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Clark A. Rosen


Chief, Division of Laryngology
Director, UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center
Native Californian, soccer fanatic and yoga devotee

Dr. Clark A. Rosen is an otolaryngologist who cares for adults and children with voice disorders, swallowing problems and upper airway disorders. He is one of the most experienced specialists on the West Coast in the field of laryngology (disorders of the throat and voice box). In addition, he has extensive experience in performing Botox injections of the larynx, used to treat certain voice conditions by relaxing constricted muscles. He is director of the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center as well as chief of the laryngology division. He also leads the fellowship training program in laryngology and care of the professional voice.

Rosen's research focuses on improving standards of care for patients with voice, swallowing or airway problems. He has created systems of measurement that allow providers to more easily compare treatment options for these conditions and thus select the treatment most likely to succeed.

Rosen earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Oregon Health & Science University and a fellowship in laryngology and upper airway physiology at the University of Tennessee.

Rosen is treasurer of the American Laryngological Association, the oldest surgical society in the country.

Rosen is the proud father of two wonderful young men. He is also proud to continue in the healing tradition of his father, the first obstetrician and gynecologist in Santa Clara County, who provided care there for more than 30 years.

  • Education

    Rush Medical College, 1989

  • Residencies

    Oregon Health & Science University, Head and Neck Surgery, 1994

  • Fellowships

    University of Tennessee, Laryngology and Upper Airway Physiology, 1995

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title


"I literally go to sleep thinking about my patients, my research projects [and] how we can improve our treatment."

Where I see patients (2)

    My work

    Voice support helps opera singer keep performing

    Dr. Rosen helped Kyle get on top of vocal fold inflammation stemming from illness, which can prevent him from working. "That resource is priceless."

    Comprehensive voice and swallowing care

    Dr. Rosen and his team treat various disorders affecting "vocal athletes" using a cutting-edge model that only a handful of centers use.

