Michael J. Kaplan

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

4.8 out of 5
366 Patient Ratings
167 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

Sarcoma Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 2nd Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Professional Education

  • Residency: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Ophthalmic Training (1982) MA
  • Internship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1978) MA
  • Fellowship: University of Virginia (1984) VA
  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1982)
  • 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

  • Best Doctors in America, . (1998-2018)
  • Chief Residents' Special Certificate of Merit, UCSF (1993)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College (1973)
  • Roger Boles Teaching award, UCSF (1987)

Administrative Appointments

  • Chief, Head & Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head&Neck Surgery (2003 - 2013)
  • Head & Neck Fellowship Director, Otolaryngology-Head&Neck Surgery (2003 - 2013)
  • Head & Neck Oncology Program, Disease Management Leader, Stanford Cancer Center (2010 - 2013)

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4.9

Friendliness

4.8

Explanations

4.8

Listens

4.8

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.9

Recommended to others

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SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Dr Kaplan and his staff are the best of the best.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Dr. Kaplan is always friendly, informative, shows concern for my issue, as does his entire team. I feel truly lucky to be seeing him. He and his team are the best. Also, he listens to questions and answers the question using words that I understand, once again, he's the best. Everyone there is great. I've never had anyone return messages I've sent returned as quickly as Monika does, that's great too. The front desk people have also been very friendly & helpful too! I could go on about my good experiences but I'm running out of space.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Dr. Kaplan is the expert!

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

In my personal opinion I feel Dr. Kaplan is the best around. Good at what he does & very caring.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Always good.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

I felt I was in good hands and I did not have to worry.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Very good.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Kaplan is so professional and outstanding and smart! He give me ability to have quality life after my surgery! I can't be more thankful! I want him to live a long life, so he can help save more people who's suffering from cancer! I thank God many times that I had opportunities to be in Stanford and under wonderful doctors team! You guys the best!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Kaplan listens and assures.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. M Kaplan and his ENT team are incredibly knowledgeable, kind, communicative.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

5 stars!!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Kaplan is EXCELLENT with teh care and concern of his patients.

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4.8 out of 5
366 Patient Ratings
167 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Dr Kaplan and his staff are the best of the best.

SHC Patient, Sep 2019

Dr. Kaplan is always friendly, informative, shows concern for my issue, as does his entire team. I feel truly lucky to be seeing him. He and his team are the best. Also, he listens to questions and answers the question using words that I understand, once again, he's the best. Everyone there is great. I've never had anyone return messages I've sent returned as quickly as Monika does, that's great too. The front desk people have also been very friendly & helpful too! I could go on about my good experiences but I'm running out of space.

SHC Patient, Aug 2019

Dr. Kaplan is the expert!

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

In my personal opinion I feel Dr. Kaplan is the best around. Good at what he does & very caring.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Always good.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

I felt I was in good hands and I did not have to worry.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Very good.

SHC Patient, Jul 2019

Dr. Kaplan is so professional and outstanding and smart! He give me ability to have quality life after my surgery! I can't be more thankful! I want him to live a long life, so he can help save more people who's suffering from cancer! I thank God many times that I had opportunities to be in Stanford and under wonderful doctors team! You guys the best!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Kaplan listens and assures.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. M Kaplan and his ENT team are incredibly knowledgeable, kind, communicative.

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

5 stars!!

SHC Patient, Jun 2019

Dr. Kaplan is EXCELLENT with teh care and concern of his patients.

SHC Patient, May 2019

professional appointment... had my in depth patient history in hand ( even from outside network)which was interesting as I hadn't supplied prior to appt

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

I always feel free to ask questions.

SHC Patient, Apr 2019

Very positive experience, genuine & caring dr. I REALLY liked him & trust his decision making.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Kaplan is an amazing doctor and we feel very honored to have him in our corner!

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Michael Kaplan is absolutely nonpareil among physicians of head - neck oncology.

SHC Patient, Mar 2019

Dr. Kaplan is always very professional and helpful. He's a great doctor and I am fortunate that he is caring for me.

