Peter H. Hwang, MD

Head and neck surgeon, Otolaryngologist, Rhinologist

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS) and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery

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Dr. Hwang completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, and his MD and otolaryngology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. After completing a fellowship in rhinology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Hwang served as Director of Rhinology at Oregon Health & Science University. He returned to Stanford in 2005 to lead the Division of Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and currently serves as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Hwang has served in leadership of the American Rhinologic Society for over a decade, most recently as President of the society. Dr. Hwang also serves as Associate Editor of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology and Associate Editor of the World Journal of Otolaryngology. He co-edited the textbook "Rhinology: Diseases of the Nose, Sinuses, & Skull Base," which was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for Scientific & Technical Book of the Year. Dr. Hwang teaches on the latest advances in endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at many national and international venues. He also trains future academic leaders in rhinology through the Stanford fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. His research interests include clinical outcomes of endoscopic skull base surgery; development of innovative medical devices for treating sinus disease; and novel topical therapies for chronic rhinosinusitis.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: UCSF Dept of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (1996) CA
  • Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Dept of GME (1997) PA
  • Internship: UCSF General Surgery Residency (1992) CA
  • Medical Education: University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (1991) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (1997)
  • Fellowship, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Rhinology & Sinus Surgery (1997)
  • Residency, UC San Francisco, Otolaryngology (1996)
  • MD, UC San Francisco (1991)
  • BS, Stanford University, Biology (1987)

Administrative Appointments
  • Chief, Division of Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Stanford School of Medicine (2005 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Fellowship in Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Stanford University (2005 - 2015)
  • Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (2018 - Present)
  • Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (2015 - 2018)


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Practice Locations

Head and Neck Cancer Program at 900 Blake Wilbur Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Center of Excellence Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 498-1764

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Smell and Taste Disorders Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

801 Welch Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

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Skull Base Surgery at 801 Welch Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

801 Welch Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-5281

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Facial Pain Program at 801 Welch Road Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

801 Welch Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 723-5281

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Skull Base Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

2452 Watson Court, Suite 1700

Palo Alto , CA 94303

(650) 723-5281

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Sinus Center Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

