Physicians

Ritvik Mehta, M.D.

Ritvik Mehta, M.D.

Dr. Ritvik Mehta received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He then went on to Harvard Medical School where he completed his internship in General Surgery and residency in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery. While at Harvard, he developed his interest in treating patients with facial paralysis. Recognizing the profound impact that facial paralysis has on the lives of those affected, Dr. Mehta chose to pursue advanced training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery / Facial Nerve Disorders during his fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary / Harvard Medical School. He then went on to complete a second fellowship in Otology / Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Mehta is truly a compassionate and caring physician who has a deep interest in providing the best possible care for his patients. He has co-authored numerous publications and was the recipient of the American Neurotology Society Trainee Award for his middle-ear research. Dr. Mehta is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a professional member in the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, International Otopathology Society (Schuknecht Society), and the American Neurotology Society.



Specialties:

Otology & Neurotology – Skull Base Surgery
Director – California Facial Nerve Center


His clinical interests include:

Hearing and Balance Disorders
Implantable Hearing Devices / Cochlear Implants
Lateral Skull Base Surgery (Acoustic Neuroma and other CPA tumors)
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
Facial Paralysis / Facial Reanimation Surgery
Microtia and Atresia Surgery

Finally, Dr. Mehta is a true humanitarian. He volunteers his personal time to participate in two amazing non-profit organizations developed to afford children with the medical and/or surgical care they require, but cannot afford. He is passionate about giving these children a better quality of life.

Dr. Mehta has hospital privileges at:

Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego

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Angela Chang, M.D.

Angela Chang, M.D.

Dr. Angela Chang is an experienced otolaryngologist dedicated to helping her patients thrive. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in physiological sciences and music. Angela continued to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she earned her medical degree. After a stint working with the National Institutes of Health, Angela returned to California to complete her residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Diego.

Most recently Dr. Chang was honored to receive the American Academy of Otolaryngology research award. When she’s not researching and reading the latest developments in her field, Angela enjoys connecting with her patients. Dr. Chang strongly believes in teaching patients, actively involving them in their medical decision making, and ensuring there’s plenty of time to discuss all their concerns.
Dr. Angela Chang’s diverse training in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery allows her to treat both adult and pediatric patients in all aspects of otolaryngology, including nasal obstruction, sinus disease, voice and swallowing disorders, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroid and parathyroid disease, salivary gland disorders, and head and neck cancer.

Dr. Chang firmly believes in patient education, actively involving her patients in making informed decisions and allowing ample time for her patients to discuss all their concerns. Her commitment to advancing medicine and providing exceptional patient care has been recognized in numerous honors and awards, as well as authorships in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Audrey Calzada, M.D.

Audrey Calzada, M.D.

Dr. Audrey Calzada is a board-certified Otolaryngologist, Head & Neck Surgeon who specializes in hearing disorders, chronic ear disease, balance disturbance, and tumors of the lateral skull base. She has a passion for serving patients and providing excellent clinical and surgical care.

Dr. Calzada’s undergraduate degree is from the University of California, San Diego where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed her surgical residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Calzada then received further subspecialty training at the prestigious House Ear Clinic where she completed a fellowship in Otology, Neurotology, & Skull Base Surgery.
Dr. Calzada is committed to clinical and surgical excellence. She is dedicated first and foremost to her patients and is well trained with the experience to treat a breadth of diseases in the field of Otology and Neurotology. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters in academic textbooks.


Dr. Calzada enjoys running, spending time with family and doing humanitarian work. She has traveled to Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America educating other physicians and providing Otolaryngologic medical and surgical care.

Clinical interests:

Chronic Ear Disease
Hearing Loss
Cochlear Implants and Implantable Hearing Devices
Tumors of the ear and lateral skull base (Acoustic neuroma, CPA tumors)
Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
Balance disturbance
Aural atresia
Exostoses (Surfer’s ear)

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Marsha Reuther, M.D.

Marsha Reuther, M.D.

As a native Californian, Dr. Marsha Reuther is especially dedicated to its diverse population. She began her education at UC Berkeley, earning a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology. She received her medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and was one of a handful elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society during her third year. She graduated with both the Distinction in Research award and the Distinction in Community Service award. Dr. Reuther returned to California to train in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at UC San Diego. During her training, she completed an additional two years of NIH-funded research, receiving the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s research award both years. During her surgical training, Dr. Reuther developed a deep interest in helping people with voice and swallowing problems, prompting her to pursue advanced training in Laryngology under the instruction of world-renowned expert Dr. Gregory Postma at the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Reuther possesses expertise in voice disorders, professional voice care, swallowing disorders, extraesophageal and gastroesophageal reflux, airway surgery and reconstruction, spasmodic dysphonia, and chronic cough. The ability to breathe, talk, and swallow is inherent to an excellent quality of life and any dysfunction can lead to social isolation and despair. Dr. Reuther is committed to helping people with these difficulties, thereby improving overall well-being. She cares for patients in all aspects of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery, including nasal and sinus disease, head and neck cancer, salivary gland disorders, thyroid and parathyroid disease, allergy, snoring, and sleep apnea. In addition to providing excellent care, Dr. Reuther emphasizes the value of a strong doctor-patient relationship and feels that patient education and understanding is of utmost importance.

Dr. Reuther is a huge animal lover and, when not going to dog beach with her four-legged buddy, can be found playing tennis, skiing, scuba diving, or fishing.

Her clinical interests include:

Voice disorders
Vocal fold paralysis
Dysphagia and other swallowing disorders
Transnasal esophagoscopy
Tracheoesophageal puncture for voice restoration
Subglottic and tracheal stenosis

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Matthew Leach, M.D.

Matthew Leach, M.D.

Dr. Matthew Leach, a San Diego native, received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Art History from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He then spent two years doing cancer cell biology research at the Scripps Research Institute before attaining his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his surgical residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University. He is thrilled to be providing excellent medical and surgical care back home in Southern California.

Dr. Leach has a wide range of interests within the field of otolaryngology, including comprehensive sinonasal care, pediatric head and neck disorders and treatment of inhalant allergies. He is a published author in the areas of pediatric cochlear implant complications, skull base defect repair and the use of electronic medical record software to improve clinical research databases. He also has enjoyed doing medical missionary work abroad in Central America.

In his spare time, Dr. Leach enjoys playing soccer and racquetball, reading science fiction, and spending time with his wife and two young children. He continues to be tortured by the general ineptitude of the Chargers and Padres.

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