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Patricia Loftus, MD

Patricia Loftus, MD

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, UCSF

Research Summary

Patricia Loftus, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery division in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) at the University of California, San Francisco. She obtained her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her one-year internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, where she also completed her otolaryngology – head and neck surgery residency, including one year as chief resident. She then went on to complete her fellowship training in Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Loftus is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, and American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. She is the first author of multiple book chapters and publications in peer-reviewed journals, and has been invited to present her research and to lecture at both national and international meetings. Her research interests lie in sinonasal changes that occur with aging, idiopathic meningoencephaloceles and cerebrospinal fluid leaks, and clinical outcomes following endoscopic skull base surgery.


Rhinology & Skull Base Surgery


Nasal and sinus surgery, endoscopic skull base surgery, general otolaryngology

Professional Interests:

Allergic and nonallergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis with and without nasal polyposis, fungal sinusitis, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, sinonasal tumors, skull base tumors, endoscopic orbital surgery, general otolaryngology, office-based rhinology procedures, mentoring

Education and Training:

• Medical School: Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

• Internship: Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

• Residency: Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY

• Fellowship: Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA - Rhinology & Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Awards and Honors:

• 2009 Alpha Omega Alpha

• 2012-2014 First Place Research Award - Albert Einstein College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology Annual Research Symposium

• 2015 Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY – Chief Resident of the Year Award

Selected Publications

  1. DelGaudio JM, Loftus PA, Hamizan AW, Harvey RJ, Wise SK. Central compartment atopic disease. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2017 Jul 01; 31(4):228-234.
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  2. Loftus PA, Wise SK. Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis: The Latest in Diagnosis and Management. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2016; 79:13-20.
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  3. Siegel B, Ow TJ, Abraham SS, Loftus PA, Tassler AB, Smith RV, Schiff BA. How radiologic/clinicopathologic features relate to compressive symptoms in benign thyroid disease. Laryngoscope. 2017 Apr; 127(4):993-997.
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  4. Loftus PA, Wise SK, Nieto D, Panella N, Aiken A, DelGaudio JM. Intranasal volume increases with age: Computed tomography volumetric analysis in adults. Laryngoscope. 2016 Oct; 126(10):2212-5.
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  5. Loftus PA, Wise SK. Epidemiology of asthma. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Jun; 24(3):245-9.
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  6. Kamil RJ, Jerschow E, Loftus PA, Tan M, Fried MP, Smith RV, Foster D, Ow TJ. Case-control study evaluating competing risk factors for angioedema in a high-risk population. Laryngoscope. 2016 Aug; 126(8):1823-30.
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  7. Loftus PA, Lin J, Tabaee A. Anatomic variants of the paranasal sinuses in patients with recurrent acute rhinosinusitis. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 Mar; 6(3):328-33.
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  8. Loftus PA, Stegnjajic A, Tibbetts KM, Badhey AK, Glicksman J. Elongated Uvula Causing Chronic Cough: Role of the Modified Uvulopalatoplasty Procedure. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2016 Apr; 125(4):325-30.
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  9. Loftus PA, Wise SK. Epidemiology and economic burden of asthma. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2015 Sep; 5 Suppl 1:S7-10.
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  10. Avadhani V, Loftus PA, Meltzer D, Wang B, Tabaee A. Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma of the Maxillary Sinus. Head Neck Pathol. 2016 Jun; 10(2):229-32.
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  11. Loftus PA, Tan M, Patel G, Lin J, Helman S, Badhey A, Du E, Smith RV, Fried MP, Ow TJ. Risk factors associated with severe and recurrent angioedema: an epidemic linked to ACE-inhibitors. Laryngoscope. 2014 Nov; 124(11):2502-7.
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  12. Loftus PA, Ow TJ, Siegel B, Tassler AB, Smith RV, Cohen HW, Schiff BA. Risk factors for perioperative airway difficulty and evaluation of intubation approaches among patients with benign goiter. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2014 Apr; 123(4):279-85.
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  13. Heffelfinger RN, Loftus P, Cabrera C, Pribitkin EA. Lizard bites of the head and neck. J Emerg Med. 2012 Oct; 43(4):627-9.
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