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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Likhterov I, Fritz MA, El-Sayed IH, Rayess HM, Knott PD. Locoregional recurrence following maxillectomy: implications for microvascular reconstruction. Laryngoscope. 2017 May 09.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Jun P, Russell M, El-Sayed I, Dillon W, Glastonbury C. Invasive facial fungal infections: Orofacial soft-tissue infiltration in immunocompromised patients. Radiol Case Rep. 2013; 8(2):813.
  14. Winkler EA, Rowland NC, Yue JK, Birk H, Ozpinar A, Tay B, Ames CP, Mummaneni PV, El-Sayed IH. A Tunneled Subcricoid Approach for Anterior Cervical Spine Reoperation: Technical and Safety Results. World Neurosurg. 2016 Feb; 86:328-35.
  15. Markey JD, Seth R, Wang SJ, Ryan WR, El-Sayed IH, Knott PD. Anterolateral Thigh Adipofascial Flap: A New Option for Scalp Reconstruction. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2016 Feb; 32(2):160-3.
  16. 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.
  17. 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 Oct; 125(10):2247-52.
  18. 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):179-85; discussion 185-6.
  19. 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.
  20. Ivan ME, Iorgulescu JB, 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.

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