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Dr. Sunil Verma is a UCI Health otolaryngologist and head-and-neck surgeon who specializes in voice and swallowing disorders and diseases.

Sunil P. Verma, MD


Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Laryngology

Clinical Interests

care of the professional voice, chronic cough, laryngopharyngeal reflux, chronic sore throat, throat pain, cricopharyngeal spasm, difficulty swallowing, Voice, swallowing and breathing disorders, dysphagia, Zenker's diverticulum, hoarseness

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  • American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
Medical School
USC School of Medicine
LAC/USC Medical CenterGeneral Surgery
LAC/USC Medical CenterOtolaryngology
University of WisconsinLaryngology
Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor — Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, UCI School of Medicine
  • Director — University Voice and Swallowing Center
  • Assistant Dean, Clinical Affairs — UCI School of Medicine
Awards and Recognition
  • Best Doctors in America® (Otolaryngology) — 2011-2014
  • UCI Health ARISE Award for innovation — 2014
  • UCI School of Medicine iPad Innovation pilot program winner — 2014
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2017-2023
More Information

Dr. Sunil P. Verma is a board-certified UCI Health otolaryngologist and head-and-neck surgeon. Fellowship-trained in laryngology, he is an expert in the management of voice, swallowing and breathing conditions. He is the director of the UCI Health University Voice and Swallowing Center.

Verma is an expert in the management of complex laryngeal conditions including vocal cord paralysis, airway stenosis and Zenker’s diverticulum. In addition to providing state-of-the-art physical examination, he performs minimally invasive outpatient procedures such as laser surgery and laryngeal botox and vocal fold injections. He has advanced training in laser surgery for laryngeal and throat cancer that preserves a patient's function and voice. He specializes in caring for singers, actors, lawyers, teachers and others who rely on their voice for professional reasons.

He also is a member of the Digestive Health Institute's esophageal disease services team.

Verma received his medical degree at Keck School of Medicine at USC in Los Angeles, followed by an internship in general surgery and a residency in otolaryngology at LAC+USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Next, he completed a fellowship in laryngology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wis.

He has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences, and has appeared on national TV many times and has designed otolaryngology courses for medical students, resident physicians, primary care physicians and other ear, nose and throat specialists. He also serves as assistant dean of clinical affairs for the UCI School of Medicine.

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

Academic Profile

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Speakers Bureau Topics

  • Dysplasia of the larynx
  • Dysphagia management
  • Dyspnea
  • Emergency airway management
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Laryngectomy
  • Respiratory papillomatosis
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Tracheotomy
  • Vocal cord nodules, polyps and cysts
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Voice disorders
  • Zenker's diverticulum

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