John Oghalai, MD

  • “Every child deserves specialized care tailored to their needs.”

The sense of hearing is important, particularly for young children that are just learning to talk. With advances in technology, we have made dramatic improvements in how we care for patients with hearing loss. I believe in the potential to use technology to overcome disease, and the time I am not spending taking care of patients with hearing loss is spent in the research labworking on a cure for hearing loss.

Every child deserves specialized care tailored to their needs. I am proud to be a part of the multi-disciplinary Stanford Children's Hearing Center team where we deliver cutting-edge, individualized, patient-centric care that I believe is among the best in the country.

I remember the first time I witnessed the activation of a cochlear implant we placed in a two-year old girl that was born deaf. When we first turned on the implant, we asked the mother to say her daughter's name. The girl immediately turned to face her mother, hearing her voice for the first time in her life. The mother began crying in happiness. It was an emotional moment, and it reminds me how privileged I am to do this work.



Work and Education

Professional Education

University of Wisconsin SOM and Public Health, Madison, WI, 06/30/1994


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 06/30/1995


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 06/30/2001


Univ of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 06/20/2003

Board Certifications

Neurotology, American Board of Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

Conditions Treated


Ear canal exostoses

Ear canal stenosis

Facial nerve paralysis

Hearing loss (sensorineural and/or conductive)

Skull base tumors

Tumors associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 and type 2

Tympanic membrane perforation (hole in the eardrum)

Vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma)