Dr. Arnaldo Rivera’s areas of clinical and surgical interest are conditions that affect hearing and balance as well as conditions that affect the skull (lateral skull base). Dr. Rivera cares for patients of all ages with complex tumors and pathology, and he is the only fellowship-trained ear, lateral skull base and implantable hearing device surgeon at MU Health Care. While his tenure in the Navy, he was the neurotologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and cared for wounded warriors. As such, he treated complex trauma to the lateral skull base and inner ear, giving him a unique perspective in the surgical interventions and reconstructions of this complex anatomy. Dr. Rivera is a Navy reservist and holds the rank of captain.
Education & Training
University of Puerto Rico of San Juan
Surgery (General Surgery)
- National Naval Medical Center-Bethesda, MD
- National Capital Consortium Graduate Medical Education
Otolaryngology, Otology & Neurotology
- Northwestern University
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In the News
Dr. Rivera's active research practice includes new developments in the pharmacological management of dizziness, facial nerve palsy and single-sided deafness. He has published multiple peer-reviewed papers, presented at national and international meetings and contributed to several books. He currently serves on the Ear, Nose and Throat Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Rivera is also the Program Director of the Advanced Otology Fellowship at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Areas of Expertise
Awards & Honors
- Member, Alpha Omega Alpha
- Member, American Medical Association
- Member, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
- Member, Missouri State Medical Association
- Member, Missouri Society of Otolaryngology