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Steven Pletcher, MD

Title(s)Professor, Otolaryngology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address2233 Post Street
San Francisco CA 94115
Phone415-502-0498
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    University of California, San FranciscoResidency School of Medicine - Otolaryngology
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2019Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    University of California, San Francisco2016Academy of Medical Educators
    University of California, San Francisco2015Francis A Sooy Award for Clinical Excellence
    University of California, San Francisco2009Roger Boles Resident Teaching Award

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    Steven D. Pletcher, MD, is a 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. After graduating with honors from Yale College, he received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Pletcher completed his OHNS residency 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 and host immune response in sinonasal inflammatory disease. He also has specific interests in improving treatment of sinus disease for adult patients with cystic fibrosis and improving surgical techniques for chronic sinusitis and refractory epistaxis.

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

    Professional Interests:
    Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Chronic Sinusitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Epistaxis, CSF leaks, Endoscopic Orbital Surgery, Skull Base Disorders

    Education and Training:
    • Yale College
    • 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
    • 2015 University of California, San Francisco - Francis Sooy MD Award for Clinical Excellence

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    1. Evolving Otolaryngology Resident Roles and Concerns at the Peak of the US COVID-19 Pandemic. Head Neck. 2020 Sep 14. Cai Y, Gulati A, Jiam NT, Wai KC, Shuman EA, Pletcher SD, Durr ML, Chang JL. PMID: 32926482.
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    2. Otolaryngology Residency Interviews in a Socially Distanced World: Strategies to Recruit and Assess Applicants. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Sep 01; 194599820957961. Chou DW, Pletcher SD, Bruss D, Sung CK, Diaz RC, Liang J, Durr ML. PMID: 32870721.
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    3. Development of clinical care guidelines for faculty and residents in the era of COVID-19. Head Neck. 2020 Jul; 42(7):1403-1408. Park JS, El-Sayed IH, Young VN, Pletcher SD. PMID: 32348581.
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    4. Loss of Microbial Niche Specificity Between the Upper and Lower Airways in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis. Laryngoscope. 2019 03; 129(3):544-550. Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Cope EK. PMID: 30284279.
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    5. Heterogeneity of Microbiota Dysbiosis in Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Potential Clinical Implications and Microbial Community Mechanisms Contributing to Sinonasal Inflammation. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2018; 8:168. Lee K, Pletcher SD, Lynch SV, Goldberg AN, Cope EK. PMID: 29876323.
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    6. Silent sinus syndrome without opacification of ipsilateral maxillary sinus. Laryngoscope. 2018 09; 128(9):2004-2007. Lee DS, Murr AH, Kersten RC, Pletcher SD. PMID: 29726628.
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    7. Fungal Microbiota in Chronic Airway Inflammatory Disease and Emerging Relationships with the Host Immune Response. Front Microbiol. 2017; 8:2477. Zhang I, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Barker BM, Cope EK. PMID: 29312187.
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    8. Patterns of vascularization and surgical morbidity in juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma: A case series, systematic review, and meta-analysis. Head Neck. 2018 02; 40(2):428-443. Overdevest JB, Amans MR, Zaki P, Pletcher SD, El-Sayed IH. PMID: 29130560.
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    9. Biocompatibility and pharmacokinetics of fluticasone-eluting sinus implant in a rabbit model. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2017 Nov 01; 31(6):382-388. Patel VS, Walgama E, Psaltis A, Lavigne F, Pletcher SD, Hwang PH. PMID: 29122083.
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    10. Rethinking Pain Management in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 08 01; 143(8):794-795. Pletcher SD. PMID: 28542678.
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    11. Surgical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis after sinus lift. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2017 Jul 01; 31(4):271-275. Jiam NT, Goldberg AN, Murr AH, Pletcher SD. PMID: 28716179.
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    12. Compositionally and functionally distinct sinus microbiota in chronic rhinosinusitis patients have immunological and clinically divergent consequences. Microbiome. 2017 05 12; 5(1):53. Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Lynch SV. PMID: 28494786.
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    13. Match Success Trends in United States Ophthalmology Residency Programs. Journal of Clinical & Academic Ophthalmology. 2016 Oct 25; 08(01):e42-e45. Todd H. Driver, Allison R. Loh, Fei Yu, Steven D. Pletcher, Ayman Naseri. .
