José Gurrola II, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    José G. Gurrola II, MD, is a Rhinology and Skull Base Surgeon and Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gurrola received 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. He works closely with other disciplines, including Neurosurgery, to provide comprehensive, multi-disciplinary care for these patients.

    He was recently selected as a UCSF Watson Scholar and will use this award to explore his research interests, which include: investigating the etiologies of chronic sinusitis, exploring novel anatomic approaches to the skull base and examining surgical outcomes in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery.

    He will be a participant 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 Chair of the UCSF Otolaryngology Department’s Diversity committee. 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 on the Taskforce for New Materials 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, 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

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

    Education and Training:
    • 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. Gurrola J, Borish L. Chronic rhinosinusitis: Endotypes, biomarkers, and treatment response. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Dec; 140(6):1499-1508. PMID: 29106996.
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    2. Walsh JE, Gurrola JG, Graham SM, Mott SL, Ballas ZK. Immunoglobulin replacement therapy reduces chronic rhinosinusitis in patients with antibody deficiency. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2017 01; 7(1):30-36. PMID: 27552393.
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    3. White LC, Weinberger P, Coulson H, Guo D, Jang D, Gurrola J, Kountakis SE. Why sinonasal disease spares the inferior turbinate: An immunohistochemical analysis. Laryngoscope. 2016 05; 126(5):E179-83. PMID: 26599262.
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    4. Antisdel JL, Meyer A, Comer B, Jang D, Gurrola J, Khabbaz E, Christopher K, Kountakis S. Product comparison model in otolaryngology: Equivalency analysis of absorbable hemostatic agents after endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope. 2016 Jan; 126 Suppl 2:S5-13. PMID: 26509639.
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    5. Caten A, Johnson C, Jang D, Gurrola J, Kountakis S. Comorbidities in patients with all-positive symptoms on sinonasal outcomes test quality-of-life instrument. Laryngoscope. 2015 Dec; 125(12):2648-52. PMID: 26153376.
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    6. White LC, Kazi AA, Jang DW, Gurrola J, Kountakis SE. 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. PMID: 25661573.
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    7. Yang T, Gurrola JG, Wu H, Chiu SM, Wangemann P, Snyder PM, Smith RJ. 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. PMID: 19426954; PMCID: PMC2681005.
    8. Coticchia J, Zuliani G, Coleman C, Carron M, Gurrola J, Haupert M, Berk R. Biofilm surface area in the pediatric nasopharynx: Chronic rhinosinusitis vs obstructive sleep apnea. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Feb; 133(2):110-4. PMID: 17309976.
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    9. Zuliani G, Carron M, Gurrola J, Coleman C, Haupert M, Berk R, Coticchia J. Identification of adenoid biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2006 Sep; 70(9):1613-7. PMID: 16781783.
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