Edward C. Kuan, MD


Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Rhinology

Clinical Interests

multidisciplinary endoscopic skull base surgery, nasal and sinus disorders, nasal polyps, sinonasal tumors, cerebrospinal fluid leaks and encephaloceles, complex and revision endoscopic sinus surgery, frontal sinus surgery, image-guided surgery

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  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology
  • English
  • Mandarin
Medical School
UCI School of Medicine
UCLA Medical CenterOtolaryngology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of MedicineRhinology and Skull Base Surgery
Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor — Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, UCI School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor — Department of Neurological Surgery, UCI School of Medicine
  • Fellow — American Rhinologic Society
More Information

Dr. Edward C. Kuan is a board-certified, fellowship-trained UCI Health otolaryngologist who specializes in medical and surgical treatment for disorders of the nose, sinuses and skull base.

As a rhinologist and skull base surgeon, his clinical practice focuses on complex and revision endoscopic sinus surgery for challenging sinusitis and nasal polyps, especially cases that have failed prior medical and/or surgical therapy. He also performs minimally invasive endoscopic surgery for sinonasal tumors and the repair of cerebrospinal fluid leaks and encephaloceles.

In addition, he performs endoscopic skull base surgery in close collaboration with UCI Health neurosurgeons as part of the UCI Health Skull Base Surgery Program, including removal of brain tumors through the nose, and collaborates with the UCI Health Facial Plastic Surgery team for the comprehensive surgical treatment of the functional nasal airway.

Kuan earned his medical degree at UCI School of Medicine. He completed residency training in otolaryngology at UCLA, followed by a fellowship in rhinology and skull-base surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

His research interests include bioengineering applications in rhinology, as well as clinical outcomes of chronic sinusitis, sinonasal tumors and skull base surgery. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and presents his research both nationally and internationally. He is actively involved in the American Rhinologic Society.

Kuan, who is fluent in Mandarin, sees patients at UCI Medical Center in Orange, Irvine and UCI Health — Placentia.

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 — Placentia
1041 E. Yorba Linda Blvd., Suite 309
Placentia, CA 92870
Phone: 714-456-7017
Fax: 714-577-0050
UCI Health University Head and Neck Surgeons
250 E. Yale Loop, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92604
Phone: 949-225-6300
Fax: 949-225-6303