OHNS Divisions


Division Chief:
Dr. Matthew Fitzgerald

Dr. Fitzgerald manages the Audiology and Hearing Devices Clinic at the Stanford Ear Institute. The clinic provides comprehensive audiology services for a wide variety of complicated hearing and vestibular problems. The state–of–the art facility is staffed by experienced, licensed and certified audiologists.

Complete diagnostic services are available that include all behavioral and physiological measures related to the hearing organs including the most advanced auditory evoked potentials and vestibular function measures.

Comprehensive dispensing services are available for all hearing aids and assistive listening devices including the most advanced digital hearing aids. A special emphasis is placed on providing the most advanced technology to address communication problems caused by any type of hearing problem.


Comprehensive Otolaryngology

Division Chief:
Uchechukwu Megwalu, MD, MPH

The Comprehensive Otolaryngology Division offers comprehensive management of patients with diverse problems involving the ears, nose, throat, and head and neck region. The division is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality medical care to its patients. We work in conjunction and collaboration with other divisions within the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery to facilitate world-class coordinated care for our patients.

The division is also dedicated to the promotion and practice of evidence-based medicine. We aim to advance high-quality care in Otolaryngology through outcomes/health services research, biotechnological advancement, and outstanding clinical education.



Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Division Chief:
Dr. Sam P. Most, MD, FACS

Drs. Sam Most and Jon-Paul Pepper offer a full spectrum of facial cosmetic procedures to enhance appearance of the face and neck at Stanford Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Some examples include facelift, eyelid rejuvenation, browlift, rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), and chin augmentation.

Restoration of facial contour after injury and reconstruction necessitated by removal of tumors in the head and neck region is an area of specialty; in particular, we perform many reconstructions after skin cancer removal.

Special emphasis is placed upon minimally invasive approaches such as endoscopic surgery, lasers, fillers, fat transfer, intense pulsed light (IPL) and injectables such as botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport).


Head and Neck Surgery

Division Chief:
Chris Holsinger, MD

Drs. Chris HolsingerEben RosenthalLisa Orloff, Michael KaplanJohn SunwooDavud SirjaniVasu Divi, Heather StarmerFred Baik, and Julia Noel offer comprehensive management of tumors of the head and neck region. Some examples include:

  • tumors of the pharynx (throat)
  • larynx (voicebox)
  • nose and nasopharynx
  • paranasal sinuses (such as the maxillary sinus and ethmoid sinus)
  • mouth and tongue
  • salivary glands such as the parotid
  • and endocrine glands such as the thyroid and parathyroid

A multidisciplinary Head & Neck Cancer Tumor Board meets weekly to bring together the expertise of surgeons, radiotherapists, and medical oncologists to recommend optimal treatment plans.



Division Chief:
Dr. Edward Damrose

Dr. Edward Damrose, Dr. C. Kwang Sung, Dr. Elizabeth DiRenzo, Dr. Ann Kearney, and Jennifer Erpenbeck, MA, offer comprehensive evaluation and management of hoarseness, difficulty breathing, and swallowing disorders at the Stanford Voice and Swallowing Center.

The Stanford Voice and Swallowing Center specializes in care of the professional voice; phonosurgery for vocal cord polyps and cysts; laser surgery of laryngeal lesions; surgical and therapeutic interventions in the treatment of vocal cord paralysis; botulin toxin therapy for spasmodic dysphonia, cidofovir for laryngeal papillomatosis; endoscopic and open surgical treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum and cricopharyngeal spasm; and endosopic and open treatments for laryngeal and tracheal stenosis. They also specialize in the treatment of laryngeal and pharyngeal cancers, including transoral laser surgery and partial laryngectomy, and voice rehabilitation for the total laryngectomy patient.

Voice and Swallowing Therapy services are also offered.


Otology & Neurotology

Division Chief: Nikolas H. Blevins, MD

Drs. Kontantina StankovicNikolas BlevinsRobert Jackler, Peter Santa Maria, Jennifer Alyono, Kristen Steenerson, George Shorago, and Lloyd Minor care for a wide variety of complicated ear problems at the Stanford Ear Institute.

A special emphasis is placed upon sophisticated microsurgery for the management of chronic infection, tumors, and injuries as well as for restoration of hearing and the alleviation of vertigo.

Special interests include care of acoustic neuroma, cholesteatoma, stapes surgery for otosclerosis, and facial nerve disorders.

Konstantina Stankovic, MD, PhD
Bertarelli Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery
Department Chair

Nikolas H. Blevins, MD
Larry and Sharon Malcolmson Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery  and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
Chief of Otology & Neurotology

Lloyd B. Minor, MD
The Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Professorship for the Dean of the School of Medicine, Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery, by courtesy, of Neurobiology and Bioengineering
School of Medicine Dean

Robert K. Jackler, MD
Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery  and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery and Surgery

Peter Luke Santa Maria, MBBS, PhD
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery

Jennifer Christy Alyono, MD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery
Residency Program Associate Director

George Shorago, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery

Kristen Steenerson, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology


Pediatric Otolaryngology

Division Chief
Alan G. Cheng, MD

Drs. Peter KoltaiKay ChangAlan ChengDouglas SidellMai Thy TruongIram N. AhmadTulio A. Valdez, and Karthik Balakrishnan offer comprehensive diagnosis and management of ear, nose, and throat disorders in infants and children.

Some examples of pediatric ear problems include otitis media, cholesteatoma, hearing loss, and birth defects (atresia). Problems with the tonsils and adenoids, airway obstruction (e.g., stridor, subglottic stenosis), nasal deformity and polyps, neck masses, craniofacial malformation, and a wide variety of other childhood ENT problems are expertly managed with a special sensitivity to the needs of children and their families.

Comprehensive Pediatric Audiology services are offered including both diagnostic and rehabilitative (e.g., hearing aids, auditory trainers for school) modalities.

Karthik Balakrishnan, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery
Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief, Stanford Children's Health
Co-chair, Stanford Medicine Teamwork Advisory Committee
Medical Director, Surgical Performance Improvement, LPCH



Division Chief
Tony Ricci, PhD



Division Chief
Peter H. Hwang, MD

Drs. Peter H. HwangJayakar Nayak, and Zara Patel comprise the team at the Stanford Sinus Center, offering comprehensive medical and surgical care for all types of problems involving the nose and paranasal sinuses.

Fellowship-trained expertise is available in computer-guided and revision endoscopic sinus surgery for complicated sinus diseases. Research protocols are exploring uses of topical therapies and other novel strategies to combat chronic sinus disease.

Allergy services are also offered.


Sleep Surgery

Division Chief
Robson Capasso, MD

Drs. Robson Capasso and Stanley Liu offer surgical solutions to patients with severe snoring, obstructed breathing, and sleep apnea.

Working in collaboration with the renowned Stanford Sleep Center, Stanford Sleep Surgery provides surgical solutions for patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea when medical treatment is ineffective or unacceptable.

The Sleep Surgery division has been performing surgery to correct obstructed sleep for over 35 years and an active research program works to develop better ways to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea.