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The Department of Otolaryngology

Head and Neck Surgery

Committed to providing the most advanced medical and surgical care in the world, the Department of Otolaryngology provides services and specialized training in a variety of specialties, including otology and neurotology, head and neck surgery, facial and reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, laryngology and thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

Hope After Cancer

Jeffrey HarrisFor three months, Cynthia Zamora was temporarily speechless after surgeons removed a tumor that comprised more than half of her tongue. Head and neck cancer experts, along with plastic surgeons who specialize in reconstruction after cancer treatment, designed a comprehensive recovery plan that involved reconstructing the tongue using tissue from a thigh muscle and rehab to teach Zamora how to talk, eat and walk again. Learn More

Voice & Swallowing Center


Dr. Weissbrod is one of a few doctors in the country who specializes in rehabilitation to address voice and swallowing disorders.

Healthcare Heroes? The Cape vs. the White Coat

Dr. Charley Coffey is the recipient of 2021 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. This prestigious award is given annually to a UC San Diego faculty member who demonstrates both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who shows respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues. Dr. Coffey was selected by a committee of UCSD faculty and administrators from the nominations submitted by faculty and graduating medical students from the class of 2021. This honor -- given by colleagues and peers -- signifies recognition of the ability to bring to patient care the highest standard of humanity and sensitivity.  As the recipient of the Leonard Tow Award Dr. Coffey gave the keynote address at the White Coat Ceremony for the entering UCSD School of Medicine Class of 2025, and led new students in their first recitation of the Hippocratic Oath.


Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program

We invite you to take a closer look into our UC San Diego Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency. This inspiring video captures the essence of our program through the insight of our faculty and residents. Our program’s advantage of having apprenticeship learning experiences, early surgical opportunities, and access to state-of-the-art technology are only a few of the features that define us.

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