Brent J. Benscoter, MD

Brent J. Benscoter

Neurotologist / Otologist / Skull Base Surgeon

Brent J. Benscoter, MD, is a specialist in the field of otology and neurotology, specializing in hearing disorders, chronic ear disease, Ménière’s disease, facial nerve disorders and cochlear implants, as well as acoustic neuroma and skull base surgery.

A Missouri native, Dr. Benscoter received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Missouri in Columbia. His residency in otolaryngology–head & neck surgery was at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He then completed a two-year fellowship in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at the Michigan Ear Institute in Farmington Hills.

Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Benscoter also possesses a second sub-specialty certification in neurotology. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery and the American Neurotology Society.

Dr. Benscoter has an extensive research background in facial nerve disorders, skull base tumors, stereotactic radiation, chronic ear disease and hearing problems. He has several scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals and has written five chapters on ear surgery techniques, including the most recent, “Surgery for Temporal Bone Malignancy,” in the textbook Atlas of Otologic and Neurotologic Surgery (LaRouere, M, Babu SC, Bojrab DI, eds). Dr. Benscoter has also been a guest lecturer at residency programs throughout the Midwest.


Otology, Neurotology, Skull Base Surgery, Cochlear Implants

Undergraduate Degree:

University of Missouri – Columbia, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Medical Degree(s):

University of Missouri – Columbia, Doctor of Medicine


Loyola University Chicago, Otolaryngology


Michigan Ear Institute, Neurotology

Certifications & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • American Neurotology Society

Publications and/or External Links

  • Benscoter BJ. Surgery for Temporal Bone Cancer. In: Atlas of Otologic and Neurotologic Surgery. LaRouere M, Babu SC, Bojrab DI, editors. 2014.
  • LaRouere ML, Benscoter BJ. Skull Base Surgery. In: Atlas of Otologic and Neurotologic Surgery. LaRouere M, Babu SC, Bojrab DI, editors. 2014.
  • Benscoter BJ, Kartush JM. Intraoperative Facial Nerve Monitoring. In: Facial Nerve Disorders: Diagnosis and Management. Guntinas-Lichius O, Schaitkin B, editors. Thieme. 2014.
  • Benscoter BJ, Babu SC. Medial (Underlay) tympanoplasty and Over-Under Technique. In: The Chronic Ear. Dornhoffer J, Gluth M, editors. Thieme. 2013.
  • Hahn Y, Benscoter BJ, Bojrab DI. Stereotactic Radiotherapy for Skull Base Lesions. In: Practical Neurotology. Babu SC, editor. Plural Publishing. 2012.
  • Brown TJ, Pittman AL, Monaco GN, Benscoter BJ, Mantravadi AV, Akst LM, Jones KJ, Foecking EM. Androgen Treatment and Recovery of Function Following Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Injury in the Rat. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. January 2013; 31(2): 169-176.
  • Leonetti JP, Benscoter BJ, Marzo SJ, Borrowdale RW, Pontikis GC. The Preauricular Infratemporal Fossa Approach for Advanced Malignant Parotid Tumors. Laryngoscope. September 2012;122(9):1949-53.
  • Burgette RP, Benscoter BJ (co-authors), Monaco GN, Kircher ML, Mantravadi AV, Marzo SJ, Foecking EM. A Rat Model for Intracranial Facial Nerve Crush Injuries. Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. February 2012; 146(2):326-330.
  • Marzo SJ, Benscoter BJ, Leonetti JP. Contemporary Options for Lateral Skull Base Reconstruction Following Tumor Extirpation. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery. October 2011;19(5):330-334.
  • Benscoter BJ, Jaber JJ, Kircher ML, Marzo SJ, Leonetti JP. Osseointegrated Implant Applications in Cosmetic and Functional Skull Base Rehabilitation. Skull Base. August 2011;21:303-8.
  • Leonetti JP, Kircher ML, Jaber JJ, Benscoter BJ, Marmora J, Feustel PJ. Inner Ear Effects of Canal Wall Down Tympanomastoidectomy: A Prospective Study. Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. April 2012; 146(4):621-6.
  • Benscoter BJ, Stankiewicz JA. Solve This Case: Baseball Foul-Tip Causing Frontal Sinus Fracture. ENT Today. April 2011.
  • Benscoter BJ. Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome. Loyola University Chicago; Otolaryngology Department Newsletter. April 2011.

Community/Organization Involvement:

  • Greater Sacramento Society of Otolaryngology, President
  • Mercy General Hospital, Chairperson of Surgery Department


A classically trained pianist, Dr. Benscoter earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.


  • Sacramento, CA