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Naveen D Bhandarkar

Naveen D. Bhandarkar, MD


Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Rhinology

Clinical Interests

allergies, balloon sinuplasty, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, epistaxis (nosebleeds), image-guided sinus surgery, minimally invasive skull base surgery, nasal polyps, nose and sinus tumors, sinusitis, smell and taste disorders

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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
  • Associate Professor — Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, UCI School of Medicine
Awards and Recognition
  • Best Doctors in America® — Otolaryngology — 2013-2019
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2016-2023
  • Southern California Top Doctors — 2019
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors — 2018
More Information

Dr. Naveen Bhandarkar is a board-certified UCI Health otolaryngologist who specializes in 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 has extensive experience in complex and revision endoscopic sinus surgery, treating the most difficult and challenging cases of chronic sinusitis, polyps and sinus tumors. He has performed more than 2,500 procedures to date using the most advanced technologies available.

After earning a medical degree at Ohio State University’s College of Medicine in Columbus, he completed residency in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, followed by a fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

His clinical interests include chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps, nasal and sinus tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, sinus steroid eluting implants, balloon sinuplasty, revision sinus surgery, image-guided sinus surgery and minimally invasive skull base surgery. He is active in research involving clinical trials and outcomes of sinus surgery and is also a regular reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

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

UCI Health Ear, Nose & Throat Services
101 The City Drive South, Pavilion 2
Building 30A
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7017
Fax: 855-854-5414
UCI Health — Irvine
19200 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 714-456-7002