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Ivan H. El-Sayed


Head and neck surgeon

Dr. Ivan H. El-Sayed is a head and neck cancer surgeon. He specializes in treating benign and malignant lesions of the salivary glands, paranasal sinuses and skull base.

El-Sayed's research interests include examining the value of sentinel node biopsy (a procedure to check whether cancer has spread) for head and neck cancer. He also is investigating potential uses of lasers and nanoparticles for diagnosing and treating cancer.

El-Sayed earned his medical degree and completed a residency in otolaryngology at Boston University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in head and neck oncology at UCSF.

  • Education

    Boston University School of Medicine, 1996

  • Residencies

    Boston University School of Medicine, 2001

  • Fellowships

    UCSF-Mount Zion Cancer Center, 2003

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title


Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    187 Ratings
    About our process
    Mar 07, 2022
    Dr. El-Sayed always listens to me and answers all of my questions and he always explains my medical issues so that I can understand. I have the utmost respect for Dr. El-Sayed and believe he is one of the best doctors at UCSF or anywhere else!
    Feb 09, 2022
    Excellent care and communication.
    Dec 17, 2021
    Excellent care all around
    Dec 03, 2021
    El-Sayed exceptionally good!!!
    Dec 03, 2021
    Inconsistent with return follow up clinician verbally informed me that next visit will be a year from the visit but written In My Chart it's 6 mos!
    Aug 25, 2021
    Dr El-Sayed always treats his patients in a friendly and professional manner and listens to what they have to say. He is an exceptional Doctor and just a good human being!
    Aug 20, 2021
    Dr. El-Sayed is one of the best doctors I have seen at UCSF. I was happy he did my surgery and the follow up with him has been detailed respectful helpful and friendly.
    Jun 08, 2021
    Dr. El-Sayed is amazing! He waa knowledgeable about my surgery and after care. He was straight forward and clear in conversation. I feel valued and important as his patient.
    Jun 04, 2021
    Dr. El-Sayed is an awesome Dr. he explains everything and makes sure I get to the Dr.s needed for my care
    May 21, 2021
    HE'S GREAT!!!!
    May 09, 2021
    Wants CT scan but don't yet have order.
    May 07, 2021
    Dr. El-Sayed always listens to my questions and concerns and takes the time to explain his answers. He is always there for me. I have great respect for him and I know he takes the best care for his clients. I recommend him highly.
    Apr 23, 2021
    He's the BEST
    Feb 19, 2021
    Dr El-Sayed is awesome.
    Feb 12, 2021
    Dr. El-Sayed is great!
    Dec 30, 2020
    Dr. El-Sayed is a caring physicians who wants to help. He squeezed me in to check on the swelling and tries to clean out the area I had surgery to help with the healing. Wonderful doctor.
    Dec 30, 2020
    Dr. El-Sayed is a wonderful ENT surgeon.
    Dec 14, 2020
    Dr El-Sayed is the best!!!
    Dec 11, 2020
    Dr. El-Sayed is the best doctor I have received care from in my life no exaggeration. He's personable kind specific and follows up.
    Oct 30, 2020
    Dr. El-Sayed is excellent in listening to my health issues and takes the time to explain my health issues and treatment plan. I have total confidence in him. I recommend him highly.
    Oct 23, 2020
    Provider showed genuine concern & care. The waiting time to see him was way too long & no one came to update me.
    Oct 04, 2020
    Dr. El-Sayed has compassion knowledge expertise. I have 100% trust and faith in his expertise to deal with my cancer. I recommend him highly.
    Sep 28, 2020
    He is the best doctor ever
    Sep 23, 2020
    I am grateful for my doctor. He was meant to do the job he does.
    Sep 04, 2020
    best provider I ever met he's the best he cares about me. very professional and he's the best doctor
    Aug 20, 2020
    cares about me
    Aug 14, 2020
    excellent experience best doctor ever
    Aug 02, 2020
    Dr. El-Sayed represents the very best of health care providers. He can be trusted 100%.
    Jul 06, 2020
    Dr. El-Sayed is excellent in the way he cares for me as a patient but also his knowledge and expertise are amazing. [name redacted] is very helpful also knowledgeable and very compassionate.
    Jul 01, 2020
    Complete confidence in Dr El Sayed!
    Jun 19, 2020
    Dr. El Sayed is extraordinary... surgeon physician and in personal interactions.
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