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Steven Cheung, M.D.

Ear surgeon

Dr. Steven W. Cheung is an otologist, or ear specialist, and an ear and skull base surgeon at UCSF Medical Center. He specializes in diseases such as eardrum perforation, cholesteatoma, otosclerosis and acoustic neuroma. He also performs implantable hearing device surgery, including bone anchored, middle ear and cochlear, to treat various forms of hearing loss. His current research focuses on learning and reorganization of the brain in hearing loss and tinnitus so that innovative rehabilitative therapies may be developed.

Cheung graduated from Dartmouth College and earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, at UCSF Medical Center, where he also completed clinical and research fellowships in neurotology, the neurological study of the ear.


Cochlear Implant Center
2380 Sutter St., First Floor
Box 0342
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353–2464
Fax: (415) 353–2603

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
2380 Sutter St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353–2757
Fax: (415) 353–2603

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1987


UCSF Medical Center, Otolaryngology 1993


UCSF Medical Center, Neurotology 1994

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Pross SE, Chang JL, Mizuiri D, Findlay AM, Nagarajan SS, Cheung SW. Temporal Cortical Plasticity in Single-Sided Deafness: A Functional Imaging Study. Otol Neurotol. 2015 Sep; 36(8):1443-9.
  2. Kram YA, Lustig LR, McDermott MW, Cheung SW. Transcanal Blind Sac Closure of the External Auditory Canal After Skull Base Surgery to Treat CSF Leak: Technique and Results. Otol Neurotol. 2015 Feb; 36(2):307-10.
  3. Goepfert RP, Yom SS, Ryan WR, Cheung SW. Development of a chemoradiation therapy toxicity staging system for oropharyngeal carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2015 Apr; 125(4):869-76.
  4. Pross SE, Allen CA, Hong OS, Cheung SW. Willingness-to-accept Gamma knife radiosurgery for tinnitus among career San Francisco firefighters. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Jul; 35(6):1026-32.
  5. Chang CY, Cheung SW. Tinnitus modulation by stapedectomy. Otol Neurotol. 2014 Jul; 35(6):1065-9.
  6. Sayegh ET, Kaur G, Ivan ME, Bloch O, Cheung SW, Parsa AT. Facial neuroma masquerading as acoustic neuroma. J Clin Neurosci. 2014 Oct; 21(10):1817-8.
  7. Atencio CA, Shih JY, Schreiner CE, Cheung SW. Primary auditory cortical responses to electrical stimulation of the thalamus. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Mar; 111(5):1077-87.
  8. Yang I, Sughrue ME, Han SJ, Aranda D, Pitts LH, Cheung SW, Parsa AT. A comprehensive analysis of hearing preservation after radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma: clinical article. J Neurosurg. 2013 Dec; 119 Suppl:851-9.
  9. Shih TY, Prendes BL, Parsa AT, Cheung SW. Erosive cholesterol granuloma. Otol Neurotol. 2013 Jun; 34(4):e26-7.
  10. Larson PS, Cheung SW. A stroke of silence: tinnitus suppression following placement of a deep brain stimulation electrode with infarction in area LC. J Neurosurg. 2013 Jan; 118(1):192-4.
  11. Prendes BL, Groppo ER, Reynolds CL, Parsa AT, Cheung SW. A spheroid weighted-axis converter of vestibular schwannoma size: maximum diameter and cisternal volume. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Jan; 148(1):108-14.
  12. Tsai BS, Sweetow RW, Cheung SW. Audiometric asymmetry and tinnitus laterality. Laryngoscope. 2012 May; 122(5):1148-53.
  13. Larson PS, Cheung SW. Deep brain stimulation in area LC controllably triggers auditory phantom percepts. Neurosurgery. 2012 Feb; 70(2):398-405; discussion 405-6.
  14. Garret MA, Parsa AT, Cheung SW. Posterior fossa mass with multiple cranial neuropathies. J Clin Neurosci. 2011 Nov; 18(11):1571.
  15. Imaizumi K, Priebe NJ, Cheung SW, Schreiner CE. Spatial organization of repetition rate processing in cat anterior auditory field. Hear Res. 2011 Oct; 280(1-2):70-81.
  16. Huoh KC, Cheung SW. Chorda tympani neuroma. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Sep; 31(7):1172-3.
  17. Imaizumi K, Priebe NJ, Sharpee TO, Cheung SW, Schreiner CE. Encoding of temporal information by timing, rate, and place in cat auditory cortex. PLoS One. 2010; 5(7):e11531.
  18. Saito DM, Cheung SW. A comparison of facial nerve disability between patients with Bell's palsy and vestibular schwannoma. J Clin Neurosci. 2010 Sep; 17(9):1122-5.
  19. Sughrue ME, Kane AJ, Kaur R, Barry JJ, Rutkowski MJ, Pitts LH, Cheung SW, Parsa AT. A prospective study of hearing preservation in untreated vestibular schwannomas. J Neurosurg. 2011 Feb; 114(2):381-5.
  20. Yang I, Sughrue ME, Han SJ, Aranda D, Pitts LH, Cheung SW, Parsa AT. A comprehensive analysis of hearing preservation after radiosurgery for vestibular schwannoma. J Neurosurg. 2010 Apr; 112(4):851-9.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.