Lisa A. Orloff, MD, is Director of the Endocrine Head and Neck Surgery Program and Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid tumors.
Dr. Orloff's contributions to the field of endocrine head and neck surgery have been significant. Her work understanding and expanding the role of ultrasound within the multidisciplinary management in endocrine head and neck disease has transformed the manner in which thyroid and parathyroid patients are evaluated. Dr. Orloff specializes in ultrasound applications within otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, with an emphasis on thyroid cancer. Dr. Orloff also studies the regeneration of tissue that has been lost as a result of cancer therapies.

Dr. Orloff received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington and her fellowship in Microvascular & Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Prior to her arrival at Stanford, she was the Robert K. Werbe Distinguished Professor in Head and Neck Cancer, and Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF.)

Dr. Orloff has served three consecutive terms as the Chair of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Endocrine Surgery committee. She holds leadership roles within the American Head and Neck Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Thyroid Association. She is a former Fulbright scholar, and she is a voting member of the FDA’s Panel to evaluate medical devices for Otolaryngology.

If you would like to refer a patient to Dr. Orloff, or have any questions, she can be contacted at: by phone 650.498-6000; fax: 650.724.1433

Clinical Focus

  • Cancer > Head and Neck Cancer
  • Otolaryngology
  • Cancer, Thyroid
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Endocrine Surgical Procedures
  • Ultrasonography

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Residency:University of WashingtonWA
  • Internship:University of WashingtonWA
  • Medical Education:UCLA - School of Medicine (1986) CA
  • Fellowship:Mt Sinai Medical CenterOH
  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1993)


2015-16 Courses


All Publications

  • Clinician-Performed Thyroid Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration OTOLARYNGOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA Tsao, G. J., Orloff, L. A. 2014; 47 (4): 509-?


    Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA) is the key step in selecting most patients with thyroid nodules for or against surgery. Accurate acquisition of cytologic samples from suspicious lesions is achieved by adding ultrasound guidance to optimize targeting as well as to enable sampling from nonpalpable lesions. This article discusses the indications, variations, and technical details of ultrasound-guided FNA.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.otc.2014.04.005

    View details for Web of Science ID 000340440800006

    View details for PubMedID 25041954

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