Charles Limb, MD

2233 Post Street, Rm 325
UCSF Box 0342
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States
About Me 

Dr. Charles Limb is the Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the Chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at University of California, San Francisco. He is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Limb received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins with Dr. David Ryugo studying the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studying neural mechanisms of musical improvisation and perception using functional neuroimaging methods. He was at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1996 to 2015, where he was Associate Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He left in 2015 to join the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Limb’s expertise covers the full scope of otology and neurotology, with a focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders. He specializes in all surgery of the temporal bone, with particular expertise in acoustic neuroma surgery, cochlear implant surgery, implantable hearing aids, stapes surgery, cholesteatoma surgery, and cancers of the ear. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. He is the past Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Amplification (now Trends in Hearing), the only journal explicitly focused on auditory amplification devices and hearing aids, and an Editorial Board member of the journals Otology and Neurotology and Music and Medicine. His work has received international attention and has been featured by National Public Radio, TED, National Geographic, the New York Times, PBS, CNN, Scientific American, the British Broadcasting Company, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, the Sundance Film Festival, Canadian Broadcasting Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the American Museum of Natural History.

Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery

Treatment of otologic conditions including hearing loss, implantable hearing devices, acoustic neuromas, and neoplastic disease of the temporal bone and skull base, acoustic neuroma

Professional Interests:
Cochlear implantation, bone anchored hearing devices, music perception, functional brain imaging

Education and Training:
• Undergraduate: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
• Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
• Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD – General Surgery
• Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD – Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
• Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD – Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery

Awards and Honors:
• 2004 Johns Hopkins Hospital – Resident Teaching Award
• 2007 Baltimore Magazine – “Top Doctors in Baltimore”, Baltimore, MD
• 2011 American Embassy in Baghdad – U.S. flag flown over American Embassy in Baghdad in honor of Dr. Charles Limb in recognition of patient care efforts