Areas of Expertise

The Division of Otolaryngology is made up of a number of specialty programs that serve as comprehensive care centers for ear, nose, throat, head and neck conditions. Read more about otolaryngologic areas of expertise below.

bullet Hearing and Balance Disorders

Man & Woman on Bikes

At the Ear Center, our team of experts manages hearing loss with precision audiology testing and advanced cochlear implant and hearing aid technologies. Our comprehensive cochlear implant program is the largest of its kind in the region. Our vestibular/balance specialists research and treat balance disorders such as BPPV, vestibular neuritis, autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) and Meniere’s disease.

bullet Ear Disorders & Diseases


Conditions of the ear can be viral, bacterial, hereditary, congenital, autoimmune or caused by injury. UC San Diego Ear Center physicians treat all forms of ear disorders and diseases. Some of the conditions we see regularly include mastoiditis, ear infections, otosclerosis, perforation of the tympanic membrane and cholesteatoma.

bullet Head and Neck Tumors and Cancer

Neck Model

Our Head and Neck Oncology physicians are leaders in new and minimally invasive techniques to address thyroid and parathyroid nodules, skull base tumors, throat, tongue and neck cancers and non-cancerous tumors, and tumors of the orbit (surrounding the eye).

bullet Sinus and Nasal Dysfunction


UC San Diego Health System has decades of experience in effective treatment of nasal obstruction, chronic sinusitis, obstructive sleep apnea, rhinitis, nasal problems affecting taste and smell, sinus and nasal masses and other forms of sinus and nasal dysfunction.

bullet Swallowing and voice disorders


The Swallowing and Voice Disorders Center is dedicated to treatment of vocal cord paralysis or weakness caused by overuse, as well as neurological disorders (including Parkinson’s disease, ALS and multiple sclerosis). We are also experts in conditions such as spasmodic dysphonia, airway stenosis and swallowing disorders.

bullet Pediatric ENT

Small Child

UC San Diego Health System’s Pediatric ENT program at Rady Children's Hospital provides medical and surgical care for children with disorders of the ears, nose and throat. Our dedicated team of specialists addresses congenital abnormalities, injury, tonsillitis, snoring, hearing loss complex hearing disorders, cystic fibrosis and speech pathology.

bullet Facial Nerve

Facial Nerve

Established in 2007, the Facial Nerve Center is exclusively dedicated to the treatment of facial nerve disorders in both early and late stages. Our team of multispecialty Board-certified physicians and medical specialists is committed to the compassionate care and support of patients with facial nerve disorders.

bullet Head and Neck Trauma

Man Rubbing Neck

Car accidents, fire, violence – Numerous traumatic situations can cause injury to the face. The Head and Neck Trauma team conducts rapid surgical assessment of patients’ needs following severe injury and performs lifesaving surgery.

bullet Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Our facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are experts in cosmetic surgical and noninvasive procedures to improve function and form of the face and neck. We work closely with specialists from other disciplines to perform complex facial reconstruction to address congenital defects, developmental problems, cancer or injury.