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Rahul Seth, M.D.

Facial plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgeon

Dr. Rahul Seth is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in the treatment of facial aesthetics and rejuvenation of the aging face, rhinoplasty and nasal airway surgery, treatment of facial paralysis, reconstruction of facial cutaneous malignancies and free tissue transfer. His research interests include clinical outcomes of advanced techniques and therapeutic methods for the reconstruction of the head and neck. With a background in engineering, Seth designed and patented new technologies used in the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck diseases. He has won several national awards and laboratory grant funding for his research, and has published numerous medical articles in his field.

Seth earned a medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed a five-year surgical residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery from the Cleveland Clinic. Subsequently, he completed further subspecialty training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an assistant professor in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF.


Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
2330 Post St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-9500
Fax: (415) 885-7800

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

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.

Conditions & Treatments

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University of Rochester School of Medicine 2006


Cleveland Clinic 2012


University of California Los Angeles 2013

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Xu X, Wilschut KJ, Kouklis G, Tian H, Hesse R, Garland C, Sbitany H, Hansen S, Seth R, Knott PD, Hoffman WY, Pomerantz JH. Human Satellite Cell Transplantation and Regeneration from Diverse Skeletal Muscles. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Sep 8; 5(3):419-34.
  2. Markey J, Knott PD, Fritz MA, Seth R. Recent advances in head and neck free tissue transfer. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Aug; 23(4):297-301.
  3. Markey J, Seth R, Knott PD. Safety of cyanoacrylate-based adhesives in creating layered septal cartilage grafts during open structure septorhinoplasty. Am J Otolaryngol. 2015 Jul-Aug; 36(4):499-502.
  4. Revenaugh PC, Fritz MA, Haffey TM, Seth R, Markey J, Knott PD. Minimizing morbidity in microvascular surgery: small-caliber anastomotic vessels and minimal access approaches. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015 Jan 1; 17(1):44-8.
  5. Revenaugh PC, Haffey TM, Seth R, Fritz MA. Anterolateral thigh adipofascial flap in mucosal reconstruction. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014 Dec 1; 16(6):395-9.
  6. Seth R, Haffey T, McBride JM, Sindwani R. Intranasal landmarks for adequate L-strut preservation during endoscopic septoplasty. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2014 May-Jun; 28(3):265-8.
  7. Seth R, Ahmed M, Hoschar AP, Wood BG, Scharpf J. Cervical sympathetic chain paraganglioma: a report of 2 cases and a literature review. Ear Nose Throat J. 2014 Mar; 93(3):E22-7.
  8. Keller G, Quatela VC, Antunes MB, Sykes JM, Magill CK, Seth R. Midface lift: panel discussion. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2014 Feb; 22(1):119-37.
  9. Seth R, Rajasekaran K, Lee WT, Lorenz RR, Wood BG, Kominsky A, Scharpf J. Patient reported outcomes in endoscopic and open transcervical treatment for Zenker's diverticulum. Laryngoscope. 2014 Jan; 124(1):119-25.
  10. Seth R, Revenaugh PC, Scharpf J, Shipchandler TZ, Fritz MA. Free anterolateral thigh fascia lata flap for complex nasal lining defects. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013 Jan; 15(1):21-8.
  11. Alam DS, Seth R, Sindwani R, Woodson EA, Rajasekaran K. Upper airway manifestations of granulomatosis with polyangiitis. Cleve Clin J Med. 2012 Nov; 79 Suppl 3:S16-21.
  12. Seth R, Discolo CM, Palczewska GM, Lewandowski JJ, Krakovitz PR. Ultrasound characterization of middle ear effusion. Am J Otolaryngol. 2013 Jan-Feb; 34(1):44-50.
  13. Seth R, Revenaugh PC, Kaltenbach JA, Rajasekaran K, Meltzer NE, Ghosh D, Alam DS. Facial nerve neurorrhaphy and the effects of glucocorticoids in a rat model. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Nov; 147(5):832-40.
  14. Alghoul M, Mendiola A, Seth R, Rubin BP, Zins JE, Calabro A, Siemionow M, Kusuma S. The effect of hyaluronan hydrogel on fat graft survival. Aesthet Surg J. 2012 Jul; 32(5):622-33.
  15. Bebek G, Bennett KL, Funchain P, Campbell R, Seth R, Scharpf J, Burkey B, Eng C. Microbiomic subprofiles and MDR1 promoter methylation in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Hum Mol Genet. 2012 Apr 1; 21(7):1557-65.
  16. Seth R, Revenaugh PC, Vidimos AT, Scharpf J, Somani AK, Fritz MA. Simultaneous intraoperative Mohs clearance and reconstruction for advanced cutaneous malignancies. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2011 Nov-Dec; 13(6):404-10.
  17. Seth R, Scharpf J. Medication ineffectiveness due to Zenker diverticulum in a compliant patient. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Nov; 145(5):872-3.
  18. Lamarre ED, Seth R, Lorenz RR, Esclamado R, Adelstein DJ, Rodriguez CP, Saxton J, Scharpf J. Intended single-modality management of T1 and T2 tonsillar carcinomas: retrospective comparison of radical tonsillectomy vs radiation from a single institution. Am J Otolaryngol. 2012 Jan-Feb; 33(1):98-103.
  19. Seth R, Manz RM, Dahan IJ, Nuara MJ, Meltzer NE, McLennan G, Alam DS. Comprehensive analysis of the anterolateral thigh flap vascular anatomy. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2011 Sep-Oct; 13(5):347-54.
  20. Revenaugh PC, Seth R, Lucas J, Fritz MA. Multidisciplinary approach to large cutaneous tumors of the head and neck. Dermatol Clin. 2011 Apr; 29(2):319-24, x.

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