Patricia A. Loftus


Rhinologist and skull base surgeon

Dr. Patricia Loftus is an otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon, a specialist in treating disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Her expertise encompasses nasal and sinus surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery and general otolaryngology. Her interests include treating patients with allergic and nonallergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis, fungal sinusitis, cerebrospinal fluid leaks (from a hole or tear in the membranes around the spinal cord or brain) and sinonasal tumors (in the nasal sinuses or nasal cavity).

In research, Loftus is interested in sinonasal changes that occur with aging. She also studies meningoencephaloceles (sacs of membrane and brain tissue protruding through the skull) and cerebrospinal fluid leaks of unknown origin, as well as patient outcomes following endoscopic skull base surgery.

Loftus received her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. She completed her residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, serving as chief resident for one year. She then completed her fellowship training in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at Emory University Hospital.

Loftus is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society and American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. She has authored multiple book chapters and publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has been invited to lecture and present her research at both national and international meetings.

  • Education

    Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, 2010

  • Residencies

    Montefiore Medical Center, Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery , 2015

  • Fellowships

    Emory University Hospital, Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, 2016

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Clinics I work with

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Clinic

2380 Sutter St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

Sinus Center

2380 Sutter St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

Berkeley Outpatient Center

3100 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702

HHT Center of Excellence

185 Berry St., Suite 180, Lobby 6
San Francisco, CA 94107

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