Team News

Spring 2024 Newsletter

Mike Yao, MD will be returning to Stanford to join our division of Head & Neck Surgery in August 2024.

Dr. Yao received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from UC Berkeley and his medical degree from Yale University.  He completed his residency in otolaryngology at Stanford University and his fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Yao is currently a head and neck surgeon at Westchester Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at New York Medical College. Prior to this, Dr. Yao held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was the residency program director; at Stanford University; and at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. A nationally renowned surgeon and educator, Dr. Yao has received numerous teaching awards and was voted Teacher-of-the-Year by the residents at both Stanford and Mount Sinai multiple times. Dr. Yao’s expertise is in the surgical management of all head and neck malignancies, with a particular interest in surgery for neoplasms of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. He will be seeing patients and operating at both the Stanford Cancer Center in Emeryville and Palo Alto. Outside of work, Dr. Yao enjoys skiing, running, and spending time with his wife, a neuroradiologist, and their two sons.


William S. Lewis, MD, will be joining our division of Otology and Neurotology in May 2024.

Dr. Lewis received his medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He completed residency at the University of California, Irvine and a fellowship in Otology/Neurotology at the New York University Medical Center.  A native of the south Bay Area, Dr. Lewis brings decades of professional experience in the field of otolaryngology.  He has a special interest in hearing and balance problems, including chronic ear infections, sudden hearing loss, balance problems and vertigo. Dr. Lewis is honored to be past-president of the Santa Clara County Medical Association and past Chief of the Medical Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital. He enjoys sporting events and activities, including running, swimming, cycling, golfing and basketball. He finds satisfaction in do-it-yourself home projects, especially woodworking. Above all, he loves to get out into the great outdoors and commune with nature.


Uchechukwu Megwalu, MD, MPH, was appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Committee on Meaningful Outcome Measures in Adult Hearing Health Care.⁠

Professor of Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery, Chief of Comprehensive Otolaryngology

This ad hoc committee of the NASEM will examine the state of the science in outcomes research for interventions in adult hearing health care (excluding surgically placed prosthetic devices), with an emphasis on measures that are meaningful to the individual and the clinician. The committee will determine a core set of existing standard outcome measures, define the core outcome domains (including hearing, communication, and other domains) that should be measured, and develop strategies and a set of recommendations to guide the development of standardized and meaningful measures that are fit for use in different settings. 


Vasu Divi, MD, and Fred Baik, MD served as panelists at the 24th Multidisciplinary Management of Cancers: A Case-Based Approach (MMC2024), hosted by the Association of Northern California Oncologists. 

Vasu Divi, MD, and Fred Baik, MD served as panelists at the 24th Multidisciplinary Management of Cancers: A Case-Based Approach (MMC2024), hosted by the Association of Northern California Oncologists.  Panel discussions included current trends in head and neck cancer care and the role of immunotherapy for cutaneous malignancies. The conference was attended by more than 300 members from academia and industry from Northern California.


We are proud to announce that 19 of our physicians have been named Top Doctors in their field!  

Castle Connolly is a ranking that asks other physicians to vote for the country's top 7% of physicians. Congratulations to all who were selected this year: Drs. Zara M. Patel of the Rhinology Division, Chris Holsinger of the Head & Neck Surgery Division, C. Kwang Sung of the Laryngology Division, Hamed Sajjadi of the Otology-Neurotology Division, Vasu Divi of the Head & Neck Division, Peter H. Hwang of the Rhinology Divison, Jayakar V. Nayak of the Rhinology Division, John B. Sunwoo of the Head and Neck Division, Lisa A. Orloff of Head & Neck Surgery Division, Sam P. Most of the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division, Brian Nuyen of the Laryngology Division, Kay Chang of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division, Jennifer Alyono of the Otology-Neurotology Division, Edward J. Damrose of the Laryngology Division, Mai Thy Truong of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division, Davud Sirjani of the Head and Neck Surgery Divisions, and Jon-Paul Pepper of the Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division, Alan Cheng of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Division, and Nikolas Blevins of the Otology-Neurotology Division!