Josh Yorgason, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon & Otolaryngologist located in Blaine, MN

 

Blaine, MN ENT Dr. Josh founded Minnesota Ear & Sinus Center to provide better care to patients, with less time waiting and more time with the doctor.


Dr. Yorgason is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.  He completed his undergraduate studies in New York City at Columbia University, with a major in Neuroscience.  He stayed in New York for medical school and graduated from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004.  Dr. Josh aspired to a career in Neurosurgery and matched in a program at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, aiming to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.

“I never regretted leaving Neurosurgery, after I saw a patient have their hearing restored during an awake surgery.” 

After completing his first year in surgery, Dr. Josh took a year to do research in Los Angeles at the prestigious House Ear Institute, where the first Cochlear Implants in the US was performed.  Dr. Yorgason conducted research on drug toxicity to the inner ear and performed landmark studies showing the toxic effect of Tylenol when combined with narcotic medication to the hearing.

During this year Dr. Yorgason was able to observe surgeries for hearing loss and chronic ear disease.  After seeing patients have their hearing loss cured with surgery he was determined to obtain training to be able to perform these surgeries.  He then returned home to complete his residency in Otolaryngology(ENT), Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Utah, Primary Children’s Medical Center, and Huntsman Cancer Hospital. While in residency, he obtained advanced training with ear and sinus experts, as well as advanced training on pediatric ENT disorders.  He continued to perform research and has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly publications.

Immediately after residency, Dr. Josh attended advanced courses, become a certified Cochlear Implant surgeon, and established a cochlear implant program in his practice.  He performed the first cochlear implant in an outpatient surgery center in the state of Utah.  He worked with ENT Specialists in Salt Lake City, Utah, and helped them expand their practice to the new Draper, Utah at the Lone Peak Medical Campus.  Although he had a good job, was close to family, something drew to him to pursue more training.

“Leaving an opportunity for a practice partnership, I yearned for more training, more education.”

Desiring further education and training, Dr. Yorgason completed an additional one-year clinical fellowship in Otology and Neurotology with Dr. Michael Paparella, further refining his techniques for performing surgery to restore the structure and function of the ear, and related sinus disease.  During this year of training, he also performed a clinical observership with Dr. Michael Teixido on the medical management of Migraine-associated disorders of the head and neck, including vestibular migraine, and migraine-associated sinus pain and pressure. During that year he also completed a visiting research fellowship at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where he studied the epitympanic aeration pathways in human temporal bones at the historic Palva Temporal Bone laboratory.

After his fellowship training, Dr. Josh then joined Sanford Health in Bismarck and cared for adult and pediatric patients.  He helped establish the first cochlear implant program in the state of North Dakota.  He was able to perform cochlear implants on infants and adults, as well as other surgeries for adult and pediatric ENT patients in this under-served area of the country.  He performed the first bilateral pediatric cochlear implant in the state of North Dakota, while only one of two surgeons in the state performing complex inner ear surgeries. 

“It’s all about where the ears and the sinuses meet – the Eustachian tube!”

While at Sanford, Dr. Yorgason also refined his techniques for surgery of the nose and sinuses.  He became a pioneer performing balloon sinuplasty on kids and adults, and was one of the early adopters of balloon dilation of the eustachian tube for eustachian tube dysfunction and chronic ear disease.  While becoming proficient in minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery, he has been on the cutting edge of endoscopic ear surgery, allowing a less-invasive surgical approach to the ear.  Desiring to return to an academic-centered private practice, he moved back to Minneapolis.

