Robert K. Jackler, MD

Otology and neurotology specialist

Bio:   Dr. Jackler was raised in Waterville, Maine, attended college and medical school in Boston, and moved west to the University of California, San Francisco for residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. After taking a Neurotology fellowship at the House Ear Clinic (1985), Dr. Jackler joined the faculty at UCSF where he remained until 2003 when he became the Sewall Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Under his leadership the faculty grew from 6 to over 50, is ranked #2 in the US, and grew annual research budget from nil to over $12 million.

Dr. Jackler is an otologist-neurotologist who specializes in complex ear diseases. He has a special interest in tumors of the lateral and posterior cranial base and has written numerous analytical papers derived from his microsurgical series. A long standing collaboration with medical illustrator Chris Gralapp has produced @3000 original illustrations of ear and cranial base surgery. Since 1989, Dr. Jackler has maintained a fellowship program in neurotology & skull base surgery which has trained many academic leaders in the field.

Dr. Jackler has authored 180+ peer reviewed papers, 40+ chapters, numerous editorials, published four books Neurotology (1994, 2004), Atlas of Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery (1996, 2008), Tumors of the Ear and Temporal Bone (2000), and Ear Surgery Illustrated (2019). Dr. Jackler leads the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss whose mission is to create biological cures for major forms of inner ear hearing loss through a research effort that is sustained, large-scale, multidisciplinary, focused, goal–oriented, and transformational. He is past president of the American Neurotology Society, editor-in chief emeritus of the journal Otology & Neurotology, and is an honorary member of the Royal College of Surgeons in both London and Edinburgh.

In 2007, Dr. Jackler and his wife Laurie founded the interdisciplinary research group Stanford Research Into The Impact of Tobacco Advertising which conducts research into the promotional activities of the tobacco industry. SRITA collected @50,000 original tobacco advertisements which now resides in the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution which plans a public exhibit in 2019. SRITA maintains an extensive online digital collection of tobacco advertisement for use by scholars (tobacco.stanford.edu) which over the last 6 years has had nearly 600,000 unique users.
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74 Patient Comments

Ear Institute

CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Advanced Medicine Center Building

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Clinic D
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-725-0084
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CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Blake Wilbur Building

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Ground Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-725-0084
More Clinic Information » Getting Here » Make An Appointment

Cranial Base Center

Comprehensive Otolaryngology (ENT)

Facial Nerve Center

CyberKnife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Professional Education

  • Residency: Univ of California San Francisco (1984) CA
  • Internship: Univ of California San Francisco (1980) CA
  • Board Certification: Neurotology, American Board of Otolaryngology (2004)
  • Fellowship: House Ear Institute (1985) CA
  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1984)
  • Medical Education: Boston University School of Medicine (1979) MA
  • MD, Boston Univ School of Medicine, Medicine (1979)
  • Residency, Univ California, SF, Otolaryngology - Head/Neck Surg (1984)
  • Fellowship, House Ear Institute, Neurotology (1985)

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award, American Academiy of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery (1999)
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) (2005)
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons (London) (2012)
  • Honorary Member, French Society of ENT (1996)

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, School of Medicine (2007 - 2011)
  • Sewall Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (2003 - Present)

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SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Dr. Jackler is a great doctor & a fine man!

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr Jackler is excellent on all counts.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

All round excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

My provider was excellent in giving information about my condition. The time he took to talk to me was excellent, did not feel rushed.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Excellent all around. The residents were particularly attentive & courteous.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

It is always such a positive experience seeing Dr. Jackler. He is very knowledgeable, kind, and empathetic. Always takes the time to answer my questions thoroughly.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Jackler is extraordinarily professional, concerned, kind, & knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr. Jackler is one of care and very excellent care providers who is an expert in his field with exceptional communication skills and bedside manner. We need more Dr. Jacklers!

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

Dr. Jackler is the best!!! I drive from Santa Rosa just to see him.

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

the providers are the best

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

I felt Dr. Jackler showed care & concern to support me and introduce me to Cyber Knife Department.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Charming, finny & yet professional. Fantastic!

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4.9 out of 5
138 Patient Ratings
74 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Dr. Jackler is a great doctor & a fine man!

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr Jackler is excellent on all counts.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

All round excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

My provider was excellent in giving information about my condition. The time he took to talk to me was excellent, did not feel rushed.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Excellent all around. The residents were particularly attentive & courteous.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

It is always such a positive experience seeing Dr. Jackler. He is very knowledgeable, kind, and empathetic. Always takes the time to answer my questions thoroughly.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Jackler is extraordinarily professional, concerned, kind, & knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr. Jackler is one of care and very excellent care providers who is an expert in his field with exceptional communication skills and bedside manner. We need more Dr. Jacklers!

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

Dr. Jackler is the best!!! I drive from Santa Rosa just to see him.

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

the providers are the best

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

I felt Dr. Jackler showed care & concern to support me and introduce me to Cyber Knife Department.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Charming, finny & yet professional. Fantastic!

