Lisa A. Orloff

Otolaryngologist, Head and neck oncologist, Medical oncologist, Head and neck specialist

Bio:   Lisa A. Orloff, MD, FACS, FACE is Director of the Endocrine Head and Neck Surgery Program and Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of thyroid and parathyroid tumors.

Dr. Orloff is an internationally recognized leader in the field of endocrine head and neck surgery. She is also an expert in the application of ultrasonography to the diagnosis and management of diseases of the head and neck, with an emphasis on thyroid cancer. Her background in microvascular and laryngeal surgical techniques lends a unique level of refinement to her endocrine surgical practice. A major component of her clinical work is the management of persistent or recurrent thyroid cancer. Dr. Orloff’s multidisciplinary approach to the management of endocrine head and neck disease involves collaboration with her colleagues in other specialties at Stanford and throughout the country. Dr. Orloff also studies the regeneration of tissue that has been lost as a result of cancer therapies. 

Dr. Orloff received her bachelor’s degree at Stanford, and her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington and a visiting fellowship in Microvascular & Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford, she was the Robert K. Werbe Distinguished Professor in Head and Neck Cancer, and Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF.)

Dr. Orloff served three consecutive terms as the Chair of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Endocrine Surgery committee. She holds leadership roles within the American Head and Neck Society, the American Thyroid Association, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, and the American College of Surgeons. She is co-chair of the Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Neck Ultrasound training program at the ACS and a member of the ACS National Ultrasound Faculty board. She is also a member of such influential teams as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) steering committee on Thyroid Cancer Clinical Trials and the Endocrine Surgery Committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE). She authored the leading textbook, Head and Neck Ultrasonography (Plural Publishing), as a reference for clinicians. Dr. Orloff is a former Fulbright scholar, and she is a voting member of the FDA’s Panel to evaluate medical devices for Otolaryngology. 

If you would like to refer a patient to Dr. Orloff, or have any questions, she and her team can be contacted at: by phone 650.498-6000; fax: 650.724.1433
4.9 out of 5
242 Patient Ratings
67 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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Professional Education

  • Residency: University of WashingtonWA
  • Internship: University of WashingtonWA
  • Medical Education: UCLA - School of Medicine (1986) CA
  • Fellowship, Mt Sinai Medical Center, NY
  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1993)
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Friendliness

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Recommended to others

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Explanations

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Listens

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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, Jul 2016

Dr. Orloff is fantastic! She is a gifted physician who is also kind, warm, friendly, during and extremely good at explaining the how, what & why of the treatment and procedures.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I applaud Dr. Orloff and her PA Zoya - extremely kind, thoughtful, thorough. I felt I was very well taken care of.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Orloff is so compassionate an excellent provider.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Orloff is kind intelligent & a good communicator!

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Orloff was the first of many drs to stop and take the time to listen to my concerns and told me she would find the answer to my question at a weekly meeting with colleagues.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Lisa Orloff is an amazing doctor and person. She is such a qualified yet humble doctor. As busy as I know she always is, she is always relaxed and doesn't rush the appointment. I credit her with my life saving surgery & follow up care. Please do her right and keep her at Stanford.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Excellent throughout.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Excellent - always feel comfortable.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Lisa Orloff is an excellent dr. She makes everything clear and asks if I have questions.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

She is very good. Her PA Zoya is excellent, very intelligent and courteous.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

LOVED all of Dr. Orloff's teaching! Easy to talk with her & she answered all my questions. Never felt rushed during the entire appt. Enjoyed Zoya (PA), too.

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4.9 out of 5
242 Patient Ratings
67 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Dr. Orloff is fantastic! She is a gifted physician who is also kind, warm, friendly, during and extremely good at explaining the how, what & why of the treatment and procedures.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I applaud Dr. Orloff and her PA Zoya - extremely kind, thoughtful, thorough. I felt I was very well taken care of.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Orloff is so compassionate an excellent provider.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Orloff is kind intelligent & a good communicator!

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Orloff was the first of many drs to stop and take the time to listen to my concerns and told me she would find the answer to my question at a weekly meeting with colleagues.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Dr. Lisa Orloff is an amazing doctor and person. She is such a qualified yet humble doctor. As busy as I know she always is, she is always relaxed and doesn't rush the appointment. I credit her with my life saving surgery & follow up care. Please do her right and keep her at Stanford.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Excellent throughout.

