Dylan Chan, MD, PhD, MS

Pediatric otolaryngologist

Dr. Dylan Chan is a pediatric otolaryngologist, a specialist in ear, nose and throat conditions. He provides family-centered care for children who are deaf or hard of hearing by coordinating their medical and surgical care, which may include cochlear implantation (placing a device that assists with sound perception) and ear canal reconstruction.

In research, Chan focuses on hearing and deafness, especially congenital and acquired hearing loss, chronic ear disease and cochlear implantation. He runs a laboratory devoted to studying how certain genetic abnormalities lead to hearing loss and to investigating gene therapy methods for treating deafness. He also studies why different populations of children experience very different outcomes in their hearing health, particularly with how their hearing affects their speech, language and other aspects of development. He seeks ways to improve health care systems that will reduce such disparities, including strategies to make provision of hearing screenings equitable and to boost access to teletherapy (treatment by live video).

Chan graduated from Yale University with degrees in molecular biochemistry and biophysics as well as music. He completed a doctorate in sensory neuroscience at the Rockefeller University, where he studied with renowned sensory neuroscientist Dr. A. James Hudspeth. Chan then earned his medical degree at Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Stanford University and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Seattle Children's Hospital.


Cochlear Implant Center at Mission Bay
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5C
San Francisco, CA 94158-2351
Phone: (415) 353-2464
Fax: (415) 353-2603

Cochlear Implant Center at Mount Zion
2380 Sutter St., First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-2464
Fax: (415) 353-2603

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5C
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2757
Fax: (415) 353-2603

More about Dylan Chan


Yale University, MS, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry 1999
Rockefeller University, PhD, Sensory Neuroscience 2005
Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College, MD 2007


Stanford Medicine, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 2012


Seattle Children's Hospital, Pediatric Otolaryngology 2013

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Vukkadala N, Perez D, Cabala S, Kapur C, Chan DK. Linguistic and behavioral performance of bilingual children with hearing loss. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 Sep; 112:34-38.
  2. 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.
  3. Chari DA, Chan DK. Diagnosis and Treatment of Congenital Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Curr Otorhinolaryngol Rep. 2017 Dec; 5(4):251-258.
  4. Su BM, Park JS, Chan DK. Impact of Primary Language and Insurance on Pediatric Hearing Health Care in a Multidisciplinary Clinic. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Oct; 157(4):722-730.
  5. Su BM, Chan DK. Prevalence of Hearing Loss in US Children and Adolescents: Findings From NHANES 1988-2010. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Sep 01; 143(9):920-927.
  6. Camacho M, Noller MW, Zaghi S, Reckley LK, Fernandez-Salvador C, Ho E, Dunn B, Chan D. Tongue surgeries for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Aug; 274(8):2981-2990.
  7. Wai KC, Keller RL, Lusk LA, Ballard RA, Chan DK. Characteristics of Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborns Undergoing Tracheotomy: A Secondary Analysis of the Trial of Late Surfactant Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jan 01; 143(1):13-19.
  8. Cedars E, Chan D, Meyer A, Rosbe K. Response to Letter to the Editor. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 02; 93:173.
  9. Miller C, Purcell PL, Dahl JP, Johnson K, Horn DL, Chen ML, Chan DK, Parikh SR. Clinically small tonsils are typically not obstructive in children during drug-induced sleep endoscopy. Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug; 127(8):1943-1949.
  10. Chan DK, Rouse SL. Sound-Induced Intracellular Ca2+ Dynamics in the Adult Hearing Cochlea. PLoS One. 2016; 11(12):e0167850.
  11. Cedars E, Chan D, Lao A, Hardies L, Meyer A, Rosbe K. Conversion of traditional osseointegrated bone-anchored hearing aids to the Baha® attract in four pediatric patients. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2016 Dec; 91:37-42.
  12. Chan DK, McNamara S, Park JS, Vajda J, Gibson RL, Parikh SR. Sinonasal Quality of Life in Children With Cystic Fibrosis. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 08 01; 142(8):743-9.
  13. Meiklejohn DA, Chan DK, Lalakea ML. Occult central venous stenosis leading to airway obstruction after subtotal parathyroidectomy. Ear Nose Throat J. 2016 Jul; 95(7):E11-3.
  14. Friedman NR, Parikh SR, Ishman SL, Ruiz AG, El-Hakim H, Ulualp SO, Wootten CT, Koltai PJ, Chan DK. The current state of pediatric drug-induced sleep endoscopy. Laryngoscope. 2017 Jan; 127(1):266-272.
  15. Dahl JP, Miller C, Purcell PL, Zopf DA, Johnson K, Horn DL, Chen ML, Chan DK, Parikh SR. Airway Obstruction during Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy Correlates with Apnea-Hypopnea Index and Oxygen Nadir in Children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 10; 155(4):676-80.
  16. Camacho M, Dunn B, Torre C, Sasaki J, Gonzales R, Liu SY, Chan DK, Certal V, Cable BB. Supraglottoplasty for laryngomalacia with obstructive sleep apnea: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Laryngoscope. 2016 05; 126(5):1246-55.
  17. Alemi AS, Rosbe KW, Chan DK, Meyer AK. Airway response to sirolimus therapy for the treatment of complex pediatric lymphatic malformations. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Dec; 79(12):2466-9.
  18. Alemi AS, Chan DK. Progressive Hearing Loss and Head Trauma in Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Oct; 153(4):512-7.
  19. Akil O, Rouse SL, Chan DK, Lustig LR. Surgical method for virally mediated gene delivery to the mouse inner ear through the round window membrane. J Vis Exp. 2015 Mar 16; (97).
  20. Chan DK, Liming BJ, Horn DL, Parikh SR. A new scoring system for upper airway pediatric sleep endoscopy. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Jul; 140(7):595-602.

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