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Dr. Ronald Ward

Head and Neck Surgery
Larkspur, CA
male

Locations

Office

Larkspur, CA

Address

1000 Magnolia Avenue, Suite A, Larkspur, CA
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: Closed
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Fax

(415) 409-5334

Ronald R. Ward, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Larkspur

About

Specialties
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Head and Neck Surgery

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Languages spoken

Croatian, English, German, Polish

Doctor Q&A

551 Answers
46 Agrees
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ignore: If minor, leave it be. If major, surgery by ENT.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ignore: Prevention of exposure to dust, smoke, pollens, particulate matter.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ignore: If significant obstruction, elective septoplasty may be indicated.
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ignore: Do: Avoid others with active upper respiratory infections, wash hands frequently,take 50 mg of zinc.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Lumps: Could be something benign like sebaceous cysts. Should check scalp for any lesions. If masses firm, could be of more concern. See ENT
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Humming: Usually damaged cochlear hair cells from noise exposure, aging, infection, etc.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
White spot: Could be tonsilolith, epithelial debris. Use q-tip or curette to try to move it.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Handkerchief: So that you decrease the aerosolization of of viruses and bacteria in vicinity of others. Same reason as washing hands. This is most common way to spr... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Hearing: Not certain what the question is. Whether or not hearing loss was present previously. Appears to be aggravated case of external otitis and/or serous o... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Audio notch: Nothing new here. This is merely masking therapy. Helps some.Whatever the causation of your subjective tinnitus is not a factor
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Residual of sinus in: Residual of prior sinus infection most likely.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Lotrimin (clotrimazole) drops: need ear cleaned out microscopically by ENT. Gentian violet applied by ENT. Lotirimin get for one week twice a day. Acetosol drops for acidification. ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Make an appointment: make an appointment with an ENT doctor. Symptoms to vague to give answer without more history and physical exam.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Reflux: GERD is the basis of both. LPR has symptoms of hoarseness, occasionally pain, voice change, possible laryngospasm because the acid and pepsin are bein... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Pharynx: The cricopharyngeal sphincter (upper esophageal sphincter). Look in Wikipedia. Pharynx has three clinical, anatomical subdivisions.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Blood vessel: Unlikely unless there is a vascular anomaly or tumor.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Throat clearing: Unlikely. Throat clearing leads to stimulation of secretary glands which produced more secretions which you then clear your throat again to remove. Be... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ear popping: If you have history of eustachian tube dysfunction, chronic ear infections, ear surgery, should see ENT if there is any hearing loss, dizziness, or in... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Warts: Once a day. For 10 weeks. Use occlusive dressing
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Facial spasm: Could be unilateral masseter, temporals spasm as reactionary splinting
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Laryngitis: No. But can make it worse by talking, alcohol, smoking, exposure to airborne chemicals, etc. If persists greater than weeks , need to have ENT evaluat... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Sudden hearing loss: Usually vascular, viral, or traumatic. This is an ear emergency.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Sing: The larynx produces vocal sounds. The nasal cavities give resonance. The oral cavity, facial muscles, and lips shape articulation.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Rash: Should document in your medical records. If true allergy, cannot have iodine containing contrast ever. Could have anaphylactic reaction. Most are also... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Head pain: Probably muscle tension headache. do range of motion exercises of neck, get someone to massage neck muscles, ?yoga. ibuprofen
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Pain: TMJ pain. Don't bite on anything hard for ten days. Take Motrin. Apply hot moist compresses. Stop chewing gum and grinding teeth. May need night guard... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Lip blisters: Sounds like herpes type I. Get Rx for acyclovir.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ears clogged: may take three to four weeks to clear provided no smoking. alcohol, another URI, air flight, etc. Second course of Abx may be indicated. Pop ears with... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Cervical vertigo: Probably neck muscles tighten esp. in cold weather. Need to keep neck warm and do range of motion exercises regularly. See ENT if symptoms last more t... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Pain and pus: need to get Antibiotics after evaluation. Suggest clindamycin, Penicillin, Augmentin. Dilute saline gargles.
A female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Smell: Parosmia, i.e. smell distortion. Olfactory nerve endings damaged with cold. Usually regenerate. Depend on severity of viral infection, exposure to smo... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ear infection: Ear pain, decreased hearing, possible headache, ringing in ear, some imbalance. Drainage if perforation of ear drum. If just fluid may resolve. Better... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ear patch: Do not pop ear, patch will be blown off. Minimum of 3-4 weeks. better to wait three months.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Turbinates: No permanent treatment. First see ENT for exam and diagnosis. Can be treated with corticosteroid sprays and antihistamines if allergic in nature. Surg... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Papillae: Probable being irritated by acidic, salty or spicy foods, alcohol , smoking. No mouthwash having alcohol. try bland diet for ten days.
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Throat clearing: Most chronic throat clearing is habitual. Could be a sign of acid reflux. Best to stop clearing your throat, and swallow instead, or drink water. Each... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Cough: Appears to be symptoms of influenza. Get rest, drinks lots of clear fluids
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Sinus: If not allergic, would start with Augmentin 875mg twice a day, saline nasal rinses, afrin (generic) spray every four hours for 5-7 days, drink two qua... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Walking: Sounds like claudication secondary to atherosclerosis of leg vessels. See internist. Get ultrasound.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Hoarse: Need to rest voice for three weeks, not smoke, no alcohol, no throat clearing, no raising voice. Drink a lot of clear fluids. radiation to ear from te... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Swelling: Most of swelling should resolve in 3-4 weeks. May take three months. Ask your surgeon about the bump.
A male asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Congested nose: rarely. Humans are obligate nose breather. Breathe through mouth if only option. Nasal congestion and adenoid hypertrophy can lead to sleep apnea, chr... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Parotid mass: You look too young for Warthin's tumor. Mass can be biopsied with fine needle, Can use ultrasound for guidance. See another ENT. Consider MRI of the g... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Sinus: By definition you have had an incomplete course of Abx. Best to be rechecked esp. if purulent discharge, Could use oxymetazoline spray every 4 hours f... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Ringing: damage to cochlear hair cells from noise exposure, aging, trauma. See ENT for exam and audiogram.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Throat pain: need more information. Where , when, any lesions, what makes it worse, smoking, alcohol, etc.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Ward
Specializes in Head and Neck Surgery
Throat: Almost certainly GERD, acid or non-acid reflux. look on web for treatment measures. Prilosec twice a day. limit alcohol, caffeine, lose weight etc. Se... Read More

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Testimonials
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Nov 29, 2018
Dr.Ward is concise and knowledgeable and has very helpful his answers.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you. I did see my oral surgeon and this is also what he said. This is an old accident scar that should have had stitches, but unfortunately I was out of state at...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! My ENT and dentist told me 5 years ago that it was a mucocele. Now it's the size of a grape. Injured palate with toothbrush. Ct scan was normal. Oral surgeon appt soon....Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you! As of yesterday my doctor put me on Sudafed, claritin and flonase. I am hoping this will help living with lightheadedness for this long has been uncomfortab...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, CA
MD

Residency

Kaiser Foundation Hosp Oakland

Awards

Founding Knowledge Editor, First Place, California - Winter
2016
Top Doctor, First Place, the San Francisco Region - Spring
2017
Thought Leader, Third Place, the San Francisco Region - Spring
2017

Affiliations

AAO-HNS
ACS
AAFPRS
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