Megan Durr, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Avenue, #3A30
San Francisco CA 94110
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    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CAOtolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDMDSchool of Medicine
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, INBSChemical Engineering

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    Megan Durr, MD, FACS is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Interim Chief of Otolaryngology at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She is a general otolaryngologist and specializes in surgery for sleep apnea and snoring.

    Dr. Durr received her bachelor's degrees in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in Indiana She then completed her medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore followed by and residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

    Dr. Durr offers comprehensive and individualized evaluations for patients considering surgery for sleep apnea and/or snoring. She specializes in drug induced sleep endoscopy, soft palate surgery, tongue base surgery and hypoglossal nerve stimulation implant surgery.

    Dr. Durr performs research assessing surgical outcomes for sleep apnea therapies and access to sleep apnea surgery. She has received two Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits grants focused on her research interests. She is also a dedicated medical educator and is the residency site director for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. In addition to many publications on sleep apnea surgery, she also has a research interest in graduate medical education and has been awarded several teaching awards.

    She holds many national leadership roles within Otolaryngology and sleep apnea surgery. She regularly presents and national and international meetings discussing sleep apnea therapies. She is an Associate editor for the Laryngoscope journal and has served on the governing board of the Women in Otolaryngology national organization. She is a Triological Society fellow and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is also the Director of Quality for the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

