José Gurrola II, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address2233 Post Street, #339
San Francisco CA 94115
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    University of California, San Francisco, CA2018Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    José G. Gurrola II, MD, is a Rhinology and Skull Base Surgeon and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gurrola completed undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, before completing his medical degree at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his internship and otolaryngology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, followed by a Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery fellowship at Augusta University (previously Medical College of Georgia) in Augusta, Georgia.

    At UCSF, Dr. Gurrola’s clinical practice focuses on patients with a wide variety of rhinologic and anterior skull base disease processes. Dr. Gurrola has specific focuses on the etiology of chronic sinusitis and novel treatments and an interest in olfactory disorders and treatments. He and his colleagues have published recent work on COVID-19-related chemosensory (smell and taste) dysfunction and recovery. He works closely with other disciplines, including Neurosurgery, Allergy-Immunology and Pulmonology, to provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care for a wide variety of patients.

    He has been honored as a UCSF Watson Scholar, enabling his expanding clinical research evaluation of the impact of various disease processes and skull base disorders on olfaction.

    He participated in the UCSF Teaching Scholars program in 2018-2019. His educational interests involve the development and implementation of novel educational approaches in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery and exploring the potential implementation of next generation technology in anatomic education.

    Dr. Gurrola serves as the UCSF Otolaryngology Department’s Director of Diversity. He serves as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion champion and has recently participated in the inaugural UCSF Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism Leadership (IDEAL) Academy. He has a long history of mentorship and effective advocacy for UIM medical students and residents throughout his career.

    Dr. Gurrola is board-certified and serves as a guest examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Rhinologic Society and the North American Skull Base Society and serves on several committees within these organizations.

    Rhinology and Anterior Skull Base Surgery

    Rhinology and paranasal sinus disease, Anterior skull base surgery, Chemosensory/Olfactory disorders, Endoscopic sinus surgery, Balloon sinuplasty, Chronic sinusitis, Nasal polyposis, Fungal sinusitis, Endoscopic CSF leak repair, transphenoidal surgery, Nasal cavity and paranasal sinus neoplasms, Image-guided orbital surgery, Deviated nasal septum, Turbinate hypertrophic, Chronic rhiniti.s

    Professional Interests:
    Etiology and treatment of Chronic sinusitis, Skull base surgery anatomic approaches and surgical outcomes, Olfactory disorders/Chemosensory dysfunction, Novel methods for anatomic education and surgical simulation.

    Education and Training:
    • Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
    • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, OH
    • Internship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
    • Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
    • Fellowship: Augusta University/Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA – Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery

    Awards and Honors:
    2018-2019: UCSF Teaching Scholars Program
    2018: UCSF John A. Watson Faculty Scholar
    2017: University of Virginia - SNMA Dr. David Moyer Service Award
    2015-2016: University of Virginia GME Grant: Utilization of a 3-D Printed Skull Model for Rhinologic Simulation

