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Jolie L. Chang


Chief, Sleep Surgery

Dr. Jolie L. Chang is an otolaryngologist who specializes in surgery to treat obstructive sleep apnea. She serves as chief of the UCSF Division of Sleep Surgery. She has expertise in sleep endoscopy (a technique for assessing the airway during sleep) and upper airway surgery, snoring surgery, palate surgery, tongue base surgery and hypoglossal nerve stimulation implant surgery (implanting a device that controls tongue movement in sleep). She also specializes in minimally invasive surgery for noncancerous salivary gland disorders (such as salivary stones) with sialendoscopy (a method of examining the salivary gland openings and removing obstructions using a very small endoscope). She treats salivary blockage from stones and salivary issues related to treatment with radioactive iodine. She is also an expert in ultrasound of the head and neck and ear, nose and throat disorders.

Chang's research interests include decision making in health care and improvements for sleep apnea therapy and sialendoscopy. She has written on topics related to hearing loss, salivary obstruction symptoms and treatment, otolaryngology resident perspectives, and smell and taste changes related to COVID-19. She has also authored book chapters on sleep apnea therapies, salivary disorders and imaging for salivary glands. She serves as the director of resident research for otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.

Chang graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree and a master of engineering degree in electrical engineering and computer science. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at UCSF. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

  • Education

    UCSF, 2007

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2012

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

I am committed to helping each person choose the best therapies to enhance quality of life and sleep health.

Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    252 Ratings
    About our process
    Jan 31, 2023
    I greatly appreciate Dr. Chang's care and expertise.
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr Chang was great. Excellent explanations and answered my questions directly and succinctly.
    Dec 15, 2022
    Very thorough & professional
    Dec 06, 2022
    Dr Jolie Chang was an absolute pleasure to work with.
    Nov 06, 2022
    I wasn't able to receive the treatment I needed because of the communication problem with the office with my insurance company. I still have to pay visiting fee for no treatment I received.
    Nov 05, 2022
    Completely appreciated Dr.Chang's demeanor empathy and expertise.
    Oct 25, 2022
    What was great was that nurse took all my information and recorded everything so when I saw the doctor she gave me full undivided attention and didn't have to be side tracked by loading more info into the computer fantastic !
    Oct 25, 2022
    Dr Jolie Chang is the best
    Oct 22, 2022
    Excellent Service
    Oct 18, 2022
    Exceptional and Professional!
    Aug 23, 2022
    Physician appeared to care more about teaching residents than patient's experience of clinical encounter. Patient's discomfort with multiple people crowding her in a small exam room (also during the COVID-19 pandemic) and disclosure of past trauma was initially met with arrogance and insensitivity. Patient was forced to persist to get physician to listen to her and eventually accepted a compromise. After this poor start the encounter was a good one with physician spending adequate time with patient being responsive and communicating well.
    Aug 23, 2022
    Dr J . Chang was amazing! I've been feeling down about my health situation but Dr Chang really encouraged me and going forward. I'm really glad I found her on your website and I look forward to working with her. She was so kind friendly and explained listen to me and answered my questions
    Aug 08, 2022
    I would highly recommend this physician except for the wait time to get an appointment.
    Aug 05, 2022
    Dr. Chang is an excellent listener and engages in dialogue to make sure I am understanding treatment. I can't say enough great things about her. I have highly recommend her and this treatment to several people.
    Aug 02, 2022
    Dr. Chang is highly competent with outstanding communication skills. I am confident in her recommendations and approach. Highly professional.
    Jun 06, 2022
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    Mar 10, 2022
    Dr. Chang listens well doesn't rush through my appointments and I feel that she cares about my well-being.
    Jan 25, 2022
    Great experience.
    Nov 09, 2021
    Dr. Jolie Chang is so good at her job that my problem is being resolved to my satisfaction and I feel like she is a friend. That's how good she is with her patients.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Dr. Chang put me at ease immediately when she entered the exam room.
    Sep 09, 2021
    I have emailed the provider's staff twice asking to have the exercises I was given and still haven't had my question answered. The first time I received a non-responsive answer; the second time my inquiry was ignored entirely.
    Aug 01, 2021
    Dr Chang provided me with excellent care and gave me all the info I needed to understand my condition and how to move forward
    Jun 29, 2021
    Perhaps it is the nature of this treatment that I am undergoing but I do not get a sense of a plan with an endpoint.
    Jun 18, 2021
    Dr. CHANG JOLIE LIEN is the best Doctor I have ever seen; thank you for the outstanding medical care.