Otolaryngology (ENT)

The Department of Otolaryngology (ENT) offers comprehensive diagnostic treatment services for children from birth to 18 years of age with ear, nose, throat, and laryngotracheal problems. As specialists in pediatric head and neck surgery, our expertise is comprehensive and encompasses all aspects of the field: pediatric head and neck surgical oncology, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, laryngology, rhinology, neurotology, skull base surgery, otolaryngology, sleep surgery, endoscopic salivary gland surgery, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The breadth and depth of experience, expertise, and services enables UCSF Benioff Children's to be one of the best otolaryngology departments in the Nation.

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Conditons We Treat

Conditions We Treat

We treat the full spectrum of pediatric diseases of the head and neck.

  • Ears: hearing loss, ear infections, chronic ear disease, cholesteatoma
  • Nose: sinus disease, nasal deformities, nasal trauma, nasal obstruction, allergic rhinitis, cystic fibrosis
  • Voice: hypernasal speech, vocal cord nodules, hoarseness, other voice disorders
  • Airway: noisy breathing, diseases of the larynx and trachea
  • Neck: congenital neck masses, head and neck neoplasm
  • Sleep: snoring, sleep apnea, tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, sleep endoscopy
  • Mouth: tongue tie, mucoceles, etc
  • Congenital syndromes that affect the head and neck: Down Syndrome, Pierre Robin, Velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS), Branchio-otorenal syndrome (BORS), Treacher Collins Syndrome, Apert and Crouzon Syndromes, etc.

Comprehensive Pediatric ENT Services

  • Providing your child with expert diagnostic options, surgical treatments, and recovery services for disorders of the head and neck. Comprehensive evaluations are complimented by therapeutic, surgical, and follow-up care—all specifically oriented toward the special needs of children.
  • The Otolaryngology Department offers all pediatric ENT healthcare options, such as our Cochlear Implant Program, audiology services to diagnose and treat hearing loss or impairment, and craniofacial services that bring together panels of nationally-respected specialists from among the hospital’s 30+ pediatric subspecialties.

Multidisciplinary Collaboration for Better Long-Term Outcomes

  • Collaboration across the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital network incorporates audiology, speech pathology and learning services, pulmonary medicine, allergy/immunology, pediatric medicine, and surgery.
  • State-of-the-art technology is available for all conditions relating to the ear, nose, and throat. Patients with conditions as wide-ranging as chronic ear infection, head and neck neoplasms, congenital anomalies and vascular malformation, airway problems, sinus disease, voice/speech difficulties, and hearing assessment are cared for by our pediatric otolaryngologists and our on-staff audiologists.

Speech and Language Support

  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is a premier destination for the evaluation and rehabilitation of children with hearing, voice, and speech disorders.
  • Our dedicated team of board-certified otolaryngologists, audiologists, and speech-language pathologists work together to treat children with communication disorders, hearing problems, and speech impediments.