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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Kathy Yu-Syken graduated from the prestigious UCR/UCLA 7-year Biomedical sciences program, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She completed her bi-campus residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. She is certified in Balloon Sinuplasty and proficient in many minimally invasive office procedures without the need for general anesthesia. Dr. Yu has had many articles published in national medical journals, as well as had the honor of presentating her work at several national Otolaryngology meetings. She is trilingual, and speaks Spanish and Mandarin-Chinese. In addition, Dr. Yu-Syken is a member of many professional associations, including
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and American College of Surgeons. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
**PLEASE NOTE: Audio services are ONLY available at the Long Beach location**
Verified Patient Reviews
Although I waited 1.5 hours, Dr. Yu answered most of my questions. I still plan to stay with her for now.
Always very friendly and professional, but unfortunately the second consecutive time we've waited over and hour.
I enjoy my visits with Dr.Yu-Syken a lot .She spend time with me and really listens. She is never hurried or distracted
Dr. Kathy Yu-Syken is a great and awesome doctor, she is professional. Dr. Yu-Syken was able to diagnose my symptom in my first visit. Dr. Yu-Syken is a greater listener. Dr. Yu-Syken explained her plan for the treatment, and took time to listen to me. I recommend Dr. Yu-Syken highly as a professional and knowledgable in her field of ENT.
I really enjoyed my office visit with Kathy, she really listens to me , I appreciate her
It was worth the wait to get a Doctor that listens to you as well as examines you and treats accordingly
She's a great doctor.
It's pretty good but the wait time is horrible . Had been for the last 3 years. Wait for about 1 hour . Obviously they are over booked!
We discussed the issue and made plans for the next visit. Finally, someone that understands my nose!
the first visit i had with Dr, was very impressive. the second was not!!!!!! it appeared she was RUSHED and didn't have time to fully carry out the appointment. i felt her answers to my questions were not solid, i left the building with unanswered questions. i was very disappointed with her and WILL NOT return to her again.
I got the answer I want. She's a very good excellent DR.
Very knowledgable about the sinuses.. felt she was thorough. Short wait in the office was nice when I was a little early. Testing was very thorough. Bedside manner average.
Wait time was a little longer than usual. BUT Doctor had very sound explanation that another doc was not coming in and they were trying to fil all appointments and it was going to take a little longer than usual.
She was caring and wanted to get to the root cause of symptoms.
It was a good visit and Dr. Yu Syken was very professional.
She is great!
I thought she was perfunctory. And almost distracted. She did apologize for the delay after I brought it up. Still haven't received a call to schedule the scan she recommended.
Always a pleasure, and I have to say that Antoinette at the front desk is quite friendly and very professional.
Great doctor would highly recommend her
Very thorough and patiently explained the results of my sleep study and treatment proposed.
Very pleased with her service.
Being a popular facility ... one tends to expect usual long waiting times. It would be useful for the staff to periodically provide updates to patients awaiting their turn.
She was very sweet
Dr Yu-Syken is very efficient and thorough. I always enjoy my appointments with her.
I'm glad I went to her and I'm looking forward to meeting her again so we can find out more about my hearing test results.
She is a very caring Medical Professional. She makes the time to listen, to then explain her findings and steps to address & remedy my conditions.
She is a great ENT! Listens to all your questions and has knowledge of more than just ENT problems. Was telling her about my other things going on and being tested for and she said that could be why this is happening to you. Let me see reports about it and we can decide on a plan of action for your sinus issues.
Dr Kathy is a great dr but I hate the wait I had a 315 apt for my 2 year old son and I wasn't seen closer to 5 .
She is great! My husband, daughter and myself see her and she takes her time with each of us.
Great doctor who care's about your health. Attentive and thorough.
The doctor and office staff were very friendly and very helpful. The only drawback was the 75 -85 minute wait. I was told when I arrived she was about 45 minutes behind, so I was made aware of that. The doctor was great - friendly, professional and explained everything very clearly. I will be seeing her again soon.
She is amazing. Dr Yu-Syken is very thorough and gives you quality time. Never rushed, and does not makes me feel like I'm just a number. If there is a wait, it's because she gives the quality time to each patient. She is definitely worth the wait!!
Dr. Yu-Syken was excellent. My only complaint was the 45+ minute wait. And then she took a patient ahead of us that we had arrived way before. She apologized.
