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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 feel blessed to play a role in helping patients regain essential functions of life, such as the abilities to swallow and communicate.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    272 Ratings
    About our process
    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
    Jan 16, 2022
    I am very grateful for the care and attention I received from Dr. Rosen and his team.
    Dec 17, 2021
    The care I've received at UCSF is always professional caring and patient centered. This provider exemplifies all those characteristics.
    Dec 08, 2021
    Dr. Rosen Brittany and "the fellow" were extremely knowledgeable very professional gracious friendly and kind. The examination was thorough. They were sensitive to any discomfort I might experience and comfortably talk to me through the process. I left with a follow up plan and feel very confident about the overall experience.
    Nov 29, 2021
    Dr. Rosen and his team are outstanding. Wonderful beside manner. So thoughtful of any pain or anxiety I may have during injections.
    Nov 08, 2021
    I forgot my wallet and Dr Rosen loaned me cash to pay for parking structure. Incredibly kind.
    Nov 04, 2021
    Dr Rosen was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about my condition and explained things well with a friendly attitude.
    Oct 22, 2021
    Follow up test needed is 4 months out and won't provide timely information needed to do neurosurgery In standard timeframe
    Sep 30, 2021
    Very excellent care provided by the doctors and staff. I felt my concerns were well listened to and found the care team to very informative professional and very thoughtful. I would highly recommend the group they truly went above and beyond.
    Sep 29, 2021
    This care team's behavior was EXEMPLARY. This was a very patient-oriented process starting with a thorough understanding of concerns to explaining the process during the appointment and after the process. The team worked incredibly well together with a clear sense of camaraderie and also excellence in the way that they worked together to diagnose and contribute to a plan forward. The level of understanding I received on the problem(s) or possible problems the logic behind the diagnoses were very high. The human aspects of treatment were equally reassuring. The communication was superb throughout. I left understood hopeful confident in the plan forward and appreciative of the WORLD-CLASS care. What a nice practice Dr. Rosen has built. You do not find excellent tight-knit teams like his in many places. I feel very lucky.
    Sep 13, 2021
    Wait time was longer than usual because they had to get another anesthetic because i'm allergic to lidocaine.
    Jul 04, 2021
    Excellent physician!
    May 25, 2021
    Dr Rosen is very thorough; always listens to my concerns; easy to talk to; explains carefully what is going on with my situation.
    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.


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