Theresa Gurney, MD

Theresa Gurney, MD

Dr. Theresa Gurney is a board certified Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon. She graduated with honors from Stanford University. She completed her medical school and residency at UCSF. She has practiced locally in Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Burlingame and San Francisco. She has also worked as Consultant Otolaryngologist at the university teaching hospital in Wellington, New Zealand. Her patient care philosophy puts compassion and consensus building at the forefront. She primarily sees patients at our Hayes office near St. Mary’s hospital. Dr. Gurney speaks Spanish.

Dr. Theresa A. Gurney - MD


Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon Locums Consultant
Capital & Coast District Health Board
Wellington, New Zealand

Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon
Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of San Mateo
San Mateo, CA

Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon
Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Santa Cruz Division
Soquel, CA

Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Resident
University of California, San Francisco, CA

General Surgery Internship
University of California, San Francisco, CA

HIV molecular biology researcher
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
New York City, NY


Chair of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Section
Mills-Peninsula Hospital
Burlingame, CA


MD with thesis
Alpha Omega Alpha Honors
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Thesis: Chemokine ligand & receptor expression in the
developing mouse suggests a role in neuronal patterning.

BA with Honors in Human Biology
Stanford University
Thesis: Development of a retroviral packaging vector to
characterize HIV-1 transcriptional regulation.

Licensure and Certification

Medical Council of New Zealand Registration

Diplomate, American Board to Otolaryngology
Annual certificate maintenance up-to-date

California Medical License

Certificate for Ultrasound for Surgeons – The Basic Course
American College of Surgeons, San Francisco, CA


American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
Resident Travel Grant
Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, Washington, DC.  

Alpha Omega Alpha

Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement
UCSF School of Medicine, Class of 1960 award

Dean’s Prize for Research, finalist
UCSF School of Medicine
“Chemokine ligand & receptor expression in nervous system

Firestone Medal for Undergraduate Research
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Guest Faculty

American College of Surgeons Thyroid and Parathyroid
Ultrasound Skills-Oriented Course.
San Francisco, CA

American College of Surgeons Thyroid and Parathyroid
Ultrasound Skills-Oriented Course.
San Francisco, CA


Gurney TA, DW Eisele, LA Orloff, SJ Wang. Predictors of Quality of Life after treatment for oral cavity and oropharyngeal carcinoma. Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surg. 2008; 139(2):262-7.

Gurney TA, LA Orloff. Otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon- performed ultrasonography for parathyroid adenoma localization. Laryngoscope. 2008; 118(2):243-6.

Gurney TA, Kim DW. Applications of porcine dermal collagen (ENDURAGen) in facial plastic surgery. Facial Plast Surg ClinNorth Am. 2007; 15(1):113-21.

Kim DW, TA Gurney. Management of naso-septal L-strut deformities. Facial Plastic Surg. 2006;22(1):9-27.

Gurney TA, DW Eisele, V Weinberg, E Shin, N Lee. Adenoid cystic carcinoma of major salivary glands treated with surgery and radiation. Laryngoscope. 2005;115(7):1278-83.

Gurney TA, CF Dowd, AH Murr. Embolization for the treatment of idiopathic posterior epistaxis. Am J Rhinol. 2004;18(5):335-9.

Gurney TA, AH Murr. Otolaryngologic manifestations of HIV infection. Otolaryngol Clin of North Am. 2003; 36(4): 607-24.

Gurney TA, KC Lee, AH Murr. Contemporary issues in rhinosinusitis & HIV infection. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck

Visosky AM, J Johnson, B Bingea, TA Gurney, AK Lalwani. Otolaryngologic manifestations of cleidocranial dysplasia,
concentrating on audiological findings. Laryngoscope. 2003;113 (9):1508-14.

Bargri A, TA Gurney, X He, D Littman, M Tessier-Lavigne, S Pleasure. The chemokine SDF-1 regulates migration of dentate granule cells.  Development. 2002;129:4249-60.

Liu R, X Zhao, TA Gurney, N Landau. Functional analysis of the proximal CCR5 promoter. AIDS Res & Hum Retroviruses.


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