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Akira Ishiyama, MD

  • Otolaryngology|
  • Head and Neck Surgery
Head & Neck Surgery | 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90095


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.

Patient Stories


English, Japanese, German


Medical Board Certifications

Neurotology, American Board of Otolaryngology, 2012
Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1997


Neurotology, Vanderbilt Otology Group, 1997


Otolaryngology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1996


MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1990



West Los Angeles

Head & Neck Surgery

Head and Neck Surgery| Pediatric Head and Neck Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center



  • Meniere's disease and human temporal bone pathology


  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Centivo
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Health Net of California
  • Interplan (part of HealthSmart)
  • L.A. Care
  • MultiPlan
  • UFCM Health System
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS)
  • UnitedHealthcare

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  • Super Doctors® Southern California, 2023, 2024
  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021
  • Armenian Government Ministry of Health, Gold Medal, 2012
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Humanitarian Award, 2009
  • Armenian Council General Award, 2009