Michael J. Kaplan

Head and neck surgical oncologist, Surgical oncologist, Head and neck surgeon, Otolaryngologist

4.7 out of 5
453 Patient Ratings
61 Patient Comments

Head and Neck Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Cranial Base Center

Professional Education

  • Internship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1978) MA
  • Fellowship: University of Virginia (1984) VA
  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1982)
  • Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (1982) MA
  • Residency: Beth Israel and Children's Hospital (1979) MA
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (1977) MA
  • Fellowship, University of Virginia, Head & Neck; Skull Base Surgery (1984)
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye & Ear, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (1982)
  • MD, Harvard Medical School (1977)
  • BA, Harvard College, Molecular Biology (1973)

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College (1973)
  • Roger Boles Teaching award, UCSF (1987)
  • Chief Residents' Special Certificate of Merit, UCSF (1993)
  • Best Doctors in America, . (1998-2016)

Administrative Appointments

  • Head & Neck Fellowship Director, Otolaryngology-Head&Neck Surgery (2003 - Present)
  • Chief, Head & Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head&Neck Surgery (2003 - Present)
  • Head & Neck Oncology Program, Disease Management Leader, Stanford Cancer Center (2010 - Present)
4.7

Friendliness

4.7

Recommended to others

4.7

Explanations

4.7

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.8

Confidence in your doctor

3.1

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

My dr. is an incredible man. Perhaps one of the brightest, most well-rounded men I've ever met. (Dr. Kaplan.)

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Superb doctor. Staff always kind & courteous.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Kaplsn is the best doctor in the world!

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Difficult to imagine improving on the experience that I had.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I was very happy with the care I received.

SHC Patient, May 2016

A very good experience.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Out of 10 points, I shall evaluate everyone as a 15.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Reinforced my confidence on the team for my procedures & care.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kaplan answered all my questions. He was knowledgeable and gracious. I am glad I finally got an appointment to see him as I know he is an extremely busy clinician.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr kaplan is the best!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Thorough, professional, personal, sense of humor. #1. Professional.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kaplan is a great human being in addition to being a physician.

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4.7 out of 5
453 Patient Ratings
61 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

My dr. is an incredible man. Perhaps one of the brightest, most well-rounded men I've ever met. (Dr. Kaplan.)

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Superb doctor. Staff always kind & courteous.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Kaplsn is the best doctor in the world!

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Difficult to imagine improving on the experience that I had.

SHC Patient, May 2016

I was very happy with the care I received.

SHC Patient, May 2016

A very good experience.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Out of 10 points, I shall evaluate everyone as a 15.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Reinforced my confidence on the team for my procedures & care.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kaplan answered all my questions. He was knowledgeable and gracious. I am glad I finally got an appointment to see him as I know he is an extremely busy clinician.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr kaplan is the best!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Thorough, professional, personal, sense of humor. #1. Professional.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kaplan is a great human being in addition to being a physician.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kaplan excellent Doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Kaplan is the best!!!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

michael j kaplan is the best, bar none. really cares, very responsive, intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate man. no matter how busy he is, he pays attention and makes sure his patients receive the best treatment. he is a star.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Excellent experience!!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Got me through my anxiety.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Good

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Kaplan - the best - excellent communication skills. Very professional. Really cares for his patient -

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Never rushes through appt. amazing doctor! Dr. Kaplan saved my life!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I appreciate that he always includes my wife in the discussion and even show her what he is looking at while he is examining me - just like she was one of his interns. I appreciate this and so does my wife.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Excellent, brilliant, amazing, dedicated. You are fortunate to have him as I am. He saved my life & hope in living. I would rather die than have the procedure the previous doctor suggested, I refused.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Kaplan instantly put me at ease with his warm manner and a great humor. He spoke to me so I could understand what was going on. He and his "crew" are amazing.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr Kaplan was a model of good practices; knowledgeable, caring, concerned, bright, using accessible terms, explaining as needed, responsive to questions and concerns, allowing alternatives where available, putting us quickly at ease, a sense of humor, respect for the patient and also his coworkers, inclusive of my spouse in appropriate areas, a credit to the university and to his profession1

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I am extremely happy that my oral surgeon recommended Dr. Kaplan.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Excellent in all ways.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

He seemed rushed

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Good

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

He spent more time talking about other things, by his own motivation, I didn't ask, than my health. He nearly left the room before I asked about follow up and future care, making me wonder if I hadn't stopped him if he would've truly left without discussing it. After waiting nearly 3 hours for this interaction, I was more than disappointed.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Kaplan & the others were extraordinary. I felt safe, confident and in good hands. His style and manner was very reassuring while being direct, clear and matter of fact. I really appreciated it.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I am humbled by the time and care that the doctor provides. He is very, very generous.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I owe him my life! Really!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Once he did come in, it was as though I was the only person in the world. He was very good and very thourough. Not rushed at all.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Committed, kind surgeon & staff in a MUCH TOO busy, overextended specialty. Needs MORE surgeons there.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

My doctor is excellent. I would like to have a contact person to help with other issues. Admin type.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Michael Kaplan was very open to my concerns. I appreciate him very much.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Excellent care. Very impressive.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

good experience

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

All very professional.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr Kaplan is the best.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

My brother in law recommended Dr. Kaplan to me & I would do the same.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Always provided excellent care. He is worth waiting for!

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Kaplan's PA was outstanding

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Best possible experience

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Absolutely best doctor I go to.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

All who attended to me were very caring, concerned & comfortable to be with.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Always very good with Dr. Kaplan.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Kaplan took my case which was difficult and directed my care and got me the diagnosis and treatment I needed.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. M. Kaplan is the best.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Good experience.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Good.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Doctors and everyone connected with the care and treatment of my medical problems are excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

All good!

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Dr. Kaplan is the best.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

Very good to excellent.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Always rushed.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

What can I say - He saved my life.

SHC Patient, Dec 2013

I have already recommended Dr. Kaplan to another family member who is now a patient.