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 Aexcel Local
  • Aetna Choice POS II Local
  • Aetna Elect Choice POS
  • Aetna Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan HMO
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna HMO Local
  • Aetna Managed Choice POS
  • Aetna Missouri Preferred
  • Aetna Open Choice PPO
  • Aetna Select Local HMO
  • Aetna Signature Administrators (ASA) HMO, POS, PPO
  • Aetna Workers Comp
  • BCBS of Kansas (call provider)
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network PPO
  • BCBS of Kansas City Freedom Network Select PPO
  • 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 National POS Open Access
  • Cigna PPO
  • CompResults/CompAlliance (WC) PPO
  • Health Choice of Northwest Missouri (PPO)
  • Home State Health Plan Missouri Medicaid (Missouri practices)
  • Humana Kansas City PPOx
  • Humana ChoiceCare PPO
  • Humana Choice PPO - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Gold Choice Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana Gold Plus HMO SNP - Medicare Advantage
  • Humana SmartExpress PPO
  • Humana SmartNet PPO
  • Humana SmartSuite PPO
  • HumanaOne PPO
  • Integrated Health Plan PPO
  • Kansas Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Missouri Care Health Plan - Missouri Medicaid (MO practices only)
  • MultiPlan/PCHS (PPO)
  • Occupational Health Management PPO (WC)
  • OHARA Managed Care (WC)
  • ProviDRs Care Network PPO (formerly WPPA)
  • Sunflower State Health Plan Kansas Medicaid (Kansas practices)
  • Triwest Veterans Affairs Patient Centered Community Care
  • United Healthcare - Choice HMO
  • United Healthcare - All Savers Insurance Company POS
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan (KS Practices, KanCare, Kansas Medicaid)
  • United Healthcare - Definity Health Reimbursement Account POS
  • United Healthcare - Definity Health Savings Account POS
  • United Healthcare - Golden Rule HMO (HMO & PPO)
  • United Healthcare - Indemnity
  • United Healthcare - Managed Indemnity
  • United Healthcare - Options PPO
  • United Healthcare - Select HMO
  • United Healthcare - Select Plus POS
  • UnitedHealthcare - AARP Medicare Complete PPO



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