The University of Arizona
Department of Surgery

Alexander G. Chiu, MD

Acting Chair, UA Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Surgical Director, Perioperative Services, University of Arizona Medical Center
Professor of Surgery

Contact Information

Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, PO Box 245074, Tucson, AZ 85724-5074
Arizona Health Science Center: 1501 N. Campbell Ave.
Office Room Number
Office Phone
(520) 626-6673

Practice Locations

Patient Appointments
(520) 694-1000
UMC Multispecialty Surgery Clinic 5th Floor, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724
Clinic Fax
(520) 694-0114
The University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus
Ambulatory Care Surgery Center


Team Bio Info 

Alexander G. Chiu, MD, is internationally renowned in the field of endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the nose, sinuses and skull base. His surgical expertise includes frontal sinus surgery, revision endoscopic sinus surgery, endoscopic repair of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks and endoscopic sinonasal and skull base tumor surgery.  

Prior to his arrival at UA, Dr. Chiu served as associate professor and director of the Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Chiu completed his medical degree at Albany Medical College and residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in sinonasal and skull base surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.

He is the author of 2 textbooks: Sinonasal Tumors and Atlas of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery.   He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on sinus and skull base surgery. 

The recipient of the Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Chiu is a frequent invited lecturer and instructor at Otolaryngology conferences and courses around the world, as well as society meetings of the American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, American Rhinologic Society and North American Skull Base Society.

Dr. Chiu has been named to the following honor lists: Best Doctors of America 2009-2012, Top Docs Tucson Lifestyle, Best Doctors by Suburban Life Magazine and Southern Jersey Magazine  and Consumers Research Council for Best Doctors. In 2012 he became a Fellow in the Triological Society.

Clinical Specialties

Endoscopic and minimally invasive techniques to remove benign and malignant tumors of the nose, sinuses, and skull base:

  • Frontal sinus surgery
  • Revision endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Endoscopic repair of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks
  • Endoscopic sinonasal tumor surgery
Board Certification
American Board of Otolaryngology, 2003


MD: 1997, Albany Medical College
1997-98, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC
1998-2002, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC
2002-03, Rhinology and Sinus Surgery, Stanford University, CA


Dr. Chiu is the editor of the textbooks Sinonasal Tumors, Complications in Sinus and Skull Base Surgery: Prevention and Management, An Issue of Otolaryngology Clinics and Atlas of Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery.” He is also the co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and serves on the editorial board of ORL and Allergy and Rhinology. His current research interests center around the development of a novel multi-modal endoscope for sinonasal tumor and skull base surgery, outcomes of minimally invasive sinonasal tumor and skull base surgery and the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis recalcitrant to conventional medical and surgical therapies. He has pioneered an animal model for the study of topical medications for sinusitis and has held multiple foundation and industry grants for the study of topical medications.


Read his bio: Elsevier Authors

Patient Information