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    14. 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 12; 6(12):1229-1237. Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Lynch SV. PMID: 27598436.
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    15. Evaluation of Malassezia and Common Fungal Pathogens in Subtypes of Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 09; 6(9):950-5. Gelber JT, Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD. PMID: 27153455.
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    16. 49 Upper Airway Disorders. Murray and Nadel\u0027s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 2016 Jan 1; (Sci Transl Med42012):877-896.e5. Mark S. Courey, Steven D. Pletcher. .
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    17. 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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    18. Risk factors for postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak and meningitis after expanded endoscopic endonasal surgery. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jan; 22(1):48-54. Ivan ME, Iorgulescu JB, El-Sayed I, McDermott MW, Parsa AT, Pletcher SD, Jahangiri A, Wagner J, Aghi MK. PMID: 25439754.
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    19. Risk factors for cerebrospinal leak after endoscopic skull base reconstruction with nasoseptal flap. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Sep; 151(3):516-21. Gruss CL, Al Komser M, Aghi MK, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, McDermott M, El-Sayed IH. PMID: 24898075.
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    20. Maxillary sinus posterior wall remodeling following surgery for silent sinus syndrome. Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 35(5):623-5. Kram YA, Pletcher SD. PMID: 24962949.
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    21. Risk Factors for Cerebrospinal Leak after Endoscopic Skull Base Reconstruction with Nasoseptal Flap. Journal of Neurological Surgery Part B Skull Base. 2014 Feb 17; 75(S 01). Calvin Gruss, Ivan El-Sayed, Mohammed Al Komser, Steven Pletcher, Andrew Goldberg, Michael McDermott. .
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    22. Nasal Polyps. Encyclopedia of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. 2013 Jan 1; 1758-1762. Steven D. Pletcher, Andrew N. Goldberg. .
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    23. Sinus microbiome diversity depletion and Corynebacterium tuberculostearicum enrichment mediates rhinosinusitis. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Sep 12; 4(151):151ra124. Abreu NA, Nagalingam NA, Song Y, Roediger FC, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Lynch SV. PMID: 22972842.
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    24. 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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    25. Sinus anatomy associated with inadvertent cerebrospinal fluid leak during functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jul; 122(7):1446-9. Heaton CM, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Glastonbury CM. PMID: 22570301.
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    26. Some chronic rhinosinusitis patients have elevated populations of fungi in their sinuses. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jul; 122(7):1438-45. Murr AH, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Dillehay K, Wymer LJ, Vesper SJ. PMID: 22532289.
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    27. Endoscopic anterior maxillotomy: infratemporal fossa via transnasal approach. Laryngoscope. 2011 Apr; 121(4):694-8. El-Sayed I, Pletcher S, Russell M, McDermott M, Parsa A. PMID: 21433014.
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    28. An Unusual Presentation of a Lingual Dermoid Cyst. The Laryngoscope. 2011 Jan 1; 121(S4):s67-s67. Megan L. Durr, Annemieke van Zante, Steven D. Pletcher. .
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    29. Endoscopic Treatment of Silent Sinus Syndrome with Dramatic Resolution. The Laryngoscope. 2011 Jan 1; 121(S4):s230-s230. Jonathan George, Megan Durr, Steven Pletcher. .
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    30. Treatment of recurrent sinonasal polyposis with steroid-infused carboxymethylcellulose foam. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Nov-Dec; 24(6):451-3. Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN. PMID: 21144224.
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    31. 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. Roediger FC, Slusher NA, Allgaier S, Cox MJ, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Lynch SV. PMID: 20819463.
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    32. Rheologic properties of sinonasal mucus in patients with chronic sinusitis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Jan-Feb; 24(1):1-5. Saito DM, Innes AL, Pletcher SD. PMID: 20109305.
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    33. CHAPTER 15 Head and Neck Manifestations in the Immunocompromised Host. Cummings Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2010 Jan 1; (N Engl J Med3422000):209-229. Theresa B. Kim, Steven D. Pletcher, Andrew N. Goldberg. .
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    34. CHAPTER 69 Chronic Aspiration. Cummings Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2010 Jan 1; (Am J Surg1571989):925-932. Steven D. Pletcher, David W. Eisele. .