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    1. 1227 Superior Hypophyseal Artery Intraoperative Indocyanine Green Angiogram as a Predictor of Postoperative Visual Function After Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery. Neurosurgery. 2024 Apr 1; 70(Supplement_1):190-190. Osorio OR, Aabedi AA, El-Sayed EI, Gurrola GJ, Goldschmidt GE. .
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    2. Machine Learning and Statistical Analysis of Biochemical Remission Predictors in Somatotroph Adenoma Resections. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base. 2024 Feb 5; 85:s1-s398. Osorio OR, Kabir KA, Haddad HA, Badani BA, Khela KH, Saha SA, Peeran PZ, Theodosopoulos TP, Kunwar KS, Gurrola GJ, El-Sayed EI, Blevins BL, Aghi AM. .
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    3. Predictors of New Need for Postoperative Hormone Supplementation After Nonfunctional Pituitary Neuroendocrine Tumor Resection: A Retrospective Review of 701 Cases. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base. 2024 Feb 5; 85:s1-s398. Osorio OR, Ramesh RR, Quintana QD, Lee LG, Theodosopoulos TP, Kunwar KS, Gurrola GJ, El-Sayed EI, Blevins BL, Aghi AM, Goldschmidt GE. .
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    4. Use of Real Time Superior Hypophyseal Artery ICG Angiogram during Endoscopic Resection of a Third Ventricular Craniopharyngioma. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base. 2024 Feb 5; 85:s1-s398. Goldschmidt GE, Gurrola GJ, Troccoli TM. .
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    5. Hyperenhancement of Pituitary Neuroendocrine Tumors on Preoperative MRI: Implications on Tumor Characteristics and Outcomes. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base. 2024 Feb 5; 85:s1-s398. Osorio OR, Shih SP, Leng LL, Lugo LB, Gupta GS, Theodosopoulos TP, Kunwar KS, Gurrola GJ, El-Sayed EI, Blevins BL, Aghi AM. .
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    6. Socioeconomic differences between medically and surgically treated prolactinomas: a retrospective review of 598 patients. Journal of Neurosurgery. 2023 Aug 1; 1-12. Osorio OR, Haddad HA, Hart HD, Goldrich GN, Badani BA, Kabir KA, Juncker JR, Oh OJ, Carrete CL, Peeran PZ, Chalif CE, Zheng ZA, Braunstein BS, Theodosopoulos TP, El-Sayed EI, Gurrola GJ, Kunwar KS, Blevins BL, Aghi AM. .
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    7. Superior Hypophyseal Artery Intraoperative Indocyanine Green Angiogram as a Predictor of Postoperative Visual Function After Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2023 10 01; 25(4):379-385. Osorio RC, Aabedi AA, El-Sayed IH, Gurrola J, Goldschmidt E. PMID: 37366631.
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    8. IL-13-associated epithelial remodeling correlates with clinical severity in nasal polyposis. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2023 05; 151(5):1277-1285. Kotas ME, Patel NN, Cope EK, Gurrola JG, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Seibold MA, Moore CM, Gordon ED. PMID: 36736797; PMCID: PMC10243183.
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    9. Transsphenoidal Surgery for Acromegaly. Acromegaly. 2022 Nov 13; 167-184. Phelps PR, Young YJ, Gurrola GJ, Aghi AM. .
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    10. Formal Closure of Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Defects With a "Bow Tie" Tri-Layer Graft. Laryngoscope. 2023 Jul; 133(7):1568-1575. El-Sayed IH, Jiam NT, Theodosopoulos PV, McDermott MW, Gurrola JG, Aghi MK. PMID: 36169353.
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    11. IL-13-programmed airway tuft cells produce PGE2, which promotes CFTR-dependent mucociliary function. JCI Insight. 2022 07 08; 7(13). Kotas ME, Moore CM, Gurrola JG, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Alvarez R, Yamato S, Bratcher PE, Shaughnessy CA, Zeitlin PL, Zhang IH, Li Y, Montgomery MT, Lee K, Cope EK, Locksley RM, Seibold MA, Gordon ED. PMID: 35608904; PMCID: PMC9310525.
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    12. Presentation and management of post-operative cerebrospinal fluid leaks after sphenoclival expanded endonasal surgery: A single institution experience. J Clin Neurosci. 2021 Sep; 91:13-19. Jiam NT, David AP, Formeister EJ, Gurrola J, Aghi M, Theodosopoulos P, Villanueva-Meyer J, McDermott MW, El-Sayed IH. PMID: 34373017.
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    13. Septum submucosal glands exhibit aberrant morphology and reduced mucin production in chronic rhinosinusitis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2021 10; 11(10):1443-1451. Nnabue OE, Pletcher SD, Gurrola JG, Goldberg AN, Jordan KM, Knox SM, May AJ. PMID: 33956392.
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    14. When medical treatments fail: Surgical interventions for allergic rhinitis. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2021 08; 127(2):161-162. Patel J, Borish L, Gurrola J. PMID: 33775903; PMCID: PMC8349793.
