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Dr. Matthew Russell

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
San Francisco, CA
16 years experience male

Locations

Office

San Francisco, CA

Address

2330 Post St 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 6:00am - 6:00pm
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Office

San Francisco, CA

About

Bio

I am a Board Certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon, AKA Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. I currently practice at the University of California, San Francisco as an Otolaryngology Hospitalist. At UCSF, we are pioneering hospital-based practices to focus on the specific needs of patients in the acute care setting. In addition, UCSF is committed to Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, in which I also participate.

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Doctor Q&A

59 Answers
15 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Positive pressure: There is no direct nerve connection between the nose and chest. However, when you blow your nose, you create positive pressure in the chest by increa... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Have it checked out: How long? Fevers? Tiredness? Swallowing problems? Breathing problems? Trouble opening your mouth? Hot potato voice? A one-sided throat problem if y... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Patience: So much of medicine is subjective. Perhaps this doctor is more cautious. If you haven't noticed a big change in a year, you are probably just fine... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
In short, no: A true bacterial sinus infection will not cause skin changes unless the infection spreads into the cheek. This is usually with redness and swelling, ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Unclear question: I don't know what you mean with this question. If you have fluid behind the ear drum, any ear nose and throat doctor should be able to help you. T... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Sometimes: There are many reasons you can feel pressure in the head. Rhinitis and sinusitis can cause pressure, but most often not. You may want to see a d... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Basics: Salt water gargles, honey, throat lozenges are commonly used. If your sore throat does not go way or gets worse, you many need medical attention.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Time: Cold sores are viral infections. Medications have limited utility, and sounds like you'd like to avoid them anyway. Good skin care, lip balm, mois... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
SPF: High spf is better. Protect your skin from uv light.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: These to medications should be ok to use together. If you have additional questions about drug-drug interactions, you should speak with your pharmaci... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
No: This is not dangerous, but probably burned like the dickens when you rinsed your nose if there was not enough salt dissolved in the water. You can pu... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
See eye doctor: Sounds like a sudden onset visual loss. If an eye doctor does not answer your questions soon, don't wait. You should see an eye doctor, asap... As i... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Neti Pot: Neti pot irrigation of the nose/sinuses with saline (salt water) is a very safe "natural" way to clean the nose. There is little risk of harm with th... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Adult Neck Mass: If you can feel a bump in your neck externally, it is worth seeing an ENT doctor. Most commonly, these are benign enlarged lymph nodes (especially if... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Reflux: One of the common reasons for your symptoms is acid reflux. Reflux can cause irritation in the throat (even if you don't taste the acid). Try treati... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Eustacian Tube : The eustacian tube allow you to pressurize the air in the middle ear behind the eardrum (i.e. When flying). This tube opens into the back of the nose... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Unclear: Your symptoms sounds rather general... Not very specific. If this is a new issue, sounds like a "cold/flu" type process. If it's getting worse, or... Read More
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Bacteria: Tonsil stones are benign firm white "stones" that form in the tonsil crypts from bacteria... Much like plaque on your teeth. They are not dangerous, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Bacteria: Tonsil stones are benign firm white "stones" that form in the tonsil crypts from bacteria... Much like plaque on your teeth. They are not dangerous, ... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: You should seek the advice of a facial plastic surgeon. These doctors complete medical school followed by residency in head and neck surgery, general... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Could be: Whistling sounds from the nose when breathing indicates turbulent airflow in the nose. Often the sound comes from a hole in the nasal septum. Yo... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Have it checked out: Sometimes tongue sores are caused by rubbing on the teeth and can be had to get rid of. (traumatic fibroma) however, if it is not going away, have ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Nasal Polyps: I have not heard of this one... If you are prone to nasal polyps due to chronic sinusitis, the best thing is to work with your ENT doctor on a reg... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Nose Knows: Does it hurt? Is there surrounding redness? Have you had any trauma to the nose? It you have no other symptoms, it could just be a prominent media... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Go to the ER: Your symptoms sound concerning. You should go to the emergency room.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Time: Saline solution is inert, and should not cause long term problems. (there are only rare cases of infection from contaminated water) sometimes too ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