 

Honors

Summa Cum Laude, Columbia University 

Columbia Physician’s and Surgeons 

Pediatric ENT Trained, Primary Children’s Medical Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Peer-reviewed author of scientific research

Board-Certified Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

Fellowship trained in Otology/Neurotology 

Cochlear Implant Team Director/Lead Surgeon

Paparella Institue Clinical Fellowship Director 

American Medical Association

American Neurotology Society

American Academy Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery

Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
 

Education

Columbia University, Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience
2000-2004 Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

Postgraduate Medical/Surgical

2006-2010 University of Utah, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Residency, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
2013-2014 Paparella Ear, Head & Neck Institute, Advanced Otology/ Neurotology Fellowship, University of Minnesota Otopathology

Current Clinical Positions

MN Ear & Sinus Center, Blaine, MN

Essentia Health, Duluth, MN

Oakdale Ear, Nose and Throat, Robbinsdale, MN
Hospital Appointments 

Allina Hospitals (United/Abbott), Minneapolis/St. Paul

Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital

Gillette Children’s Hospital

Fairview University WestBank Campus, Minneapolis, MN

Fairview Southdale Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Maple Grove Hospital, Maple Grove, MN

Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN

North Memorial Hospital, Robbinsdale, MN

Essential Health, Duluth, MN

Co-director of the Paparella Fellowship.

Dr. Josh returned to Minnesota to join Dr. Michael Paparella, where he re-established the Paparella Cochlear Implant program.  He co-directs the clinical fellowship in otology/neurotology with Dr. Paparella and is an instructor in the otopathology temporal bone laboratory dissection course for visiting fellows. He performs surgeries at the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus and Masonic Children’s Hospital.  He also performs his specialty surgeries and sees patients at many locations in the twin cities, including North Memorial, Maple Grove Hospital, Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s, United Hospital, and Gillette Children’s.  

Dr. Josh is a strong supporter of advanced training for ENT graduates.  He helped to organize the Advanced Otology Fellowship Consortium, in which clinical fellowships around the country work together to provide advanced training for residency graduates who seek additional skills in ear surgery.  He founded the otologyfellowship.com website and continues to help other graduates achieve their goals by matching them in training programs and eventual jobs in their profession.

Dr. Josh broadened his practice by adopting a holistic approach, centered on integrating therapeutic and pure essential oils as natural medicine, complementary to traditional therapies and surgery .

While in practice in Utah, Dr. Josh met Paul Winterton, Orthopedic Surgeon, who had a passion for essential oils and integrating into a surgical practice.  Dr. Winterton introduced him to Dr. David Hill, Chiropractor and one of the founders of doTerra International essential oil company, founded with the purpose of creating the highest quality, therapeutic oils, which they certify as pure, with reproducible concentrations of their active chemical ingredients.  Together with Dr. Hill and Dr. Winterton, he is a founding member and scientific consultant on the Medical Advisory Board for doTerra International.  He partnered with Dr. Hill, Dr. Winterton, Dr. James Geiger, Anesthesiologist, Dr. Jesica Herzog, Pediatrician and Functional Medicine physician, Dr. Brannick Riggs, Internal Medicine, and other traditional doctors with a strong interest in health and wellness to help change the health care industry.  They are pioneers in adopting complementary medicine approaches to rigorous medical treatment.  Dr. Josh founded the website, protocoled.com, and authored or co-authored multiple rigorous protocols integrating essential oils together with traditional therapies for medical conditions of the ear, nose and throat.   Dr. Josh continues to find ways to educate patients on being empowered regarding their own health and wellness, using essential oils and other natural remedies and health practices for self-treatment and in striving for a total-body wellness lifestyle.

“I wanted to do something big, to change health care, and to do it I had to start something completely new, completely different.”

Passionate about the future of health care, Dr. Yorgason founded the Minnesota Ear & Sinus Center to be located in Blaine, MN in an effort to provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical specialty care to patients in the greater Minnesota Area. He established this practice with the goal of providing better care to patients, informing patients about their health and about the costs of their care in a transparent, upfront and professional manner. With this model of care, patients spend less time waiting for their visit and completing paperwork, and more time with Dr. Yorgason. The goal is for patients to get same-day testing and treatment for their conditions of the ears and sinuses. Dr. Yorgason is partnering with physicians, clinics, and other health professionals to provide a better way to care for patients in this ever-changing health care arena.