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Ivan El-Sayed, M.D.

Head and neck surgeon

Dr. Ivan H. El-Sayed is a head and neck oncologic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of benign and malignant lesions of the head and neck, salivary glands, paranasal sinuses and skull base. His clinical research interests include examining the utility of sentinel node biopsy for cancer of the head and neck. He also is investigating potential diagnostic and therapeutic use of lasers and nanoparticles in the management of cancer.

El-Sayed earned a medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine. and completed a residency in otolaryngology there. He completed a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in head and neck oncology. El-Sayed is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a clinical instructor in otolaryngology at the UCSF School of Medicine.


Head and Neck Surgery Cancer Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 885–7528
Fax: (415) 885–7711

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
2380 Sutter St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353–2757
Fax: (415) 353–2603

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
2380 Sutter St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353–2757
Fax: (415) 353–2603

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sinus Center
2380 Sutter St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353–2757
Fax: (415) 353–2603

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Boston University School of Medicine 1996


Boston University School of Medicine 2001


UCSF-Mount Zion Cancer Center 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Benet A, Plata Bello J, El-Sayed I. Combined Endonasal-Transcervical Approach to a Metastatic Parapharyngeal Space Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. Cureus. 2015 Jul; 7(7):e285.
  2. Markey J, Benet A, El-Sayed IH. The endonasal endoscopic harvest and anatomy of the buccal fat pad flap for closure of skull base defects. Laryngoscope. 2015 Jun 6.
  3. Jahangiri A, Chin AT, Wagner JR, Kunwar S, Ames C, Chou D, Barani I, Parsa AT, McDermott MW, Benet A, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Factors predicting recurrence after resection of clival chordoma using variable surgical approaches and radiation modalities. Neurosurgery. 2015 Feb; 76(2):179-86.
  4. Awad AJ, Mohyeldin A, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Sinonasal morbidity following endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2015 Mar; 130:162-7.
  5. Ivan ME, Bryan Iorgulescu J, El-Sayed I, McDermott MW, Parsa AT, Pletcher SD, 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.
  6. Rolston JD, Han SJ, Cotter JA, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Gangliogliomas of the optic pathway. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Dec; 21(12):2244-9.
  7. Gruss CL, Al Komser M, Aghi MK, Pletcher SD, 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.
  8. Yu J, Aldabagh B, Wang J, Yom SS, El-Sayed I, Knott D, McGrath MH, Arron S. Multidisciplinary management of advanced Basal cell carcinoma: report of four cases. J Drugs Dermatol. 2014 May; 13(5):601-6.
  9. Safaee M, Oh T, Sun MZ, Parsa AT, McDermott MW, El-Sayed IH, Bloch O. Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the temporomandibular joint with intracranial extension: A case series and systematic review. Head Neck. 2014 Apr 25.
  10. Schafer AL, Mumm S, El-Sayed I, McAlister WH, Horvai AE, Tom AM, Hsiao EC, Schaefer FV, Collins MT, Anderson MS, Whyte MP, Shoback DM. Panostotic expansile bone disease with massive jaw tumor formation and a novel mutation in the signal peptide of RANK. J Bone Miner Res. 2014 Apr; 29(4):911-21.
  11. Burke K, Benet A, Aghi MK, El-Sayed I. Impact of platybasia and anatomic variance on surgical approaches to the craniovertebral junction. Laryngoscope. 2014 Aug; 124(8):1760-6.
  12. Ouyang D, El-Sayed IH, Yom SS. National trends in surgery for sinonasal malignancy and the effect of hospital volume on short-term outcomes. Laryngoscope. 2014 Jul; 124(7):1609-14.
  13. Jahangiri A, Potts M, Kunwar S, Blevins L, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Extended endoscopic endonasal approach for suprasellar Rathke's cleft cysts. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 May; 21(5):779-85.
  14. Clark AJ, Jahangiri A, Garcia RM, George JR, Sughrue ME, McDermott MW, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Endoscopic surgery for tuberculum sellae meningiomas: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurosurg Rev. 2013 Jul; 36(3):349-59.
  15. Rowland NC, Jermakowicz WJ, Tihan T, El-Sayed IH, McDermott MW. Subacute cystic expansion of intracranial juvenile psammomatoid ossifying fibroma. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2013 Jun; 11(6):687-91.
  16. Apori AA, Brozynski MN, El-Sayed IH, Herr AE. Microfluidic validation of diagnostic protein markers for spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea. J Proteome Res. 2013 Mar 1; 12(3):1254-65.
  17. Kaur G, Kane AJ, Sughrue ME, Madden M, Oh MC, Sun MZ, Safaee M, El-Sayed I, Aghi M, McDermott MW, Berger MS, Parsa AT. The prognostic implications of Hyam's subtype for patients with Kadish stage C esthesioneuroblastoma. J Clin Neurosci. 2013 Feb; 20(2):281-6.
  18. Jahangiri A, Jian B, Miller L, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Skull base chordomas: clinical features, prognostic factors, and therapeutics. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2013 Jan; 24(1):79-88.
  19. Ivan ME, Jahangiri A, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Minimally invasive approaches to the anterior skull base. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2013 Jan; 24(1):19-37.
  20. Groppo ER, El-Sayed IH, Aiken AH, Glastonbury CM. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of acute invasive fungal sinusitis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Oct; 137(10):1005-10.

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