Howard S Kotler

Howard S Kotler, M.D.

2535 South Martin Luther King Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60616

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Howard S Kotler, M.D.


2535 South Martin Luther King Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60616



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I focus on providing patient individualized care in the comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose, and throat as well as head and neck disorders. This is best achieved by carefully listening to the patient and supporting family network and then ensuring that my patients play an active role in their care and treatment decisions. I believe in achieving optimal health through the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.

About Me



  • Internship: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Medical School: Chicago Medical School
  • Additional Training: University Of Illinois Hospital And Clinics, Facial Plastic & Reconstruction Surgery
  • Residency: University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary

Hospital Affiliations

  • Advocate Trinity Hospital

Ratings and Comments

Howard S Kotler, M.D.

4.5 out of 5

250 Patient Ratings

Listens carefully to you

4.7 out of 5

249 Patient Ratings

Gives easy to understand instructions

4.6 out of 5

198 Patient Ratings

Explains in a way you understand

4.6 out of 5

247 Patient Ratings

Spends enough time with you

4.5 out of 5

248 Patient Ratings

Knows your important medical history

4 out of 5

245 Patient Ratings

Shows respect for what you say

4.7 out of 5

249 Patient Ratings


This was a first time visit. The doctor was very knowledgeable of what was going on with me. He made me feel uncomfortable when I asked question. He was cold. I felt stupid in the room with him.

Reviewed on July 25, 2019 7:00 PM

Very satisfied

Reviewed on July 24, 2019 7:00 PM

I liked that Dr. Kotler was so personable and took the time to explain things with a model, images and even useful non-medical metaphors

Reviewed on July 5, 2019 7:00 PM

Was very knowledgeable, concrete and thorough. After seeing several doctors he was able to give me an accurate diagnosis.

Reviewed on June 26, 2019 7:00 PM

First time seeing this specialty so I can't comment yet, but he seem to be ok, just want to help me feel better with my allergy. That all. Thank everyone for all you do @ Advocate. Keep up the good work.

Reviewed on June 10, 2019 7:00 PM

very good bedside manner

Reviewed on May 6, 2019 7:00 PM

He was attentive and informative.

Reviewed on April 19, 2019 7:00 PM

Excellent experience with this provider,

Reviewed on April 14, 2019 7:00 PM

Excellent -

Reviewed on April 14, 2019 7:00 PM

this was a very good experience. doc was good

Reviewed on March 22, 2019 7:00 PM

Doctor Howard Kotler is a awesome guy!!! And a great doctor he always listen to my concern always willing to take of my health.

Reviewed on March 18, 2019 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler is very nice.

Reviewed on March 1, 2019 6:00 PM

Seems to be in a hurry.

Reviewed on February 24, 2019 6:00 PM

My experience was excellent, as always.

Reviewed on February 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Dr. Kotler is an excellent physician. He is very helpful and knowledgeable about my health concerns.

Reviewed on January 30, 2019 6:00 PM

Caring, friendly, concerned and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on January 27, 2019 6:00 PM

kind,caring, informative

Reviewed on January 26, 2019 6:00 PM


Reviewed on January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

provider was very thorough and professional answering all questions pertaining to my aftercare visit ! I would highly recommend Dr Kotler very good at what he does !

Reviewed on January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

I had a pleasant experience and all my questions were answered.

Reviewed on January 3, 2019 6:00 PM

This visit was excellent.

Reviewed on December 25, 2018 6:00 PM

Doctor K. Howard is a great one and always show me respect and concern about my health.

Reviewed on December 13, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr Kotler and I have always been on the same page as far as my condition. The decision for surgery was made between within 2-3 minutes at the most. I was so happy that he understood the miserable condition I was in better than I did! My decision to have this surgery was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Dr. Kotler even called to check on me after surgery and that made me feel as though I was in good hands which I was and very important and not like a number at all. Dr. Kotlers team is always very nice, caring, professional and good at what they do as well.

Reviewed on December 2, 2018 6:00 PM

very pleasant.

Reviewed on November 28, 2018 6:00 PM

All were kind and professional during this visit.

Reviewed on November 26, 2018 6:00 PM

I have been a patient of Dr. Kotler for years when his office was in the loop on Wabash Ave. when I had problems with my ear & also when he had offices in the out patient building at Mercy Hospital.

