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Steven Pletcher, MD

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentOtolaryngology
Address2233 Post Street
San Francisco CA 94115
Phone415-353-2757
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    University of California, San FranciscoResidency School of Medicine - Otolaryngology

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    Steven D. Pletcher, MD, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology and he is the Director of the Residency Program in the Department of Otolaryngolgy – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, and he finished his general surgery internship from UCSF. Dr. Pletcher completed his OHNS residnecy from UCSF, followed by a Rhinology fellowship from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.

    Dr. Pletcher’s primary research interests focus on investigation on the role of microbes in sinonasal inflammatory disease, improving treatment of sinus disease for adult patients with cystic fibrosis, improving surgical techniques for chronic sinusitis, and developing and evaluating endoscopic surgical procedures to control refractory epistaxis.

    Dr. Pletcher is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the Society University Otolaryngologists.

    Specialty:
    General Otolaryngology, Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery, Sinus Surgery and Rhinology

    Expertise:
    Minimally invasive endoscopic surgery of the paranasal sinuses and skull base

    Professional Interests:
    Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Sinusitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Epistaxis, Endoscopic Orbital
    Surgery, Skull Base Disorders, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, Mandibular and Facial Trauma/Reconstruction, General Otolaryngology

    Education and Training:
    • Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine
    • Internship: University of California, San Francisco
    • Residency: University of California, San Francisco - Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    • Fellowship: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA - Rhinology

    Awards and Honors:
    • 1994 American Heart Association - American Heart Association Student Research Award
    • 2009 University of California, San Francisco - Roger Boles MD Teaching Award


