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.
- Sinus Surgery
UCI Medical Center – Orange
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
UCI Health – Irvine
250 E. Yale Loop
Irvine, CA 92604
- Director of Rhinology, Sinus Surgery and Allergy
- Assistant Professor, Residency Program Director
Dr. Bhandarkar is a ROCKSTAR. I never write reviews but I would give this Dr 10 stars if I could. He listens, explains everything, has compassion and is very accommodating to his patients.
You will never understand how grateful I am for Dr. Bhandarkar. My husband had surgery last year for a deviated septum, by another doctor. After the surgery I had to rush him to the ER, on several occasions, for extreme nosebleeds. He nearly bled to death. It was extremely scary. His original doctor was at a loss, as to how to get the bleeding to stop, permanently. He consulted with and referred us to Dr B. He was able to get my husband into surgery the next morning. My husband hasn’t had a nosebleed since. It was a terrifying time. Who knows what would’ve happened if we weren’t referred to Dr. B. I can’t thank him enough.
The best ever doctor. Extremely knowledgeable doctor and a magnificent nose surgeon. Office staff are friendly, helpful, caring and great. Dr. Bhandarkar operated on my nose and all my symptoms were gone in less than a month.
Dr. Bhandarkar is a highly skilled surgeon; that is a given. But what really impressed me about him is the fact that he is approachable, friendly, and down to earth.
I highly recommend Dr. Bhandarkar if you need anything done regarding sinuses. He is extremely friendly and you will feel comfortable and at ease as soon as he enters the room. A+++ I am so grateful to this man.