Santa Cruz Ear, Nose, & Throat Medical Group

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Our Otolaryngologists

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Thomas V. Barker

Thomas V. Barker
MD

Helping others is very important to me. When I attended medical school, that feeling was realized. I became very interested in surgery and was inspired by the other physicians in the field of ear, nose and throat. My dedication to helping others continues and is one of the main reasons I chose the field I’m in.”

Attracted to helping others at a young age

“Completing my residency at Stanford University was an honor and a privelege for me. It also prepared me for a lifetime of practicing state-of-the-art medicine. I decided to devote myself to private practice rather than academic medicine and have kept my commitment to offer the most modern, safe and effective care available to my patients. It is my goal to achieve the best outcomes in the most challenging cases. Throughout my years of academic study and in my chosen profession, I have always been committed to excellence. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
  • A lifetime of education… a lifetime of caring
  • Board Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology
  • MD: University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio, TX
  • BA: University of Texas, Austin, TX Summa Cum Laude
  • Residency: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Stanford University
  • Internship: General Surgery, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Oakland, CA
  • Listed in: Who’s Who in America 2000, Best Doctors in America
  • Member: American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, California Medical Association
  • Member and Former President: Santa Cruz Medical Society

Working as a team

“Everyone in our office works as a team toward one common goal: improving your health. But our team also includes you. You are the integral part of this collaborative effort. That’s why we take the time to listen to you and answer all of your questions. We want you to make educated decisions about your healthcare, and getting you actively involved in your treatment is the best way to ensure you enjoy a happy and healthy life.”

The Santa Cruz Ear, Nose and Throat Medical Group mourns the passing of our good friend and colleague Thomas V. Barker, M.D.

Daniel A. Spilman

Daniel A. Spilman
MD

Education and training that inspire trust – “When I made the decision to specialize in ear, nose and throat care and facial cosmetic medicine, I also made the commitment to research the newest, most effective techniques and to learn from respected leaders in each field. I continue to assess relevant innovations in technology and procedures.”

  • Board Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology
  • MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • BS: Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • General Surgery Internship: General Surgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI
  • Residency: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI

Active member of the medical community

“In conjunction with other respected doctors and surgeons I am able to bring to our community the newest and safest techniques as they become available. Because of this, I can make sure we have the most advanced care in our community so that my patients receive the best care available.” Member: American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, California Medical Association, Santa Cruz Medical Society

  • President: Central Coast Surgery Center
  • President: Santa Cruz Ear, Nose, and Throat Hearing Aid Center
  • Member: Quality Improvement Committee of the Physicians’ Medical Group of Santa Cruz County
  • Volunteered: Supervisor for student externship for pre-medical majors for the University of California Santa Cruz

Building for the future of medicine

“I enjoy sharing my expertise with other respected leaders in my field. Remaining active in professional organizations allows me to exchange ideas and learn about the newest ways to improve the care I offer my patients.”
Marc A. Seftel

Marc A. Seftel
MD

Dedicated to compassionate care from the beginning – “Even as a child, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. In fact, my father was an ear, nose and throat physician right here in Santa Cruz, and I’m proud to carry on this family tradition. It’s a privilege to have a speciality practice where I grew up and give back to the people within the community. That’s why I’ve stayed in the area.”

“I believe in giving my patients the best care available, and this includes being there for them when they have questions or problems.” A solid educational background

“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to receive international training, both in Switzerland and at the University of Virginia. This has provided me with an exceptionally broad background in medicine and the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. I strive to use these qualities daily to offer my patients the best and most advanced treatment possible.”
  • Board Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology
  • MD: University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • BA: Biology, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Fellowship: Otolaryngic Research, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • Residency: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • Internship: General Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA

Staying at the forefront of the latest technology

“I enjoy sharing my expertise with other respected leaders in my field. Remaining active in professional organizations allows me to exchange ideas and learn about the newest ways to improve the care I offer my patients.”

Member: American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, California Medical Association

Personal Interests: Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz

“I’ve made it my mission to give each patient the personal, one-on-one attention they deserve. I always take the time to listen to my patients’ concerns and offer them the best solutions for treatment. You can be assured that whenever you come to see me, I will be giving you the kind of dedication you can count on and effective treatment.”