William R. Ryan

MD

Otolaryngologist
Head and neck surgeon

About me

Dr. William R. Ryan is a head and neck surgeon at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He cares for patients with benign and malignant tumors, as well as salivary gland inflammatory disorders.

Ryan's surgery skills encompass endoscopic, minimally invasive and traditional techniques. He regularly performs ultrasonography in the clinic as well as the operating room. He also has special expertise in transoral robotic surgery, sialendoscopy (endoscopy for salivary gland disorders), sentinel lymph node biopsy (a procedure to check whether cancer has spread) and regional facial reconstruction. He is committed to being as accessible as possible to his patients.

Ryan helps direct UCSF's robotic head and neck surgery program, clinic for thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and salivary gland surgery center. He conducts clinical research on outcomes and other aspects of head and neck surgery, salivary duct surgery, and head and neck radiology. In addition, he teaches in the UCSF residency and fellowship training programs and at UCSF School of Medicine.

Ryan earned his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. He then completed a fellowship in advanced head and neck oncologic and endocrine surgery at UCSF. He joined the UCSF faculty in 2011.

Ryan has authored more than 50 articles in medical journals and several book chapters. He is a regular reviewer for such journals as Head & Neck and JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.

  • Education

    Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005

  • Residencies

    Stanford University Medical Center, 2010

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, 2011

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Head and Neck Surgery Cancer Clinic

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Salivary Gland Surgery Center at Mission Bay

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Clinic

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Oral Dysplasia Program

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

My reviews

4.8

Overall Experience
427 Reviews
Dr William Ryan was the best. On my first visit and every visit since then including my surgery he has been confident caring and professional. I could not ask for any better care.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
422 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
423 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
404 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
420 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
424 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
425 Reviews
Decorative Caduceus

Ruxolitinib in Operable Head and Neck Cancer

Measured as a proportional percent (range -100% to +100%) from baseline to day of final dose of ruxolitinib

Recruiting

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