Steven Pletcher, MD


Dr. Steven D. Pletcher is a head and neck surgeon specializing in sinus surgery and rhinology. He is an expert in minimally invasive endoscopic surgery of the paranasal sinuses and skull base.

Pletcher is fellowship-trained in treating disorders ranging from chronic sinusitis to tumors of the skull base. His research focuses on improving treatment of sinus disease for adult patients with cystic fibrosis, improving surgical techniques for chronic sinusitis, and developing and evaluating endoscopic surgical procedures to control refractory epistaxis.

He received his medical degree from the UCLA, completed a residency in otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at UCSF, where he was chief resident, and completed a clinical fellowship in rhinology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.


HHT Center of Excellence
185 Berry St., Suite 180, Lobby 6
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 353-8867
Fax: (415) 353-4503

Hours: Monday to Friday,
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck 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.

Sinus Center
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

Board Certification

Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

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UCLA School of Medicine 2000


UCSF Medical Center, Otolaryngology 2005


Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Pletcher SD. Rethinking Pain Management in Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Aug 01; 143(8):794-795.
  2. Jiam NT, Goldberg AN, Murr AH, Pletcher SD. Surgical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis after sinus lift. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2017 Jul 01; 31(4):271-275.
  3. Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Lynch SV. Compositionally and functionally distinct sinus microbiota in chronic rhinosinusitis patients have immunological and clinically divergent consequences. Microbiome. 2017 May 12; 5(1):53.
  4. Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Lynch SV. A chronic rhinosinusitis-derived isolate of Pseudomonas aeruginosa induces acute and pervasive effects on the murine upper airway microbiome and host immune response. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 Dec; 6(12):1229-1237.
  5. Gelber JT, Cope EK, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD. Evaluation of Malassezia and Common Fungal Pathogens in Subtypes of Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 Sep; 6(9):950-5.
  6. Durr ML, van Zante A, Pletcher SD. An unusual presentation of a lingual dermoid cyst. Ear Nose Throat J. 2015 Oct-Nov; 94(10-11):E29-31.
  7. Ivan ME, Iorgulescu JB, El-Sayed I, McDermott MW, Parsa AT, Pletcher SD, Jahangiri A, Wagner J, Aghi MK. Risk factors for postoperative cerebrospinal fluid leak and meningitis after expanded endoscopic endonasal surgery. J Clin Neurosci. 2015 Jan; 22(1):48-54.
  8. Gruss CL, Al Komser M, Aghi MK, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, McDermott M, El-Sayed IH. Risk factors for cerebrospinal leak after endoscopic skull base reconstruction with nasoseptal flap. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Sep; 151(3):516-21.
  9. Kram YA, Pletcher SD. Maxillary sinus posterior wall remodeling following surgery for silent sinus syndrome. Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 Sep-Oct; 35(5):623-5.
  10. Durr ML, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Murr AH. A novel sinonasal endoscopy scoring system: the discharge, inflammation, and polyps/edema (DIP) score. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Jan; 3(1):66-72.
  11. Heaton CM, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Glastonbury CM. Sinus anatomy associated with inadvertent cerebrospinal fluid leak during functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jul; 122(7):1446-9.
  12. Murr AH, Goldberg AN, Pletcher SD, Dillehay K, Wymer LJ, Vesper SJ. Some chronic rhinosinusitis patients have elevated populations of fungi in their sinuses. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jul; 122(7):1438-45.
  13. El-Sayed I, Pletcher S, Russell M, McDermott M, Parsa A. Endoscopic anterior maxillotomy: infratemporal fossa via transnasal approach. Laryngoscope. 2011 Apr; 121(4):694-8.
  14. Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN. Treatment of recurrent sinonasal polyposis with steroid-infused carboxymethylcellulose foam. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Nov-Dec; 24(6):451-3.
  15. Roediger FC, Slusher NA, Allgaier S, Cox MJ, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Lynch SV. Nucleic acid extraction efficiency and bacterial recovery from maxillary sinus mucosal samples obtained by brushing or biopsy. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Jul-Aug; 24(4):263-5.
  16. Saito DM, Innes AL, Pletcher SD. Rheologic properties of sinonasal mucus in patients with chronic sinusitis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Jan-Feb; 24(1):1-5.
  17. Dubin MR, Pletcher SD. Postoperative packing after septoplasty: is it necessary? Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2009 Apr; 42(2):279-85, viii-ix.
  18. Day S, Hwang TN, Pletcher SD, Bhatki A, McCulley TJ. Interactive image-guided endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Jul-Aug; 24(4):338-40.
  19. Pletcher SD, Hoxworth JM, Goldberg AN, Murr AH, Glastonbury CM. Computed tomography imaging of the paranasal sinuses: direct versus reformatted coronal images. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jun; 138(6):710-4.
  20. Goldsztein H, Pletcher SD, Reh DD, Metson R. The frontal wishbone: anatomic and clinical implications. Am J Rhinol. 2007 Nov-Dec; 21(6):725-8.

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