David Conrad, MD

Pediatric otolaryngologist

Dr. David Conrad is an ear, nose and throat surgeon who cares for children. His main areas of interest are childhood obstructive sleep apnea, disorders of speech and hearing, and diseased conditions of the sinuses and airways.

In research, Conrad primarily focuses on developing innovative medical devices for the ear, nose and throat, with the goal of improving patient safety. Some of these devices include tracheostomy breathing tubes, drug delivery technologies and noninvasive methods for detecting airway narrowing or disease. He has received several awards for this work, including the UCSF Surgical Innovations Accelerator Award, UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium Award and Catalyst Award recipient for medical devices. Other research interests include the impact of hearing loss on behavioral disorders in school-age children, eustachian tube dysfunction, and the effectiveness of various steroid delivery methods on nasal polyps and sinus disorders. In addition to research, he is involved in the education of medical students, residents and fellows.

Conrad earned his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in otolaryngology at Montefiore Medical Center (an affiliate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Conrad was born in the Bay Area and is part of a UCSF family, with many of his family members also working at UCSF – his wife as an otolaryngologist, his brother as an interventional radiologist and one sister-in-law as a pharmacist. What's more, his son was born at UCSF.


Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Oakland
744 52nd Street
Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 428-3233

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Walnut Creek
2401 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: (925) 979-3460
Fax: (925) 939-8689

More about David Conrad


George Washington University School of Medicine 2008


Montefiore Medical Cente, Otolaryngology 2013


Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Pediatric Otolaryngology 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Montague GL, Bly RA, Nadaraja GS, Conrad DE, Parikh SR, Chan DK. Endoscopic percutaneous suture lateralization for neonatal bilateral vocal fold immobility. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 May; 108:120-124.
  2. Conrad DE, Levi JR, Theroux ZA, Inverso Y, Shah UK. Risk factors associated with postoperative tympanostomy tube obstruction. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Aug; 140(8):727-30.
  3. Conrad DE, Parikh SR. Deep neck infections. Infect Disord Drug Targets. 2012 Aug; 12(4):286-90.
  4. Tanna N, Clary MS, Conrad DE, Joshi AS, Lindsey WH. Reliability of the helical advancement flap for auricular reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 May; 125(5):202e-203e.
  5. Tanna N, Clary MS, Conrad DE, Lenert J, Sadeghi N. Vacuum-assisted closure for wound dehiscence in head and neck reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009 Jan; 123(1):19e-21e.

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