Reviewed on November 15, 2018 6:00 PM

I love Dr. Kotler. he takes care of me. always accommodating and friendly

Reviewed on October 26, 2018 7:00 PM

the provided order a medication , which was never provided . I called the office to explain and never got a response. very disturbing

Reviewed on October 22, 2018 7:00 PM

This doctor is the best Specialist I have ever met. I have had this malady for over 15 years. It seems that I will have it no more.

Reviewed on October 22, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler is an excellent health provider. I received wonderful treatment.

Reviewed on October 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler, is very professional.

Reviewed on October 8, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler, & his staff, were extremely kind & polite. explaining the procedure & the reaction I would receive from it. From the images, she & he explained my condition in Layman's terms, & answered all my concerns.

Reviewed on September 25, 2018 7:00 PM

It was a referral to the ENT doctor from my primary doctor. However my overall experience was a great one.

Reviewed on September 22, 2018 7:00 PM

visit over all very good!

Reviewed on September 16, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Kotler has excellent bedside manner. He knows his craft and is an excellent ENT physician.

Reviewed on September 14, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Howard Kotler and his team superior service experienced.

Reviewed on September 13, 2018 7:00 PM

Very satisfied.

Reviewed on September 13, 2018 7:00 PM

I'm always treated courteously. Dr. Kotler seems to be very knowledgeable & kind. He has been my doctor many years.

Reviewed on August 29, 2018 7:00 PM

As always Dr. Kotler was wonderful - I was late for my appointment because I was not notified they moved (I do only go annually) There should of been some signs on the old front door ?

Reviewed on August 20, 2018 7:00 PM

I'm very pleased with my recent visit w/ Dr. Kotler!! He's a awesome provider!! very knowledgeable!!

Reviewed on August 19, 2018 7:00 PM

Provider came into room, didn't want to shake hand. Stated that through out the hospital, they are attempting to stop hand shaking because of germs. Personally I don't want to visit any provider who is afraid of touching my hand.

Reviewed on August 14, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Kottler, was great. He has a wonderful personality and he made me feel comfortable before and after my sinus surgery.

Reviewed on August 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr Kotler,Howard; is in my experience dealing with him a grade ENT doctor I had him many years will a few years before when he was with another hospital and he did my surgery and everything was great his bed size miners are excellent he listen to my concerns he's just an overall excellent doctor I have recommended him to several of my co-workers and they too stated how great he is

Reviewed on August 6, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler is an outstanding doctor. He shows great concern and respect for his patients. A true professional. Would highly recommend him to anyone. And have.

Reviewed on July 30, 2018 7:00 PM

My visit my very helpful and informative with Dr. Kotler

Reviewed on July 30, 2018 7:00 PM

this experience was excellent. The providers were wonderful.

Reviewed on July 30, 2018 7:00 PM

This was the my first visit. Everything went well.

Reviewed on July 23, 2018 7:00 PM

The visit was efficient and pleasant, from the front to the attending nurse/assistant to of course Dr. Kotler.

Reviewed on July 21, 2018 7:00 PM


Reviewed on July 19, 2018 7:00 PM


Reviewed on July 10, 2018 7:00 PM

very good

Reviewed on July 8, 2018 7:00 PM

I had a wonderful experience with the doctor and his assistants.

Reviewed on July 5, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Kirksey is an excellent health provider. thanks

Reviewed on June 29, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler is knowledgeable and speaks to me in a respectful manner. I have never felt as anything less than equal to Dr. Kotler while we were in the room together. He performed the pre-op, actual surgery and post-op care for my recent surgery. Dr. Kotler is really great and I will be seeing him again for any ENT related health concerns I have.

Reviewed on June 25, 2018 7:00 PM

Enjoyed meeting Dr. Kotler, he is a very soft spoken man.

Reviewed on June 18, 2018 7:00 PM


Reviewed on June 3, 2018 7:00 PM

Will always return to him as my Ent care

Reviewed on May 20, 2018 7:00 PM

Dr.Kotler is a very nice Dr. he,explained to me some of the things that could be wrong with my ear.

Reviewed on May 4, 2018 7:00 PM

All my visits were good. They good to me.