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    1. Analysis of Internet-Based Written Materials on Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. OTO Open. 2024 Apr-Jun; 8(2):e158. Bhat A, Nesmith W, Durr ML, Chang JL. PMID: 38911394; PMCID: PMC11190458.
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    2. Opioid Prescription Trends Among Sleep Surgeons in the United States. Laryngoscope. 2024 Jun 15. Saroya J, Singh A, Chang JL, Durr ML. PMID: 38877817.
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    3. Sociodemographic and Healthcare System Barriers to PAP Alternatives for Adult OSA: A Scoping Review. Laryngoscope. 2024 Apr 03. Singh A, Bhat A, Saroya J, Chang J, Durr ML. PMID: 38568079.
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    4. Sex Differences in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Including Pregnancy and Response to Treatment. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2024 Mar 13. Erickson TS, Durr ML. PMID: 38485541.
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    5. Leadership Training Curriculum for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residents: A Scoping Review. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 Dec; 169(6):1436-1444. Standiford TC, Eltawil Y, Durr ML, Pletcher SD, Chang JL. PMID: 37555241.
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    6. International Consensus Statement on Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2023 07; 13(7):1061-1482. Chang JL, Goldberg AN, Alt JA, Mohammed A, Ashbrook L, Auckley D, Ayappa I, Bakhtiar H, Barrera JE, Bartley BL, Billings ME, Boon MS, Bosschieter P, Braverman I, Brodie K, Cabrera-Muffly C, Caesar R, Cahali MB, Cai Y, Cao M, Capasso R, Caples SM, Chahine LM, Chang CP, Chang KW, Chaudhary N, Cheong CSJ, Chowdhuri S, Cistulli PA, Claman D, Collen J, Coughlin KC, Creamer J, Davis EM, Dupuy-McCauley KL, Durr ML, Dutt M, Ali ME, Elkassabany NM, Epstein LJ, Fiala JA, Freedman N, Gill K, Gillespie MB, Golisch L, Gooneratne N, Gottlieb DJ, Green KK, Gulati A, Gurubhagavatula I, Hayward N, Hoff PT, Hoffmann OMG, Holfinger SJ, Hsia J, Huntley C, Huoh KC, Huyett P, Inala S, Ishman SL, Jella TK, Jobanputra AM, Johnson AP, Junna MR, Kado JT, Kaffenberger TM, Kapur VK, Kezirian EJ, Khan M, Kirsch DB, Kominsky A, Kryger M, Krystal AD, Kushida CA, Kuzniar TJ, Lam DJ, Lettieri CJ, Lim DC, Lin HC, Liu SYC, MacKay SG, Magalang UJ, Malhotra A, Mansukhani MP, Maurer JT, May AM, Mitchell RB, Mokhlesi B, Mullins AE, Nada EM, Naik S, Nokes B, Olson MD, Pack AI, Pang EB, Pang KP, Patil SP, Van de Perck E, Piccirillo JF, Pien GW, Piper AJ, Plawecki A, Quigg M, Ravesloot MJL, Redline S, Rotenberg BW, Ryden A, Sarmiento KF, Sbeih F, Schell AE, Schmickl CN, Schotland HM, Schwab RJ, Seo J, Shah N, Shelgikar AV, Shochat I, Soose RJ, Steele TO, Stephens E, Stepnowsky C, Strohl KP, Sutherland K, Suurna MV, Thaler E, Thapa S, Vanderveken OM, de Vries N, Weaver EM, Weir ID, Wolfe LF, Woodson BT, Won CHJ, Xu J, Yalamanchi P, Yaremchuk K, Yeghiazarians Y, Yu JL, Zeidler M, Rosen IM. PMID: 36068685; PMCID: PMC10359192.
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    7. Association of Pain Disorder and Psychiatric Disease With Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2023 06; 168(6):1557-1566. Block-Wheeler NR, Darbinian J, Ansari G, Durr M. PMID: 36939590.
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    8. Characteristics of Adults Undergoing Soft Tissue and Orthognathic Surgery for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Laryngoscope. 2023 05; 133(5):1262-1270. Durr M, Darbinian J, Ramirez K, Swisher AR, Block-Wheeler NR. PMID: 36728344.
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    9. Representation of Race and Sex in Sleep Surgery Studies. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 06; 166(6):1204-1210. Debbaneh P, Ramirez K, Block-Wheeler N, Durr M. PMID: 35349371.
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    10. Survey of Pediatric Otolaryngology Frenotomy Practice Patterns. Laryngoscope. 2022 Dec; 132(12):2505-2512. Dhir S, Landau BP, Edemobi S, Meyer AK, Durr ML. PMID: 35319112.
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    11. Patient-Defined Goals for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 10; 167(4):791-798. Cai Y, Tripuraneni P, Gulati A, Stephens EM, Nguyen DK, Durr ML, Chang JL. PMID: 35133912; PMCID: PMC9527355.
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    12. Ten-year Thyroid Cancer Incidence in an Integrated Healthcare Delivery System. Perm J. 2021 05; 25. Kim SJ, Durr ML, Darbinian JA, Sakoda LC, Meltzer CJ, Arzumanyan H, Wang KH, Lin JK, Gurushanthaiah D, Lo JC. PMID: 33970070; PMCID: PMC8817903.
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    13. The efficacy of surgery for upper airway resistance syndrome: A systematic review, meta-analysis and case series. Am J Otolaryngol. 2021 Sep-Oct; 42(5):103011. Kshirsagar RS, Harless L, Liang J, Durr M. PMID: 33831820.
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    14. Otolaryngology Resident Wellness, Training, and Education in the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2021 Aug; 130(8):904-914. Chou DW, Staltari G, Mullen M, Chang J, Durr M. PMID: 33412923.
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    15. Evolving Otolaryngology Resident Roles and Concerns at the Peak of the US COVID-19 Pandemic. Head Neck. 2020 12; 42(12):3712-3719. Cai Y, Gulati A, Jiam NT, Wai KC, Shuman EA, Pletcher SD, Durr ML, Chang JL. PMID: 32926482.
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    16. Otolaryngology Residency Interviews in a Socially Distanced World: Strategies to Recruit and Assess Applicants. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 05; 164(5):903-908. Chou DW, Pletcher SD, Bruss D, Sung CK, Diaz RC, Liang J, Durr ML. PMID: 32870721.
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    17. Topical nasal treatment efficacy on adult obstructive sleep apnea severity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2021 02; 11(2):153-161. Nguyen DK, Liang J, Durr M. PMID: 32713164.
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    18. Risk of Mortality between Untreated and Treated Papillary Thyroid Cancer: A Matched Cohort Analysis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2020 Mar; 129(3):265-272. Lin JK, Sakoda LC, Darbinian J, Socarras M, Chiao W, Calixto N, Quesenberry C, Gurushanthaiah D, Wang KH, Durr M. PMID: 31658833.