I've seen  different ENT doctors in the Fountain Valley area before her. Dr. Nguyen and Bui. She is the only doctor that actually attentively to me and would provide advice/explanations and seem to actually care. Other ENT's only saw me as a business transaction. The other ENT's were not helpful and miss-diagnosed my symptoms when I in fact had a sinus infection.
Dr. Yu-Syken is very professional and always takes the time to listen and ask questions.
I walked out and wanted to cry with joy. I FINALLY have answers to some of my health problems I have been complaining to other doctors for years!!
Outstanding. Very professional and friendly. Knowledgeable of my problems.
Very personable. Remembered the presenting condition and inquired about my progress in light of her prescription. When I explained about snafus with insurance relative to prescriptions, she easily and confidently came up with work-arounds. I look forward to my future appointment.
Wait time was WAY too long and this office needs to book appts. a little smarter. I don't like waiting for 1/1/2 hours to see a doctor. She is very nice, however.
Love the doctors and staff my boys have been well taken care for the last 4 years.
Great first visit and she communicates in detail very clearly. Reading materials in waiting room are very limited.
She was very nice and to the point. I felt super comfortable with her approach and recommendations.
Dr Yu-Syken is highly professional, empathetic and very detailed in her diagnosis and recommendations.
I really like Dr Yu-Syken. She is attentive and informative. As for the office management, I do think the office admin continue to overbook/overlap appointments so you feel rushed. I did have a problem with the office not calling the pharmacy after the appt. When I called my pharmacist at 6 they hadn't received a prescription and therefore called the Dr.'s office. The office gave them my prescription, but either they couldn't read the dr's handwriting or the dr forgot to prescribe a steroid so I'll have to call the next day.
I believe Dr. Yu-Suken was very knowledgeable of the conditions I explained to her I am experiencing with my throat. I just hope my condition gets better very soon with the medication she prescribed.
She was very thorough and explained everything.
She is very professional Doctor and I truthfully recommend her
She was great, diagnosed the situation and treatment right on the spot.
The medical building is not well maintained since when you walk in to the building you'll be breathing in dense and dusty air that's mostly stale air circulating within the building. However, the doctors' office is much better AC air quality but it all depends on other patients who are in the room with you and whether they smoked or have body odors. i was there when a middle age man seemly healthy with good speaking voice talked on and on with the office staffs, and i was filling out the forms when the office staffs started laughing and sure enough i smelled someone's body odors released. i already had trouble breathing due to nasal congestions and that's why i don't like going to doctors' office when patients were there to relieve their body odors. However, Dr. Yu-Syken was very helpful to me and she is a smart doctor and very pleasant!
Dr. Kathy Yu-Syken was very professional and listened to the symptoms and had the solutions of what should be done. Office visit was on time.
I feel that Dr. Yu-Syken has the training, experience and dedication that makes a great doctor. She is very professional and personal. Thank you Dr. Yu-Syken! John F. 8/18/15
Really listened & extremely thorough
Very informed and knows her stuff.
It was a great experience
I was impressed with Dr Yu-Syken. She was thorough, engaged in two directional conversation and acted on some of the information that was given only be me. That is what I want in a doctor and especially in a specialist. She made me feel like my concerns were important to her and she exhibited knowledge in the areas I was particularly wanting high level medical information and feedback in. I am looking forward to my next visit. Thank you so much doctor.
The Dr helped my daughter and I to feel comfortable and took care of our concerns with a wonderful bedside manner!
I love Dr.Yu-Syken, I appreciate her expertise and knowledge, however I was at the office for two hours today. I first waited 45 minutes before my son got his hearing test- then we waited another 30 minutes before we spoke with Dr.Yu-Syken. I just felt that the scheduling was off- no apology or excuse was offered. Very frustrating when your trying to entertain a 2 year old.
Very good listener and provides excellent advise!
She is so smart, pro-active and very empathetic.
She is slways on top of things and had some good insight into the reason for my headaches. It seems as though TMJ may well be behind it. I will try some suggested remedies. I appreciate the time Dr Yu spends with me and come away with some good ideas to use to deal with my issues.
Dr Yu-Syken is very thorough and takes her time to make sure that I understood everything she was explaining and showing me. She has an amazing bedside manner and is just so easy to talk to. I would highly recommend Dr Kathy Yu-Syken!
Great to visit with as always. She treats 3 out of 4 members of my household! (hopefully the fourth member won't need her services but if she does, we're going to Dr Yu-Syken!)
Very personable and efficient. Gentle with the procedure and answered my questions thoroughly
Dr. Yu-Syken was very personable and explained everything clearly. She took her time examining my son and made him feel comfortable during the office visit.
