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Lawrence Lustig, M.D.

Director of the Cochlear Implant Center

Dr. Lawrence R. Lustig, director of the UCSF Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center, treats a full spectrum of ear disorders in adults and children as well as skull base disease. In addition to treating patients with hearing difficulties, his research focuses on the underlying causes of hearing loss.

Lustig earned a medical degree and completed a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a fellowship in otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at John Hopkins University. He then served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University and was a member of the Johns Hopkins Listening Center and cochlear implant team.

Lustig is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, American Neurotology Society and North American Skull Base Society. He is a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at UCSF.


Cochlear Implant Center
2380 Sutter St., First Floor
Box 0342
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353–2464
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.

UCSF Balance and Falls Center
2380 Sutter St., First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115-0340
Phone: (415) 353-2101
Fax: (415) 353-2883

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hours: Thursday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Conditions & Treatments

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UCSF School of Medicine 1992


UCSF Medical Center, Otolaryngology 1997


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Neurotology 1999

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kiringoda R, Lustig LR. A meta-analysis of the complications associated with osseointegrated hearing aids. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Jul; 34(5):790-4.
  2. Teschner M, Polite C, Lenarz T, Lustig L. Cochlear implantation in different health-care systems: disparities between Germany and the United States. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Jan; 34(1):66-74.
  3. Lambert PR, Nguyen S, Maxwell KS, Tucci DL, Lustig LR, Fletcher M, Bear M, Lebel C. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study to assess safety and clinical activity of OTO-104 given as a single intratympanic injection in patients with unilateral Ménière's disease. Otol Neurotol. 2012 Sep; 33(7):1257-65.
  4. Akil O, Seal RP, Burke K, Wang C, Alemi A, During M, Edwards RH, Lustig LR. Restoration of hearing in the VGLUT3 knockout mouse using virally mediated gene therapy. Neuron. 2012 Jul 26; 75(2):283-93.
  5. Lee JS, FitzGibbon EJ, Chen YR, Kim HJ, Lustig LR, Akintoye SO, Collins MT, Kaban LB. Clinical guidelines for the management of craniofacial fibrous dysplasia. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2012 May 24; 7 Suppl 1:S2.
  6. Jarazo-Dietrich S, Jacobo P, Pérez CV, Guazzone VA, Lustig L, Theas MS. Up regulation of nitric oxide synthase-nitric oxide system in the testis of rats undergoing autoimmune orchitis. Immunobiology. 2012 Aug; 217(8):778-87.
  7. Friedmann DR, Amoils M, Germiller JA, Lustig LR, Glastonbury CM, Pramanik BK, Lalwani AK. Venous malformations of the temporal bone are a common feature in CHARGE syndrome. Laryngoscope. 2012 Apr; 122(4):895-900.
  8. Akil O, Lustig LR. Severe vestibular dysfunction and altered vestibular innervation in mice lacking prosaposin. Neurosci Res. 2012 Apr; 72(4):296-305.
  9. Lustig LR, Akil O. Cochlear gene therapy. Curr Opin Neurol. 2012 Feb; 25(1):57-60.
  10. Park SN, Back SA, Choung YH, Kim HL, Akil O, Lustig LR, Park KH, Yeo SW. a-Synuclein deficiency and efferent nerve degeneration in the mouse cochlea: a possible cause of early-onset presbycusis. Neurosci Res. 2011 Nov; 71(3):303-10.
  11. Del Signore A, Murr AH, Lustig LR, Platt MP, Jalisi S, Pratt LW, Spiegel JH. Claim validity of print advertisements found in otolaryngology journals. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Aug; 137(8):746-50.
  12. Chang JL, Brauer DS, Johnson J, Chen CG, Akil O, Balooch G, Humphrey MB, Chin EN, Porter AE, Butcher K, Ritchie RO, Schneider RA, Lalwani A, Derynck R, Marshall GW, Marshall SJ, Lustig L, Alliston T. Tissue-specific calibration of extracellular matrix material properties by transforming growth factor-ß and Runx2 in bone is required for hearing. EMBO Rep. 2010 Oct; 11(10):765-71.
  13. More SS, Akil O, Ianculescu AG, Geier EG, Lustig LR, Giacomini KM. Role of the copper transporter, CTR1, in platinum-induced ototoxicity. J Neurosci. 2010 Jul 14; 30(28):9500-9.
  14. Posner D, Scott A, Polite C, Lustig LR. External magnet displacement in cochlear implants: causes and management. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Jan; 31(1):88-93.
  15. Mong S, Goldberg AN, Lustig LR. Fallopian canal meningocele: report of two cases. Otol Neurotol. 2009 Jun; 30(4):525-8.
  16. Hwang HS, Glastonbury CM, Grenert JP, Lustig LR. Expansile bone cyst and cholesteatoma of the temporal bone. Otol Neurotol. 2009 Feb; 30(2):170-3.
  17. Ali MJ, Orloff LA, Lustig LR, Eisele DW. Botulinum toxin in the treatment of first bite syndrome. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Nov; 139(5):742-3.
  18. Akil O, Weber CM, Park SN, Ninkina N, Buchman V, Lustig LR. Localization of synucleins in the mammalian cochlea. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2008 Dec; 9(4):452-63.
  19. Osman AA, Schrader AD, Hawkes AJ, Akil O, Bergeron A, Lustig LR, Simmons DD. Muscle-like nicotinic receptor accessory molecules in sensory hair cells of the inner ear. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2008 Jun; 38(2):153-69.
  20. Seal RP, Akil O, Yi E, Weber CM, Grant L, Yoo J, Clause A, Kandler K, Noebels JL, Glowatzki E, Lustig LR, Edwards RH. Sensorineural deafness and seizures in mice lacking vesicular glutamate transporter 3. Neuron. 2008 Jan 24; 57(2):263-75.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.