SHC Patient, Feb 2019

Dr. Kaplan is a pro. He instills complete confidence and is refreshing.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Dr. Kaplan is outstanding & thorough. Before entering room he had read up on a recent hospitalization I had at a local hospital and surprised me with his thoroughness on area outside of his expertise! I have recommended him to others!

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Dr. Kaplan as I mentioned before is very good about taking time with me to make sure I feel comfortable.

SHC Patient, Jan 2019

Dr. Kaplan is very good doctor and very interesting.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr. Kaplan and his nurse Monika are simply the best.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

All of my dealings with Stanford from the first contact, through appointments, office visits, exam room visits has been extraordinary!!

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr. Kaplan is always very professional, kind and patient.

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

Dr. Kaplan is a good listener. He shows compassion and knows how to explain complicated medical terms in a way that I was not overwhelmed. Dr. Kaplan also has a great sense of humor!

SHC Patient, Dec 2018

I could not have better care providers than Dr Kaplan and his team.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Kaplan is a very good doctor.

SHC Patient, Nov 2018

Dr. Kaplan was very sensitive to our economic (money) circumstances, courteous & be listened!

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

Dr. Kaplan shows concern, answers, information, friendliness. Side discussions re history, books, etc adds to communication./

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

I love my doctors!

SHC Patient, Oct 2018

The team members with Dr. Kaplan had reviewed my care from 5 years ago and were very sensitive to my concern and all were very encouraging. Thank you!

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

Great and professional provider and staff.

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

Excellent care.

SHC Patient, Sep 2018

I particularly liked the biopsy team and their leader

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

Always AWESOME!

SHC Patient, Aug 2018

As soon as I came to Stanford for my first visit I was relaxed. The staff was very helpful.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

None better!

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

he always explains thing to me and my wife.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Jul 2018

Dr. Kaplan is very thorough and personable. THE BEST! Staff physician & clinic are very helpful & knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Dr. Kaplan and his team are the BEST I have ever received medical care from.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

mike kaplan is one of the best physicians in the world. he truly cares about his patients, always has time, is incredibly helpful. i don't know how he does it, but he gives everyone full attention and care. cannot say enough good about him.

SHC Patient, Jun 2018

Have been Dr. Kaplan's patient since 2010. I place supreme confidence in him.

SHC Patient, May 2018

I have confidence in Dr. Kaplan's knowledge and experiences.

SHC Patient, May 2018

Impressed with physician.

SHC Patient, May 2018

Everyone is always always very friendly & helpful.

SHC Patient, May 2018

Great.

SHC Patient, May 2018

I appreciate that this provider is always available by email to answer lingering questions. He usually gets back to me within 30 minutes or so.

SHC Patient, May 2018

The consultation was very detailed and straight forward with a follow up phone call from the doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2018

Dr. Kaplan is exemplary. He responds to emails within minute & is extremely kind. He is saving lives.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

All care providers are always attentive, caring & helpful - answers all my questions clearly.

SHC Patient, Mar 2018

I have great confidence in Dr. Kaplan - He compassionate, empathetic, knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Feb 2018

Dr. Kaplan is a great doctor/surgeon & I have been very confident & pleased with his care for me.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Dr. Kaplan is the best! I tell everyone what a wonderful experience I've had at Stanford.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Dr. Kaplan and Lily are exceptional individuals and have provided much information and excellent care over the past twelve months.

SHC Patient, Jan 2018

Dr. Kaplan far exceeds any expectation that I had. He took extra time to answer related questions and made us feel at ease, confident in his judgment and that he would do more if it was needed. He feels like a good friend as well as a great doctor.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Early stage examination was thorough.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Dr. Kaplan is A GEM. He is open about what he knows to be certain and makes suggestions for including other doctors, if needed. Best of all, he answers emails within the hour. Brilliant! Clone him!

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

A++++ I can not give any higher praise! Excellent all around.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Dr. Kaplan is an incredible doctor. He's saved my husband's life.