She is very good, knows her stuff.
She's excellent and is knowledgeable about the latest procedures.
Love this doctor!!!! I am making it a point to have my daughter seen by her, from now on
OMG...she was amazing and so friendly and understanding and thorough! I would highly recommend her!!!
Received lots of information! Great with Jordan!
patient info was current.prescription sent directly to pharmacy..
Very thorough Doctor. Listened to my concerns. Zero wait time. Nice bedside manner.
She was a great doctor and I would recommend her to alot of people
This was my first appointment with Dr. Yu-Syken and I was extremely impressed with her. She listened with care, examined me thoroughly, and gave me useful information related to my reason for the visit. I would highly recommend her!
She considers many different things in your treatment to ensure you get the best care!
Dr. Yu took the time to listen to every word and every question we had for her. We really appreciate that.
Appt was for 3:30. Arrived at 3:15 and brought to a room immediately. Wasn't seen by dr until after 4:00. when she finally came in I felt very rushed and forgot a lot of important things I wanted to ask
Very nice and caring doctor,allowed me more than enough time to explain my issues and medical history,also took the time to explain everything real well.
Had very good report I was doing very good
I don't mind the wait because I know it is due to the fact that she takes the time to listen to what the patient has to say, at least, she did so with me. I am very grateful for being able to get the appointment so soon due to a cancellation. The people inf the office are very nice.
very helpful doctor and liked that i didn't have to wait too long to see her
She sounded confident that I would get better with my sinus problem. She seemed like she really knows what she is talking about.
Dr. Yu did a great job diagnosing my throat and sinus problems. To date, I'm having no problems whatsoever. If the problems come back, she'll be the first one I call.
Dr. Yu-Syken is a very personable doctor and as a patient I feel very comfortable with her - wonderful personality - she makes you feel like you are her only concern at that moment in time - refreshing
Dr. Yu-Syken is a very caring proactive doctor. Loved her and the staff. Offered options for treatment and side effects, etc. of various treatments. Would and have recommended to friends.
It was better in regards to the wait time bit still waited too long. No water or coffee available while waiting.
Will definitely keep Dr. Yu-Syken as my ENT. Procedure was explained in detail to me prior to surgery and she is very pleasant and informative. If I had to pick something that needs improvement it would be the wait time. I have seen her four times and each time was a lengthy wait.
Very sensitive to patient needs and responsive to questions about treatment options. Extremely competent and professional.
She is knowledgeable, put my anxiety at ease and patient. She explained the problem and has come up with solutions. She is well trained. The only complaint I have is the wait time...it takes too long to get in to see the doctor. In the past I have waited more than 2 hours, but they have improved (it was within an hour).
I am a medical professional myself. I was impressed because I had a condition that could definitely be improved by surgery however Dr. Kathy yu insisted I try a simple medication that could avoid surgery. Many doctors make their living doing surgery so I was impressed that Dr Yu wanted to hold off and try a simpler plan. she passes all my tests!
I was vey impressed wih Dr. Yu-Syken. She made me feel like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders for my upcoming surgery. Even though I face a challenging surgery, I feel confident and positive that she will do her best. I was also impressed with a surgery she performed on me back in 2013. I highly recommend her.
Dr. Yu was very courteous and professional. Has good insight so left appointment with confidence feeling I am being taken good care of. Thank you.
Apparently patients had been double booked and the 2 hr wait time was unacceptable. I felt like she was a little rushed as she had back to back patients. I will never go back to the Los Al facility again. The parking is horrible and because of the wait time I was panicked that I was going to get a ticket in the 2 hr parking zone. Because of that stress there were other questions that I had that I forgot to ask.
I am a medical professional myself and I was very impressed with this doctors professionalism, knowledge and quick diagnosis of my very complicated situation. I'm very satisfied at this point and will review her again after all the tests and work up is done.
Helpful and productive. However I waited almost two hours before I actually saw her and no one told, "Sorry we are running behind" or anything lime that. I just waited. There was also a clog in the bathroom and the girl I told did nothing. After my appointment a couple hours later it still hasn't been dealt with. I had to notify someone else.
Dr. Yu-Syken listened to all my concerns and answered all the questions I had at my visit today. Very pleased.
Dr. Yu-Syken is a great doctor. She looks for the reason behind problems. I am so glad to have been referred to her.
