Meet Dr. Bhandarkar

Dr. Naveen Bhandarkar

Rhinology, Sinus Surgery, and Allergy

Naveen D. Bhandarkar, M.D. is board certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery with subspecialty fellowship training in Rhinology and Endoscopic Sinus & Skull Base Surgery. He received his medical degree from the Ohio State University, and finished a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at University of Illinois at Chicago. He then completed his fellowship training at Oregon Health & Science University under the direction of Dr. Timothy Smith.

Dr. Bhandarkar treats all ENT disorders, but specializes in medical and surgical treatment of all disorders related to the nose and sinuses including sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, nosebleeds, nasal blockage (septal deviation, turbinate hypertrophy), smell and taste disorders, polyps, and nose / sinus tumors. He is specifically expertly trained in performing minimally invasive endoscopic nasal and sinus procedures, including image guided sinus surgery, nasal septum and turbinate surgery, balloon sinus dilation (balloon sinuplasty), and tumor removal. He is capable of performing many of these procedures, such as balloon sinuplasty, in an office setting avoiding the need for general anesthesia with quicker recovery.


Dr. Bhandarkar is an integral part of the UC Irvine Medical Center multidisciplinary skull base surgery program that offers minimally invasive endoscopic treatment using the most cutting edge techniques and state-of-the-art technology for conditions such as pituitary tumors or sinus growths that breach the interface between the sinuses and brain and/or eye. In addition, he has extensive experience in performing endoscopic procedures related to eye problems such as excess tear production (dacryocystorhinostomy) and Graves’ thyroid eye disease (orbital decompression) often in a collaborative manner with Ophthalmology.

As part of his practice at UC Irvine, Dr. Bhandarkar enjoys an active role in academic endeavors. He regularly attends meetings of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, and Orange County Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a reviewer for several major peer-reviewed Otolaryngology journals. Finally, he is extensively involved in resident and medical student education and participates in clinical research primarily related to chronic sinusitis.

  • Rhinology
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Allergy
  • English

UCI Medical Center – Orange
101 The City Drive South
Pavilion II
Orange, CA 92868

UCI Health – Irvine
250 E. Yale Loop
Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92612

  • Director of Rhinology, Sinus Surgery and Allergy
  • Assistant Professor, Residency Program Director


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Excellent doctor and great staff! Dr. Bhandarkar listened to my concerns, did a very thorough evaluation and found the root cause of my problems. His nurse Ruby was extremely thorough, kind, thoughtful and caring! They make a great team and provide excellent white-glove service! I highly recommend you visit their practice!
Took my mom here for a visit everyone was kind and courteous helpful in every way thank you so much! The doctor explains things clearly
My experience with Dr. Bhandarkar has been an excellent one! With my complex condition he’s not only shown me a respectful level of empathy but also has taken the time and patience to educate me on the best options for me. Not only do I highly recommend him, and his team (Eric), but I’m also grateful to see the level of compassion and support still within the medical system.
The staff in this department have given me the best treatment I have received in my life. Highly recommended.
Maybe a very brilliant doctor but I felt rushed. It was definitely on a timer.
Dr. Bhandarkar performed my sinus surgery and took care of me as if I were his own family. He is undoubtedly the best of the best in sinus and skull base surgery with extensive knowledge and experience. He is a truly caring and genuine doctor and I always feel safe and in good hands with Dr. B. I am so thankful I found him and grateful for the ongoing care I receive.
This doctor and his whole staff are incredible! Wonderful people that are the very best at what they do!
Excellent Physican; ( Very Knowledgeable, Caring & Calm Demeanor makes him a top Physican).
So my wife had some serious problem with nose. I looked up in Aetna's ENT expert directory and found Dr. Naveen. When the time came for the appointment a couple of weeks later, my wife didn't have much symptom any more. But we still want to see the doctor and hoping getting some advice. My wife came back saying no much advice from the Dr. because no serious symptom at that time, she was in and out of the office for 15 minutes. Then came the two bills. Doctor's bill is around 350 after insurance, and a facility bill (marked as office consultation) about 130 after insurance. I was shocked, so surprised even getting the facility bill, which is something I never heard of. So after all, $450 for a visit without useful advice from the doctor. I didn't feel I would ever visit this doctor and UCI facility again.
Dr. Bhandarkar is fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and communicates extremely well. The surgery he conducted was very complex and his expertise likely saved my life.
This team is the best! Dr. Bhandarkar is courteous, knowledgeable and prompt. Within 5 minutes of my initial visit he diagnosed the source of my chronic nosebleeds and set up surgery. Surgery went perfectly with no discomfort or down time. This team was referred to me and I will refer them to everyone I know.
Dr. Bhandarkar is a highly-skilled and experienced professional, and easily one of the top physicians I have the honor to know.From beginning to end, he has been concise and accurate with his communications, and has been most capable in carrying out my medical treatments and procedures. His intellect and acumen in his field instills confidence and trust to his staff and patients alike. I am grateful to be in his care.I highly recommend him if you are in need of a top-notch specialist in Rhinology, Allergy, Sinus, and Skull Base Surgery. You will be in good care!
Dr. Bhandarkar was my second opinion doctor who took care of me after a botched first sinus surgery. I was left with a complete blockage in my sinus and a deviated septum POST first surgery. He listened to me, gave me feedback, and corrected my sinus and nose better than I could have asked for. He is thorough, kind, and patient. I wouldn't recommend anyone else for this job if you need it!
“Trust your Doctors and listen to them”, yes that’s what my Mom told me and I truly believe it always the RIGHT thing to do. I’m 35, a mother of 6 months old baby, fought out I have nasal cancer late stage and facing a complicated surgery which may remove my nose , my right eye. I was terrified, but then I met Dr. Naveen Bhardankar , God sent him to me, seriously. He was so patience, caring and a wonderful surgeon. When I had my surgery, instead of remove my right eye, he tried hard to save it for me. And yes, he did it. The first thing I realize after the surgery was: I still had my eye. Thanks to him. He removed all the tumor and saved my eye also. Not just my eye, he saved my life. I really really appreciate and thankful all my life for what he did. Trust your doctors and listen to them - Dr. Naveen Bhardankar is the one you can TRUST , with all your heart. Thank you Doctor for your hard work, thank you for everything. ( Sincerely, Ha Huyen).