801 Welch Road, 1st Floor

Palo Alto , CA 94305

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Dr Hwang and nurse Wang were very thorough and professional, and they communicated well.
Dr Hwang was a very caring and considerate physician. I felt confident that I had the best care.
Dr Wong is awsum.
Excellent care
Excellent care team. Explained everything in detail and communicated very well throughout the time I was under their care.
He is awesome. I’m very confident with his treatment
Very friendly staff
I was very impressed with the care, professionalism and empathy I received.
Outstanding provider
Dr. Hwang and his staff are the best.
Everyone one is so kind and empathetic. It was a welcome change from the treatment I have received at other medical facilities!
He’s super
Dr. Hwang is my absolute favorite Dr. He is incredibly talented, innovative, a fantastic listener and my health outcome could not be better!
Professional and kind. Good listener
Dr. Hwang is always prepared for our visits and knows and remembers all aspects of my surgery, allergies and asthma. He is able to let me know the latest research with sinus care and if any of it applies to me. He is a kind and caring doctor.
Definitely in the top one percent.
Doctors and Staff at ENT are terrific
Dr. Hwang made me feel instantly at ease and confident about proceeding with this surgery. I felt like I'd be in the best hands possible.
Stanford is the best provider in all aspects from their staff to the way they schedule your appointments!!
I absolutely loved Dr. Hwang. He was personable yet adressed every concern and answered all of my questions. He followed up immediately to help me to receive a medication that would help me with chronic nasal polyps.
Everyone was very professional and pleasant. I couldn't be more pleased.
Dr. Hwang is a Super Star. Not only is he incredibly competent, he really cares about his patients and is unbelievably engaging.
Dr hwang and resident were great
dr.peter whang and his team are excellent
Dr. Hwang was great, he did such a great job of explaining everything. I could not give him enough stars
The entire staff I've dealt with has been nothing but amazing! Dr. Hwang is not just a very awesome guy, I'm very sure he just saved my life with sinus surgery. His fellows are ALL amazing as well!
Dr Hwang and staff are amazing.
I appreciate Dr. Peter fitting my appointment into his busy schedule.
Always on time Dr. Wong and all staff are always very nice and answer all questions
I appreciated the options Dr. Hwang presented to me snd I left the appointment feeling that there was a plan to manage my health concerns and support for the future should I need it..
I’ve always received excellent care at Dr Hwang office. It’s well worth the 2 1/2 hour drive
Dr. Hwang has provided exceptional care in the case of my nasal polyposis and I would highly recommend him to others.
Everyone, and I mean everyone was the best. I felt blessed and secure.
Excellent bed sse manners and takes his time with patients
Very knowledgeable physicians with great communication and bedside skills. Thank you Dr Hwang
Explained everything in detail
Thanks to Dr. Hwang!!!
Excellent doctor
Excellent visit as usual. On time and efficient .
The administration in most part (orthopedic) group are very polite and nice. They are punctual with the patients request. I have had no issue or concern during the past almost thirty years that I have been needing the department expertise.
from reception to leaving the surgical center... it was 100% excellent
Dr Peter Hwang is an excellent physician and I believe the best in his field. He explains in detail the disease/disorder and the treatment plan.
I had a very good follow- up / Post- Op visit with Dr, Peter Hwang and his ENT FELLOW .. Dr. Jong
Very professional visit. Doctor and team were very supportive with a solid go forward plan.
Dr. Hwang and his staff are the absolute best!
I found my visit with Dr. Hwang and care team to be timely and efficient and it helped me decide on the next best course of action to achieve a good outcome and resolution to my health concerns..
Liked very much. Explained options clearly. Did not try to "push" surgery, but left the possibility open. Will review in 6 mos.
Everything was fine
Always excelent!
He is very professional and good at what he does.
Dr Hwang and his team are excellent & wonderfully kind and caring human beings. I’m so grateful to receive their care!
Dr Hwang and his staff listened attentively, explained things well to me and came up with a game plan to treat my issue.
Dr Hwang is very knowledgable and thorough. He spends his time explaining and answering questions. I flew from another state to see him.
The doctors and assistants are the best. All act as professionals and keep me well informed of my situations and options.
Without hesitation!
The staff is the best in the world and Dr. Hwang is very caring and professional.
Very professional
It was a great experience for me
Excellent explanation of my diagnosis. Didn’t feel rushed by your providers. Doctors made recommendations/options for treatment. Pleased with entire experience.
Thank you for helping me seek the appropriate traetment
Loved this doctor! Excellent! Explained everything perfectly and made sure I could see another specialist who would work with him would see me quickly.
extremely accommdating and reassuring
Dr. Hwang was very clear and I'm very thankful that he can take the time and expertise to assist me with this potential surgery. I have read his qualificatios and believe that he is an expert in his field!
He’s very compassionate and so is his team. Great job and keep up the great work!
