All of our physicians are fellowship-trained in pediatric otolaryngology, which requires completion of an otolaryngology residency plus a minimum of one additional year of specialty training. This advanced training is focused completely on the unique diagnostic and treatment issues in children from birth to 18 years of age.

Attending Physicians

Seth M. Pransky, M.D., Division Chief; Director, Satellite Services; Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Morgan, Bliss, M.D.

Marcella Bothwell, M.D., Director, Pediatric Airway and Aerodigestive Team; Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Matthew Brigger, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Director (incoming), Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program; Clinical Associate Professor, UC San Diego

Daniela S. Carvalho, M.D., Medical Director of Surgical Services; Section Chief, Otolaryngology; Director, Hearing Program and Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Wen Jiang, M.D., Director, Pediatric Thyroid Clinic and Co-Director, Speech and Voice Clinic; Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Shelby C. Leuin, M.D., Director, ENT Resident Training Program; Co-Director (incoming), Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program; Co-Director, Speech and Voice Clinic; Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Anthony E. Magit, M.D., Director, Human Research Protections Program, UC San Diego; Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Javan Nation, M.D., Clinical Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego

Physician Assistants

Lago Denise M _2014Denise Lago, PA-C

Denise completed her undergraduate studies at UC San Diego in biochemistry and cell biology and earned her master’s in physician assistant studies at Western University of Health Sciences.

Denise knew she wanted to work with children, and during her rotation in pediatric otolaryngology at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, she decided that ENT was the place to be. There was also a personal reason. As a child, she had ear tubes placed, a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at age 7, and an earring backing removed.

Denise loves doing office procedures such as foreign body removals, frenotomies, and incision and drainage of abscesses.

She and her husband love to hike, cook, travel and listen to local music performances.

Salgado Pamela R _2014Pamela Salgado, PA-C

Pamela Salgado is a certified physician assistant from Northern California. She completed her training at the University of California, Davis in 2010.

During her preceptorship at UC Davis in head and neck surgery, Pamela fell in love with the diversity of the field, seeing patients with all types of conditions, from hearing impairments to complex congenital diseases. She has a wide range of skills, including performing minor to complex surgical procedures.

Pamela recently presented research findings at the Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC) Annual Meeting on the study “A One-Year Retrospective Review of Hospitalization of Children Who Underwent a Tonsillectomy With or Without Adenoidectomy.” Her research demonstrated that children under 3 years old, without significant comorbidities, may be discharged home safely on the same day of surgery.

Pamela’s interests outside of work include sailing, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

Spence Melissa L _2014Melissa Spence, PA-C

Born and raised in Southern California, Melissa received her undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara in interdisciplinary studies, with an emphasis in speech and hearing sciences, and her masters’ degree from Western University of Health Sciences. At UC Santa Barbara, she researched the benefits of soft-band bone anchored hearing aid use in children under 5 and looked at outcomes of the California Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

Melissa was attracted to the field of otolaryngology while on clinical rotations and accepted a position with an ENT physician who focused on head and neck cancer treatment. After honing her surgical skills, she decided to return to her interest of working with the pediatric population in a more diverse clinical setting. Melissa enjoys performing office procedures and has a special interest in the evolving field of sleep disorders.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys going to Padres games and the beach, as well as outdoor adventures with her husband and young daughter.