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