Laura Kirk, PA-C

Physician Assistant
Senior Physician Assistant Supervisor

Laura Kirk is a senior physician assistant who provides urgent and routine care for children and adults with ear, nose, throat, head and neck problems. She has particular interests in sudden hearing loss, newborn feeding difficulties, unusual presentations of migraine, and complementary and alternative medicine for head and neck disorders. In addition to seeing patients, she oversees nurse practitioners and physician assistants as the supervisor of advanced health care providers in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Kirk has contributed to research on herbal therapies, health disparities in treating pediatric breathing-related sleep disorders, vestibular migraine, enhanced communication skills in healthcare and labyrinthitis ossificans, an inner ear condition. She has served as guest editor and written a clinical review article on pediatric otitis media for the journal Physician Assistant Clinics.

Kirk earned her bachelor's degree in biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in physician assistant studies at Arcadia University. She has worked in orthopedic surgery and interventional radiology as well as otolaryngology. She also received advanced medical leadership training in medical relief work overseas and led a medical team to Lima, Peru. She speaks Spanish.

In 2017, Kirk received UCSF's inaugural Exceptional Advanced Health Practitioner Award. She is a director-at-large in the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She is also a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Physician Assistants, San Francisco Bay Area Physician Assistants, and California Academy of Physician Assistants. She serves on UCSF's Advanced Health Practitioners Advisory Board and Committee for Interdisciplinary Practice and strives to promote the role of advanced health practitioners at UCSF.


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.

More about Laura Kirk

Additional Languages



University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., Biology 1997
Arcadia University, M.S., Physician Assistant Studies 2000