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
107 Patient Ratings
14 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

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

Administrative Appointments

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

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Friendliness

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Recommended to others

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Explanations

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Listens

4.7

Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Wait times

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.

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4.7 out of 5
107 Patient Ratings
14 Patient Comments

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!