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    19. Understanding the natural history of papillary thyroid cancer: Case series. Head Neck. 2019 12; 41(12):4164-4170. Lin JK, Sakoda LC, Darbinian J, Chiao W, Calixto N, Gurushanthaiah D, Wang KH, Durr M. PMID: 31584743.
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    20. Diagnostic techniques and surgical outcomes for persistent pediatric obstructive sleep apnea after adenotonsillectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2019 Jun; 121:179-187. Socarras MA, Landau BP, Durr ML. PMID: 30925395.
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    21. Factors Impacting Online Ratings for Otolaryngologists. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2018 Aug; 127(8):521-526. Calixto NE, Chiao W, Durr ML, Jiang N. PMID: 29882425.
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    22. Systematic Review of Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy Scoring Systems. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 02; 158(2):240-248. Amos JM, Durr ML, Nardone HC, Baldassari CM, Duggins A, Ishman SL. PMID: 29064308.
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    23. Lingual Tonsillectomy for Pediatric Persistent Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 12; 157(6):940-947. Rivero A, Durr M. PMID: 28871840.
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    24. Trends in sleep studies performed for Medicare beneficiaries. Laryngoscope. 2017 12; 127(12):2891-2896. Chiao W, Durr ML. PMID: 28626986.
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    25. Herpes Simplex Virus Laryngitis Presenting as Airway Obstruction: A Case Report and Literature Review. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2017 May; 126(5):424-428. Harless L, Jiang N, Schneider F, Durr M. PMID: 28397560.
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    26. Sleep-disordered breathing in pediatric head and neck vascular malformations. Laryngoscope. 2017 09; 127(9):2159-2164. Durr ML, Meyer AK, Kezirian EJ, Mamlouk MD, Frieden IJ, Rosbe KW. PMID: 28092114.
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    27. Economic and Demographic Characteristics of Cerumen Extraction Claims to Medicare. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Feb; 142(2):157-61. Yang EL, Macy TM, Wang KH, Durr ML. PMID: 26720764.
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    28. An unusual presentation of a lingual dermoid cyst. Ear Nose Throat J. 2015 Oct-Nov; 94(10-11):E29-31. Durr ML, van Zante A, Pletcher SD. PMID: 26535828.
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    29. TP53 and CDKN2a mutations in never-smoker oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2014 Jul; 124(7):E267-73. Heaton CM, Durr ML, Tetsu O, van Zante A, Wang SJ. PMID: 24431303.
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    30. Endoscopic partial medial maxillectomy with mucosal flap for maxillary sinus mucoceles. Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 Mar-Apr; 35(2):115-9. Durr ML, Goldberg AN. PMID: 24411137.
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    31. Oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma in never-smokers: analysis of clinicopathologic characteristics and survival. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Jul; 149(1):89-96. Durr ML, van Zante A, Li D, Kezirian EJ, Wang SJ. PMID: 23533221.
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    32. Oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma in never smokers: analysis of clinicopathologic characteristics and survival. Am J Otolaryngol. 2013 Sep-Oct; 34(5):388-93. Durr ML, Li D, Wang SJ. PMID: 23540889.
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    33. A novel sinonasal endoscopy scoring system: the discharge, inflammation, and polyps/edema (DIP) score. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Jan; 3(1):66-72. Durr ML, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Murr AH. PMID: 22927217.
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    34. Airway hemangiomas in PHACE syndrome. Laryngoscope. 2012 Oct; 122(10):2323-9. Durr ML, Meyer AK, Huoh KC, Frieden IJ, Rosbe KW. PMID: 22865344.
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    35. Drug-induced sleep endoscopy in persistent pediatric sleep-disordered breathing after adenotonsillectomy. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Jul; 138(7):638-43. Durr ML, Meyer AK, Kezirian EJ, Rosbe KW. PMID: 22801887.
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    36. Comparison of imaging modalities in pediatric thyroglossal duct cysts. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jun; 122(6):1405-8. Huoh KC, Durr ML, Meyer AK, Rosbe KW. PMID: 22460362.
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    37. Quantitative methylation profiles for multiple tumor suppressor gene promoters in salivary gland tumors. PLoS One. 2010 May 26; 5(5):e10828. Durr ML, Mydlarz WK, Shao C, Zahurak ML, Chuang AY, Hoque MO, Westra WH, Liegeois NJ, Califano JA, Sidransky D, Ha PK. PMID: 20520817; PMCID: PMC2877085.
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    38. Laryngeal lipoma associated with diffuse lipomatosis: case report and literature review. Ear Nose Throat J. 2010 Jan; 89(1):34-7. Durr ML, Agrawal N, Saunders JR, Ha PK. PMID: 20155698.
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    39. Severe hypocalcemia complicating thyroid surgery after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 May; 135(5):507-10. Durr ML, Saunders JR, Califano JA, Tufano RP, Koch WM, Ha PK. PMID: 19451473.
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    40. Traumatic right paraesophageal hernia after Belsey Mark IV fundoplication. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 Jan; 85(1):321-2. Durr ML, Yang SC. PMID: 18154837.
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    41. Subclavian flap aortoplasty: still a safe, reproducible, and effective treatment for infant coarctation. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2007 Apr; 31(4):649-53. Barreiro CJ, Ellison TA, Williams JA, Durr ML, Cameron DE, Vricella LA. PMID: 17276693.
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