Amit Kochhar, MD
Director, Facial Nerve Disorders Program
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About Dr. Kochhar
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.
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.
Disorders of the Facial Nerve
- Facial Paralysis
- Partial Facial Weakness
- Bell’s Palsy
- Synkinesis (abnormal facial movement)
- Facial Nerve Reanimation Surgery
Complex Reconstruction of the Head and Neck
- 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:
Endoscopic Nasal-Sinus Surgery
- Chronic Sinus Infections
- Difficulty Breathing
- Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Surgery
Facial Plastic Surgery
- Face Lifting
- Brow Lift
- Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Fillers and Botox Injection
Medicare, medicaid and most insurance plans are accepted. Please contact us to confirm coverage.
PNI – Santa Monica
2125 Arizona Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404
1301 20th St. #300
Santa Monica CA 90404
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, he is accepting new patients at this time.
Dr. Kochhar’s area of clinical expertise is otolaryngology, head and neck surgery.
Dr. Kochhar speaks English.
Yes, Dr. Kochhar is taking telehealth appointments.
Dr. Kochhar’s office is located at 2125 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
Facial Nerve Disorders Program
Pacific Eye, Ear & Skull Base Center
Medical DegreeUniversity of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
ResidencyOtolaryngology, Johns Hopkins University
FellowshipFacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCLA Medical Center
CertificationsAmerican Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery