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Dr. Jeffrey Pollard

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

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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

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493 Answers
642 Agrees
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Spots on the eyes: Lentigines (brown pigment spots) on the sclera (eyeball) are likely benign, but can be a part of a constellation of other symptoms that make up a larg... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Broken nose: "setting" a broken nose can often be done in the clinic, but sometimes the or. This procedure takes about 30 min. A more formal rhinoplasty may take s... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Cost of Rhinoplasty: The cost of a rhinoplasty will depend on 1) the surgeon; 2) the complexity of the procedure; 3) if it is a primary of revision procedure; 4) if it is ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Salicylic acid -acne: Salicylic acid is a very reasonable daily treatment for acne management. It is unlikely to do anything for scarring or for hyper pigmentation. There a... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Reaction 2 somthing: If it's red and itchy, more than likely it's an allergic reaction to something (new skin care product, soap, detergent, fragrance, etc...) could be so... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
LIkely the other way: It is more than likely that your grinding is exacerbating your tmj. Would be worth your while to look into solutions for your TMJ by speaking with a d... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Follow Product Guide: Follow the instructions on the box/bottle or the explicit directions of a U.S. Licensed doctor when taking any medication. This should help, but not g... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Blood in mucus: Unlikely that an isolated occurrence of blood in your phlegm/mucus is a concern. From time to time the mucus membranes of the nose/throat can bleed as... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Many possible reason: Routine headaches can be the result of stress, caffeine, dehydration, medications, and more. It might be worth visiting you primary care doctor to run... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Reactive Airway: It is possible to have reactions like this to weather. Those with asthma may suffer from this more than others. Exercise and allergens in the air may ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Muscle spasm: There is a complex of muscles between your eyebrows that can (as with any muscle) have spasms. If this is a persistant problem, you could consider usi... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
ENT Eval: Must be seen to determine if ulceration is due to trauma, infection, or malignancy like cancer with can be ruled out by simple biopsy (if needed). Bet... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Symptoms on 1 side: Anytime symptoms are involving 1 whole side of the body (particularly numbness or weakness), a neurological evaluation is warranted (and urgently - if... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Different Genes!: Everyone is built differently based on our genetic code and we interact differently with our environment. Some people are more sensitive to different ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Not sure exactly: Unclear why you would be noticing a different smell. If you are smelling blood from a wound you may detect a different odor at different stages of hea... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Stuffed ears: It is natural for your ears to feel stuffed up when you are congested b/c the eustachian tubes (that connect your middle ear to the upper part of your... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Nighttime sweating: While sweating can be normal, there are also other causes of nighttime sweating that should be evaluated. I would start with a routine physical exam a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Many options: Start with simple hygiene and consider more advanced treatments like microdermabrasion for routine care. Salicylics are generally a good first start a... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Arnica & Facelift: Arnica (taken orally) seems to reduce bruising at roughly 1 week after facelift. It is almost routinely used now and in my experience of over 1000 fac... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Watery Diarrhea: Watery diarrhea is a condition that needs attention because it can result in dehydration fairly quickly. Their may be many causes for stomach cramps a... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Migraines: Migraines can come in all shapes and sizes and can effect people in many different ways (sometimes quite severely). Because there are a variety of dif... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Scalp Bite: Depending on what the bite is from, how long it's been there, and the extent of the "swelling", you may wish to have it evaluated. An "abscess" can fi... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Allergy vs. Cold: Stuffy runny nose with congestion can be due to seasonal (or other) allergies, but can also be due to viral or bacterial infections involving the nose... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Kidney?: If this is flank pain, it could be an issue related to the kidney. Other considerations would include musculoskeletal pain. Depending on severity, dur... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Sounds like virus: Sounds like a viral "enteritis" - basically a "stomach flu". Viral gastrointestinal infections can not only be tedious to get through, they can also b... Read More
A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Ulceration: A non-healing area of the oral mucosa is called an "ulcer". You should have someone from your medical team look at the areas, as there may be so help ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Don't 2x same med: Look out for doubling up on the same medication, make sure that the active ingredients are not the same in each medication - in this case Ibuprofen (t... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Abdominal pain: Instant pain that doesn't linger in the abdomen is usually related to gas/cramping in the GI tract. If there is sustained/worsening pain or other symp... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Concerning: Daily vomiting and nightly fever are very concerning symptoms, but need to be evaluated in the context of duration, risk factors, and severity. Urgent... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Flank Pain: Might be referring to "flank pain" which can come from pulled muscles or sore ribs. Organs in that area that can cause flank pain are the kidneys. Sou... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Probably not: The most common ingested causes of black stool would be iron supplements, licorice, and peptobismol. Bleeding in the GI tract can also lead to dark st... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Skin Lump: Bumps and lumps can be a variety of things depending on the depth in relation to the skin, the duration, and associated symptoms. The timing of recent... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Concerning: That kind of repetitive cycle of throwing up can be very damaging to your system if it goes on for a sustained period of time. Not only does one lose ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Sunburn or reaction: Photosensitivity and photoreactions can occurs following sun exposure, particularly on certain medications (antibiotics being common). Sunburn can loo... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Atypical v malignant: And surgery v radiation or both? Would be helpful to know what treatments she has undergone. Atypical meningiomas may recur following surgery and are ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Lip Color: The color of your lips is determined by the pigment in your skin and the blood flow beneath the skin. There is no way to "change" the color of your li... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Pain with cough: Lower abdominal pain with coughing could represent among other things a hernia. Hernias can occur in the lower abdomen as a result of a weakening of t... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Absolutely: Very common complaint with gerd. Treat the gerd and you should see relief in time.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Sulfur and Acne: I've treated acne for years and have never recommended sulfur, but apparently, sulfur has been used for a long time for the treatment of mild skin con... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Protein: Protein helps to build muscle mass while you are doing weight training and cardiovascular exercise. Eat a well balanced diet and make sure that you ar... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Skin Care: Protect your skin with spf; moisturize and treat with antioxidants and stay well hydrated; consider tretinoin to help prevent more acne and treat skin... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Come and go: Hiccups come and go. The pattern you are describing is quite typical. Hiccups can be triggered by a number of different things, but are a result of mu... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Unusual: I can't imagine what is in your vitamin that would be causing a withdrawal headache... Is there caffeine or something in it? Severe headache particula... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Not likely: It's not likely that it's out of place. Something else must be going on that's making you feel this way. Without other symptoms mentioned it's not cle... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Pollard
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Twitching=muscle: It takes muscle to make something twitch. Twitching in the upper stomach, below the rib cage is in the region of the diaphragm - the muscle that contr... Read More

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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.
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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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