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Brett Comer, MD, MBA, FARS


(859) 257-5405
740 S Limestone


  • Residency Program Director
  • Professor
  • Division of Rhinology & Anterior Skull Base Surgery

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Biography and Education


Dr. Comer is a fellowship-trained rhinology and anterior skull base surgeon, meaning that he is trained to take care of basic and advanced disorders of the nose, sinuses, and anterior skull base. His clinic performs allergy assessment and testing. He performs in-office procedures such as steroid-eluting stent placement, and is trained in traditional sinus surgery, balloon dilation of the sinuses, and also performs balloon dilation of the eustachian tubes. In addition, he is trained in endoscopic skull base surgery to address issues such as cerebrospinal fluid leaks, tumors, polyps, and other conditions. Dr. Comer also is the Otolaryngology Residency Program Director for UK Otolaryngology. He is deeply committed to resident education and helping residents and medical students reach their fullest potential both professionally and personally. He started the CORONA initiative in otolaryngology resident education during the COVID-19 pandemic, a collaboration of nearly 50 otolaryngology institutions and thousands of learners. CORONA is internationally known and has resulted in over 106,000 recorded video views to date. In 2023, Dr. Comer completed his MBA at the University of Kentucky as a way to gain experience and knowledge that could help residents and students prepare for their own medical practices in the future.  Dr. Comer has published in all of the major otolaryngology journals, he has written book chapters, and he enjoys research on clinical outcomes.


Undergraduate Education
Hanover College, Hanover, IN
Bachelor of Arts (Chemistry), 1998-2002

Graduate Education
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Doctor of Medicine, 2002-2006

Post-Graduate Training
University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY
General Surgery Internship, 2006-2007
Otolaryngology Residency, 2007-2011

Fellowship Training
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
Rhinology & Anterior Skull Base Surgery, 2011-2012

Indiana, 2012
Georgia, 2010
Kentucky, 2006

Hospital Privileges
University of Kentucky A.B. Chandler Medical Center
University of Kentucky Good Samaritan Hospital
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

Selected Publications

Saltagi MZ, Comer BT, Hughes SJ, Ting JY, Higgins TS. Diagnostic criteria of recurrent acute Rhinosinusitis (RARS): a systematic review. Amer J Rhinol All, 2020; Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32954839

Comer BT, Gupta N, Mowry S, Malekzadeh S. Otolaryngology education in the setting of COVID-19: current and future implications. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2020; 163(1). PMID 32340539

Comer BT, Harris LE, Fiorillo CE, Gal TJ, Hughes AL. No-show rates in employed otolaryngology practice. ENT J, 2019; doi: 10.1 177/0145561319893157

Comer BT, Alfonso KP, Doyle EJ, Gallogly J, Simpson MC, Antisdel JL. Analysis of hemostatic packing compared to physiologic hemostasis in functional endoscopic sinus surgery with or without septoplasty. Amer J Rhinol Allergy, 2019; 33(5): 531-539. PMID 31115256.

Fiorillo, CE, Hughes, AL, Chen, IC, Westgate, PM, Gal, TJ, Bush, ML, Comer, BT. Factors associated with patient no-show rates in an academic otolaryngology practice. Laryngoscope, 2018; 128(3): 626-631. PMID: 28815608

Antisdel J, Meyer A, Comer BT, Jang D, Gurrola J, Khabbaz E, Christopher K, Kountakis S. Product comparison in otolaryngology: equivalency analysis of hemostatic agents after endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope, 2016; 126: Supplement S2. PMID: 26509639

Saltagi MZ, Comer BT, Hughes SJ, Ting JY, Higgins TS. Management of recurrent acute Rhinosinusitis (RARS): a systematic review. Amer J Rhinol All, 2021; PMID: 33622038