Outstanding care, as always, from Stanford Otolaryngology!
Dr Hwang is exceptional. Great communicator, great surgeon, instills confidence in patients .
Dr. Hwang is the greatest doctor so personal and makes you feel special
Dr. Hwang is a great listener/communicator, clearly competent, personable and he cares.
Excellent patient care
Dr Hwang is awesome, he’s very caring, always detailed also listen to me also care if i fully understand his point.
It is a long way to travel. I enjoy the staff and the doctors. Everyone is professional and friendly.
Our favorite office at Stanford. Almost always on time, polite, fire dly, and most of all encouraging
The 2 doctors who met with me were knowledgeable, yet spoke in plain English to me so I could easily understand. And they went out of their way to meet with me, even though traffic, rain, and a crippled windshield wiper made me an hour late for my appointment. Not only did they meet with me, they didn't rush through my appointment!
Video conference best as dolloping up to an in person visit
Dr Hwang and his staff are always very welcoming, excellent active listeners and caring/competent caregivers.
wonderful caring friendly doctor
Dr Hwang is very patient & compassionate......would highly recommend
Excellent Doctor- he gives you 110%
Excellent quality service.
Excellent health care
Dr Whang is kind, compassionate, gentle, personable, and funny...he is never in hurry and you are never an inconvience. I feel so blessed the be in his very capable world class hands!! Thank you Dr Whang for being you!!
Dr. Hwang is very professional
Great doctor, easy to talk to, complete, positive even with harder news
Dr. Hwang and his staff are amazing. From the initial visit for sinus evaluation thru surgery, post op. . They take an uncomfortable situation and strive to make you as comfortable as they can,
Dr. Peter Hwang is the best.
Dr Hwang a d his assistant were wonderful - smart and caring
An awesome doctor!
Happy to recommend.
Dr. Hwang is an amazing doctore
DR. Hwang and NP Jane are both very friendly and informative.
Dr. Hwang is always very cheerful, knowledgeable, and helpful regarding my condition. I look forward to our yearly visits.
He has really been helpful
I thought Dr. Hwang did a terrific job in the call. He was clear and thorough. I really couldn't be more pleased.
I have great faith in my doctor
Dr Hwang was very nice. He answered our questions and explained everything to me and my daughter.
Great experience explained things very well.
Although I wish I would have received a phone call about my results as well as in the my health portal.
Dr. Cohn, the fellow, was superb! Also Dr. Hwang was awesome! Super professionals!
I always recommend to others
Dr. Hwang is fabulous! I feel very fortunate to have him as my doctor.
Was very please with the provider information I receive.
A rock star doctor! Excellent!
Dr. Hwang was outstanding
exceptionally good!
Dr Wong knew every thing about my condition and made me feel less worried.
The entire Team are very courteous, friendly, helpful and listen well to your concerns
Dr. Hwang explained everything fully.
Dr Hwang is very patient oriented. he also takes time with family members and excellent about keeping people informed.
Dr. Hwang is exceptionally caring, intelligent and respectful. I recommend him consistently to others.
I lead some new information about my condition and the doctors have me ample time to ask questions. A good experience.
excellent care always
Never have a problem. Great relationship with doctor.
Excellent experience. He explained throughly all options and addressed all my concerns
great service and great experience
Dr. Hwang is awesome. He is very knowledgeable & caring. I am blessed to have him for my doctor.
Dr. Hwang was recommended to me by another doctor I had seen. Best recommendation I have ever received. Dr. Hwang and his staff all have a positive and friendly attitude as well as a genuine concern for their patients issues and comfort. I have recommended him and I will continue to do so.
very good I have a lot of confidence in the Doctor and his team
I was treated very professionally and courteously. Excellent experience.
I have the utmost care with the services provided by Dr. Hwang. Besides the medical care and treatment I have received, he is friendly and puts the patients care first.
Very pleased w/the dr. - caring, thoughtful, very knowledgeable - provided excellent care from day 1 - he cares about his patients.
Always professional, thoughtful, compassionate and so very knowledgeable!!!
love Dr. Peter Hwang, under his care over 10 years now, I trusted him.
Dr. Hwang and team are the best - unmatched the surgery he did has changed my life.
Dr. Hwang has always been and continues to be simply awesome. I've recommended him multiple times since starting to seeing him.
Dr Hoang is really great- I wish more doctors were like him. Smart, clear explanations, listens to me, makes me part of the process
Utmost trust in Dr. Hwang & his fellows!
All good! We (husband & I) are pleased @ & with our entire experience. Knowledge of dr. - their ability - on top of what was & is going on with my hearing, sinus, ears - best care I've had. This doesn't happen where we live. Plus we have great trust in your medical providers!
I am so impressed with Dr. Hwang; he is outstanding. In every way.
Dr. Peter Hwang is the best!!! Absolutely excellent in every way!
Dr. Hwang was outstanding.
Dr. Hwang is fabulous. He continually exceeds expectations. I couldn't be more pleased with his care.
on this visit I was seen by the resident Dr. Chen, she was great! Dr. Hwang then followed up with me to confirm, and make sure I was on the right track! I'm always please when I leave Stanford and always feel taken care of!
