Vanessa R. Erickson, MD

Dr. Erickson was recently honored for her work with Operation Access

Vanessa R. Erickson , M.D., originally hails from Spokane, Washington, but spent her childhood growing up in Germany. She fell in love with the San Francisco Bay Area when she attended college at Stanford University. She moved on to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for medical school and then returned to Stanford University Medical Center to complete her internship and specialty training in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Erickson enjoys the many facets of Otolaryngology, but has a particular interest in pediatric otolaryngology, endoscopic sinus surgery and sleep surgery. She enjoys participating in humanitarian missions in the field of Otolaryngology, most recently

in Quito, Ecuador at Hospital de Ninos Baca Ortiz. She is volunteer physician for Operation Access where she provides medical care free of charge to uninsured patient populations.

She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, the American Medical Association and the AOA Medical Honor Society.

Office Location(s):

San Francisco Ear, Nose and Throat Medical Group, Inc.

3838 California Street
Suite 505
San Francisco, California 94118

Location Phone: (415) 751-4914

Location Fax: (415) 751-1414

Accepting new patients:

I am accepting new patients.

Primary Specialty:

Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, and Head and Neck Surgery

Medical Education:

M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan : 2004


General Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, California : 2005

PreMed Education:

B.A., Stanford University, Palo Alto, California : 1999


Otolaryngology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California : 2009

Board Certifications:

American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery : June 2010

In Practice Since:



Honors and Awards:


Manley G, Knudson MM, Morabito D, Damron S, Erickson V, Pitts L. Hypotension, Hypoxia, and Head Injury: Frequency, Duration and Consequences. Archives or Surgery, 136(10):1118-23, October 2001.

Erickson, Vanessa and Worden, Brian. “Approach to Penetrating Neck Trauma.” Practical Guide to the Care of the Surgical Patient. Ed Tom C. Nguyen, Oscar J. Abilez. Elsevier Publishers, Philadelphia, 2007 (in press).

Erickson VR, Hwang PH. Wegener’s granulomatosis: current trends in diagnosis and management. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Jun;15(3)170-6.

Chepeha DB, Teknos TN, Sacco AG, Erickson VR, Lyden T, Haxer M, Moyer J, Prince ME, Eisbruch A, Bradford CR, Wolf GT. Oropharyngoplasty with Template -Based Reconstruction of Oropharynx Defects. (in submission).

Koopman C, Nouriani B, Erickson V, Anupindi R, Butler L, Bachman MH, Sephton S, Spiegel D. Sleep disturbances in women with metastatic breast cancer. The Breast Journal, 8(6):362-370, October 2002.

Quinn T, Erickson V, Knudson MM. Down’s Syndrome, Precocious Puberty, and Transverse Vaginal Septum: An Unusual Cause of Abdominal Pain. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 36(4):641-643, April 2001.

Lee SK, Morabito D, Hemphill JC, Erickson V, Holcroft JJ, Derugin N, Knudson MM. Small-volume resuscitation with HBOC-201: Effects on cardiovascular parameters and brain tissue oxygen tension in an out-of-hospital model of hemorrhage in swine. Academic Emergency Medicine, 9(10):969-976, October 2002.

Knudson MM, Lee S, Erickson V, Morabito D, Derugin N, Manley GT. Tissue oxygen monitoring during hemorrhagic shock and resuscitation: A comparison of lactated Ringer’s solution, hypertonic saline dextran and HBOC-201. Journal of Trauma, 54(2):242-52, February 2003.

Holland MC, Mackersie RC, Morabito D, Campbell AR, Kivett VA, Patel R, Erickson VR, Pittet JF. The development of acute lung injury is associated with worse neurologic outcome in patients with severe traumatic brain injury. Journal of Trauma, 55(1): 106-11, July 2003.

Manley GT, Hemphill JC, Morabito D, Erickson V, Holcroft JJ, Derugin N, Knudson MM. Small-volume resuscitation with the hemoglobin substitute HBOC-201: Effect on brain tissue oxygenation. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 530:311-7, 2003.

Parikh, S, Erickson VR, Kriet JD, Good RL, Most SP. An analysis of the columellar scar in external rhinoplasty using validated outcomes instruments. (In submission)

Manley GT, Hemphill JC, Morabito D, Derugin N, Erickson V, Pitts LH, Knudson MM. Cerebral oxygenation during hemorrhagic shock: Perils of hyperventilation and the therapeutic potential of hypoventilation. Journal of Trauma – Injury, Infection and Critical Care, 48(6):1025-32, June 2000.

Erickson V, Messner A. Radiology quiz case 2. Congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS). Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Mar:133(3):299, 300-1

Erickson VR, Antunes M, Chen B, Cohen NA, Hwang PH. The effects of retinoic acid on ciliary function of regenerated sinus mucosa. Am J Rhinol. 2008 May-Jun; 22(3):334-336.