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Dr. Clifford Chew, MD

Head & Neck Surgeon, Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Professional statement

Dr. Chew is a Board Certified otolaryngologist/ ear, nose & throat (ENTs) / head and neck surgeon by the American Board of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery. He has over 15 years of surgical experience. Dr. Chew performs sinus surgery, specialized oral/laryngeal surgery, major head & neck surgery (neck dissection, thyroidectomy, parotidectomy, cancer), and ear surgery. Dr. Chew is a native of San Francisco and graduated from Lowell High School with Honors. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with Honors and Distinction in 1991 from Stanford University and his MD and residency training in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, with Honors. We now offer allergy skin test in our office. Dr. Chew speaks fluent Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) and some Spanish. Our office staff also speaks fluent Vietnamese.

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Specialties

  • Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor
  • Head & Neck Surgeon

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • California Pacific Medical Center - California Campus
  • California Pacific Medical Center - Davies Campus
  • California Pacific Medical Center - Pacific Campus
  • Chinese Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of California, Irvine, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California Irvine Medical Center, Residency in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery

Professional memberships

  • California Medical Association
  • San Francisco Medical Society

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Languages spoken

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • Chinese (Fujian)

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1215036066

Office locations

Clifford Chew, MD

929 Clay Street, Suite 501

San Francisco, CA 94108

Clifford Chew, MD

1431 Noriega Street

San Francisco, CA 94122

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Great experience - helped sort out my clogged ear there and then with no waiting, Really nice Doctor who explained things well.
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Great service, very professional and answered my silly questions.
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Great professional who understands my health issues and is very easy to talk to!
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Dr. Chew was professional, helpful, and friendly. I didn't feel like he was rushing the diagnosis or appointment, and he looked up information with me online whenever I had questions. Thank you!
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I went to Dr. Chew for a sinus infection, I have been dealing with a few days. He was friendly and provided the Rx I needed to finally get some relieve from my headaches and congestion. His front office clerks wererude and pushy about payment. How can you be rude to a person who is ill? This is why I checked "Maybe" in the above question.
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excellent professional.
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Nice , friendly , and knowledgeable . I like Dr Chew
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My brief experience with Dr. Chew was very pleasant. The office building itself is a little out of date, but don't let that discourage you. His bedside manner was fantastic and he provided a very honest and genuine appraisal of mysituation, without the need for unnecessary "up sell" procedures. Hopefully I won't need to have another visit, but if I do I'll be happy to see Dr. Chew again. (Note to Dr: please change your blood pressure measurement procedure, wrist-based while standing in a waiting room doesn't produce reliable results.)
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Very thorough. Would recommend.
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Dr. Chew was very attentive and informative. I did have a long wait time to be seen (over an hour), but I believe this was due to extenuating circumstances with another patient. Staff at the office were very kind and helpfulat explaining pricing according to my insurance plan prior to my arrival. Would highly recommend Dr. Chew and happily return if I have any other ear complications.
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I loved that Dr. Chew gave me some different options for my ear problem. I felt heard & understood.
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Sharp and thorough.
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Surprised at how fast I got in today. Almost immediate. Great doc, always knowledgeable and patient
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My ears were clogged and Dr. Chew fixed me immediately. Very happy with the service. One thing I would like to see improved is the blood pressure procedure. They use a wrist cuff, which has been proven to be quite inaccurateand it was taken at the window while I was standing. Not appropriate.
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Really poor waiting room experience. They take your blood pressure on a shared device in the middle of the lobby? What doctor's office does that? Poor office conditions in general at the Clay St. location - know what you're getting into. Dr. Chew is great, the office not so much.
More than 1 year ago
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He's great! He was on time and he was very honest and nice and seemed like he cared more about my ailment than making money. I wanted to get a procedure done but he insisted for me to take some medsfirst and see how I feel before jumping into anything which I liked. His staff is great too! I paid out of pocket $200 and it was worth it
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He's the best!
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Office was not great, lots of people in a small area, had an odor. Nurses were hard to understand. Doctor was great.
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This was a terrible doctor's office experience. I was the first or second appointment of the day, yet, Dr. Chew was an hour late and I nearly missed my day of work. Then they said my health insurance might not beaccepted when I had called prior to coming in to insure that it was accepted. Finally, Dr. Chew was a very nice person but did not seem to give me thorough care to the point that I had to recommend two different tests that I thought would be effective. He ran the tests and told me the office would call back if they got positive results. They never called me back until I called their office to inquire and was told that, yes, the results were positive. A very frustrating experience overall.
