Message From the Chairman

This Spring several new recruitments to UCSF are noteworthy. We welcome Clark Rosen, MD and VyVy Young, MD who will bring the UCSF Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center to new heights as they partner with our magnificent speech and language pathology team headed up by Sarah Schneider. Please give Clark or VyVy a call or send an email if you have a challenging patient care issue and you want their assistance or opinion. They are a truly fabulous clinical team. Our department is once again ranked #1 in NIH funding for a department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Although we are proud of our funding record, we are even more excited by our pipeline of young scientists who are working hard on discovery. Matthew Spitzer, PhD will join the department in July, 2018. He is an immunologist who will partner closely on cancer research with Patrick Ha, Daniel Johnson, Aaron Tward, and Jennifer Grandis. Matt was able to garner a Chan Zuckerberg award which will lift his laboratory off in a major way. He will have a joint appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and be part of the Biomedical Sciences Faculty. UCSF Medical School itself is now ranked #5 among research institutions and #2 among primary care institutions in the new ranking by US News. It is the only medical school ranked in the top 10 on both lists. The medical center was ranked #5 in the nation and is the #1 medical center in the West according to the US News ranking. The department itself was ranked #10 on the US News list. Finally, we had a fabulous match this year bringing incredibly talented medical students to accomplish their residency at UCSF. While we are heavily focused on clinical care and research, the core of the department is its educational programs and we are extremely proud of the extraordinary people that are part of our strong team. I hope to see you at our alumni event at the Academy meeting in Atlanta on Sunday night, October 7th or at our Head and Neck and Sialendoscopy CME Course in San Francisco in November. Our Pacific Rim Otolaryngology Update will be in Honolulu February 16-19, 2019.


Andrew H. Murr, MD
Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery