Provider Profile

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Provider Profile

Robert D Cullen, MD

Call to make an appointment 816-531-7373


Medical School
University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Little Rock, AR
Otolaryngology, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
Neurotology, House Ear Clinic (University of S. California), Los Angeles, CA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Subspecialty in Neurotology

Clinical Interests

  • hearing loss
  • chronic ear infections
  • cochlear implants
  • otosclerosis
  • acoustic neuromas and skull base tumors


Dr. Robert Cullen is fellowship trained Otologist/Neurotologist at Saint Luke's Hospital.  As a subspecialist in the field of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), Dr. Cullen has focused his practice to the evaluation and treatment of disorders of the ear and skull base.  He completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and went on to residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Following residency,  he completed his fellowship in Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Cullen offers consultation and treatment (both surgical and nonsurgical) for disorders of the ear and skull base.  From the treatment of ear infections and hearing loss, to the treatment of skull base tumors and the restoration of hearing with cochlear implants, Dr. Cullen is able to provide comprehensive care of the ear, hearing, and balance systems.

Saint Luke's News

KMBC: Implant Helps Man with One-Sided Deafness
After nearly four decades of struggling to hear, one area man is struggling no more. KMBC talked to Dr. Robert Cullen about the first hearing implant of its kind in the Kansas City area.
Saint Luke’s News: Hearing Test Could Help Prevent Dementia
Multiple studies show there is a significant relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Dr. Robert Cullen and Kristen Lewis explain why it is crucial not to ignore the signs of hearing loss.

Accepted Insurances

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna Choice POS II Aexcel Local
  • Aetna Choice POS II Local
  • Aetna Elect Choice
  • Aetna Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna HMO Local
  • Aetna Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
  • Aetna Managed Choice
  • Aetna MDOT & Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Aetna Medicare
  • Aetna Missouri Preferred
  • Aetna MU myChoice Health Program
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select Local
  • Aetna Signature Administrators (ASA)
  • Aetna Workers Comp
  • BCBS of Kansas (call provider)
  • BCBS of Kansas City (PPO)
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network Select
  • BCBS of Kansas City Preferred Care
  • BCBS of Kansas City Preferred Care Blue
  • BCBS of Kansas City Traditional
  • Century Health Solutions (PPO)
  • Cigna (HMO)
  • Cigna (Open Access)
  • Cigna (PPO)
  • CompResults (WC)
  • Coventry Advantra Freedom (PPO)
  • Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Medicare Advantra (PPO)
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Choice of Northwest Missouri (PPO)
  • Healthcare USA-MC+ (Aetna Better Health)
  • HealthLink (HMO)
  • HealthLink (PPO) through Freedom Network
  • Home State Health Plan (Missouri practices)
  • Humana (PPOx)
  • Humana Choice Care (PPO)
  • Humana Choice PPO (Medicare Advantage PPO)
  • Humana Gold Choice Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus (HMO)
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO SNP
  • Humana SmartExpress PPO
  • Humana SmartNet PPO
  • Humana SmartSuite PPO
  • HumanaOne
  • Integrated Health Plan
  • Kansas Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Missouri Care (Missouri practices only)
  • Missouri Medicaid
  • MultiPlan/PCHS (PPO)
  • Occupational Health Management (WC)
  • OHARA Managed Care (WC)
  • ProviDRs Care Network (formerly WPPA)
  • Pyramid Life (Medicare Advantage PPO)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Sunflower State Health Plan (Kansas practices)
  • Triwest Veterans Affairs Patient Centered Community Care
  • United Healthcare Choice
  • United Healthcare Choice Plus
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • United Healthcare Definity Health Reimbursement Account
  • United Healthcare Definity Health Savings Account
  • United Healthcare Golden Rule HMO
  • United Healthcare Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Managed Indemnity
  • United Healthcare Options PPO
  • United Healthcare Select
  • United Healthcare Select Plus
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DH
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DH-POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare DP
  • UnitedHealthcare Evercare RDP
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Choice
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Choice Essential
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete Essential
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Complete Plus
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare DH
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Plus Essential
  • US Department of Labor



Luetje CM, Brown SA, Cullen RD. Vibrant soundbridge implantable hearing device:  review and single-surgeon short-and long-term results.  Ear Nose Throat J.  89(9):E9-E14.
Cullen RD, Fayad JN, Luxford WM, Buchman CA.  Revision cochlear implant surgery in children.  Otology & Neurotology. 29(2):214-20. 2008.
Friedman RA, Cullen RD, Ulis J, Brackmann DE.  Management of CSF leak following acoustic neuroma removal. Neurosurgery. 61(3 Suppl):35-9.  2007.
Cullen RD, House JW, Brackmann DE, Luxford WM, Fisher LM.  Evaluation of facial function with a questionnaire: reliability and validity.  Otology & Neurotology. 28(5):719-122. 2007.
Brackmann DE, Cullen RD, Fisher LM. Facial nerve function after translabyrinthine vestibular schwannoma surgery. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 136(5):773-7. 2007.
Cullen RD, Zdanski CJ, Roush P, Brown C, Teagle H, Pillsbury HC, Buchman C.  Cochlear implants in Waardenburg syndrome.  Laryngoscope.  116(7):1273-1275. 2006.
Cullen RD, Slattery WH.  Facial neuroma.  ENT Journal. 85(6):358. 2006.
Cullen RD, Zdanski CJ. Delivery of cidofovir to respiratory papillomas of the distal trachea. Laryngoscope. 115(3):552-4. 2005.
Cullen RD, Higgins CA, Buss E, Clark MS, Pillsbury HC, Buchman CA. Cochlear Implantation in Patients with Substantial Residual Hearing.  Laryngoscope. 114(12):2218-23. 2004.
Cullen RD, Buchman CA, Brown CJ, Copeland BJ, Zdanski C, Pillsbury HC, Shores CG.  Cochlear Implantation for Children with GJB2-Related Deafness.  Laryngoscope. 114(8):1415-1419.2004.
Buchman CA, Higgins CA, Cullen RD, Pillsbury HC. Revision cochlear implant surgery in adult patients with suspected device malfunction. Otology & Neurotology. 25(4):504-510. 2004.
McQueen CT, Cullen RD. Endoscopic ablation of distal tracheal lesions using Nd:YAG contact laser. International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology. 67(2):181-3. 2003.
Cullen RD, Hanna EY. Intranasal glomangioma. American Journal of Otolaryngology. 21(6):402-4. 2000.

On Staff At

  • Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City
  • Saint Luke's South Hospital