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Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic

Considered one of the best in the nation, UCSF's Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT) Clinic provides comprehensive care for a variety of ear, nose, and throat disorders in children. Our specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating young patients ranging from tiny newborns to teenagers, and are up-to-date on the latest and most effective treatments, both surgical and nonsurgical.

We provide care for conditions that include chronic tonsillitis and rhinosinusitis, ear infections, hearing loss, noncancerous and cancerous growths of the head and neck, and airway disorders that can affect speech and sleep. Our pediatric head and neck surgeons perform procedures to address sleep apnea in children, thyroid and parathyroid conditions, salivary gland issues and numerous other disorders. Their expertise also encompasses facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Pediatric patients with hearing disorders receive advanced testing services from an audiologist, who also works with families on use of assistive listening devices and strategies to enhance communication.

Our locations (6)

    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

    Plan your visit

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    For visitors

    Before you head to the hospital, check out our guidelines for visitors and caregivers.


    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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    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.

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    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    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.

    Decorative Caduceus

    Preschool Hearing Screening

    Percentage of children identified with hearing loss; (number of children identified with hearing loss) / (number of all screened children)


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    Decorative Caduceus

    Teletherapy in Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    The PLS-5 is a standard developmental language assessment that measures communication skills in children ages birth to 7 years. Score to report: standard score.


    More about this study
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    Our research initiatives

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      UCSF Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Research

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