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

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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UCLA School of Medicine 2000


UCSF Medical Center, Otolaryngology 2005


Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lee K, Pletcher SD, Lynch SV, Goldberg AN, Cope EK. Heterogeneity of Microbiota Dysbiosis in Chronic Rhinosinusitis: Potential Clinical Implications and Microbial Community Mechanisms Contributing to Sinonasal Inflammation. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2018; 8:168.
  2. Lee DS, Murr AH, Kersten RC, Pletcher SD. Silent sinus syndrome without opacification of ipsilateral maxillary sinus. Laryngoscope. 2018 May 04.
  3. Zhang I, Pletcher SD, Goldberg AN, Barker BM, Cope EK. Fungal Microbiota in Chronic Airway Inflammatory Disease and Emerging Relationships with the Host Immune Response. Front Microbiol. 2017; 8:2477.

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