Lo WW, House W(1989)The narrow internal auditory canal in children: a contraindication to cochlear implants.  Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 100(3),227-31
  25. Shelton C, Brackmann DE, House WF, Hitselberger W(1989)Acoustic tumor surgery. Prognostic factors in hearing conversation.  Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 115(10),1213-6


  1. Chamoun R, MacDonald J, Shelton C, Couldwell W(2012)Surgical approaches for resection of vestibular schwannomas: translabyrinthine, retrosigmoid, and middle fossa approaches.  Neurosurgical Focus, 33(3),E9
  2. Simons-McCandless M, Shelton (2000)Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids - Do They Mix?  Hearing Review, The, Nov(00),38-48

Book Chapter

  1. Warren FM, Shelton C, Wiggins, II R(2010)Neuroradiology of the Temporal Bone and Skull Base  ,


  1. Shelton (2013)Let's Hear It For Cochlear Implants  ,

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