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Margo K. McKenna Benoit, M.D.

(Pronouns: she/her)

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 758-5700

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Patient Care Settings

Otolaryngology, Pediatrics


Professional Background

Dr. Margo McKenna Benoit is the Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Golisano Children’s Hospital, the only free-standing children’s hospital in Rochester, New York. Dr. McKenna Benoit is a board certified Otolaryngologist, and has specialty fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology. Her clinical practice is dedicated to the full spectrum of complex pediatric otolaryngology, including airway and aerodigestive disorders, ankyloglossia (tongue tie), congenital head and neck abnormalities/tumors, pediatric sinus disease, and disorders of the ear and hearing, including implantable hearing devices and cochlear implants. She collaborates closely with providers from the divisions of pulmonary medicine, gastroenterology, sleep medicine, critical care, and the pediatric surgical specialties to provide team-based multidisciplinary care for pediatric patients. Dr. McKenna Benoit established the Center for Aerodigestive Disorders at the University of Rochester, and is dedicated to helping children achieve their fullest potential in health, wellness, growth and development. Dr. McKenna Benoit is skilled at working with children with disabilities, including autism, hearing loss, Down syndrome, and craniofacial disorders.

Dr. McKenna Benoit earned a bachelor of science degree with neuroscience concentration from Cornell University. She pursued her medical training at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, including a one-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, sponsored by the Howard Hughes Foundation. She completed her surgical and specialty training at Harvard, including a general surgery internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, otolaryngology residency with special research focus at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. McKenna Benoit’s research is centered around the developmental consequences of early childhood events, including the relationship between otitis media-related hearing loss and auditory processing later in childhood, and the impact of tongue tie on feeding and speech development. Results of her research have achieved national and international recognition. She is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, including committee leadership and guideline development for epistaxis (nose bleeds) and cystic fibrosis-related sinus disease.



  • Otolaryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology


Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2010 - 07/01/2012
Fellowship in Otolaryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology at Boston Children's Hospital (USA)

07/01/2004 - 06/30/2010
Residency in Otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

07/01/2003 - 06/30/2004
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Brigham & Womens Hospital

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AAMC Leadership and Management Foundations Course Delegate
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges

ASPO Second Prize, Basic Science Poster Presentation
Sponsor: American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

URMC Otolaryngology Annual Resident Teaching Award

AAMC Early Career Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Delegate
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges

Induction as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Yellen Young Investigator Award
Sponsor: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

AAO/HNS Annual Meeting Travel Award

AAO/HNS Washington Advocacy Conference Travel Award

2000 - 2001
Howard Hughes Research Fellowship
Location: National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C.

1998 - 1999
Dean's Letter of Commendation, University at Buffalo School of Medicine

1994 - 1998
Dean's List, Cornell University

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Journal Articles

McKenna Benoit M, Henry KS, Orlando M, Wong S, Allen P. "Tone in Noise Detection in Children with a History of Temporary Conductive Hearing Loss." Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO.. 2022 Oct 24; Epub 2022 Oct 24.

So RJ, Jenks C, Ryan MA, Tunkel DE, McKenna Benoit MK, Walsh JM. "Upper lip tie: A novel classification scale with improved inter-rater reliability." Laryngoscope investigative otolaryngology.. 2022 Oct; 7(5):1611-1617. Epub 2022 Aug 19.

Hancock S, Allen P, Dixon A, Faria J, Vandjelovic N, McKenna Benoit M. "Adenoidectomy may decrease the need for a third set of tympanostomy tubes in children." International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology.. 2022 Apr 11; 157:111130. Epub 2022 Apr 11.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Identification of hearing loss in infants and children
Book Title: MedLink Neurology
Author List: Wong, S.; Benoit, M.; Schor, N.
Published By: MedLink Corporation 2014 in San Diego

Chapter Title: Congenital Anomalies of the Larynx and Trachea
Book Title: Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2nd Edition
Author List: Margo McKenna Benoit and Roger C. Nuss
Edited By: Wetmore, McGill, and Muntz
Published By: Thieme 2011 in New York