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Quick, efficient and I can hear again! Booked an appointment last minute and got in and out he door hassle free!
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Although the waiting room was full when I arrived, the wait was surprisingly short. Dr. Chew was very nice and straightforward with his diagnosis and treatment options, which I appreciated. I will definitely go back to him next time I need to!
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Dr. Chu has been my ENT for 5 years. He is very professional and knowledgeable. And he always takes the time to answer my questions. I highly recommend him.
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Fantastic doctor. I was away on vacation in San Francisco and ended up with a sinus infection just one day into my trip- not being from the west coast, I had no idea who to go to. Thanks to ZocDoc, Ifound and visited Dr. Chew, and he was able to get me up and running again and enjoying my vacation in absolutely no time. Excellent availability and overall great experience! Highly recommended.
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I've been seeing Dr. Chu for about 5 years and highly recommend him. He's very knowledgeable and listens to his patients.
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The doc was late.
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So thorough. Even drew things put for me on paper. Awesome experience.
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He was good. To the point, friendly, professional.
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He was pleasant, competent, and addressed my concerns directly. His staff was polite and efficient.
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Most excellent! Given my dire circumstances; he responded to my phone call immediately. Went out of his way to see me as soon as possible.
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It may seem like the office is full of old Chinese people. That's because it is. But rest assured, the doctor and his office speak english and, despite a wait in a rather sad room, all was addressed.
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Great. Very helpful.
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The wait time was longer than I expected. Otherwise, everything else was good.
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I felt very confident with his knowledge and professionalism...
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Took his time, which I find lacking in many of these big city doctors. Thank you, Dr. Chew!
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I have been seeing Dr. Chew for chronic ear issues for about 3 years. I think he is an exceptional doctor.
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Dr. Chew really listened to what I was experiencing and addressed my concerns. I highly recommend him.
More than 1 year ago
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I wouldn't recommend this office. I woke up with severe tonsillitis and a fever, so I booked an appointment with Dr. Chew on ZocDoc. The facility in Chinatown is not very nice, with a crowded waiting room. I asked if hecould take my temperature but he didn't have a thermometer in the office. What kind of ENT doesn't have a thermometer?? Then he didn't take a throat culture to ascertain whether the tonsillitis was being caused by virus or bacteria, but decided to inject me into the shoulder with antibiotics straight away. The injection was literally the most painful burning I've ever ever felt - and it wouldn't stop. I finally started to go into shock as everything went numb and tingly and I started to become nauseous and light headed. While it passed after 10-15 minutes, anything that could hurt that much should have been numbed up with some local anesthetic, which he also didn't have. While Dr. Chew is a nice person and compassionate, this isn't modern medicine and I wouldn't come back here or recommend it to others.
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Staff could have been a bit more courteous. Wait time was a little much, but all in all, it wasn't terrible.
More than 1 year ago
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Quick and to the point. Answered all of my possibly silly questions with aplomb and respect.
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The doctor was wonderful, he was really nice and gentle and helped me to solve my problem. The 2 girls in the waiting room were not so nice... And the waiting time was long. With all that saying the doctor was great so I recommend to come see him.
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Very knowledgeable and nice person
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Good in hearing out patient's concern.
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Lets hope that the meds he proved prescribed cures my throat pain.
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Very professional and eased my inner ear pain. I will definitely return, even though parking is expensive.
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I liked him. It was my fault I had to wait because I showed up late - but everyone was gracious about it and treated me very well. I would feel comfortable with him doing any procedure on me that I needed.
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good. i felt seen and heard.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Clifford Chew had very little time between my booking an appointment and seeing me, but he arrived with my notes I left online in my hand, and he was able to talk about it. He took the time to explaineverything to me very clearly and educated me as well as treating me. I really appreciated the time he spent explaining things to me, because the office was really busy.. He wrote down all the information I requested, and considered extra information I had to give him.I felt it was a very productive visit,and I left feeling that I finally understood my health problem and what to do about it.
More than 1 year ago
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Great doctor! Glad to have him as my ear doctor.
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He is kind and respectful.
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He's a nice guy and more respectful. I extremely recommend to see him if you have problem in your ears, nose & throat.
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