Dr. Clifford Chew, MD

Head & Neck Surgeon

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929 Clay Street, Suite 501, San Francisco, CA, 94108
1431 Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA, 94122

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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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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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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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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 be accepted 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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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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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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The doc was late.

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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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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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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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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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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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Took his time, which I find lacking in many of these big city doctors. Thank you, Dr. Chew!

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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 he could 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.

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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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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.

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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 explain everything 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.

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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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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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The wait time was an issue. I anticipated wait time and reached earlier but yet I had to wait beyond my appointment time for arnd 20 mins.

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Great staff and doctor

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Dr. Chew really listened to what I was experiencing and addressed my concerns. I highly recommend him.

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Awful experience here the reception isn't friends and doesn't speak English well. They made me pay up front and didn't use my insurance it ruined my day.

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Very diligent exam, had good bedside manner, described the problem well, did not appear to be in a rush

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Great bedside manner and he sympathetic to my pain. He's a great guy and I recommend him.

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A competent young professional. Office location very inconvenient in Chinatown, but liked him so much would see again when needed.

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Very professional and personable. Didn't seem rushed and seemed very knowledgable.

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Friendly, nice and thorough visit. Dr. Chew seemed to be really listening; he answered all of my questions in a patient manner. The front desk staff were very polite and helpful as well. Thanks!