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    1. Pletcher S. Rethinking Pain Management in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Aug 01; 143(8):794-795. PMID: 28542678.
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    2. Jiam NT, Goldberg AN, Murr AH, Pletcher S. Surgical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis after sinus lift. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2017 Jul 01; 31(4):271-275. PMID: 28716179.
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    3. Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher S, Lynch SV. Compositionally and functionally distinct sinus microbiota in chronic rhinosinusitis patients have immunological and clinically divergent consequences. Microbiome. 2017 May 12; 5(1):53. PMID: 28494786.
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    4. Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher S, Lynch SV. A chronic rhinosinusitis-derived isolate of Pseudomonas aeruginosa induces acute and pervasive effects on the murine upper airway microbiome and host immune response. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 Dec; 6(12):1229-1237. PMID: 27598436.
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    5. Gelber JT, Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher S. Evaluation of Malassezia and Common Fungal Pathogens in Subtypes of Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 Sep; 6(9):950-5. PMID: 27153455.
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    6. Durr ML, van Zante A, Pletcher S. An unusual presentation of a lingual dermoid cyst. Ear Nose Throat J. 2015 Oct-Nov; 94(10-11):E29-31. PMID: 26535828.
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    7. Ivan ME, Bryan Iorgulescu J, El-Sayed I, McDermott MW, Parsa AT, Pletcher S, Jahangiri A, Wagner J, Aghi MK. Risk factors for postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak and meningitis after expanded endoscopic endonasal surgery. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jan; 22(1):48-54. PMID: 25439754.
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    8. Gruss CL, Al Komser M, Aghi MK, Pletcher S, Goldberg AN, McDermott M, El-Sayed IH. Risk factors for cerebrospinal leak after endoscopic skull base reconstruction with nasoseptal flap. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Sep; 151(3):516-21. PMID: 24898075.
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    9. Kram YA, Pletcher S. Maxillary sinus posterior wall remodeling following surgery for silent sinus syndrome. Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 35(5):623-5. PMID: 24962949.
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    10. Durr ML, Pletcher S, Goldberg AN, Murr AH. A novel sinonasal endoscopy scoring system: the discharge, inflammation, and polyps/edema (DIP) score. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Jan; 3(1):66-72. PMID: 22927217.
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    11. Heaton CM, Goldberg AN, Pletcher S, Glastonbury CM. Sinus anatomy associated with inadvertent cerebrospinal fluid leak during functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jul; 122(7):1446-9. PMID: 22570301.
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    12. Murr AH, Goldberg AN, Pletcher S, Dillehay K, Wymer LJ, Vesper SJ. Some chronic rhinosinusitis patients have elevated populations of fungi in their sinuses. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jul; 122(7):1438-45. PMID: 22532289.
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    13. El-Sayed I, Pletcher S, Russell M, McDermott M, Parsa A. Endoscopic anterior maxillotomy: infratemporal fossa via transnasal approach. Laryngoscope. 2011 Apr; 121(4):694-8. PMID: 21433014.
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    14. Pletcher S, Goldberg AN. Treatment of recurrent sinonasal polyposis with steroid-infused carboxymethylcellulose foam. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Nov-Dec; 24(6):451-3. PMID: 21144224.
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    15. Roediger FC, Slusher NA, Allgaier S, Cox MJ, Pletcher S, Goldberg AN, Lynch SV. Nucleic acid extraction efficiency and bacterial recovery from maxillary sinus mucosal samples obtained by brushing or biopsy. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Jul-Aug; 24(4):263-5. PMID: 20819463.
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    16. Saito DM, Innes AL, Pletcher S. Rheologic properties of sinonasal mucus in patients with chronic sinusitis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Jan-Feb; 24(1):1-5. PMID: 20109305.
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    17. Dubin MR, Pletcher S. Postoperative packing after septoplasty: is it necessary? Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2009 Apr; 42(2):279-85, viii-ix. PMID: 19328892.
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    18. Day S, Hwang TN, Pletcher S, Bhatki A, McCulley TJ. Interactive image-guided endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jul-Aug; 24(4):338-40. PMID: 18645455.
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    19. Pletcher S, Hoxworth JM, Goldberg AN, Murr AH, Glastonbury CM. Computed tomography imaging of the paranasal sinuses: direct versus reformatted coronal images. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jun; 138(6):710-4. PMID: 18503840.
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    20. Goldsztein H, Pletcher S, Reh DD, Metson R. The frontal wishbone: anatomic and clinical implications. Am J Rhinol. 2007 Nov-Dec; 21(6):725-8. PMID: 18201455.
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    21. Pletcher S, Metson R. Endoscopic optic nerve decompression for nontraumatic optic neuropathy. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Aug; 133(8):780-3. PMID: 17709616.
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    22. Mau T, Pletcher S, Cavanagh PW, Courey MS, Wang SJ. Minicricothyrotomy approach with fiberoptic guidance for management of posterior glottic stenosis. Laryngoscope. 2007 Aug; 117(8):1488-90. PMID: 17762272.
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    23. Metson R, Pletcher S, Poe DS. Microdebrider eustachian tuboplasty: A preliminary report. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Mar; 136(3):422-7. PMID: 17321871.
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    24. Pletcher S, Metson R. Endoscopic ligation of the anterior ethmoid artery. Laryngoscope. 2007 Feb; 117(2):378-81. PMID: 17204990.
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    25. Pletcher S, Sindwani R, Metson R. Endoscopic orbital and optic nerve decompression. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2006 Oct; 39(5):943-58, vi. PMID: 16982256.
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    26. Pletcher S, Sindwani R, Metson R. The Agger Nasi Punch-Out Procedure (POP): maximizing exposure of the frontal recess. Laryngoscope. 2006 Sep; 116(9):1710-2. PMID: 16955011.
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    27. Metson R, Pletcher S. Endoscopic orbital and optic nerve decompression. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2006 Jun; 39(3):551-61, ix. PMID: 16757231.
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    28. Pletcher S, Goldberg AN, Lee J, Acquah J. Use of acupuncture in the treatment of sinus and nasal symptoms: results of a practitioner survey. Am J Rhinol. 2006 Mar-Apr; 20(2):235-7. PMID: 16686397.
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    29. Pletcher S, Oghalai JS, Reeck JB, Cheung SW. Management of superior canal dehiscence syndrome with extensive skull-base deficiency. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2005; 67(4):192-5. PMID: 16006790.
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    30. Pletcher S, Kim DW. Current concepts in cheek reconstruction. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2005 May; 13(2):267-81, vi. PMID: 15817406.
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    31. Biller JA, Pletcher S, Goldberg AN, Murr AH. Complications and the time to repair of mandible fractures. Laryngoscope. 2005 May; 115(5):769-72. PMID: 15867637.
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    32. Pletcher S, Mandpe AH, Block MI, Cheung SW. Reversal of laryngotracheal separation: a detailed case report with long-term followup. Dysphagia. 2005; 20(1):19-22. PMID: 15886963.
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    33. Perlman JS, Pletcher S, Schmidt BL, Eisele DW. Pathology quiz case 2. Giant cell lesion (brown tumor) of the mandible, associated with primary hyperparathyroidism (HPT). Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Jun; 130(6):791, 793-4. PMID: 15210566.
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    34. Fabrizio P, Pletcher S, Minois N, Vaupel JW, Longo VD. Chronological aging-independent replicative life span regulation by Msn2/Msn4 and Sod2 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. FEBS Lett. 2004 Jan 16; 557(1-3):136-42. PMID: 14741356.
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    35. Pletcher S, Kaplan MJ, Eisele DW, Singer MI, Quivey JM, Lee N. Management of cervical metastases in advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the base of tongue. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003 Sep; 129(9):983-6. PMID: 12975272.
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    36. Pletcher S, Cheung SW. Syphilis and otolaryngology. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2003 Aug; 36(4):595-605, vi. PMID: 14567055.
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    37. Mafong DD, Pletcher S, Hoyt C, Lalwani AK. Ocular findings in children with congenital sensorineural hearing loss. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Nov; 128(11):1303-6. PMID: 12431176.
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