Dr. Nguyen S. Pham, Otolaryngology (ENT)

Dr. Nguyen S. Pham, Otolaryngology (ENT)

  • Nguyen S Pham MD
  • Appointments:
  • Specialty: Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Board Certified: Otolaryngology
  • Additional Languages: Vietnamese

An expert in the field of pediatric otolaryngology, Dr. Pham’s clinical interests include cleft lip and palate surgery, pediatric ear surgery, airway surgery and pediatric tumors. He specializes in laryngotracheal reconstruction and ossicular chain reconstruction. At Stanford University, he practiced advanced surgical techniques in airway reconstruction and otological surgery. He practiced the treatment of congenital defects at Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pham has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research nationally.

With a passion for community service, Dr. Pham is committed to working with underserved populations and has participated in multiple humanitarian endeavors including Operation Restore Hope, a medical mission that performs cleft lip and palate surgeries in the Philippines. Also, in 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Pham served as one of the initial humanitarian workers at the Common Ground Clinic in New Orleans.

Highly regarded for his teaching skills, Dr. Pham was awarded Best Teacher by the medical students with whom he worked at UC Davis where he was chief resident and won the UC Irvine Faculty Teaching Award. Dr. Pham is affiliated with the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is a member of the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Pham is board certified in otolaryngology and specializes in pediatric otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. Prior to joining CHOC, Dr. Pham graduated summa cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles, where he received his bachelor’s degree in psychobiology. He attended medical school at UC Irvine, and then completed his internship and residency in otolaryngology at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. He conducted his fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at Stanford University in Palo Alto.

“My philosophy is to truly listen to my patients, and to provide compassionate care that is always based on the best possible scientific evidence.” – Dr. Pham

Clinical Interests

Cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, microstomia, micrognathia, tumors, laryngotracheal reconstruction, voice disorders, tonsillectomy, cochlear implantation

Nguyen S Pham MD is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


CHOC Specialists – Otolaryngology
1010 W La Veta Ave, Suite 710
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-633-4020
fax: 714-953-5488

Otolaryngology Center – Irvine
250 E. Yale Loop, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92604
phone: 714-633-4020
fax: 714-953-5462

CHOC Health Center, Mission Medical Tower
26732 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 501
Mission Viejo CA 92691
phone: 714-633-402
fax: 714-953-5462

CHOC Center for Children’s Health
Building: Joe C. Wen & Family Center for Advanced Care, UCI Health – Irvine
19200 Jamboree Rd., Suite 2000
Irvine, CA 92612


  • Medical School
    University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • Internship
    University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Residency – Otolaryngology
    University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Fellowship – Pediatric Otolaryngology
    Stanford Hospitals and Clinics, Palo Alto, CA

Administrative Appointments

  • Otolaryngology, CHOC Specialists

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa Honors
  • Summa Cum Laude Honors
  • UC Davis Outstanding Resident Teaching Award
  • UC Davis Temporal Bone Surgery Award
  • UC Irvine Faculty Teaching Award
  • UCLA Alumni Scholar Award
  • UCLA Wasserman Scholarship Award Winner

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Faculty of 1000 – Associate Faculty Member

Research Projects

  • Cleft Palate, Microstomia, Micrognathia – A new syndrome
    A basic science project characterizing and sequencing suspected genetic loci in a novel craniofacial syndrome. Department of Otolaryngology and Department of Genetics with Dr. Simeon Boyd, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. NIH-NIDCR Grant R01 DE16886 to Principle Investigator: Simeon Boyd MD
  • Esthesioneuroblastoma – 20 year experience
    Review of the 20 year experience of esthesioneuroblastoma treated by the Skull Base Team at UC Davis Medical Center. Department of Otolaryngology with Dr. Quang Luu, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. Self funded.
  • Simplified Voice Scale
    Research into developing and validating a simplified voice scale to be used by the general Otolaryngologist to stage and manage voice disorders. Department of Otolaryngology with Dr. Peter Belafsky, UC Davis Medical Center, Center for Voice and Swallowing, Sacramento, CA. Departmental funding.
  • Fire Risk with Tonsillectomy
    Project that characterizes the surgical risk of airway fire with the use of cutting edge tonsillectomy instrumentation. Department of Otolaryngology with Dr. Craig Senders, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. Departmental funding.
  • Cochlear implantation and neurocognitive development
    Clinical study using IQ test as a marker for cognitive development after the placement of cochlear implant. Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA.


  • 2012 Dangers of Button Batteries
    American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Annual Meeting
  • 2011 Risk of Airway Fire with Tonsillectomy – update
    BARRS – Bay Area Resident Research Forum
  • 2011 Coccidoidomycosis of the Temporal Bone
    Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting
  • 2011 Frontorhiny – 3 novel cases of a new syndromic frontonasal malformation
    American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association Meeting
  • 2010 Cleft Palate Microstomia – A New Syndrome and Genetic Analysis
    American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association Meeting
  • 2010 Risk of Airway Fire with Tonsillectomy
    Podium Presentation SENTAC Meeting


Pham N, Dublin A, Strong EB. Dermoid Cyst of the Orbit and Frontal Sinus – A case report. Skull Base Surgery, Volume 20(2), 2010.

Pham N, Poirier B, Fuller SC, Dublin AB, Tollefson TT. Pediatric lipoblastoma in the head and neck: A systematic review of 48 reported cases. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. Vol 74, Issue 7 p 723-728, July 2010.

Pham N, Diaz R: “Facial nerve injuries inflict a dramatic physical and psychological toll upon patients and are among…” Evaluation of: [Sharma N et al. Combinatorial treatments enhance recovery following facial nerve crush.Laryngoscope. 2010 Aug; 120(8):1523-30; doi: 10.1002/lary.20997]. Faculty of 1000, 26 Oct 2010. F1000.com/5657970

Pham N, Diaz R: “Cochlear implantation is a fairly new treatment for severe hearing loss and has been highly…” Evaluation of: [Loundon N et al. Medical and surgical complications in pediatric cochlear implantation. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Jan; 136(1):12-5; doi: 10.1001/archoto.2009.187]. Faculty of 1000, 15 Mar 2010. F1000.com/2543958

Pham N, Rafii A, Liu J, Boyadev S, Tollefson TT. Clinical and Genetic Characterization of Frontorhiny: report of 3 novel cases and discussion of surgical management. Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. 2011; 13(6):415-420.

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