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Josephine Czechowicz, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Josephine Czechowicz, MD, is an Assistant Professor and Pediatric Otolaryngologist in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) at the University of California, San Francisco. She attended Stanford University for medical school and Otolaryngology residency. She received sub-specialty training in Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship at the University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital. In 2017, Dr. Czechowicz joined the pediatric OHNS team at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, caring for patients at both San Francisco and Oakland campuses.

    Dr. Czechowicz has an extensive research background in global health. Her work has taken her around the world to Chile, Equatorial Guinea, Peru, and Zimbabwe. Her current research is focused on hearing outcomes in children with CMV-HIV co-infection in Kenya. Previously, as an NIH-funded Fogarty Clinical Scholar in Lima, Peru, she conducted a population-based study of factors contributing to hearing impairment and ear disease in school children. This work expanded to look at similar outcomes in children with HIV. Later, she spent time with a Ministry of Health taskforce on the design of the nation’s newborn hearing screening program. She also has experience working on optimization of malaria treatment delivery in Equatorial Guinea, and studying antibiotic resistance in Chile.

    While Dr. Czechowicz has great passion for global health, she is equally passionate about providing outstanding, innovative care to her patients here at UCSF. She understands the importance of partnering with families, and is committed to helping children to achieve their full potential.

    Pediatric Otolaryngology

    Pediatric hearing loss, obstructive sleep apnea, laryngomalacia/noisy breathing, pediatric voice disorders, pediatric thyroid/parathyroid disease, vascular anomalies/birthmarks, microtia/external ear malformations

    Professional Interests:
    Expanding early detection and diagnosis of hearing loss, utilization of ultrasound in management of pediatric thyroid nodules, surgical management of complex vascular anomalies, global surgical education

    Education and Training:
    • Medical School: Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
    • Internship: Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
    • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
    • Fellowship: Seattle Children’s Hospital – University of Washington - Pediatric Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

    Awards and Honors:
    • 2009 - Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar – NIH/Fogarty Institute for International Health. Training award to conduct 1-year research project on ear health in Peru
    • 2013 – Center for Innovation in Global Health Seed Grant – Stanford University. $50,000 grant to study newborn hearing screening in Peru and India
    • 2013 – Novel Education Clinical Trainees and Researchers (NECTAR) Program –University of Zimbabwe. Funding for one-month spent in Harare, Zimbabwe teaching ENT residents
    • 2014 – American Academy of Otolaryngology Humanitarian Grant. Travel award for teaching/surgery trip to Zimbabwe

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    1. Xu MJ, Stanford-Moore G, Czechowicz JA. Association of Ebola Virus Infection With Hearing Loss in Regions Where Ebola Virus Infection Is Endemic: A Systematic Review. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jul 01; 145(7):669-675. PMID: 31095264.
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    2. Czechowicz JA, Long-Boyle JR, Rosbe KW, Mathes EF, Frieden IJ, Shimano KA. Sirolimus for management of complex vascular anomalies - A proposed dosing regimen for very young infants. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 Feb; 105:48-51. PMID: 29447818.
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    3. Richards MK, Czechowicz J, Goldin AB, Gow KW, Doski J, Goldfarb M, Nuchtern J, Langer M, Beierle EA, Vasudevan S, Gupta D, Parikh SR. Survival and Surgical Outcomes for Pediatric Head and Neck Melanoma. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 01 01; 143(1):34-40. PMID: 27607058.
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    4. Czechowicz JA, Chang KW. Catch-up growth in infants with laryngomalacia after supraglottoplasty. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Aug; 79(8):1333-6. PMID: 26096747.
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    5. Czechowicz JA, Chang KW. Analysis of Growth Curves in Children After Adenotonsillectomy. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Jun; 140(6):491-6. PMID: 24744140.
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    6. Chao CK, Czechowicz JA, Messner AH, Alarcón J, Kolevic Roca L, Larragán Rodriguez MM, Gutiérrez Villafuerte C, Montano SM, Zunt JR. High prevalence of hearing impairment in HIV-infected Peruvian children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Feb; 146(2):259-65. PMID: 22128111.
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    7. Duyzend MH, Clark CT, Simmons SL, Johnson WB, Larson AM, Leconte AM, Wills AW, Ginder-Vogel M, Wilhelm AK, Czechowicz JA, Alberg DG. Synthesis and evaluation of substrate analogue inhibitors of trypanothione reductase. J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2012 Dec; 27(6):784-94. PMID: 22085139.
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    8. Czechowicz J, Huaman JL, Forshey BM, Morrison AC, Castillo R, Huaman A, Caceda R, Eza D, Rocha C, Blair PJ, Olson JG, Kochel TJ. Prevalence and risk factors for encephalomyocarditis virus infection in Peru. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2011 Apr; 11(4):367-74. PMID: 21395427.
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    9. Czechowicz JA, Messner AH, Alarcon-Matutti E, Alarcon J, Quinones-Calderon G, Montano S, Zunt JR. Hearing impairment and poverty: the epidemiology of ear disease in Peruvian schoolchildren. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Feb; 142(2):272-7. PMID: 20115987.
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    10. Virador VM, Davidson B, Czechowicz J, Mai A, Kassis J, Kohn EC. The anti-apoptotic activity of BAG3 is restricted by caspases and the proteasome. PLoS One. 2009; 4(4):e5136. PMID: 19352495.
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    11. Czechowicz JA, Wilhelm AK, Spalding MD, Larson AM, Engel LK, Alberg DG. The synthesis and inhibitory activity of dethiotrypanothione and analogues against trypanothione reductase. J Org Chem. 2007 May 11; 72(10):3689-93. PMID: 17439174.
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    12. Tchabo NE, Guancial EA, Czechowicz JA, Kohn EC. The role of proteomics in the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer. Womens Health (Lond). 2005 Nov; 1(3):365-74. PMID: 19803878.
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    13. Simpkins F, Czechowicz JA, Liotta L, Kohn EC. SELDI-TOF mass spectrometry for cancer biomarker discovery and serum proteomic diagnostics. Pharmacogenomics. 2005 Sep; 6(6):647-53. PMID: 16143004.
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