Phoenix, Arizona


Weisskopf.Peter@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Peter A. Weisskopf, M.D., conducts research focused on improving hearing through a variety of modalities including surgical correction, cochlear implants and other implantable devices. In addition, he is collaborating with colleagues in neurosurgery to improve the diagnosis and treatment of complex skull base abnormalities.

Focus areas

  • Increasing access to cochlear implantation. Although cochlear implants are a safe and effective way to improve hearing that cannot otherwise be restored, many patients are either unaware of the technology or believe that they are not candidates for it. Outreach and techniques using advanced artificial intelligence can help identify and notify patients of the potential availability of these life-changing devices. Dr. Weisskopf is part of a multidisciplinary Mayo Clinic enterprise team that evaluates improved methods for proactively identifying candidates for cochlear implants within the Mayo patient population.
  • Skull-base treatment. Dr. Weisskopf is actively working to improve surgical access to complicated and isolated parts of the skull base to treat rare tumors and disease processes. Using advanced imaging and surgical guidance techniques, he and his colleagues are developing virtual reality and head-up display technology to improve surgical accuracy in the treatment of these diseases.

Significance to patient care

Currently, up to 90% of patients who may be eligible for cochlear implants are not receiving them. When patients are identified and made aware of the devices, most choose to undergo the procedure and find the implants life altering. Dr. Weisskopf is committed to finding new ways to identify and inform patients who are eligible for cochlear implants so that they can take advantage of the technology. Hearing is a vital sense. A lack of hearing has been linked to early cognitive decline, but the restoration of hearing can help improve cognitive function, particularly in older patients.

Accessing the skull base is technically demanding and requires avoidance of many important structures. Improving surgical techniques using navigation and advanced computer guidance can help cure disease while avoiding damage to other organs and functions. This leads to improved outcomes and less recovery time in the hospital.

Professional highlights

  • Editorial board, Otology and Neurotology Open, 2021-present
  • Vice president, Western Section of the Triological Society, 2022-2023


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Otology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Neurologic Surgery

Administrative Appointment

  1. Chair, Division of Otology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology

Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology


  1. Fellow - Neurotology House Ear Institute
  2. Internship/Residency - Surgical Naval Medical Center San Diego
  3. MD University of Southern California
  4. BSc University of California, Santa Barbara

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