Ivan El-Sayed, MD


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.

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.

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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. Xu MJ, Lazar AA, Garsa AA, Arron ST, Ryan WR, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Algazi AP, Heaton CM, Ha PK, Yom SS. Major prognostic factors for recurrence and survival independent of the American Joint Committee on Cancer eighth edition staging system in patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma treated with multimodality therapy. Head Neck. 2018 Mar 10.
  2. Yu Y, El-Sayed IH, McDermott MW, Theodosopoulos PV, van Zante A, Kased N, Glastonbury CM, Garsa AA, Yom SS. Dural recurrence among esthesioneuroblastoma patients presenting with intracranial extension. Laryngoscope. 2018 Feb 10.
  3. Zhou MJ, van Zante A, Lazar AA, Groppo ER, Garsa AA, Ryan WR, El-Sayed IH, Eisele DW, Yom SS. Squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary of the head and neck: Favorable prognostic factors comparable to those in oropharyngeal cancer. Head Neck. 2017 Dec 06.
  4. Overdevest JB, Amans MR, Zaki P, Pletcher SD, El-Sayed IH. Patterns of vascularization and surgical morbidity in juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma: A case series, systematic review, and meta-analysis. Head Neck. 2018 Feb; 40(2):428-443.
  5. Rubio RR, Lawton MT, Kola O, Tabani H, Yousef S, Meybodi AT, Burkhardt JK, El-Sayed I, Benet A. The Middle Temporal Artery: Surgical Anatomy and Exposure for Cerebral Revascularization. World Neurosurg. 2018 Feb; 110:e79-e83.
  6. Flis DW, Burke JF, Benet A, Theodosopoulos P, Aghi M, El-Sayed IH. The Endoscopic Buccal Fat Pad Flap for Closure of Skull Base Defects: A Report of 5 Cases. World Neurosurg. 2018 Feb; 110:e42-e45.
  7. 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. In Reply: Factors Predicting Recurrence After Resection of Clival Chordoma Using Variable Surgical Approaches and Radiation Modalities. Neurosurgery. 2017 Aug 01; 81(2):E32.
  8. Meybodi AT, Lawton MT, El-Sayed I, Davies J, Tabani H, Feng X, Benet A. The Infrazygomatic Segment of the Superficial Temporal Artery: Anatomy and Technique for Harvesting a Better Interposition Graft. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017 Aug 01; 13(4):517-521.
  9. Meybodi AT, Lawton MT, Mokhtari P, Kola O, El-Sayed IH, Benet A. Exposure of the External Carotid Artery Through the Posterior Triangle of the Neck: A Novel Approach to Facilitate Bypass Procedures to the Posterior Cerebral Circulation. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017 Jun 01; 13(3):374-381.
  10. Zhang X, Tabani H, El-Sayed I, Russell M, Feng X, Benet A. The Endoscopic Endonasal Transmaxillary Approach to Meckel's Cave Through the Inferior Orbital Fissure. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017 Jun 01; 13(3):367-373.
  11. Likhterov I, Fritz MA, El-Sayed IH. Locoregional recurrence following maxillectomy: implications for microvascular reconstruction. Laryngoscope. 2017 Nov; 127(11):2534-2538.
  12. Feng X, Meybodi AT, Rincon-Torroella J, El-Sayed IH, Lawton MT, Benet A. Surgical Technique for High-Flow Internal Maxillary Artery to Middle Cerebral Artery Bypass Using a Superficial Temporal Artery Interposition Graft. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2017 Apr 01; 13(2):246-257.
  13. Meybodi AT, Rincon-Torroella J, El-Sayed IH, Lawton MT, Benet A. Early Localization of the Third Segment of the Vertebral Artery: The Atlanto-Mastoid Line. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2016 Dec 01; 12(4):350-359.
  14. Alemi AS, Heaton CM, Ryan WR, El-Sayed I, Wang SJ. Volumetric Growth of Cervical Schwannoma as a Predictor of Surgical Intervention. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jan; 156(1):152-155.
  15. Zhang X, Tabani H, El-Sayed I, Meybodi AT, Griswold D, Mummaneni P, Benet A. Combined Endoscopic Transoral and Endonasal Approach to the Jugular Foramen: A Multiportal Expanded Access to the Clivus. World Neurosurg. 2016 Nov; 95:62-70.
  16. Feng X, Lawton MT, Rincon-Torroella J, El-Sayed IH, Meybodi AT, Benet A. The Lateral Triangle of the Middle Fossa: Surgical Anatomy and a Novel Technique for Transcranial Exposure of the Internal Maxillary Artery. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown). 2016 Jun 01; 12(2):106-111.
  17. Anwar M, Yu Y, Glastonbury CM, El-Sayed IH, Yom SS. Delineation of radiation therapy target volumes for cutaneous malignancies involving the ophthalmic nerve (cranial nerve V-1) pathway. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2016 Nov - Dec; 6(6):e277-e281.
  18. Sanmillan JL, Lawton MT, Rincon-Torroella J, El-Sayed IH, Zhang X, Meybodi AT, Gabarros A, Benet A. Assessment of the Endoscopic Endonasal Transclival Approach for Surgical Clipping of Anterior Pontine Anterior-Inferior Cerebellar Artery Aneurysms. World Neurosurg. 2016 May; 89:368-75.
  19. Chan AK, Benet A, Ohya J, Zhang X, Vogel TD, Flis DW, El-Sayed IH, Mummaneni PV. The endoscopic transoral approach to the craniovertebral junction: an anatomical study with a clinical example. Neurosurg Focus. 2016 Feb; 40(2):E11.
  20. Mabray MC, Lillaney P, Sze CH, Losey AD, Yang J, Kondapavulur S, Liu D, Saeed M, Patel A, Cooke D, Jun YW, El-Sayed I, Wilson M, Hetts SW. In Vitro Capture of Small Ferrous Particles with a Magnetic Filtration Device Designed for Intravascular Use with Intraarterial Chemotherapy: Proof-of-Concept Study. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2016 Mar; 27(3):426-32.e1.

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