Amit Kochhar, MD

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Director, Facial Nerve Disorders Program

Dr. Amit Kochhar, MD, is double board-certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is the director of the Facial Nerve Disorders Program at Pacific Eye, Ear & Skull Base Center, Pacific Neuroscience Institute, Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.

Career Highlights

Dr. Kochhar is one of a few select surgeons who perform complex (microvascular) head and neck reconstruction following cancer resections and facial trauma, as well as for the rehabilitation of facial paralysis, an area in which he has specific clinical expertise and research interest.

In addition to his expertise in head and neck reconstruction, Dr. Kochhar provides consultation for management of the aging face and nasal airway, and minimally invasive procedures for facial rejuvenation using laser, pulsed light, ultrasound, and radiofrequency energy. Dr. Kochhar has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the management of facial nerve disorders, head and neck reconstruction, facial trauma and rhinoplasty.

Dr. Kochhar completed a 7-year Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery residency at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. He then completed a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center with world-renowned surgeon, Dr. Keith Blackwell. He began his professional career at Keck Medicine of USC where he taught residents and medical students the “art” of head and neck reconstruction.

In addition to his clinical duties caring for patients, and teaching, he continues to perform research and present at national meetings. His training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery has provided him with a diverse skill set that he can provide to each patient.

His patients appreciate his compassion, expertise and rare combination of aesthetic and reconstructive surgical skills. Dr. Kochhar believes that each patient has unique experiences and perspectives that shape their goals of treatment. Thus, he strives to learn about his patients in-depth and create a plan of care that meets each of their individual needs.

Specialties

  • Facial Paralysis
  • Partial Facial Weakness
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Synkinesis (abnormal facial movement)
  • Facial Nerve Reanimation Surgery
  • Skin Cancer of the Face/Scalp
  • Radical Parotidectomy Facial Reanimation
  • Cancer of the Tongue/Mouth/Jaw or Larynx
  • Defects secondary to radiation
  • Trauma of the face, nose, orbit

Disorders of the Nose and Sinuses:

  • Chronic Sinus Infections
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Face Lifting
  • Brow Lift
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Fillers and Botox Injection

Affiliations, Education & Research

Education

  • Residency Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
  • Fellowship, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCLA Medical Center

Research interests

  • Cancer resections
  • Facial trauma
  • Rehabilitation of facial paralysis

Clinic Locations

Wilshire West Medical Tower
11645 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-477-5558

Saint John’s Medical Plaza
1301 20th St., Suite 300, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: 310-829-7792

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center – Torrance Advanced Care Center
5215 Torrance Blvd., Suite 300, Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 424-212-5361

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