John S. Oghalai, MD

John S. Oghalai, MD

Otolaryngologist, Head and neck surgeon, Pediatric otolaryngologist

Bio:   Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is a surgical specialty and I consider the care of the patient in front of me to be of paramount importance. My ultimate goal is to improve human health not only by caring for my patients expertly, but also by advancing our scientific knowledge base so that all physicians can treat disease more effectively. I am following a clinician-scientist pathway and have found basic and translational research to be synergistic with my clinical activities. In particular, treating patients helps me to develop a meaningful research agenda. I believe that developing and maintaining a university-based medical practice requires a tertiary level of care based upon providing clinical excellence, incorporating the latest research, and delivering patient-centered service. Personally, I have developed a nationwide referral practice in the subspecialty care of patients with diseases of the ear and skull base. My adult practice focuses on the management of skull base tumors such as vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma) and meningioma. I work closely with the Departments of Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, and Neuroradiology as part of the skull base team. My pediatric practice focuses on the evaluation and management of children with hearing loss, in particular, I am the Director of the Stanford Children's Hearing Center and its pediatric cochlear implant team.
4.7 out of 5
113 Patient Ratings
23 Patient Comments

Ear Clinic

General ENT Clinic

Cranial Base Center

Cochlear Implant Center

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (2010)
  • Fellowship: Univ of California San Francisco (2003) CA
  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine (2001) TX
  • Internship: Baylor College of Medicine (1995) TX
  • Medical Education: University of Wisconsin SOM and Public Health (1994) WI
  • Board Certification: Neurotology, American Board of Otolaryngology (2010)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Neurotology (2010)
  • Board Certification, American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology-HNS (2002)
  • Clinical Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco, Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery (2003)
  • Residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surg. (2001)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Auditory Neuroscience (1998)
  • Internship, Baylor College of Medicine, General Surgery (1995)
  • M.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, Medicine (1994)
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison, Electrical Engineering (1990)

Honors & Awards

  • Administrative Chief Resident, Baylor College of Medicine (2000)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (2007)
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha (1994)
  • Neurotology Trainee Award, American Neurotology Scociety (2002)

Administrative Appointments

  • Director, The Stanford Children's Hearing Center (2010 - Present)
  • Program Director, Clinician-Scientist Training Program in Otolaryngology (2016 - Present)

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Friendliness

4.6

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.7

Confidence in your doctor

4.7

Recommended to others

4.1

Wait times

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

good experience

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

He was professional & caring and so was everyone else.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Oghalai is the greatest! Has a great sense of humor too, which is very important.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Oghalal has been very supportive, thorough and made sure I am "leak free!" I so appreciate all he has done over the past 2 years to fix my skull and keep it from having any more issues! He is awesome!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Thanks.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

The best experience I have ever had with an ENT by far.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I was given no medications. The dr. could not do anything for me do to my age & health. A bone missing in my ear has caused my hearing loss. Told me to look into hearing aid. I did and I'm hearing better. Thank you Dr. Oghalai.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Good job!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Jan Larky and Dr. Oghalai are fantastic to work with. We felt comfortable, confident and our questions ere fully answered. Thanks for taking the time and effort to fully answer our questions and address my needs.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Could be more empathetic.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Everyone was very friendly and comfortable to be with.

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4.7 out of 5
113 Patient Ratings
23 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

good experience

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

He was professional & caring and so was everyone else.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Oghalai is the greatest! Has a great sense of humor too, which is very important.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Oghalal has been very supportive, thorough and made sure I am "leak free!" I so appreciate all he has done over the past 2 years to fix my skull and keep it from having any more issues! He is awesome!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Thanks.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

The best experience I have ever had with an ENT by far.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I was given no medications. The dr. could not do anything for me do to my age & health. A bone missing in my ear has caused my hearing loss. Told me to look into hearing aid. I did and I'm hearing better. Thank you Dr. Oghalai.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Good job!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Jan Larky and Dr. Oghalai are fantastic to work with. We felt comfortable, confident and our questions ere fully answered. Thanks for taking the time and effort to fully answer our questions and address my needs.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Could be more empathetic.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Everyone was very friendly and comfortable to be with.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Yes, I will recommend care provider.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I have been a patent at both UCSF and Davis and have not received the level of care and professionalism as I have at Stanford. I am telling all my friends and family to go to Stanford!!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Oghalai has been so great, especially knowing how nervous I get, he always put me at ease and listens to all I have to say or ask.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

thank for all

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

yes I would recommend doctor to everyone.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Very good experience.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Everyone is doing their job great.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Excellent care but LONG process.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

I have experienced great care and respect from all.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

I was in the best hands for my care and procedure and it was obvious.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. Oghalai was awesome!