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Akira Ishiyama, MD


Akira Ishiyama, MD

UCLA Physician Akira Ishiyama, MD specializes in Otolaryngology / Head & Neck.
Otolaryngology / Head & Neck
Language Spoken
English, German, Japanese
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
State License Number
(310) 206-6688 Clinic appointments
(310) 206-2041 Academic office
Voted Best Doctor
Voted Super Doctor

UCLA Head and Neck Surgery Suite
200 Medical Plaza, Suite 550
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Neurotology, American Board of Otolaryngology, 2012
Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1997
Neurotology, Vanderbilt Otology Group, 1996 - 1997
Otolaryngology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1992 - 1996
Otolaryngology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1990 - 1992
MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1990
Balance Disorder, Cochlear Implant, Facial Nerve, Neuro Otology, Otology, Pediatric Ear Problems, Skin Lesion Ear, Skull Base Surgery
Research Interest
Meniere's disease and human temporal bone pathology
Additional Information

Subspecialty: Otology/Neurotology

Professional Memberships

  • Northwestern University Medical School Alumni Association
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • American Otological Society
  • Association of University Otolaryngologists

Academic Staff Appointment

  • Professor, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Ishiyama received his medical degree in 1990 from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his internship and head and neck surgery residency training at UCLA. In 1997, Dr. Ishiyama was appointed to the faculty in the UCLA Division of Head and Neck Surgery to cover the service at Olive View UCLA Medical Center. In 1999, Dr. Ishiyama became Chief of the Olive View UCLA Head and Neck Service and in June 2008, Dr. Ishiyama was given an accelerated promotion to full Professor in the UCLA Head and Neck Division.

Dr. Ishiyama is actively involved in the research projects on Meniere’s disease and Human Temporal Bone Pathology. He is the Director of the Victor Goodhill Human Temporal Bone Laboratory at UCLA and he has been funded by the NIH/NIDCD. Currently, Dr. Ishiyama is working on the vestibular pathology in Meniere’s disease to understand the disease mechanism. Dr. Ishiyama is the Director of the UCLA Cochlear Implant Program, which is recognized as one of the centers for excellence in California. He has also started a cochlear implantation program in Armenia in 2004.

Dr. Ishiyama has mentored a long list of students and residents in his laboratory and in the clinical arena, where he maintains an active practice in all aspects of Otology and Neurotology ranging from balance disorders, cochlear implantation, pediatric otology, facial nerve disorders, acoustic neuroma and skull base tumor surgeries.

Awards & Recognition
  • Armenian Government Ministry of Health, Gold Medal, 2012
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Humanitarian Award, 2009
  • Armenian Council General Award, 2009
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