Naveen D Bhandarkar

Naveen D. Bhandarkar, MD



Clinical Interests

Balloon sinuplasty, Cerebrospinal fluid leaks, Chronic sinusitus, Image-guided sinus surgery, Minimally invasive skull base surgery, Nasal polyps, Nose and sinus tumors, Revision sinus surgery, Sinus infections, Sinus steroid implants

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  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • English
Medical School
Ohio State University
University of Illinois - ChicagoGeneral Surgery
University of Illinois - ChicagoOtolaryngology
Oregon Health Sciences UniversityRhinology
Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor, UC Irvine Department of Otolaryngology
Awards and Recognition
  • Best Doctors in America® — Otolaryngology — 2013-2019
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2017-2019
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors — 2018
More Information

Dr. Naveen Bhandarkar is a board-certified UCI Health otolaryngologist who specializes in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery.

Bhandarkar’s clinical focus is treating conditions affecting the nose, the paranasal sinuses (areas surrounding the nasal cavity) and the skull base (the interface between the sinuses and the brain). He also specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic surgery and he has performed more than 2,500 nasal and sinus procedures using the most advanced technology.

Bhandarkar earned his medical degree at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine in Columbus. He completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in otolaryngology and skull base surgery at University of Illinois’ College of Medicine at Chicago, followed by a fellowship in rhinology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Bhandarkar’s clinical interests include chronic sinusitis, sinus infections, nasal polyps, nasal and sinus tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, sinus steroid implants, balloon sinuplasty, revision sinus surgery, image-guided sinus surgery and minimally invasive skull base surgery.

His research interests include chronic sinusitis. He also is a regular reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Bhandarkar sees patients at UCI Medical Center’s Pavilion 2 in Orange and at University Head & Neck Surgeons in Irvine.

Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Smell and Taste Disorders
  • Epistaxis (nosebleeds)
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nose and Sinus Tumors
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks
  • Image Guided Sinus Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery
  • Balloon Sinuplasty

Ear Nose and Throat Services
UC Irvine Medical Center, Pavilion 2, Building 30A
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7017
Fax: 855-854-5414
University Head & Neck Surgeons
250 E. Yale Loop, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92604
Phone: 949-225-6300
Fax: 949-225-6303