Reviewed on April 3, 2018 7:00 PM

The doctor was thorough but abrupt.

Reviewed on March 19, 2018 7:00 PM

He is nice took time we talked he listen. I ask thing he answered.

Reviewed on January 19, 2018 6:00 PM

Quick and to the point. I asked questions; he answered them. I would classify his remarks as bordering on "soft, but amusing sarcasm. I was OK with this because I essentially agreed with him.

Reviewed on January 16, 2018 6:00 PM

Waited in exam room 40 minutes. Waited in lobby 37 minutes. He jokingly said my throat problem could be cancer!!

Reviewed on January 2, 2018 6:00 PM

Dr. Kotler Howard was very professional during my visit. He listened to my health concerns and address them accordingly.

Reviewed on December 26, 2017 6:00 PM

The receptionists was very nice, she brought the papers out to me and a some one to bring me a wheel chair, after I filled out the papers I was brought to the back and then nurse was very respectful and courteous.

Reviewed on December 19, 2017 6:00 PM


Reviewed on December 10, 2017 6:00 PM


Reviewed on November 18, 2017 6:00 PM

he has terrible bedside manners he is very rude did not allow me to speak

Reviewed on November 2, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler is as super physician I am so happy with his bedside manners and expertise.

Reviewed on October 31, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Howard Kotler is a great physician who listens to my concerns.

Reviewed on October 31, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr.Kotler seems to be very knowledgeable and he was able to address any concerns that I had about my condition.

Reviewed on October 29, 2017 7:00 PM

l didn't have to wait long & was thankful. Everyone in the office was pleasant & helpful.

Reviewed on October 24, 2017 7:00 PM

Very good.

Reviewed on September 28, 2017 7:00 PM

I visited this doctor due to hearing loss. He vacuumed the earwax out of my ears and told me to put a capful of peroxide in my ears every 30 days. He was thorough and really made me feel good that I didn't have a serious problem. He also said I could return if I had any issues later. I enjoyed my treatment with him!

Reviewed on September 17, 2017 7:00 PM

I had a great visit as always was told some great news. I hope and pray Dr. Kother will continue with Advocate.

Reviewed on September 4, 2017 7:00 PM

Very pleasant.

Reviewed on August 28, 2017 7:00 PM

Good dr even though at times I still have problem with my respiration, especially my right nostril.

Reviewed on August 28, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Kother was excellent in every way as well as his office staff.

Reviewed on August 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler is a wonderful doctor - I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on August 22, 2017 7:00 PM

I've been a patient since 2006 and Dr. Kotler have always given excellent medical care. l'm blessed to have him in partnership for my ongoing Healing Journey.

Reviewed on August 19, 2017 7:00 PM

This provider is always very personable, and concerned. He is my favorite provider.

Reviewed on August 15, 2017 7:00 PM

I was referred by a friend. Great experience.

Reviewed on May 23, 2017 7:00 PM

The provider was very knowledgeable and professional.

Reviewed on May 15, 2017 7:00 PM

Exceeded expectations in care provided, excellent quality of office staff.

Reviewed on April 18, 2017 7:00 PM

My experience was good everything was answered and was taken care of in timely basis.

Reviewed on March 29, 2017 7:00 PM

very efficient very professional

Reviewed on March 24, 2017 7:00 PM


Reviewed on March 22, 2017 7:00 PM

Very professional.

Reviewed on March 21, 2017 7:00 PM

He is by far the best doctor we've seen for anything. He is very attentive and patient. There definitely should be more doctors/people like him.

Reviewed on March 12, 2017 7:00 PM

Dr. Kotler was on time and wanted me to get a follow up biosy on my goiter and I will see him after it is done. The nurse was friendly and took time to ask questions and took my vitals so the visit with the doctor went smoothly.

Reviewed on March 10, 2017 6:00 PM

Very nice they help me.

Reviewed on February 19, 2017 6:00 PM

Overall a good visit ; wait time to be first seen was longer than expected, but somewhat acceptable. Both doctors seen were VERY good and informative.

Reviewed on February 5, 2017 6:00 PM


Reviewed on January 29, 2017 6:00 PM

pretty good

Reviewed on January 29, 2017 6:00 PM

I was very relaxed with Dr. Kotler while he worked on my ears. as nervous as I was, it was not painful at all.