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    15. Use of Ultrasound for Navigating the Internal Carotid Artery in Revision Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery. Cureus. 2021 Feb 25; 13(2):e13547. Giurintano JP, Gurrola J, Theodosopoulos PV, El-Sayed IH. PMID: 33815970; PMCID: PMC8007118.
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    16. Short-term chemosensory distortions and phantoms in COVID-19. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2021 Apr; 6(2):172-176. Gurrola JG, Chang JL, Roland LT, Loftus PA, Cheung SW. PMID: 33821217; PMCID: PMC8014200.
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    17. Temporal Profile of Olfactory Dysfunction in COVID-19. OTO Open. 2020 Oct-Dec; 4(4):2473974X20978133. Loftus PA, Roland LT, Gurrola JG, Cheung SW, Chang JL. PMID: 33330830; PMCID: PMC7724426.
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    18. NCOG-54. SAFETY OF TRANSSPHENOIDAL SURGERY FOR NONFUNCTIONING PITUITARY ADENOMA IN ELDERLY PATIENTS. Neuro-Oncology. 2020 Nov 9; 22(Supplement_2):ii141-ii141. Pereira PM, Oh OT, Joshi JR, Haddad HA, Pereira PK, Osorio OR, Donohue DK, Peeran PZ, Sudhir SS, Jain JS, Beniwal BA, Gurrola GJ, El-Sayed EI, Blevins BL, Theodosopoulos TP, Kunwar KS, Aghi AM. .
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    19. NCOG-51. CORRELATION BETWEEN TUMOR VOLUME AND SERUM PROLACTIN AND IMPACT OF TUMOR CELLULAR DENSITY ON PROLACTINOMA SURGICAL OUTCOMES IN A COHORT OF 181 PATIENTS. Neuro-Oncology. 2020 Nov 9; 22(Supplement_2):ii140-ii141. Pereira PM, Oh OT, Joshi JR, Haddad HA, Pereira PK, Osorio OR, Donohue DK, Peeran PZ, Sudhir SS, Jain JS, Beniwal BA, Gurrola GJ, El-Sayed EI, Blevins BL, Theodosopoulos TP, Kunwar KS, Aghi AM. .
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    20. Clinical characteristics and outcomes in elderly patients undergoing transsphenoidal surgery for nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma. Neurosurg Focus. 2020 10; 49(4):E19. Pereira MP, Oh T, Joshi RS, Haddad AF, Pereira KM, Osorio RC, Donohue KC, Peeran Z, Sudhir S, Jain S, Beniwal A, Gurrola J, El-Sayed IH, Blevins LS, Theodosopoulos PV, Kunwar S, Aghi MK. PMID: 33002877.
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    21. Smell and taste symptom-based predictive model for COVID-19 diagnosis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2020 Jul; 10(7):832-838. Roland LT, Gurrola JG, Loftus PA, Cheung SW, Chang JL. PMID: 32363809; PMCID: PMC7267242.
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    22. Clinical characteristics and outcomes of null-cell versus silent gonadotroph adenomas in a series of 1166 pituitary adenomas from a single institution. Neurosurg Focus. 2020 06; 48(6):E13. Haddad AF, Young JS, Oh T, Pereira MP, Joshi RS, Pereira KM, Osorio RC, Donohue KC, Peeran Z, Sudhir S, Jain S, Beniwal A, Chopra AS, Sandhu NS, Theodosopoulos PV, Kunwar S, El-Sayed IH, Gurrola J, Blevins LS, Aghi MK. PMID: 32480370.
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    23. Endoscopic skull base and transoral surgery during COVID-19 pandemic: Minimizing droplet spread with negative-pressure otolaryngology viral isolation drape. Head Neck. 2020 Jul; 42(7):1577-1582. David AP, Jiam NT, Reither JM, Gurrola JG, Aghi MK, El-Sayed IH. PMID: 32358853; PMCID: PMC7267245.
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    24. Acquisition of Volumetric Models of Skull Base Anatomy Using Endoscopic Endonasal Approaches: 3D Scanning of Deep Corridors Via Photogrammetry. World Neurosurg. 2019 Sep; 129:372-377. Kournoutas I, Vigo V, Chae R, Wang M, Gurrola J, Abla AA, El-Sayed I, Rubio RR. PMID: 31181359.
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    25. The impact of frailty on perioperative outcomes and resource utilization in sinonasal cancer surgery. Laryngoscope. 2020 02; 130(2):290-296. Goel AN, Lee JT, Gurrola JG, Wang MB, Suh JD. PMID: 30983004.
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    26. Endoscope Image Capture System with Mirrorless Camera. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base. 2019 Feb; 80(1):79-81. Wei L, Burke J, Benet A, Aghi M, Gurrola J, El-Sayed I. PMID: 30733905; PMCID: PMC6365235.
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    27. Fisch Type C versus an Endoscopic Endonasal Approach to the Petrous Carotid Artery: Indications, Limitations, and Examples. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base. 2018 Feb 1; 79(S 01):s1-s188. Agarwal AV, Mason ME, Gurrola GJ, Danesi DG, Panizza PB, Solares SA. .
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    28. Chronic rhinosinusitis: Endotypes, biomarkers, and treatment response. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Dec; 140(6):1499-1508. Gurrola J, Borish L. PMID: 29106996.
