Diego Preciado, M.D., Ph.D., is chief of Otolaryngology at Children’s National Hospital and professor (with tenure) of Surgery and Pediatrics at George Washington University. Born in Minneapolis, he grew up in Panama and then returned to the U.S., after high school where he attended Georgetown University graduating Cum Laude in 1992.
He then went on to obtain his M.D., and Ph.D., degrees from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he also completed residency training in otolaryngology. Subsequently, he did a two-year pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He joined the faculty at Children’s National Hospital in January of 2006 where he has practiced for the past 16 years and currently holds the Joseph E. Robert Endowed Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology. His clinical practice is focused on pediatric airway reconstruction, childhood hearing loss/cochlear implants, and velopharyngeal insufficiency.
Dr. Preciado runs a translational research program which over the years has been funded through various intra and extramural awards including R01, U01 and R21 NIH grants. He has authored over 145 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 25 book chapters and 3 edited books. In 2020, he received the Robert Ruben Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children. He has served as President of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (2020-2021) and is current president of the International Society for Otitis Media (2019-2023). He is a senior examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery where he has also serves on the Complex Pediatric Otolaryngology Steering Committee.
Dr. Preciado has been married to Argentinian architect Magali Remudo since 2004 and together they are proud parents of four children. In his spare time he enjoys running, grilling over wood flame and reading Latin American and contemporary fiction novels.