SHC Patient, Dec 2017

Dr. Kaplan has always been an involved and caring doctor.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

Dr. Kaplan is very good.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

I like the way the doctor discussed my health issue with me, but we couldn't make a decision what to do that will help me feel better according to my issue. I am referred to another doctor for more discussion.

SHC Patient, Nov 2017

He spends lots of time talking which is nice.

SHC Patient, Oct 2017

Dr. Kaplan walked me through CT - PET results in great detail so I could understand the scope of the issue & further follow up needed. I appreciated this level of detail.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Sense of comfort that my situation in competent hands.

SHC Patient, Sep 2017

Dr. Le is exemplary provider, as is Dr. Kaplan. They have a great teams too.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

I am happy to see by Doctor Kaplan, Michael. He really spent time, take a good care of me. Thank you.

SHC Patient, Aug 2017

Dr. Kaplan, PA Dee PA, RN Monica always very patient centered & focused. Very professional & caring.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Kaplan is very thorough!

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Kaplan provides the finest medical care I have ever experienced.

SHC Patient, Jul 2017

Dr. Kaplan expected my answers to be on the tip of my tongue. If I gave information he was not looking for, he repeated question loudly & slowly. I felt like he was talking to his med students.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Excellent!!

SHC Patient, May 2017

wonderful experience under the circumstances

SHC Patient, May 2017

Good.

SHC Patient, May 2017

Dr. Kaplan and the entire team have been great. Everyone there has been friendly, professional, informative, are just a few words to describe my experiences there. I drive a long way to get there, but it is worth the drive. I consider myself very lucky to have been referred to Stanford

SHC Patient, May 2017

Dr. Kaplan is the best!!

SHC Patient, May 2017

Other than being extremely late w/no explanations, it was great.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Doctor Kaplan was very professional and understanding of my health issue. Thank you!

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

The PA/NP are kind, attentive, knowledgeable and efficient. My doctors take the time to answer my questions completely, and I feel safe in their care.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Great hospital! I'm so thankful I will become a Stanford patient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Usual excellent appointment.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

I have recommended the Stanford providers to family & friends.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Always the finest young - minds at Stanford -- Wonderful to meet each year's new care-providers.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr. Kaplan is an excellent doctor. His team is excellent as well, working very well together to get us the help we need.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Very impressed with all doctors, PA/NP and assistants - have highly recommended SUH to friends.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

I'm a return patient of Dr Kaplan and very satisfied.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

I always tell everyone how happy I have been w/ Stanford.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Love my cancer team.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Excellent doctor. Kaplan.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

My cancer dr. is one of the best drs. I've ever had!

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Very reassuring. I came away much happier than I had been before.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Dr. Kaplan is a dream doctor for a cancer patient, excellent physician, explained everything thoroughly to both my husband and I. Left feeling assisted and confident.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Fantastic, honest, caring, informed, intelligent, etc., doctor. Great staff.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

I had not seen Dr. Kaplan since June, when his sabbatical began. Since then my husband has become terminally ill and I have called in Hospice. The doctor was very kind, helpful and giving of his time and experience (both as a doctor and as a son) to me in my time of stress right now.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

I saw Dr Kaplan for a followup appointment and to discuss the latest MRI. We did discuss the primary issues at length. However, a woman came in before Dr Kaplan (maybe she was a PA??) and looked at the MRI report and told me of a new issue regarding my thyroid. She said that I could discuss this with Dr Kaplan. I forgot!! Unfortunately, Dr Kaplan did not bring it up either. Now I am trying to figure the thyroid issue out via phone calls.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Kaplan is competent and compassionate! love his sense of humor :)

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

I am so confident with the care provider- very very to the point, clear, and caring.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

All OK.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Kaplan great doctor and friend.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Overall good experience. My opinion of Dr. Kaplan is he is a pro/the top of his field.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Kaplan is an exceptional doctor. I feel so fortunate being under his care and his outstanding staff.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Great care all explained completely

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Kaplan gives us all the time we need.

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

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

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr kaplan is the best!

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.