Jose Gurrola, MD

José Gurrola
Associate Professor
Degree: MD
José G. Gurrola II, MD, is a Rhinology and Skull Base Surgeon and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gurrola completed undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, before completing his medical degree at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his internship and otolaryngology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, followed by a Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery fellowship at Augusta University (previously Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta, Georgia.

At UCSF, Dr. Gurrola’s clinical practice focuses on patients with a wide variety of rhinologic and anterior skull base disease processes. Dr. Gurrola has specific focuses on the etiology of chronic sinusitis and novel treatments and an interest in olfactory disorders and treatments. He and his colleagues have published recent work on COVID-19-related chemosensory (smell and taste) dysfunction and recovery. He works closely with other disciplines, including Neurosurgery, Allergy-Immunology and Pulmonology, to provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care for a wide variety of patients.

He has been honored as a UCSF Watson Scholar, enabling his expanding clinical research evaluation of the impact of various disease processes and skull base disorders on olfaction.

He participated in the UCSF Teaching Scholars program in 2018-2019. His educational interests involve the development and implementation of novel educational approaches in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery and exploring the potential implementation of next generation technology in anatomic education.

Dr. Gurrola serves as the UCSF Otolaryngology Department’s Director of Diversity. He serves as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion champion and has recently participated in the inaugural UCSF Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism Leadership (IDEAL) Academy. He has a long history of mentorship and effective advocacy for UIM medical students and residents throughout his career.

Dr. Gurrola is board-certified and serves as a guest examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Rhinologic Society and the North American Skull Base Society and serves on several committees within these organizations.

Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery

Rhinology and paranasal sinus disease, Anterior skull base surgery, Chemosensory/Olfactory disorders, Endoscopic sinus surgery, Balloon sinuplasty, Chronic sinusitis, Nasal polyposis, Fungal sinusitis, Endoscopic CSF leak repair, transphenoidal surgery, Nasal cavity and paranasal sinus neoplasms, Image-guided orbital surgery, Deviated nasal septum, Turbinate hypertrophic, Chronic rhiniti.s

Professional Interests:
Etiology and treatment of Chronic sinusitis, Skull base surgery anatomic approaches and surgical outcomes, Olfactory disorders/Chemosensory dysfunction, Novel methods for anatomic education and surgical simulation.

Education and Training:
• Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
• Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, OH
• Internship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
• Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
• Fellowship: Augusta University/Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA – Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery

Awards and Honors:
2018-2019: UCSF Teaching Scholars Program
2018: UCSF John A. Watson Faculty Scholar
2017: University of Virginia - SNMA Dr. David Moyer Service Award
2015-2016: University of Virginia GME Grant: Utilization of a 3-D Printed Skull Model for Rhinologic Simulation