Reviewed on January 17, 2017 6:00 PM

I received helpful information.

Reviewed on January 1, 2017 6:00 PM

very good. I was impressed with the professional manner of the administrative assistan staff as well as with the physician.

Reviewed on December 26, 2016 6:00 PM


Reviewed on December 25, 2016 6:00 PM

Doctor was very easy to talk with; friendly and nice.

Reviewed on December 18, 2016 6:00 PM

professional, respectful, knowledgeable of needs from support staff as well as Dr. Kotler

Reviewed on December 2, 2016 6:00 PM

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Medical Areas of Expertise

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Clinical Interests

  • Ear Infections
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hearing Loss
  • Nasal and Sinus Problems
  • Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Thyroid Disorders


  • AAH Preferred – Team Member Plan
  • AAH Select – Team Member Plan
  • AARP MedicareComplete Plus HMO - POS
  • Aetna Better Health Premier Plan MMAI
  • Aetna Choice POS
  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Managed Choice (MC) POS
  • Aetna NAP - PPO
  • Aetna Open Access POS
  • Aetna Open Choice POS
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select Choice EPO
  • Aetna Select POS
  • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • Aetna US Healthcare Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Beech Street Network PPO
  • Blue Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross HMO Illinois
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage HMO - POS
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Blue Cross PPO
  • Blue Cross PPO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • Blue Precision Bronze HMO
  • Blue Precision Gold HMO
  • Blue Precision HMO
  • Blue Precision Platinum HMO
  • Blue Precision Silver HMO
  • BlueCare Direct
  • Cigna C - 5 POS
  • Cigna Health Partners POS
  • Cigna Health Partners PPO
  • Cigna Open Access Plus POS
  • Cigna Open Access Plus State of Illinois POS
  • CIGNA Open Access POS
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cofinity PPO
  • Coventry HMO
  • Coventry One Select PPO
  • Coventry PPO
  • Coventry Workers Comp PPO
  • First Health Network EPO
  • First Health Network PPO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna HMO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna Open Access Plus HMO
  • Great West Healthcare - Cigna PPO
  • Harken Health Choice Plus
  • Harken Health Compass Plus
  • Health Alliance HMO
  • Health Alliance PPO
  • Healthlink PPO
  • HealthSpring Medicaid ICP
  • HealthSpring Medicare HMO
  • HealthSpring MMAI
  • HFN Platinum EPO
  • HFN Total Care PPO
  • Humana Advocate Health Care PPO
  • Humana Choice POS
  • Humana DuPage Medical Group HMO
  • Humana DuPage Medical Group HMO - HMO Select
  • Humana EPO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • Humana Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Gold Choice PPO
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO
  • Humana Gold Plus Integrated-Medicare-Medicaid Plan
  • Humana HMO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • Humana HMO Select
  • Humana Illinois Platinum HMO
  • Humana Integrated Care Program of Illinois
  • Humana Medicaid Managed Care Plan
  • Humana National EPO
  • Humana National HMO
  • Humana National POS - Open Access
  • Humana National PPO
  • Humana POS
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana PPO - Advocate Associate Medical Plan
  • LLH Adventist Silver PPO 3000
  • LLH Family Health Network Silver PPO 3100
  • LLH Swedish Covenant Silver PPO
  • Meridian
  • Meritain Health PPO
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • NALC (Natl Assn of Letter Carriers) Health Benefit
  • PHCS Savility PPO
  • Preferred Network Access PPO
  • Three Rivers Provider Network PPO
  • Tricare POS
  • Tricare PPO
  • UFCW Local 1546 Health and Welfare Fund (UMC)
  • UHC / AARP MedicareComplete (Secure Horizons) HMO
  • UHC / AARP MedicareComplete Focus HMO
  • Union Medical Care PPO
  • United Healthcare Charter
  • United Healthcare Choice HMO
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare Compass HMO
  • United Healthcare Group Medicare Advantage PPO
  • United Healthcare Medicare Solutions PPO
  • United Healthcare MedicareComplete Plan 1 HMO
  • United Healthcare Navigate HMO
  • United Healthcare Navigate POS
  • United Healthcare Nexus
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select EPO
  • United Healthcare Select HMO
  • United Healthcare Select Plus POS


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