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Charles Limb

MD

Chief, Otology, Neurology and Skull Base Surgery
Otologist, neurotologist and skull base surgeon
Hearing specialist and musician

Dr. Charles Limb is a specialist in ear disorders (otology), including neurological ear disorders (neurotology), as well as skull base surgery. He focuses particularly on treating hearing loss and auditory conditions. His expertise includes all surgeries of the temporal bone. Chief of the UCSF Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, he is also director of the UCSF Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center.

In his research, Limb has investigated the neural basis of musical creativity and has studied music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants.

Limb received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. He completed a residency and fellowship in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Center for Hearing and Balance, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.

Limb is the UCSF Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Previously, he was associate professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery and a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

  • Education

    Yale School of Medicine, 1996

  • Residencies

    Johns Hopkins Medicine, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2002

  • Fellowships

    Johns Hopkins Medicine, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2003

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title

    Professor

I became a hearing specialist out of a deep love for musical experiences and a desire to help people suffering from hearing disorders.

Where I see patients (4)

    Selected research

    Fetal surgery firsts

    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.

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