Dr. Hwang is fantastic!! He explained everything perfectly. The virtual glasses were really helpful.
Always a pleasure to see DR. Hwang and associate.
I love my Stanford doctor. I honestly cannot say enough good things about the whole Oto clinic.
Dr. Hwang is really excellent. I made the right choice going to Stanford for this condition!
A good experience, always.
Dr Hwang instills a very high degree of competence! Prior to meeting the Stanford ENT team I had a less than desirable experience with a San Mateo ENT group that did not have the actual surgical experience, lots of diagnosis. So they referred me to Stanford. It was clear to me from my very 1st meeting with Dr Hwang & Dr Yan, that these folks are the ENT A team.
Dr. Hwang is an excellent physician and a good men.
Dr. Hwang rocks!
Awesome doctor!
I've already referred a friend, I feel very confident in Dr.Hwang.
Dr Hwang and his team are always incredibly thoughtful, insightful and caring, I so appreciate this!
My care provider made an outstanding recommendation regarding including a steroid in my daily nettie pot usage. I have been feeling much better and the pressure behind my eyes have decreased.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Dr. Peter Hwang. He is caring, sensitive to my needs & are - He explains thoroughly & takes time & never rushes. He is the "best!" (Thank you.)
Pleasantly surprised, love the att. to my being a knowledgeable patient.
Very good.
Loved using the eye glasses to see into my sinus cavity. Very cool not to mention helpful as well.
Great experience!
Very happy with my visit as always
Dr. Hwang and Dr. Nuyen were excellent. Both seemed caring and I have the upmost confidence in them.
Thank you.
allowed me time to make a decision
Working with Dr. Hwang and his staff and visiting doctors has been one of the best experiences with a medical professional ever. He and his staff listen, discuss options and help me understand what's happening with my issue.
Everyone is caring, competent and professional.
Took his time to explain everything, didn't feel rushed, very personable, he explained in words I could understand.
Dr Hwang and everyone at the clinic is truly wonderful!
I will not see any other doctor except Dr. Peter Hwang for my ENT health needs and I have seen a number of doctors for my care. He has been the only doctor who exhibits the empathy, knowledge, and experience that has helped me with my conditions.
Very professional with good people skill set.
The doctors I see have always been very informative and helpful as well as considerate.
Dr. Hwang is an amazing doctor. He's great at his job and also a really nice human being.
Dr. Hwang and his team were very thorough and explained so I could understand.
love Dr Hwang and His care and skill
I was very impressed with Dr Hwang
Dr. Hwang and his team consistently perfectly balance their care with personal and professional attention. He is far and away the best care provider I and my husband have ever experienced.
Dr. Hwang is wonderful. I am lucky to be his patient.
care provider told me I would get a phone call back the following week after review of information but did not hear back.
Very good.
Never felt rushed or anxious
Best ENT doc there is.
Dr. Hwang and his staff were knowledgeable about procedures & patient when answering all my questions. Doing so eased my concerns about the surgical procedure.
I felt that my Dr. and his associate were genuinely concerned about my health and my concerns.
Dr. Hwang and his health care team were excellent in every way they attended to me. Personally, as a former health personnel myself for 48 years, I was greatly impressed by the level of care they provided, the people skills they demonstrated, and the importance they gave to details of my care.
The whole experience went extremely well!
Dr. Hwang aways takes the time to answer all of my questions.
He solved a problem that I have been struggling with for years in one half our visit.
Dr Hwang is awesome and the teams that support him are equally amazing!
On a scale of 1 to 10, Dr. Hwang is an 11.
Dr. Hwang is the best care provider I've ever met with.
Quality care with quality professionals.
He didn't seem to want to hear what I had to say. He wanted me to just listen to his opinion. I changed doctors to see him because my previous doctor didn't work out for me and yet he was also at this appointment. Not what I would have expected.
Dr. Hwang treated me (and all my questions) with respect & patience!
very pleased as expected
Another physician and 4 residence saw me before he talked to me for 5 minutes!! I felt like I was a laboratory mice.
A very welcoming experience.
Dr. Hwang is a great listener, outstanding clinician & surgeon and very kind & humble.
Dr. confirmed my surgery is needed & gave me some new directions & providers to pursue.
Doctor Peter Hwang is a very excellent provider.
Dr. Hwang came highly recommended for ENT issues for myself & other family members. He more than lived up to expectations.
Dr. Hwang & staff are incredible!
Like this doctor A LOT!
On time - very pleasant!
Very god experience.
I have liked every person I have met at Dr. Hwang's office very friendly can from all over the world.
Good experience; all the physicians were very approachable and willing to answer my questions.
Dr. Hwang listen to my answers showed me where the tear sac was and showed me my nasal canal. Dr. Hwang has always spoke with me NOT at me.
Dr. Hwang is an exceptional health care provider. His nurse Jane Wang is also excellent.

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