Dr. Jeffrey Pollard

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
San Jose, CA
23 years experience

About

Bio

Connect with me on LinkedIn Follow me on Twitter @DoctorPollard Jeffrey D. Pollard, MD is a fellowship trained and double board certified physician and surgeon who is an alumni of Duke, Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Tulane Universities. Dr. Pollard is a Silicon Valley native who grew up witnessing first-hand the powerful impact and meaningful benefits of innovative and integrated science, medicine, and technology. He has a passion for personalized patient-centric care, preventive participatory medicine, and health wellness and desires to blend technology into modern healthcare in ways that truly build and benefit the patient-provider relationship and overall outcomes. In addition to over a decade of hands-on clinical experience with an emphasis on innovative and minimally invasive laser and surgical procedures, Dr. Pollard has a broad and proven skill-set in healthcare pertaining to education training, research, recruiting, marketing, community building engagement, communications, social media, management, operations, and public speaking. He is proud to be 23andMe's first full-time physician and Director of Medical Affairs.

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Doctor Q&A

381 Answers
517 Agrees
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Skin Color: Your skin color is pre-determined based on the genes inherited from your parents. Sun exposure, skin trauma, hormones, and chronic illness can affect ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Sunscreen: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent t... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Sunscreens do not completely stop all of the uv rays from getting to the skin. Your melanin will be activated causing your skin to tan. Keep in mind t... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No limits!: If you are in good health then you may be a candidate for a facelift. The results will depend on your anatomy and the quality of your skin. Ancillary ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Sun Protection: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent t... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Unlikely: Unless the ear infection is draining to the ear canal it is unlikely to have any infectious material on it. None the less you could wipe the earphones... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Exam & Biopsy: Getting in to see your doctor is the best first step to a diagnosis. Often times a physical exam will create some level of "suspicion" or "reassurance... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Results Vary: In my experience of over 1000 facelifts, the results can vary dramatically depending on many factors including your facial anatomy and the quality of ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Facelift = Mild Pain: Most of my patients report mild to moderate discomfort, and only in the first couple of days. Most are able to take tylenol (acetaminophen) by that ti... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Lid Surgery vs. Fill: Depending on the lid anatomy and where in the aging process you are, you might benefit from fat reduction blepharoplasty (an outpatient procedure). Th... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Normal nostrils: The nose has bony ridges inside each nostril called turbinates that swell as a result of normal blood flow patterns. Turbinates help humidify the air ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Hyperhidrosis (or excess sweating) is more common than you'd think! antiperspirants are the simple answer, but often won't work with true hyperhidrosi... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes - Solutions: Hyperhidrosis (or excess sweating) is more common than you'd think! antiperspirants are the simple answer, but often won't work with true hyperhidrosi... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Hydration: Remember that one of the best ways to hydrate your skin is by keeping your body well hydrated - you will likely notice immediate benefits if you incre... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Microdermabrasion: Can be performed as often as every 1 week in certain circumstances. Most patients will find that they settle into a monthly routine, unless they are t... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Possibly: It is a good idea to always follow the expiration dates on medications including skincare. Some active ingredients may breakdown into other/different ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Start taking care of your skin at a young age and reap the rewards later in life! simple precautions like using SPF clothing, hats, sunglasses, and lo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Sunscreen: Sunscreens work via 2 possible ways: 1) chemical blocks that breakdown the uv rays as they pass through the skin and 2) physical blocks that prevent t... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
YES!: One of the risks of any injectable medication is bruising (usually mild and very temporary). If you are on a blood thinner, you will still see a nice ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
HA Enzyme: The hyaluronic acid (ha) reversing enzyme hyaluronidase can be used to help break up and get rid of unwanted ha fillers. It can be effective, but reme... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Follow Directions: Depending on what type of drop you are using it may be ok... Read the instructions carefully. In truth, it is very difficult to "get the drops out" co... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