TMJ: When you open your mouth wide and have pain, this could be a sign of TMJ (jaw joint) pain/inflammation. Often this pain is felt in the ear. A so... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Oh boy: I feel like my mother, but here it goes... Don't snort cocaine. It's bad for you. (not to mention, it's illegal). The nosebleed is a common side ef... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Prophylaxis: Time will make the active infection go away. If you are getting cold sores repeatedly, your doctor can prescribe antiviral medications to help preven... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
FPS: You may want to seek the advice of a facial plastic surgeon. Depending on where the scar is and what it looks like, there are a number of options fo... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
3 years?: Unlikely to be malignancy if the nodes have been around (and unchanged) for 3 years. If you have seen changes recently or are having other symptoms (... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
See a doctor: If you're sore throat is so bad that you cannot swallow anything, you should be seen by a doctor to evaluate.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Yes.: These two procedures can both be performed by an otolaryngologist- head and neck surgeon with the appropriate training/experience. As long as you... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Netti Pot: Either sniffing or blowing are fine (blowing really hard can cause problems, but this is rare). If you have a lot of nasal congestion, you may want... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Depends on cause: If your pharyngitis is bacterial, and a bacteria that is susceptible to clindamycin, you should start feeling better in 24-48 hours. Clindamycin wi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Slippery slope: Saline rinses (neilmed sinus rinse for example) are safe, non-medicated way to help. Nasal steroids (prescription) work if you use them regularly, ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Clarification: Sorry but your question does not make sense. Are you referring to excision of a congenital preauricular pit? This is a pretty simple surgery, bu... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Allergy testing: In allergic rhinitis, it would not be unusual to only have mild mucosal thickening on ct scan. That's good news... You don't have sinusitis or some o... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
See a doctor: Sounds like your friend should see a doctor. Specifically an ENT doctor.
A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
It depends...: It depends what you mean by water blisters. A blister from friction, as you might get on your hand after a lot of digging with a shovel without ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
See a doctor: Seek medical attention. You may ask the emergency room doctor or pediatrician for a consultation with an eye doctor or and ear, nose throat doctor, d... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
See an ENT: I agree with the other md. See an ENT doctor. Drainage from the ear is not normal. The ENT doctor can evaluate for a continued hole in the ear dru... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Any other symptoms?: Any other signs or symptoms with your itching? Rash, redness, swelling? If you have any skin changes on the nose, eye, ear or face, get it checke... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Practice.: Practice sneezing. Fake sneeze. Get yourself used to sneezing again. You are trying to undo a habit, it will invariably feel awkward at first. Do... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Have it checked out: Sounds like a small lymph node, which for a 19 year old is most likely completely normal. However, if you are having other symptoms and are concern... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
See a dermatologist: You should see a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon if this problem bothers you. There are a number of non-invasive light and laser based treatm... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Unclear: It is not clear to me what you mean with this question. If you have a painful skin lesion on your forehead that is getting worse with time, you ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Sort of: Cartilage does continue to grow with age, but it is a very slow process and not typically noticeable. We are, of course, our own biggest critics, a... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Virus Infection: Cold sores are typically caused by virus infections that spread from person to person. Some viruses can live in the body and reactivate even if you h... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew Russell
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
HyperCa: Your symptoms are typical of hypercalcemia. I would recommend that you seek consultation with a specialist: endocrinology for sure, and probably a neu... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Russell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Russell is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I got an appointment today with an ophthalmologist. He said I'm fine, just a liquid gel behind my eye leaked out.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Does the device (dermascope?) tell that this mole was ok. He seemed sure it was aytipical. Thx
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Boston University School of Medicine
Graduated 2006MD

Residency

UCSF MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Top Otolaryngologist, First Place, California - Winter
2013
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