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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
    197 Ratings
    About our process
    Dec 23, 2023
    Dr Pletcher is exceptional in his diagnosis, treatment and communication skills. Because of his treatment and advice I was able to resolve my fourteen week long sinusitis, which was a result of an infected upper molar, without the surgery previous ENT's' outside UCSF had recommemded.I am grateful to Dr Pketcher and the UCSF Sinus Center for the best possible care.
    Dec 13, 2023
    I already have Dr Pletcher's name and contact info to a fruend
    Dec 02, 2023
    The medical staff explained the problem with respect and patience and provided Cantonese translation for us.
    Nov 15, 2023
    Dr. Pletcher is everything you want in a doctor. He listens, is very caring, is very good talking you thru the procedures and provides excellent explanations about the condition and treatment.
    Oct 18, 2023
    I respect that Dr Fletcher or Pletcher (I forget) is a doctor, but he treated me as if I could never understand how the human body works despite the fact that I came in there with a organized folder with years of research and notes taken from various doctor settings. I have a very clear sensation of pressure and pain that seems to be centered around a mucous retention cyst, and while I respect that he doesn't believe it's smart to work on it until we rule out neurological issues, I don't feel the doctor was willing to look at all the evidence or even consider my findings and explanation of the symptoms as valid. He looked up my nose for 2 minutes, and then at an old ct scan for 3 minutes, and dismissed my case without getting a clear understanding of what I'm actually experiencing. I was rushed out of the office without even getting my cd's back, or turning in the questionnaire that was given to me by the front office. The Doctor didn't seem open to looking at any of the information I brought with me, and I had to pay out of pocket to collect that information because medical technology is lacking where I live, and the doctor had absolutely zero interest or respect for the fact that I'm suffering this much to go out of my way to collect all of this information and drive 5 hours to see him.
    Oct 18, 2023
    Dr. Pletcher is and has always been very professional informative skilled and caring.
    Aug 23, 2023
    Dr. Pletcher and staff have been excellent providers.
    Jun 21, 2023
    Very good experience
    Jun 10, 2023
    Excellent ENT doctor
    Jun 05, 2023
    Dr. Fletcher 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 for,total waste of time and money
    Jul 22, 2022
    I just recommended dr Pletcher to a family menber