Physicians

Friendly, Board-Certified Physicians


All Ear, Nose & Throat Center physicians are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Expertise is a given. Just as important, we bring our passion for medicine and friendly approach to every exam or consultation. We’ll listen and respond to your needs, with recommendations and treatment that will help maintain and enhance your health.

Dr. Richard W. Nielsen, M.D. Dr. Richard W. Nielsen, M.D.
Dr. Richard Nielsen is the senior member of the Ear, Nose & Throat Center, having joined the practice in 1978. He graduated from the Creighton University School of Medicine in 1971 and completed his internship and general surgery residency at San Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton, California. He specialized in otolaryngology at the University of Utah. As a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Nielsen spent two years in Frankfurt, Germany where he received the Army Commendation Medal as Staff Otolaryngologist. During his career he has held a number of key administrative posts including Chief Resident, Division of Otolaryngology at a University of Utah Affiliated Hospital; Secretary, Utah State Society, ENT; Chairman, Division of ENT at Primary Children’s Medical Center; Chairman, Department of Surgery at Holy Cross Hospital; Director of Residency Training, Otolaryngology at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center; Chairman Credential Committee at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. He also served as editor of Otolaryngology News. Dr. Nielsen is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Council of Otolaryngology; American Academy of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology; American Medical Association; Utah State Medical Society; Salt Lake County Medical Society; and Utah Otolaryngologic Society.

Steven K. Miller, M.D. Steven K. Miller, M.D.
Dr. Steven Miller has been an integral member of the Ear, Nose & Throat Center since 1991. He graduated from University of Utah School of Medicine, which he then followed by a general surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He further specialized by completing an otolaryngology residency—with an emphasis in head and neck surgery—at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Miller holds medical licenses in Utah, Wyoming and Indiana. He received his specialty certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology. His passion for learning and academic medicine is evident in his continuing role as clinical instructor in surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Miller also served as the Chairman of the Division of Otolaryngology at Primary Children’s Medical Center and the Chairman of the Division of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. He is a fellow of American College of Surgeons; American Medical Association; American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery; American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Miller is also a member of the American Rhinologic Society; Utah State Medical Association; Salt Lake County Medical Association; and his is the current president of the Utah Otolaryngologic Society.

Bryan Tagge, M.D. Bryan Tagge, M.D.
Dr. Bryan Tagge joined the Ear, Nose & Throat Center in 2000. He is a general adult and pediatric otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon. Interests and background training include: head and neck/oncology, voice disorders/laryngology, trauma, facial plastic surgery (aesthetic, laser, and reconstruction), advanced sinus disorders, snoring, middle ear surgery, chronic ear disease, hearing, balance disorders, allergy, cutaneous surgery. He graduated from the University of Utah Medical School and completed his general surgery internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed his residency in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Ohio State University. Dr. Tagge has a wide range of administrative experience, including serving as president of the University of Utah chapter of the American Medical Association/Medical Student Section (AMA/MSS) University of Utah chapter. Dr. Tagge is a candidate member of the American College of Surgeons; American Council of Otolaryngology; American Academy of Otolaryngology; American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Medical Association.

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John R. Bennett, M.D. John R. Bennett, M.D.
Dr. John Bennett joined the Ear, Nose & Throat Center from Stanford University in 2003. He graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Bennett treats all aspects of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He completed his residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the Wilford Hall Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. As a major in the United States Air Force, Dr. Bennett served as chief of otolaryngology at Royal Air Force Lakenheath Hospital in Lakenheath, England from 1992 to 2002. He then enhanced his surgical expertise by completing a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; Fellow of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Diplomate of National Board of Medical Examiners; Member of American Medical Association; and a Member of the Utah Medical Association.

Pramod K. Sharma, M.D., F.A.C.S. Pramod K. Sharma, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Pramod K. Sharma joined The Ear, Nose and Throat Center in January 2007. His primary interest is head and neck oncology. Dr. Sharma has special interest in the surgical management of head and neck tumors, including cranial base tumors, thyroid/parathyroid tumors, and head and neck melanoma. He also specializes in reconstructive surgery, including microvascular free tissue transfer and facial reconstruction. Dr. Sharma received his MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo with summa cum laude honors. He completed a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Cincinnati. He obtained specialized training at the Ohio State University with a Head and Neck Surgical Oncology fellowship. Following this fellowship, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan. In 2001, Dr. Sharma moved to Utah where he was a faculty member of the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Director of Head and Neck Oncology program at the Huntsman Cancer Center until 2007. He is board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Sharma is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Head and Neck Society, American Medical Association, and the Utah Medical Association.

Craig W. Anderson, M.D.
Dr. Craig W. Anderson joined the Ear, Nose & Throat Center in 2009. He graduated from University of Utah School of Medicine, which he followed with an internship at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Anderson then completed an otolaryngology residency at the University of Utah Medical Center where he served as the Chief Medical Resident in otolaryngology. Dr. Anderson has worked in private medical practice in Utah since 1981. He focuses on the development and promotion of innovative non-surgical techniques for dealing with troublesome, chronic ear, nose and throat issues. He is a member of the American Medical Association; American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; Utah Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; Utah State Medical Association; Salt Lake County Medical Society. He is a past president of the Utah Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Matthew E. Dahl, M.D.
Dr. Matthew E. Dahl joined the Ear, Nose & Throat Center in 2009. He is a general pediatric and adult otolaryngologist. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics. Prior to his residency, Dr. Dahl attended Tulane University School of Medicine where he excelled academically and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and was awarded the Humanism in Medicine Award for his graduating class. He is pleased to offer patients of all ages complete otolaryngology care. His areas of interest include disorders of the tonsils and adenoids, thyroid and parathyroid disease, ear disease and hearing loss, endoscopic sinus surgery, allergy, and voice disorders. He strives to stay current with medical knowledge and surgical skills in order to provide his patients with the best, up-to-date care available. He has published a number of academic papers and presented at various conferences. Dr. Dahl is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Allergy. He has also served as the delegate for Otolaryngology to the Utah Medical Association.

Timothy L. Pefaur, PA-C Timothy L. Pefaur, PA-C
Timothy Pefaur is a Certified Physician Assistant at the Ear, Nose & Throat Center. He moved to Utah from Washington in 1995 to attend the University of Utah Physician Assistant program. While attending classes, he worked as a registered nurse for local urgent care centers. After graduating from the Physician Assistant program in 1997, he worked for a large, local clinic providing Family Practice/Urgent Care services until joining The Ear, Nose & Throat Center in 2000. Tim was hired specifically to assist in the operating room and to take urgent/overflow patients and consultations from other physician offices. He has same-day and next-day appointments available at all times.

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