My visit to Dr. Yu-Syken was a pleasant one. A little long on the office wait but other than that, excellent. The Doctor was very nice. Helped my ear and gave me a complete diagnosis and course of treatment. Thank you
Dr. Yu-Syken was recommended to my wife and I by another physician that we also see. Dr. Yu-Syken immediately diagnosed my problem after having some tests run and she discussed them with me the very next day. She originally had me scheduled for surgery within two weeks based on results of a first test but after reviewing the most recent test results with me, she recommended I have the surgery within a couple of days due to the fast moving problem that I had. While I was in her office with her, she immediately made several phone calls and had me scheduled for surgery within two days. The surgery was very successful and I could not ask for a better physician. Thank you Dr. Yu-Syken
She was very diligent and thorough as well as personable. I appreciated her honesty and proactive recommendations.
Excellent doctor who knows what she is doing ask lots of questions and knew symptoms. Highly recommended
She's very nice and know her job very well.
I highly recommend Dr Yu and SCENT. I really feel she went the extra mile to ensure I got the treatment I needed to help me. I haven't felt this good in a long time. I'm breathing and sleeping much better I can't thank Dr Yu and SCENT enough.
She was very attentive and knowledgeable. She fully explained the issue I was having and gave me a few choices on how to proceed with my treatment. One thing that was really nice, was that she called in my prescription to my pharmacy. I was pleasantly surprised to have a voicemail from CVS letting me know my prescription was ready for pickup, without me having to call.
Dr. Su-Yiken is a gentle and understanding doctor. She listens and lets you talk about your concerns. She thoroughly explains what she will be doing and makes sure you are comfortable with it. I would definitely recommend her.
The office was nice and clean. There was a good movie playing in the lobby which kept the kids entertained. The staff was friendly and helpful. Dr. Yu was professional and helpful. My son got his nose cauterized with no trouble whatsoever. All in all, a very positive experience. I would definitely recommend Dr. Yu.
She was very nice. She was very thorough. She was gentle when she did an endoscopy (explaining as she placed the scope).
It was very helpful and I think she has me on the path to feeling better!
She was helpful.
Excellent. Friendly, thorough and listen to what you have to say about your symptoms.
Great. She was knowledgeable, extremely professional, answered all my questions, very cordial and incredibly helpful. I would recommend her services highly to anyone! Thank you!!
Fantastic!! Spent time and did what needed to be done
My visit was quite quick I was getting my CT scan three minutes after my scheduled appointment time. The Doctor is terrific and I would highly recommend her.
Dr. Yu gave me a lot of information and was very efficient. She gave me a few options for treatment. I was very happy with my visit.
Very good, she was the 3rd specialist I've seen and so far she had the answered the questions I've asked and even recommended the steps that I have to do to get better.
Dr. Yu was great! She listened to my concerns and addressed each one while answering all my questions. I highly recommend her!
She was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. I found out she has 5 offices to choose from, so from now on I will come to her for any ENT services I might need in the future.
The wait was long but very worth it, she is so attentive and focused on you and she spends time with you, it's not rushed and doesn't feel like you are just another patient! She was great and I highly recommend her!
Dr Yu-Syken was extremely thorough and put me at ease right away. I would definitely recommend her!
Very informing and easy to talk to!
This was my first visit and I was impressed with Dr. Yu's intake of information. She was very thorough, professional and approachable. I was on my way for a referral back to UCLA and will not need to go that route. Was so happy with the path that Dr. Yu is taking with my voice issues. Am so happy to have found her.
Great doctor. She will be getting me on th path to wellness after seeing many doctors who could not help me. I am so glad I doing her.
A really good Doctor, this is the third time I have seen her and she has the correct plan to address my problems.
Went for a second opinion for a doctor that wanted to redo tests I've already had. Doctor Yu was able to answer my questions and tell me what was causing my vertigo in 10 minutes not 2 weeks!!!!
I was very comfortable with her and I like that she was thorough with her examination.
Kathy was competent, as well as caring, in her assessment, procedures, and recommendations. She is great!
Dr. Yu-Syken's bedside manner was excellent. She patiently listened to my concerns and took the time to explain the next steps. However, I give 2.5 stars to her receptionist/admin staff (HB) - one of the least friendly that I've experienced at a doctor's office.
Professional, attentive, knowledgeble, and easy-going manner. Recommend highly.
Kathy was nice and attentive. As she wrote the prescription for nose spray, she realized that my insurance doesn't cover this medication or any other prescription. Kathy was so considerate. She decided to give me nasal spray samples instead of having me purchase them.
very complete exam, will return
She seemed to understand my medical problem and is correcting it. She was very nice.