From head to toe

by Rebecca Ruano


Recently at the Gazette, we reminisced about playing “Operation” as kids—and how careful we were not to sound the buzzer while conducting “surgery” to remove the funny bone.
Sadly, none of us here are licensed physicians, so don’t ask us for help with your trick knee. Maybe try the folks below?  FYI: This page does not make buzzing sounds


Dr. Gerald Kangelaris is a board-certified otolaryngologist, or head and neck surgeon. He also specializes in ear and sinuses disorders, helps treat hearing loss and chronic ear infections and performs surgical procedures of the middle and outer ear, as well as stapedectomies.


Dr. Jay Bansal is a nationally recognized ophthalmologist. He is the medical director of LaserVue Eye Center, where he specializes in refractive surgery and LASIK surgery. He was one of the first surgeons in California to provide the LASIK procedure, and the first eye surgeon in Northern California to offer the Wavelight Allegretto excimer laser & Zeiss VisuMax Femtosecond laser procedures.


Dr. Nima Grissom is one of the top breast surgeons in the Bay Area. Her fields of professional specialty include breast evaluation, surgery of benign and malignant disorders, oncoplastic surgery, nipple-sparing and skin-sparing mastectomies, and breast reconstructive surgery. Her dedicated and compassionate work has not gone unnoticed.


Dr. Nicholas Colyvas of UCSF Medical Center is a leader in orthopedic surgery, specializing in shoulder and knee injuries. With a background in sports medicine, he has conducted numerous shoulder arthroscopies, shoulder ligament and tendon repairs, and shoulder surgeries. He’s even treated both amateur and professional rugby players for shoulder pain.


Affiliated with CPMC, Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg does colorectal surgery. His areas of clinical expertise include treating anorectal disease, benign and malignant tumors, colon cancer, and performing endoscopies and colonoscopies. He is also admired for his work treating pilonidal disease, a chronic infection of the skin and underlying tissue near the tailbone, and he helped develop the Cleft Lift Procedure to treat it!


Dr. Michael Borah is a top nephrologist here. Board-certified in both internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Borah has treated patients with failing kidneys and kidney disease, and assisted patients transitioning onto dialysis.


Dr. Elly Laroque MD is an orthopedic surgeon whose interests include rehabilitation of the knee and women’s sports injuries. Not only has she performed numerous meniscectomies and reconstructive surgeries, she is also a clinical instructor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF.


Founded by the late Ray Dolby in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center at California Pacific Medical Center is a one-of-a-kind research and patient treatment center specializing in the field of memory loss. Health professionals diagnose and provide support services to people experiencing early memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.


One of San Francisco’s top orthodontists is Dr. Robert Quinn. He offers the typical dental restructuring not only through braces and retainers, but through newer advancements including Invisalign aligners and Damon Clear braces. He even offers jaw surgery treatment options. Thanks to Dr. Quinn, several of our readers feel more comfortable smiling.


A highly regarded cardiologist in San Francisco and Marin for more than 20 years, Dr. Richard Hongo specializes in cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology. He has saved numerous lives through the various procedures he executes, including implantable cardiac defibrillators, radiofrequency ablation and pacemaker services.


Dr. Steve Hays is one of SF’s best pulmonologists. He is the director of the Lung Transplant Program at UCSF; many of his patients have complex conditions. He has treated people with cystic fibrosis, emphysema, interstitial lung disease and end-stage lung disease who receive lung transplants.


Dr. Jonathan Carter is a bariatric and general surgeon at UCSF. He specializes in minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery to treat hernias and disorders of the stomach, intestines, esophagus and gallbladder. He also performs bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypasses and sleeve gastrectomies. Meanwhile, Dr. Carter has published more than 60 peer-reviewed research papers on esophageal disease and bariatric surgery.


The respected Dr. Carolyn Chang is one of San Francisco’s premier plastic surgeons. With her unique philosophy of plastic surgery as both science and art, she aims to enhance cosmetic surgery with a natural aesthetic. Her areas of expertise include facelifts, body contouring and the “Mommy Makeover.”


Dr. Alicia Knee of CPMC is a board-certified podiatrist and podiatric surgeon. An award-winning dancer, Dr. Knee is able to provide keen insight into the medical needs of athletes. She specifically concentrates on sports injuries, ankle and foot trauma treatment, podiatric reconstructive surgery, and arthritis and psoriasis treatment.


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