Anna Messner, MD

  • “It is a joy helping children thrive.”

I became a doctor because I like to fix things. I like being able to improve how patients function. Through my specialty I'm able to help children hear, sleep, and breathe better, and feel better overall. I really like it when a patient comes back after surgery and we’ve fixed the problem.

I love working with children, because they are so much fun to be around. Even when they're not feeling good, they still like to play, and can adapt easily to what's happening around them. Children are unique; I meet them on their own terms, and talk to them about what they're interested in.

I like working at this hospital because we are 100 percent devoted to children. Everyone's priority is being child- and family-friendly. I'm a mother myself; I have identical twin boys, so I understand the challenges of parenting. I work collaboratively with families to make the best decisions together for the care of their children.



Work and Education

Professional Education

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 1989


Wake Forest Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 1994


Wake Forest Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, 1994


Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1995

Board Certifications

Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

Conditions Treated

Ankyloglossia (tongue-tie)

Branchial cleft cyst

Chronic drooling (sialorrhea)



Obstructive sleep apnea


Stridor and noisy breathing

Thyroglossal duct cyst

Tonsil and adenoid hypertrophy


Vocal cord paralysis