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Robert K. Jackler, MD

Robert K. Jackler, MD

Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor, Emeritus
Residency: University of California San Francisco (1984) CA
Internship: University of California San Francisco (1980) CA
Medical Education: Boston University School of Medicine (1979) MA
Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, Neurotology (2004)
Fellowship: House Ear Institute (1985) CA
Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (1984)
MD, Boston Univ School of Medicine, Medicine (1979)
Residency, Univ California, SF, Otolaryngology - Head/Neck Surg (1984)
Fellowship, House Ear Institute, Neurotology (1985)
(650) 725-6500
Dr. Jackler was raised in Waterville, Maine, attended college and medical school in Boston, and moved west to the University of California, San Francisco for residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. After taking a Neurotology fellowship at the House Ear Clinic (1985), Dr. Jackler joined the faculty at UCSF where he remained until 2003 when he became the Sewall Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Under his leadership the faculty grew from 6 to over 50 and grew annual research budget from nil to over $12 million.

Dr. Jackler is an otologist-neurotologist who specializes in complex ear diseases. He has a special interest in tumors of the lateral and posterior cranial base and has written numerous analytical papers derived from his microsurgical series. A long standing collaboration with medical illustrator Chris Gralapp has produced @3000 original illustrations of ear and cranial base surgery. Since 1989, Dr. Jackler has maintained a fellowship program in neurotology & skull base surgery which has trained many academic leaders in the field.

Dr. Jackler has authored 200+ peer reviewed papers, 40+ chapters, numerous editorials, published four books Neurotology (1994, 2004), Atlas of Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery (1996, 2008), Tumors of the Ear and Temporal Bone (2000), and Ear Surgery Illustrated (2019). Dr. Jackler leads the Stanford Initiative to Cure Hearing Loss whose mission is to create biological cures for major forms of inner ear hearing loss through a research effort that is sustained, large-scale, multidisciplinary, focused, goal–oriented, and transformational. He is past president of the American Neurotology Society, editor-in chief emeritus of the journal Otology & Neurotology, and is an honorary member of the Royal College of Surgeons in both London and Edinburgh.

In 2006, Dr. Jackler and his wife Laurie founded the interdisciplinary research group Stanford Research Into The Impact of Tobacco Advertising which conducts research into the promotional activities of the tobacco industry. SRITA collected >60,000 original tobacco advertisements which now resides in the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution which has a public exhibit in 2019. SRITA maintains an extensive online digital collection of tobacco advertisement for use by scholars ( which has had over 750,000 unique users from around the world. Current SRITA research is focused upon emerging tobacco products such as JUUL, IQOS, Puff Bar, and recreational oral nicotine products with a special emphasis upon how these new devices are marketed to adolescents via use of social media and influencers.