Lisa A. Orloff

Otolaryngologist, Head and neck oncologist, Medical oncologist, Head and neck specialist

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center
Lisa A. Orloff, MD, is Director of the Endocrine Head and Neck Surgery Program and Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid tumors.
Dr. Orloff's contributions to the field of endocrine head and neck surgery have been significant. Her work understanding and expanding the role of ultrasound within the multidisciplinary management in endocrine head and neck disease has transformed the manner in which thyroid and parathyroid patients are evaluated. Dr. Orloff specializes in ultrasound applications within otolaryngology/head and neck surgery, with an emphasis on thyroid cancer. Dr. Orloff also studies the regeneration of tissue that has been lost as a result of cancer therapies.

Dr. Orloff received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington and her fellowship in Microvascular & Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Prior to her arrival at Stanford, she was the Robert K. Werbe Distinguished Professor in Head and Neck Cancer, and Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF.)

Dr. Orloff has served three consecutive terms as the Chair of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Endocrine Surgery committee. She holds leadership roles within the American Head and Neck Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Thyroid Association. She is a former Fulbright scholar, and she is a voting member of the FDA’s Panel to evaluate medical devices for Otolaryngology.

If you would like to refer a patient to Dr. Orloff, or have any questions, she can be contacted at: by phone 650.498-6000; fax: 650.724.1433

Head and Neck Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Professional Education

Residency: University of Washington (6/30/1992) WA

Residency: University of Washington (06/24/1988) WA

Internship: University of Washington (06/24/1987) WA

Medical Education: UCLA - School of Medicine (06/01/1986) CA

Fellowship: Mt Sinai Medical Center (5/1/1992) OH

Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1993)

Clinician-Performed Thyroid Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration
Tsao, G. J., & Orloff, L. A. (2014). Clinician-Performed Thyroid Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration. OTOLARYNGOLOGIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 47(4), 509-?.