Jordan Virbalas, MD

Director, Aerodigestive Clinic
Pediatric otolaryngologist

Dr. Jordan Virbalas is a pediatric otolaryngologist with a special interest in evaluating and improving children's airways and ability to swallow. He cares for patients with disorders of the head and face, such as cleft lip, cleft palate and microtia (a birth defect of the ear), and performs surgeries to address the complex airway, speech and hearing problems that can be part of these conditions. As director of the UCSF Aerodigestive Clinic, he works with the pulmonary, gastroenterology and speech therapy departments to help children with complex breathing and swallowing disorders.

Virbalas earned his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Virbalas is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and American Academy of Pediatrics. Each year, he travels to Peru to provide surgical and other medical care for children with birth defects of the face and head, such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

Virbalas used to be an elementary school teacher. He has a master's degree in teaching and formerly taught at a school in the Bronx.


Aerodigestive Clinic
1975 Fourth Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2757
Fax: (415) 353-2603

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Oakland
744 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 428-3233

More about Jordan Virbalas


Weill Cornell Medical College 2010


Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 2015


Children's Hospital Colorado, Pediatric Otolaryngology 2016

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Wu D, Virbalas J, Lee A, Bent J. Posterior cricoid-graft mismatch in laryngotracheal reconstruction. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 Aug; 111:93-96.
  2. Abraham C, Virbalas J, DelRosso LM. Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea in a Child With Goldenhar Syndrome and Nasal Obstruction. J Clin Sleep Med. 2017 Jun 15; 13(6):825-827.
  3. Kasle D, Virbalas J, Bent JP, Cheng J. Tonsillectomies and respiratory complications in children: A look at pre-op polysomnography risk factors and post-op admissions. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Sep; 88:224-7.
  4. Bresler AY, Virbalas JM, Tassler A. Laryngeal Mass in an Elderly Man. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 07 01; 142(7):703-4.
  5. Virbalas J, McMullen C, Cheng J. Injection laryngoplasty in children with cystic fibrosis and abnormal swallow. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Nov; 79(11):1856-9.
  6. Demesh D, Virbalas JM, Bent JP. The role of tonsillectomy in the treatment of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS). JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Mar; 141(3):272-5.
  7. Virbalas J, Smith L. Upper airway obstruction. Pediatr Rev. 2015 Feb; 36(2):62-72; quiz 73.
  8. Cheng J, Virbalas J. Vascular Anomalies in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Resident Education. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 08; 151(2):187-9.
  9. Virbalas JM, Bent JP, Cohen HW, Parikh SR. Laryngotracheal reconstruction outcomes in hypotonic children. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Dec; 139(12):1296-300.
  10. Schaerer D, Virbalas J, Willis E, Siegel B, Siegal B, Gonik N, Bent J. Pectus excavatum in children with laryngomalacia. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2013 Oct; 77(10):1721-3.
  11. Virbalas JM, Palma G, Tan M. Obstacles to communication in children with cri du chat syndrome. J Voice. 2012 Nov; 26(6):821.e1-3.
  12. Virbalas JM, Bent JP, Parikh SR. Pediatric nasal lobular capillary hemangioma. Case Rep Med. 2012; 2012:769630.
  13. Virbalas JM, Ransom ER, Kacker A. Radiology quiz case 1. Diagnosis: Parathyroid cyst (PC). Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Sep; 136(9):924, 926-7.

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