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Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

UCSF's Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology) Program is respected nationwide, with highly skilled specialists focused on providing cutting-edge care for the smallest patients with the many conditions of the ear, nose and throat. Among the disorders our ENT doctors commonly treat are tonsillitis, ear infections, chronic rhinosinusitis, hearing loss, growths of the head and neck (both noncancerous and cancerous), vocal cord abnormalities and breathing problems during sleep (such as obstructive sleep apnea).

The pediatric ENT team emphasizes finding the most advanced and appropriate treatment for each child. When a tonsillectomy is needed, we offer coblation, a technique that reduces pain and speeds recovery compared to traditional cautery methods for removing the tonsils. For children with severe hearing loss, our dedicated cochlear implant center provides evaluation, surgery and follow-up care for kids with the potential to benefit from the treatment.

Our services (3)


Aerodigestive Clinic

Aerodigestive Clinic

Oakland / San Francisco

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Cochlear Implant Center

Cochlear Implant Center

San Francisco / Oakland / Walnut Creek

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Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic

San Francisco / Oakland / Brentwood / Greenbrae / Redwood City / Walnut ...

Special programs

Pediatric Head & Neck Disorders Program

The Pediatric Head and Neck Disorders Program cares for children and adolescents with lumps or structural abnormalities affecting the head and neck.

Awards & recognition

  • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

Support services

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Child Life

Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

Family Amenities

Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.


Social Services

Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.


Activity Rooms

Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


Art Therapy

Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


Music Therapy Program

Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.


School Program

Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.


School Re-Entry Program

We help kids return to school after hospitalization by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.


Individual Playtime & Instruction

If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

Family Resource Center

We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.


Parent Support Program

Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.


Patient Relations

Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.


Spiritual Care

Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.


International Services

If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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