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    35. Postoperative packing after septoplasty: is it necessary? Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2009 Apr; 42(2):279-85, viii-ix. Dubin MR, Pletcher SD. PMID: 19328892.
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    36. Endoscopic transorbital ligation of the anterior ethmoid artery. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 2008 Sep 1; 19(3):199-201. Steven D. Pletcher, Ralph Metson. .
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    37. Interactive image-guided endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jul-Aug; 24(4):338-40. Day S, Hwang TN, Pletcher SD, Bhatki A, McCulley TJ. PMID: 18645455.
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    38. Computed tomography imaging of the paranasal sinuses: direct versus reformatted coronal images. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jun; 138(6):710-4. Pletcher SD, Hoxworth JM, Goldberg AN, Murr AH, Glastonbury CM. PMID: 18503840.
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    39. The frontal wishbone: anatomic and clinical implications. Am J Rhinol. 2007 Nov-Dec; 21(6):725-8. Goldsztein H, Pletcher SD, Reh DD, Metson R. PMID: 18201455.
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    40. Minicricothyrotomy approach with fiberoptic guidance for management of posterior glottic stenosis. Laryngoscope. 2007 Aug; 117(8):1488-90. Mau T, Pletcher SD, Cavanagh PW, Courey MS, Wang SJ. PMID: 17762272.
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    41. Endoscopic optic nerve decompression for nontraumatic optic neuropathy. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Aug; 133(8):780-3. Pletcher SD, Metson R. PMID: 17709616.
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    42. 09:48: CT Imaging of the Sinuses: Direct vs. Reformatted Images. Otolaryngology. 2007 Aug 1; 137(2):p101. G Joseph Parell, Maria C Veling, Steven Daniel Pletcher, Joseph Michael Hoxworth, Andrew N Goldberg, Andrew H Murr, Christine M Glastonbury. .
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    43. Microdebrider eustachian tuboplasty: A preliminary report. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Mar; 136(3):422-7. Metson R, Pletcher SD, Poe DS. PMID: 17321871.
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    44. Endoscopic ligation of the anterior ethmoid artery. Laryngoscope. 2007 Feb; 117(2):378-81. Pletcher SD, Metson R. PMID: 17204990.
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    45. Endoscopic orbital and optic nerve decompression. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2006 Oct; 39(5):943-58, vi. Pletcher SD, Sindwani R, Metson R. PMID: 16982256.
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    46. The Agger Nasi Punch-Out Procedure (POP): maximizing exposure of the frontal recess. Laryngoscope. 2006 Sep; 116(9):1710-2. Pletcher SD, Sindwani R, Metson R. PMID: 16955011.
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    47. 09:10 AM Microdebrider Eustachian Tuboplasty: A Preliminary Report. Otolaryngology. 2006 Aug 1; 135(2):p76. Steven D. Pletcher, Dennis S. Poe, Ralph B. Metson. .
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    48. Endoscopic orbital and optic nerve decompression. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2006 Jun; 39(3):551-61, ix. Metson R, Pletcher SD. PMID: 16757231.
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    49. 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. Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Lee J, Acquah J. PMID: 16686397.
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    50. Management of superior canal dehiscence syndrome with extensive skull-base deficiency. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2005; 67(4):192-5. Pletcher SD, Oghalai JS, Reeck JB, Cheung SW. PMID: 16006790.
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    51. Current concepts in cheek reconstruction. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2005 May; 13(2):267-81, vi. Pletcher SD, Kim DW. PMID: 15817406.
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    52. Complications and the time to repair of mandible fractures. Laryngoscope. 2005 May; 115(5):769-72. Biller JA, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Murr AH. PMID: 15867637.
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    53. Reversal of laryngotracheal separation: a detailed case report with long-term followup. Dysphagia. 2005; 20(1):19-22. Pletcher SD, Mandpe AH, Block MI, Cheung SW. PMID: 15886963.
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    54. 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. Perlman JS, Pletcher SD, Schmidt BL, Eisele DW. PMID: 15210566.
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    55. 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. Fabrizio P, Pletcher SD, Minois N, Vaupel JW, Longo VD. PMID: 14741356.
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    56. 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. Pletcher SD, Kaplan MJ, Eisele DW, Singer MI, Quivey JM, Lee N. PMID: 12975272.
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    57. Syphilis and otolaryngology. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2003 Aug; 36(4):595-605, vi. Pletcher SD, Cheung SW. PMID: 14567055.
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    58. Ocular findings in children with congenital sensorineural hearing loss. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Nov; 128(11):1303-6. Mafong DD, Pletcher SD, Hoyt C, Lalwani AK. PMID: 12431176.
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