SHC Patient, May 2016

Excellent - always feel comfortable.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Lisa Orloff is an excellent dr. She makes everything clear and asks if I have questions.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

She is very good. Her PA Zoya is excellent, very intelligent and courteous.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

LOVED all of Dr. Orloff's teaching! Easy to talk with her & she answered all my questions. Never felt rushed during the entire appt. Enjoyed Zoya (PA), too.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I was quite anxious about surgery and everyone, especially anesthesiologist was kind.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Orloff provided everything I needed during (before) and after my surgery - Her crew was considerate, professional and very efficient.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Dr. Orloff and Zoya Benjamin are wonderful! SO nice, open, caring, communicative and incredibly congenial, professional! I'm so lucky to have them.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Both Dr. Orloff & her PA were extremely kind thoughtful, caring. They both spent a great deal of time with me - examining me and explaining the surgery.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

I followed Dr. Orloff from UCSF and will stay with her. As long as I can. I have the utmost confidence.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

"Very good" is too weak. The care provided by Dr. Orloff and her staff was EXCELLENT!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

The PA & doctor are an amazing team. Both are extremely personable & listens to the patient.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Orloff was great in every aspect! After meeting her I felt I was in good hands.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

It was a great visit. Dr. Lisa Orloff is the best. She explained to me very well about my condition & the best way how to follow up care. She made me feel comfortable; I felt the care & concern. The assistant was also very good & friendly.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Lisa Orloff is tops in everything.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

I could not be happier with Dr. Orloff's service & expertise. I would highly recommend her to others. She made me feel so relaxed and I felt she truly cared about my concerns - a rare quality these days.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

My experience so far ha been perfect -

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Lisa Orloff is very caring & professional.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Excellent physician!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Orloff conducted her job in a very professional way. I appreciated all the info she provided to me. I feel I was very lucky to have her.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Orloff is by far the most impressive specialist I've seen. I cannot stress how impressed I was with her ability and care.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Lisa Orloff, her staff, & clinic/hospital staff are tops!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Excellent in all respects.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Orloff and Dr. Zoya are great professionals and wonderful persons.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

I felt like Dr. Orloff had time for me and was very thorough.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Orloff is truly professional, caring and most competent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Lisa Orloff is simply the best!!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Superior medical care.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Orloff is excellent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Lisa Orloff IS the best.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Dr. Orloff took her time to make sure I understood my diagnosis and the surgery she was going to perform.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

She is the beset provider that I have ever had.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Lisa Orloff is totally dedicated competent & caring.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Orloff is the best dr. I ever seen in Bay area.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent!

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

I am a retired physician and this doctor was exceptional in every respect -took time, wonderful at explaining & gave us total confidence in her.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

The doctor and physician's assistant were exceptional in professionalism and bedside manner.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Lisa Orloff is the best.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Orloff described everything clearly.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Most informative. Never had a dr. be so concerned about if knew what she was saying.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

This was a very good visit. Pr. Orloff is fantastic. She examined my thyroid nodules with ultrasound and informed me that they didn't change from last visit and I don't need surgery to remove them or biopsy to evaluate them. She also examined my throat, nose and prescribed medications and procedure to eliminate my problem with excessive mucus. Thank you Professor Orloff, you helped me very much.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Personable, knowledgeable, courteous, highly experienced.

SHC Patient, May 2015

I actually believe I understand & am more informed about my dx than she seemed to be. She had no comment about some of the terms I discussed with her.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Dr. Orloff & Dr. Micklejohn provided me with excellent surgical and medical care consistently as well as Zoya NP and all other physicians especially Dr. Collins during anesthesia consult and day of surgery.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I feel lucky to have had Dr. Orloff as my surgeon. She was fabulous.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

The amount of time was poor, for reasons of poor scheduling, plus I live out of town and had a 5 hour drive back at 500 traffic leaving the Bay area.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Dr. Orloff is an excellent physician; she is very THOROUGH, takes time to explain things. I would HIGHLY recommend her.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

First rate.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Lisa Orloff is the icon of a well educated, professional, expert in her field, but caring, personable and overall great doctor. What an asset to Stanford.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Orloff is an excellent doctor. I was her patient at UCSF.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

Dr. Orloff is highly skilled but also a very nice person. Zoya, her assistant is also very good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Lisa Orloff is the greatest!

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Lisa Orloff is the best!

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. Lisa Orloff is caring, efficient and emanates confidence. Truly professional and yet personal in her manner.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Excellent visit - truly appreciate her and the time she spent with my husband and I.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

It took 4 months to see Dr. Orloff but well worth wait.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Lisa Orloff is fantastic. Unique qualifications and complete dedication.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Dr Orloff has been top notch, the very best. Her team has been excellent.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

Dr. Orloff is FANTASTIC! She communicates perfectly, and is a wonderfully warm person. She exudes professionalism.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

I am very happy w/Dr. Orloff!