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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Education & Training

  • PHD, Otolaryngology, 2006
    University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Fellowship, 2004
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Residency, Otolaryngology, 2002
    University of Minnesota Health Center
  • Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), 1998
    Hennepin County Minnesota
  • MD, AMA Verified, 1997
    University of Minnesota Medical School
  • BS, 1993
    Georgetown University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Complex Pediatric

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors Washingtonian (2022, 2021, 2020)
  • Top Doctors No Va Magazine (2023, 2022, 2021)

National Provider ID: 1346309713


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.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • Children's National Specialists of Virginia, LLC provider
  • Cochlear Americas
  • Shire North American Group

Research & Publications

Airway Reconstruction in Pediatric Burn Patients

(2005) Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting

(2007) Surgical Management of Pediatric Subperiosteal Abscess

Association for Research in Otolaryngology

(2006) Activation of Transforming Growth Factor Signaling Pathway in Rat Middle Ear with Otitis Media

Frontal Sinus Fractures

(2006) eMedicine

Improved Diagnostic Effectiveness with a Sequential Diagnostic Paradigm in Idiopathic Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss

(2005) Otology & Neurology

Middle Ear Inflammatory Diseases

(2007) eMedicine

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Lipopolysaccharide Induction of Keratinocyte Proliferation NFkappa B and Cyclin DA is Inhibited by Indomethacin

(2005) Journal of Immunology

The 34th Annual Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children

(2006) Otitis Media with Effusion and its Risk Factors Affect Serum Cytokine Profile in Children

Tonsillar Inclusion Cysts in Gorlin Syndrome

(2006) Ear Nose and Throat Journal

Triologic Society

(2007) Cigarette Smoke Induces Muc5b Mucin Gene Expression in Mouse Middle Ear Cells.

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