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Dr. Jackler was fantastic. He gave me a great deal of time and was extremely patient w/me.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

I have been a pt. of Dr. Jackler since 2012, due to complications, I still feel the need to see him - As a RN in health care I am aware of the extra time & effort he takes with me. Time that it is very precious. I just want to say thank-you to everyone.

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

Without a doubt, Dr. Jackler was the most helpful surgeon and specialist I have known to date. Dr. Jackler: The BEST PROVIDER with the most comprehensive knowledge. Extremely focused and caring.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Dr. Jackler was amazing in explaining everything. I also enjoyed Dr. Jackler's interaction with the residents. He is also good teacher.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Love Dr. Jackler. He has been my go to MD, rather than neuro. He has a great bed-side manner, is truly concerned about the pt.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

I am out of town patient and I appreciate very much for immediate accommodation between MRI to Dr. Jackler, MRI made sure results immediate available for Dr. Jackler the following day, very much appreciated.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Jackler is an extremely competent doctor. He is most kind and caring as well.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Relieved anxiety and gave me confidence! I am not alone and I have an excellent medical team! Thank you!

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

An excellent doctor with excellent communications.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Jackler is amazing, intelligent, caring, the top/best provider I have had in my lifetime.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Jackler & his resident Jason were outstanding.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Dr. Jackler is the best! Anyone would be lucky to get him as your doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Jackler is very kind & has/shows a genuine interest in me as an individual patient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

The doc that was there (with Jackler) (lady doc) was great! So kind & caring! Dr. Jackler is such a GREAT TEACHER, any one who's learned under him is so lucky! Let alone his lucky patients like me!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Very professional.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I always receive exceptional care!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I know that I receive the best of the best expert care with Dr. Jackler for he is the best of the best. Standford is most fortunate to have him. He is kind, caring, competent, skillful and an excellent teacher. Those who learn under him are most blessed.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Jackler has been wonderful!

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Good.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Excellent team of medical professionals!

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Both of the Doctors that I saw were terrific!

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Very professional and courteous.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

I did not feel good after my first appointment to receive the recommendation of an MRI are year from now. My symptoms are severe & I reached out to get a second opinion.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Dr. Jackler is top notch. He took the time to explain my condition in great detail, with pictures etc. He evaluated me thoroughly, and suggested steps forward. Excellent experience. Would recommend him to anyone in my situation.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr Jackler and his staff were exceptional. Dr Jackler explained everything very clearly and his empathic and caring approach did much to set my mind at ease, if only all medical professions were this exceptional!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Given conflicting instructions on notes for ear drops vs notes on packaging.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Jackler is a wonderful physician in all regards. One of the best I've ever met.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

The best! DR. Jackler is exceptional! Consider myself in the VERY BEST care!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Am very pleased by the care and concern provided by the doctor and his assistant.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Jackler is always so friendly & understanding.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Jackler is personable & professional.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Jackler is always there for me. This has been a rough road.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Jackler is an exemplary professional. Very attentive, very knowledgeable, understanding and kind.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Jackler was fantastic. I am grateful he has been willing to take me on as a patient! I have great confidence in him.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. very attentive & sympathetic to my problems.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Simply "the best" grateful to Dr.'s care!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Jackler, resident doctors and nurses are all knowledgeable & skilled with my ear problem & facial paralysis I get the best at Stanford with Dr. Jackler and staff.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Jackler has been wonderful on these metrics. I have really appreciated the time he has spent with me explaining my issue and the potential solutions. This has been the one of the very best experiences I have ever had with a doctor and their offices. I can't say enough great things about my experience so far.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Jackler is one of the best known specialists in the world in his area. He's likely brilliant; perhaps that's why he at times appears impatient with questions he thinks he's already addressed. Overall I may need to ask about something again--usually just to clarify. I hope for tolerance but one way or or the other, I feel quite lucky to have had Dr. Jackler handle the treatment of my acoustic neuroma

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Everything seemed a little rushed and we were wanting more answers about my diagnosis and surgery.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

All were good

SHC Patient, May 2015

I had the best experience with Dr. Jackler. He has made references & coordinated my treatment with other physicians & surgeons.

SHC Patient, May 2015

My experience with Dr. Jackler & residents - doctors, nurses, office staff have been very good.

SHC Patient, May 2015

They do not get any better than Doctor Jackler.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Jackler is SPECTACULAR!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Jackler, Robert K. MD saved my life. I like my care provider - the best doctor in the world.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

My visit was an excellent one. I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Jackler. He is extremely competent, compassionate and always very courteous.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

I am grateful to have such an outstanding doctor & staff!!

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Very patient and thorough with his explanations & answered all questions I had.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Jackler is knowledgeable about my needs and also has a good sense of humor and friendliness.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Jackler & his staff have excellent "bedside manners."

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Always the best with Jackler.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Dr. Jackler helped me understand my disease and get a sense of control over it. I thought I was going to be disabled by my disease but he gave me confidence that treatment exists to help me control it.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Best I've had.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Superb clinic visit.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Dr. Jackler is the BEST MD (ENT DR.) I have ever met. I highly recommend him.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Physician spent an exceptional amount of time with me. Was referred to him by my personal physician.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Great people skills shown by all staff.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Good: Printed materials to take home.