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    29. Rhinologic Evaluation of Patients Undergoing Transsphenoidal Surgery. . 2017 Jan 1; 87-94. Freeman FM, Gurrola GJ, Payne PS. .
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    30. Immunoglobulin replacement therapy reduces chronic rhinosinusitis in patients with antibody deficiency. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2017 01; 7(1):30-36. Walsh JE, Gurrola JG, Graham SM, Mott SL, Ballas ZK. PMID: 27552393.
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    31. Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2016 Jul-Aug; 4(4):599-604. Hoyt AE, Borish L, Gurrola J, Payne S. PMID: 27393774.
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    32. Variation in Delivery of Sinus Surgery in the Medicaid Population across Ethnicities. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 05; 154(5):944-50. Woodard T, Sindwani R, Halderman AA, Holy CE, Gurrola J. PMID: 26908562.
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    33. Why sinonasal disease spares the inferior turbinate: An immunohistochemical analysis. Laryngoscope. 2016 05; 126(5):E179-83. White LC, Weinberger P, Coulson H, Guo D, Jang D, Gurrola J, Kountakis SE. PMID: 26599262.
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    34. Product comparison model in otolaryngology: Equivalency analysis of absorbable hemostatic agents after endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope. 2016 Jan; 126 Suppl 2:S5-13. Antisdel JL, Meyer A, Comer B, Jang D, Gurrola J, Khabbaz E, Christopher K, Kountakis S. PMID: 26509639.
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    35. Comorbidities in patients with all-positive symptoms on sinonasal outcomes test quality-of-life instrument. Laryngoscope. 2015 Dec; 125(12):2648-52. Caten A, Johnson C, Jang D, Gurrola J, Kountakis S. PMID: 26153376.
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    36. Endoscopic Medial Maxillectomy Approach for Removal of Ectopic Tooth in the Maxillary Sinus. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base. 2015 Feb 18; 76(S 01). Gurrola GJ, Mason ME, Solares SC. .
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    37. The effect of smoking on quality of life following sinus surgery: 10-year follow-up. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2015; 77(1):39-43. White LC, Kazi AA, Jang DW, Gurrola J, Kountakis SE. PMID: 25661573.
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    38. Utilizing ethnic-specific differences in minor allele frequency to recategorize reported pathogenic deafness variants. Am J Hum Genet. 2014 Oct 02; 95(4):445-53. Shearer AE, Eppsteiner RW, Booth KT, Ephraim SS, Gurrola J, Simpson A, Black-Ziegelbein EA, Joshi S, Ravi H, Giuffre AC, Happe S, Hildebrand MS, Azaiez H, Bayazit YA, Erdal ME, Lopez-Escamez JA, Gazquez I, Tamayo ML, Gelvez NY, Leal GL, Jalas C, Ekstein J, Yang T, Usami S, Kahrizi K, Bazazzadegan N, Najmabadi H, Scheetz TE, Braun TA, Casavant TL, LeProust EM, Smith RJ. PMID: 25262649; PMCID: PMC4185121.
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    39. Analysis of the petrous portion of the internal carotid artery: landmarks for an endoscopic endonasal approach. Laryngoscope. 2014 Sep; 124(9):1988-94. Mason E, Gurrola J, Reyes C, Brown JJ, Figueroa R, Solares CA. PMID: 24442967.
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    40. Comprehensive genetic testing for hereditary hearing loss using massively parallel sequencing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Dec 07; 107(49):21104-9. Shearer AE, DeLuca AP, Hildebrand MS, Taylor KR, Gurrola J, Scherer S, Scheetz TE, Smith RJ. PMID: 21078986; PMCID: PMC3000272.
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    41. Mutations of KCNJ10 together with mutations of SLC26A4 cause digenic nonsyndromic hearing loss associated with enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome. Am J Hum Genet. 2009 May; 84(5):651-7. Yang T, Gurrola JG, Wu H, Chiu SM, Wangemann P, Snyder PM, Smith RJ. PMID: 19426954; PMCID: PMC2681005.
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    42. Biofilm surface area in the pediatric nasopharynx: Chronic rhinosinusitis vs obstructive sleep apnea. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Feb; 133(2):110-4. Coticchia J, Zuliani G, Coleman C, Carron M, Gurrola J, Haupert M, Berk R. PMID: 17309976.
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    43. Identification of adenoid biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2006 Sep; 70(9):1613-7. Zuliani G, Carron M, Gurrola J, Coleman C, Haupert M, Berk R, Coticchia J. PMID: 16781783.
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    44. Presence and density of Helicobacter pylori biofilms in human gastric mucosa in patients with peptic ulcer disease. J Gastrointest Surg. 2006 Jun; 10(6):883-9. Coticchia JM, Sugawa C, Tran VR, Gurrola J, Kowalski E, Carron MA. PMID: 16769546.
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