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Dr. Steven D. Pletcher is a head and neck surgeon who specializes in sinus surgery and rhinology. He is an expert in minimally invasive endoscopic procedures of the paranasal sinuses and skull base, and he has advanced training in treating disorders ranging from chronic sinusitis to skull base tumors.

Areas of focus for Pletcher's research include improving treatment of sinus disease for adult patients with cystic fibrosis, improving surgical techniques for chronic sinusitis, and developing and evaluating endoscopic procedures to control refractory epistaxis (nosebleeds that persist or recur and are difficult to manage).

Pletcher received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at UCSF, where he was chief resident. He completed a clinical fellowship in rhinology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

  • Education

    UCLA School of Medicine, 2000

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Otolaryngology, 2005

  • Fellowships

    Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Rhinology, 2006

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title


  • Languages


Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    189 Ratings
    About our process
    Jun 21, 2023
    Very good experience
    Jun 10, 2023
    Excellent ENT doctor
    Jun 05, 2023
    Dr. Pletcher was a great doctor. Very personable and explained things in a way that I can easily understand
    May 17, 2023
    Felt rushed and a bit like they did not believe/listen to me about my symptoms
    May 03, 2023
    Dr Pletcher is an excellent top-notch doctor. I'm grateful for his care.
    Apr 29, 2023
    He was wonderful at explaining my situation and what my options might be. The only concern that I have is that the After Visit Summary had no information on it at all. I needed to ask a folllow-up question by MyChart which he answered immediately and I so appreciate that but I would have liked to have had the written summary and notes that always have appeared on MyChart with other doctors. (I would still highly recommend him though!)
    Apr 02, 2023
    Dr. Pletcher and his staff were exceptional. Patient knowledgeable thorough empathetic and kind
    Feb 23, 2023
    I would give a 6 for the explanations of Dr. Pletcher if I could!
    Feb 17, 2023
    Doctor basically acted like there was no way sinuses could be involved in my hearing issue. Showed no curiosity or interest in helping me problem solve. Waited for a long time for the appointment and that is was basically a waste of time.
    Jan 28, 2023
    I received excellent care every step or the way. Everyone was was kind caring and most professional- I felt I received the very best care. Thank you to all I came in contact with.
    Jan 18, 2023
    Dr Pletcher is an excellent and caring physician
    Jan 12, 2023
    The doctor was very generous with his time. Taking time to discuss his conclusions and diagnosis.
    Dec 19, 2022
    Dr Pletcher is the best!!! Always takes his time listens to my concerns and is the best!
    Dec 18, 2022
    Dr. Pletcher treated me like I was wasting his time and gave me very little information to help with my current condition.
    Oct 24, 2022
    Dr. Pletcher was AWESOME.
    Oct 14, 2022
    Im happy with my ecperience in thw clinic
    Oct 04, 2022
    Dr. Listened well and took his time with me. Did not feel like he was just in a hurry to get rid of me. Would recommend him and his assistant to anyone. His assistant will make a good Doctor some day.
    Sep 30, 2022
    Love Dr. Pletcher. So competent considerate and concerned.
    Sep 23, 2022
    Dr Pletcher is a very experienced knowledgeable professional . I am very happy to have him as my ENT surgeon .
    Sep 16, 2022
    Dr Steven Pletcher is awesome! As a patient I am so appreciative of his wisdom insight and care. Thank you so much!!!
    Sep 09, 2022
    Dr. Pletcher is great!
    Aug 19, 2022
    Love Dr. Pletcher
    Aug 03, 2022
    Although the provider was very nice and attentive I was very disappointed that I was not scheduled with a doctor who could perform the surgery that I had been referred fortotal waste of time and money
    Jul 22, 2022
    I just recommended dr Pletcher to a family menber
    May 31, 2022
    Professional and informative very good experience.
    Apr 14, 2022
    From the time Dr. Pletcher walked in and the time he left he was very good at his job. He was polite great listener and very informative.
    Apr 03, 2022
    Mar 30, 2022
    I left some questions blank because there has been little or no communication or discussion yet about my follow-up treatment risks or my concerns.
    Feb 11, 2022
    Very impersonal..robotic.
    Jan 21, 2022
    Dr. Pletcher is a wonderful doctor he listens to everything I need to say he is very easy to understand. He makes me feel very comforable and that he cares.
    Dec 12, 2021
    I could have been warned about pain level associated with follow-up procedure. Worst pain I've experienced in my life Oooch
    Nov 18, 2021
    Dr. Was very clear and informative regarding my condition and options. Very good communicator and nice personality.
    Nov 07, 2021
    I can't say enough about Dr. P. It was life changing literally and I am filled with gratitude for him and his team
    Nov 05, 2021
    The only real problem is availability. Having to wait four to six weeks for an appointment was difficult.
    Oct 20, 2021
    Dr. Pletcher is awesome
    Sep 13, 2021
    I have recommended to all I know about theExcellent care that UCSF gives

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