Meet the Surgeon

Dr Haruka Nakanishi’s principle areas of clinical interest is surfer’s ear surgery. He regularly surfs and participates in many water oriented sports . As such he has a great understanding of the problems associated with surfers ear and the issues it can cause. He is a university lecturer in the field (~2017) and attends National and International meetings and workshops concentrating on these areas of clinical interest. Dr Haruka is widely published in peer reviewed articles concerning  surfer’s ear surgery and regularly presents at both national and international surgical meetings. 

Dr Haruka commenced training in General Surgery in 2002 after a number of years working for Miyazaki University Hospital. He commenced training in surfer’s ear surgery in 2005 then subsequently undertook training in the procedure at Osaka Hospital. Dr Haruka has had extensive training in all aspects of surfer’s ear surgery including time spent with an expert surgeon in San Francisco.

On a personal level Dr Haruka is an avid surfer who surfs both competitively and recreationally and understands the need to get back in the water as soon as possible whether for work or recreational reasons.


Webmaster Profile: Haruka Nakanishi MD. Ph.D

1995.4 Started Windsurfing
1997.12 Started  Longboarding
1999.8 All Japan Medical and Dental Student Surfing Championship Longboard class  1st
2001.7   All KYUSHU Surf Union Longboard open A class 4th
2002.3 Graduated from Miyazaki University Medical school
2002.5 Miyazaki University ENT/ Head and neck surgery doctor
2005.6 Started Shortboard surfing
2009.10 Accompanying perforation of the tension section,


Investigation of cases of secondary narietya

Received the Japan Otic Science Association Encouragement Prize

Otology Japan,18 (5) :6

59-664, (2008)

2011.7 Miyazaki University ENT/ Head and neck surgery  Assistant professor
2012.3   Started Stand up paddle board
2012.4 Triological Society Meeting (USA.CA) にて Otology-Neurotolgy Poster Award 1st Place受賞
2013.7 Studied  with Dr. Douglas Hetzler about the surgery of the surfers ear such as Sensory hearing loss without complications and early restart surfing with incision in the ear canal in Santa Cruz California.
2013.10 A panelist at the panel discussion in 23rd General Meeting of the Otological Society “Short-term stay type surgery” 
2014.7 Educational lecture at the Japanese Otolaryngology Society Kyushu Union Regional Subcommittee“Treatment of surfer’s ear”
2015.10 Learn the surgical method for the case of difficult to treat, relapse surfer’s ear cases in Santa Cruz, California, USA
2015.12 Miyazaki University ENT/ Head and neck surgeryLecturer
2017.4 Oiki Ear and Nose Surgi-Clinic 

With Dr. Douglas Hetzler July.2013

He is well known as the “Michelangelo of the ear canal” because he introduced the chisel technique for Surfer’s Ear surgery in this article:

Douglas G. Hetzler : Osteotome Technique for Removal of Symptomatic Ear Canal Exostoses: Laryngoscope 117:January 2007 Supplement

He has a lot of experience especially in surfer’s ear surgery. I visited his clinic and received instruction about the chisel technique for surfer’s ear surgery.

He is one of my most respected mentors. We regularly kept in touch and discuss development in the procedure of surfer’s ear surgery.

Dr. Douglas Hetzler explains about Surfer’s Ear on this website

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