San Diego County

3020 Children's Way
MC 5024
San Diego, CA 92123


Otolaryngology (ENT)


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Other Languages

French, German, Portuguese, Spanish

Medical School

University of Campinas Brazil


University of Campinas Brazil


University of Campinas Brazil


Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego

Board Certifications





Dr. Daniela Carvalho is a pediatric otolaryngologist with expertise in pediatric otology (ear surgery). She is the Medical Director of Surgical Services, Director of the Hearing and Cochlear Implant Program, and Director of the CHARGE Center at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego. She is also a Professor of the Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Department at UC San Diego school of Medicine.

She was the first surgeon in San Diego to do BAHA surgery in pediatric and the first surgeon in California to do a pediatric OSIA implant.

Dr. Carvalho earned her medical degree and completed her otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) School of Medical Sciences (FCM) in Brazil, and completed a two-year pediatric otolaryngology fellowship training at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.

Her current research includes the impact of bilingualism in pediatric cochlear implant patients, improvement of pediatric cochlear implant evaluation process, and endoscopic otologic surgery in pediatrics.

Dr. Carvalho is very active in several national and international otolaryngology societies and was the Past President of SENTAC (Society for Ear, Nose, and Throat Advancements in Children). In addition to English, she is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and also speaks German and French. She has published extensively in pediatric otolaryngology and is frequently invited to speak at otolaryngology conferences both here and abroad. She has been invited as an international guest speaker to over 110 lectures.

She is also very active in advocating for pediatric hearing health in California, having participated directly with lawmakers in trying to pass bills that would cover hearing aids for ALL children in our state.

She enjoys travelling, hiking and spending time with her husband and two children.


Newborn hearing screening methodology impacts the timing of diagnosis for auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder.
Bennett C, Yoon P, Lee MY, Wolfe M, Anne S, Carvalho DS

Preoperative cerebral magnetic resonance imaging and white matter changes in pediatric cochlear implant recipients.
Hong P, Jurkowski ZC, Carvalho DS

Radiology quiz case 1. Cervical extension of an EAC cholesteatoma.
Carvalho DS, Edmonds JL, Money MK

Unilateral choanal atresia in identical twins: case report and literature review.
Chia SH, Carvalho DS, Jaffe DM, Pransky SM

Imaging and surgical approach of nasal dermoids.
Bloom DC, Carvalho DS, Dory C, Brewster DF, Wickersham JK, Kearns DB

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