Meet Our Team

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Faculty

Kristina Rosbe, MD
Professor and Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dr. Rosbe specializes in all aspects of pediatric otolaryngological care, including benign and malignant growths of the head and neck, voice and swallowing problems, hearing loss and breathing problems. Dr. Rosbe’s research interests include outcomes in children with vascular malformations affecting the head and neck, airway and swallowing disorders, and pediatric salivary gland disease.



 


Dylan Chan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Chan specializes in pediatric hearing loss, cochlear implantation, chronic ear surgery and ear canal reconstruction, obstructive sleep apnea and sleep endoscopy, and velopharyngeal insufficiency. His research interests include multidisciplinary management, diagnostic testing and genetics; health disparities in treatment and outcomes of pediatric hearing loss; pathophysiology and genetics of connexin 26-associated hearing loss; and pediatric communications disorders.



 


David Conrad, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Conrad specializes in sleep apnea, surgery for chronic ear disease and hearing loss, and airway reconstruction. His research interests include congenital and acquired hearing loss, diseases of the paranasal sinuses, sleep endoscopy and sialendoscopy.




 


Josephine Czechowicz, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Czechowicz specializes in pediatric hearing loss, obstructive sleep apnea, laryngomalacia/noisy breathing, pediatric voice disorders, pediatric thyroid/parathyroid disease, vascular anomalies/birthmarks, microtia/external ear malformations, early detection and diagnosis of hearing loss, utilization of ultrasound in the management of pediatric thyroid nodules, surgical management of complex vascular anomalies and global surgical education.

 

 


Lia Jacobson, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Jacobson specializes in airway disease, aerodigestive issues, pediatric chronic ear disease and general pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat surgery. In addition to her surgical practice at UCSF, she is committed to improving surgical education globally and currently works with ENT training programs in Tanzania and Cambodia. Her academic interests include capacity building in global surgery, pediatric airway safety, multidisciplinary team models and physician wellness.


 


Kimberly Luu, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Luu specializes in congenital anomalies of the head and neck, pediatric hearing loss, obstructive sleep apnea and pediatric sinus disease. Her professional interests include Medical education and the acquisition of competency, technology in use in medicine, and multidisciplinary pediatric surgical care.

 
 
 
 

Anna Meyer, MD
Associate Professor

Dr. Meyer specializes in airway disease, chronic ear disease and hearing loss, choanal atresia, velopharyngeal insufficiency, acquired and congenital head and neck masses, and craniofacial syndromes. Her research interests include subspecialty health care disparities, medical education, hearing loss, cochlear implantation, chronic ear disease, genetic disorders, pediatric airway disease, neck masses, obstructive sleep apnea and velopharyngeal insufficiency.



 


Garani Nadaraja, MD
Associate Professor

Dr. Nadaraja specializes in hearing loss, acute and chronic ear disease, sleep disordered breathing, congenital and acquired airway anomalies, endoscopic management of skull base and sinus disease, salivary gland disease and congenital anomalies of the head and neck. She has a particular interest in pediatric sinus disease, management of complex obstructive sleep apnea and aerodigestive disorders.



 


Jordan Virbalas, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Virbalas specializes in craniofacial syndromes, velopharyngeal insufficiency, voice and swallowing disorders, airway stenosis, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, congenital anomalies of the head and neck, obstructive sleep apnea and management of sinus disease. His research interests include diagnosis and management of pediatric swallowing disorders and surgical management of pediatric airway stenosis.



 


Jacqueline E. Weinstein, MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor

Dr. Weinstein specializes in pediatric airway disorders, congenital anomalies of the head and neck, obstructive sleep apnea, hearing loss, acute and chronic ear disease, endoscopic management of sinus disease, and velopharyngeal insuffciency. Her research interests include paranasal sinus disease in children with reactive airways, laryngotracheal reconstruction, laryngomalacia and obstructive sleep apnea, and community-based approaches to changing health policy and practice.

 

 

Physician Assistants and Pediatric Subspecialists

Payal Anand
Director of Audiology

 

 

 

 

 


Meg Cafferkey, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

Ms. Cafferkey is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She specializes in evaluation and treatment of patients with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM), chronic cough, interdisciplinary assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal function and voice disorders across the age spectrum.

 

 

 


Kayla Kolhede, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a Speech-Language Pathologist Kayla Kolhede, MA, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pediatric Division of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with hearing loss and is a member of the Children’s Hearing and Communication Clinic Team. Her clinical interests include the development of listening and spoken language skills for children who use hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Ms. Kolhede joined the UCSF team in 2021 after working at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford. She completed her undergraduate degree in Linguistics at UCLA where she worked as a research assistant in the UCLA Language Acquisition Lab. Ms. Kolhede earned her master’s degree from San Jose State University and completed her clinical fellowship at Weingarten Children’s Center in Redwood City, CA. She gained additional clinical experience with listening and spoken language development as a therapist with the BabyTalk Teleintervention team and Listen To Me! Conference. She received her Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Auditory Verbal Therapist certification from the AG Bell Academy in 2019.


Chiara Scarpelli, MS, CCC-SLP

Chiara Scarpelli, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Pediatric Division of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and is a member of the Children’s Hearing and Communication Clinic team.

 

 

 


Jason Carr, Audiologist
 

 

 

 

 

 


Karleung Cheung, Audiologist

 

 

 

 

 

 


Suzie Crowley, MSPAS, PA-C

Ms. Petersen is a senior physician assistant. Her clinical interests include pediatric hearing loss, craniofacial anomalies, newborn feeding difficulties, obstructive sleep apnea, hearing loss, acute and chronic ear disease, endoscopic management of sinus disease, and velopharyngeal insufficiency.

 

 

 


  • Angel Ayatch, RN
  • Pam Chan, PA

 

Staff (SF)

  • Marla Gust, Administrative Director
  • Roshilla Lal, Practice Manager
  • Paula Kessler, Nurse Manager
  • Vanessa Arrazate
  • Camille de Castro
  • Twinkle Fernandez
  • Erika Gonzalez
  • Stella Lee
  • Toni Quilantang
  • Angelina Ramos
  • Anna Yu