Patient Care

UCSF OHNS Faculty Provide Quality Care for Veterans at the San Francisco VA Medical Center

Birds-eye view of the San Francisco VA Medical Center, a sprawling medical complex on the waterfront.
The SFVAMC offers comprehensive otolaryngology care by UCSF faculty members, who include fellowship-trained surgeons in Otology/Neurotology, Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Laryngology and Rhinology/Skull Base Surgery. The SFVAMC care staff consists of 6 part-time faculty, including Dr. Pletcher, two full-time residents and a physician assistant — all of whom are supported by the faculty at UCSF OHNS who assist with emergency call coverage and specialty-specific consultation.

OHNS at ZSFG: A Closer Look at Our Work at the Level 1 Trauma Center

One of the places where our team works is the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, a level 1 trauma center that is part of the San Francisco Health Network. Members of the UCSF OHNS provide inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services for adults and children. ZSFG serves any person within San Francisco, regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status.

UV Safety Awareness Month and UCSF OHNS's Role in Treating Skin Cancer

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, an important time to remind everyone of the importance of skin protection and to highlight the work of UCSF OHNS at the UCSF Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center. This center provides specialized care for patients with all stages of melanoma, which is commonly caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. The center also provides care for patients with other types of skin cancer.

UCSF OHNS Pediatric Providers Care for Patients in the Craniofacial Center

This July, during National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, we want to highlight the ways the team at the UCSF OHNS is involved in craniofacial care. This month serves to raise awareness and improve understanding of orofacial clefts and other conditions of the head and face. Otolaryngologists play a critical role in the management of children with craniofacial anomalies.

UCSF OHNS's Involvement in the HHT Center of Excellence

For HHT Awareness Month, we want to highlight the role of UCSF OHNS in the treatment of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, a genetic disorder which leads to development of abnormal blood vessels that are fragile and can bleed easily. UCSF was designated a center of excellence by Cure HHT, the leading organization for HHT research, education and patient advocacy. The UCSF HHT Center of Excellence specializes in the comprehensive screening, diagnosis and treatment of HHT.

UCSF OHNS's Dr. Daniel Knott and Team Praised for Excellent Care

Rarely is a hospital called a "figurative Shangri-la," but that is exactly how Mr. Orville Schell, a patient, described the UCSF Medical Center in a recent article published by the Our Towns Civic Foundation. The former dean of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism and renowned expert of US/China relations, Mr. Schell recently underwent complex, multidisciplinary treatment at UCSF.

Dr. Jeffrey Sharon Works to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Vestibular Migraines

Vestibular migraines may be the most underappreciated cause of dizziness in the world. UC San Francisco Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (UCSF OHNS)'s Jeffrey Sharon, MD, is working to change that. Research from his lab has shown that vestibular migraines affect about 3% of adults in the United States. This distinct subtype of migraine causes episodic vertigo and dizziness and is one of the most common causes of dizziness.

Examining Socioeconomic Disparities in Patients with Benign Thyroid Disease

One of the research interests amongst head and neck surgeons at UCSF OHNS is the study of disparities in patients treated for cancerous and noncancerous conditions of the head and neck.

Marika Russell, MD is Part of an International Consensus Statement on US-Guided Ablation Technologies for Thyroid Diseases

Marika Russell, MD was lead collaborator and author on an international consensus statement on the use of ultrasound-guided ablation procedures to treat both benign and malignant thyroid conditions.

New UCSF Health Redwood Shores Clinic Provides Greater Access to Care and OHNS Services for Bay Area Peninsula Residents

A new state-of-the-art medical suite in Redwood Shores is the newest Bay Area location for Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) services. The site opened its doors on December 1, 2021, and it is conveniently located to allow easy access for Peninsula patients – adults and children - seeking high level allergy/rhinology care and other quality nose and sinus care services from UC San Francisco.