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    319 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 29, 2023
    Dr Rosen was very patient and answered all my questions
    Nov 21, 2023
    Have up coming surgery. Will reserve additional feedback until after surgery.
    Nov 17, 2023
    Dr Rosen is an awesome doctor. Love his bedside manner discussion of issue accessibility
    Nov 05, 2023
    Dr. Rosen has always been excellent in any meetings I have had with him on line or in person. He always makes sure my questions are answered and explains things I may not understand.
    Oct 13, 2023
    Dr. Clark Rosen is the best!
    Sep 29, 2023
    Yes good experience
    Sep 27, 2023
    Excellent in every category!
    Sep 27, 2023
    Sep 16, 2023
    UCSF hands down was awesome. Very attentive and listened to ALL my concerns. On top of that they knew all the details of all my procedures
    Sep 08, 2023
    Dr. Rosen explained thoroughly what he wishes to do to examine my voice box and what would be involved. With each step I was given clear instructions and encouragement Watching the scope progress on the screen in front of me was amazing. Dr. R described what we were seeing and what he observed and after the procedures were completed he rolled back the film to reply to my questions then showed me on a plastic 3-D model what the problem is and possible solutions going forward. With Dr. R and team it was among the best medical appointments I've had.
    Aug 30, 2023
    I thought the team approach during my appointment was very useful and I appreciated the discussion about recommendations for my treatment
    Aug 30, 2023
    I am very satisfied with your service. Thank you
    Aug 24, 2023
    Very thorough
    Aug 23, 2023
    Dr Rosen and his staff are all terrific
    Aug 23, 2023
    Excellent care and knowledge
    Aug 17, 2023
    Impressed with the results of surgery Would like to have known some of what I learned in the office visit earlier but overall delighted.
    Aug 05, 2023
    Excellent provider.
    Aug 04, 2023
    I was too shocked over the fact that a lyngoscopy wasn't performed to determine the function of my right vocal cord for me to ask any further questions.
    Jul 22, 2023
    USSF and Dr. Rosen have been fabulous to me and I have nothing but excellent things to say about the care I have been provided.
    Jul 15, 2023
    Love Dr Rosen and his staff!
    Jul 14, 2023
    Dr Rosen is the best.
    Jul 08, 2023
    Excellent doctor excellent staff
    Jun 16, 2023
    Voice and Swallowing team was phenomenal!
    Jun 02, 2023
    May 12, 2023
    They do an excellent job
    May 12, 2023
    May 02, 2023
    Good Experient .
    Apr 27, 2023
    The The doctor is very careful to observe analyze and solve the problem very polite so that he can clearly understand how he should deal with the problem
    Apr 07, 2023
    Great experience it was a pleasure to meet the team
    Mar 24, 2023
    Dr. Rosen has a great bedside manner. Makes stressful situations workable.
    Mar 09, 2023
    Excellent doctor. Only issue is the delay for scheduling follow-on visits.
    Mar 04, 2023
    I love Dr Rosen and his staff They are great
    Mar 04, 2023
    Love the staff and concern for my well being. Had just fallen and they fixed my wound and proceeded with appointment. I did not live In the area. Above and beyond with caring people.
    Mar 02, 2023
    Dr. Rosen is one of the finest medical diagnosticians I have seen for my swallowing and speech issues. He is humble never arrogant shows empathy and concern for his patients. He appears to be very evidence based and answers my questions with detail and candor. I really appreciate his honesty. I trust him
    Feb 22, 2023
    Doctor Rosen is very informative regarding my condition. He explained everything Regarding my treatment in detail.
    Feb 18, 2023
    Dr. Rosen was wonderful! He listened to my concerns addressed them all and came up with an excellent solution. I appreciated his time very much.
    Feb 15, 2023
    Dr. Rosen is very knowledgeable professional and is an expert in his field. Appreciate his concern regarding reaching an optimal outcome to my issue.
    Feb 10, 2023
    I didn't tell my Doctor about the constant burping and the feeling of something in my throat and when I swollen on the right side
    Feb 06, 2023
    I didn't like that he didn't give a full description of my condition I feel that he was in a hurry to get to the next appointment.
    Dec 17, 2022
    Dr Rosen is very kind and cheerful as well as competent.
    Nov 18, 2022
    I have been trying to get a true diagnosis of an ongoing condition. It has been 19 months since the problem began. I have been to several other doctors and facilities with out a real explanation of what is causing my issues. In one day I believe that UCSF has a competent diagnosis of the problem and a plan to solve it so that I can get on with my life. Thank you Dr Rosen and his team. Professional and showing real compassion for my condition.
    Nov 17, 2022
    Dr. Rosen was in a word exceptional. For all of the questions above he exceeded my expectations. I was impressed with his knowledge his bedside manner his humor his friendliness his ability to answer every single question I had offering me several options I can't say enough about him. A fantastic doctor. I wish all my healthcare providers will be as good as he for the rest of my life!
    Nov 16, 2022
    Would recommend if someone needed DrRs help
    Oct 31, 2022
    Very friendly
    Oct 30, 2022
    He Listens to what I have to say and my Caregiver also
    Oct 26, 2022
    Sep 30, 2022
    Dr. Rosen is outstanding! From the moment you meet him It quickly becomes clear that you are in kind very personable compassionate and competent hands. Dr. Rosen listens well and speaks with you not at you in the most positive supportive and professional way. If only Dr. Rosen could teach required Master classes on "Beside Manner Matters" we would all leave our care providers feeling far better than when we walked through the door. Personalty PLUS!
    Sep 17, 2022
    Dr rosen is wonderful
    Aug 16, 2022
    Excellent physician and very nice guy!
    Aug 11, 2022
    Aug 04, 2022
    Dr. Rosen and all of the staff my wife and I interacted with during my examination at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center were exceptional -- professional knowledgeable courteous and caring. A world class team.
    Jul 20, 2022
    This was a surprisingly wonderful visit - not alarmist but not dismissive. Totally respectful smart articulate accessible and COMPETENT.not rised but used the time effectively without ignoring my needs to communicate certain things
    Jul 20, 2022
    Dr. Rosen is always awesome and the other doctor there yesterday was too
    Jul 13, 2022
    Provider disregarded patients concern and dismissed question. No need for further treatment and testing with instructions in case of emergency No need to see me per provider And will never go back to provider as well
    Jul 09, 2022
    Dr. Rosen is very easy to work with and makes you feel comfortable.
    Jun 14, 2022
    Patient wanted my to be sure to express appreciation for Dr. Rosen's time and also to let him know that my father really enjoyed meeting him. My dad has said numerous times "He is a good man and very nice to meet.
    Jun 05, 2022
    My concerns were addressed and solutions provided
    May 23, 2022
    I have never had a bad experience at this office.
    May 18, 2022
    Very good
    May 11, 2022
    Extremely nice friendly caring team. Very impressive.
    Apr 25, 2022
    Dr. Rosen is a good communicator.
    Apr 13, 2022
    Dr Rosen got my name wrong... I guess other than that he was nice but I don't feel particularly cared for because of that.
    Apr 10, 2022
    Always allows for questions--very attentive and caring! Very pleasant visit experience.
    Apr 09, 2022
    Dr. Rosen has great Bedside manners. He put me and my husband at ease immediately. He listened to what I said and the questions I and my husband ask.
    Apr 04, 2022
    I have great trust In Dr. Rosen's treatment technique.
    Mar 09, 2022
    Feb 08, 2022
    Yes he scheduled an appointment Thanks you allStay healthy safe in this troubled times please UCSF the best not like the rest
    I feel blessed to play a role in helping patients regain essential functions of life, such as the abilities to swallow and communicate.
    Decorative Caduceus

    Autologous Muscle Derived Cells for Treatment of Tongue Dysphagia

    Safety will be determined by the frequency and severity of adverse events related to study procedures and study product.


    Decorative Caduceus

    DaxibotulinumtoxinA Injection for Treatment of Adductor Spasmodic Dysphonia

    This will be determined using a paired t-test with subjects pre-treatment VHI-10 scores as a control.