Dr. Chase Heaton Appointed ENT Section Chief of SFVAMC

January 19, 2023
Chase Heaton, MD

The Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF OHNS) is pleased to announce that Chase Heaton, MD, has been appointed the ENT Section Chief at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC).

Dr. Heaton has been a longtime contributor to the SFVAMC since joining the UCSF faculty in 2015. He is a head and neck oncologic surgeon with expertise in head and neck endocrine surgery and microvascular free flap reconstruction, in addition to his ablative practice. Dr. Heaton is an associate professor of Clinical OHNS, is the director of our student rotation and has been a confidential advisor for UCSF students seeking a career in OHNS for many years.

Dr. Heaton is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the AOA Honor Society. He completed his OHNS residency and chief residency at UCSF, then pursued a fellowship at UCSF in head and neck ablative and reconstructive surgery.

Stephen Pletcher, MD

UCSF OHNS would also like to recognize and thank the outgoing SFVAMC ENT Section Chief, Steven Pletcher, MD. Dr. Pletcher is a professor and fellowship-trained rhinologist.

"Dr. Pletcher has been the director of the residency program since 2013 and has achieved national impact in that role within our OPDO professional society," says Andrew Murr, MD, chair of UCSF OHNS. "Specifically, Dr. Pletcher was instrumental in development the signaling system in residency admissions."

Dr. Pletcher will maintain a clinical and educational role at SFVAMC, as well as continue his practice and research in rhinology within UCSF Health.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Heaton and thanking Dr. Pletcher!