What is Botox?: Botox is a medication consisting of a purified protein product of the bacteria clostridium botulinum. Botox like so many other medications has been pu... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Weight Loss Options: Medical weight loss programs can help you lose a significant amount of weight. After you have lost what you can, then consider surgical and non-invasi... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Upper or Lower?: Using a laser to help with incisions offers no particular advantage to traditional scalpel techniques. In my experience of 100's of blepharoplasty pro... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Liposuction: Diet and exercise are a great way to start losing weight and maintain good health. Medical weight loss programs with md guidance can help as well. Lip... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Check the Label: If cosmetics have active or prescription ingredients, some of them can degrade over time and actually change into other things that may have a differe... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Can Be: If you are getting a "dry micro" without any active products used, then i may be ok. You also need to pay attention to body positioning as you get clo... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: The answer will be different for different types of skin and the inherent "quality" of the skin. The amount of weight loss may be a factor. Age plays ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Painful Bump: Painful bumps should be examined by a physician - in this case, probably an ENT specialist. Painful swelling in this location can be an infection of t... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Lower Lid Wrinkles: Protect your skin with SPF and sunglasses. Stay well hydrated & moisturize. Restore skin w/ elastiderm. Resurface skin with laser or chemical peels (m... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Botox Can Help: Hyperhidrosis (or excess sweating) is more common than you'd think! antiperspirants are the simple answer, but often won't work with true hyperhidrosi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: The more you purse your lips, the more you will break the lines down in your skin... Treatment usually consists of laser or chemical peel, botox, and ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes-But It's Early: We usually have enough collagen and elastin at age 18 to keep our skin looking young and fresh. That being said, genetics, wear & tear, general health... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Viral Infection: The most likely cause of a runny nose, cough, and fever is a viral infection. It is possible for these symptoms to be related to a bacterial infectio... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Vitamin C for skin: Vitamin c is good for healthy, radient looking skin. Vitamin c can be taken orally and is also found in many skin care lotions and serums available th... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Botox & Safety: Botox is an fda approved medication for multiple conditions including ocular muscle dysfunction, migraine headaches, reduction of glabellar furrows (f... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Needs Exam: Moles are benign skin bumps that will naturally get bigger over time and with aging. That being said, the only way to know if it is a mole (nevus) and... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Usually not: But it is common to get drowsy after eating. Also, the body gets tired more easily when you have an infection.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Droopy eyelids: Laser treatments should not lead to droopy eyelids. However it is not entirely clear what surgery you had. If you have a droopy lid you should consult... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: But you may want to try off-label use of Latisse (bimatoprost) eye-lash medicine. I have seen patients in my practice benefit from using Latisse (bima... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Unlikely: Eyelid surgery is typically very consistent and predictable. That being said - make sure that you communicate what you think "misshapen" means to your... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Cosmetic Procedures: * hair transplant * browlift * neck contouring * liposuction / liposculpting * rhinoplasty * chin augmentation / implant * botox * fillers * otoplasty... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
No: Have your mole examined and then consider the following options: complete removal vs. A shave reduction.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Laser tattoo removal: There is a reasonable risk for scarring with laser tattoo removal although the lasers have gotten very good in the last few years. The best approach f... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Split lip: A split lip needs to be repaired by a doctor, particularly if it is deep enough to be into the muscle of the lip. This is done with sutures that can b... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Hydration is key: During exersize you must stay well hydrated. That may mean taking breaks or carrying water with you when you jog. Also, replenish your body with elect... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Eagles Syndrome: Elongation or inflammation related to the styloid process or stylohyoid ligament can result in chronic pain at the base of the skull/back of the throa... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Large pills: While it is possible for a pill to get stuck in the throat, it is unlikely to be the case without significant symptoms. Most commonly the sensation of... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Saline: Salt water nasal spray is great for routine nasal hygiene. Can use it several time per day as needed. On a limited basis, medicated sprays can help de... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Could be serious: Even without knowing the diagnosis - he is at risk of getting dehydrated and having serious complications as a result. Dehydration can be managed in t... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
Mar 13, 2013
This Dr invited me to join and it has been a great opportunity & pleasure to help him on his mission to help as many people as possible in an emerging venue.
Dr Pollard has taken great efforts to provide expert advice to his patients. I appreciate his effort in serving them well!
Caring, dedicated, knowledgeable - an outstanding thought leader and innovator.
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! I've had this for a while and it's really been bothering me! I'll admit I haven't been drinking enough as I should be. Thank you!
HealthTap member
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HealthTap member
Yes, I'm going to try it. If anything it will erase my stress at doing nothing besides resting and the other basics! Face is scary!!Thanks!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, TN
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

STANFORD HOSPITAL

Residency

STANFORD HOSPITAL

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, San Jose Region, CA - Summer
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, San Jose Region, CA - Summer
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, San Jose Region - Summer
2014

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