Amit Kochhar MD

Amit Kochhar, MD

Director, Facial Nerve Disorders Program

Accepting New Patients

Awards and Accomplishments

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.

Career Highlights

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

  • Rhinoplasty
  • Face Lifting
  • Brow Lift
  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Fillers and Botox Injection

What patients are saying:

5 stars

My teenager had some keloids, and Dr. Kochhar did an incredible job of removing them surgically and rebuilding the area. Dr. Kochhar was calm, professional, knowledgeable and empathic. Dr. Kochhar suggested pairing the surgery with a bit of radiation, a newer technique that has had a lot of success with keeping keloids from growing back. He connected us with a great team at Children’s Hospital that was supportive and very helpful. I highly recommend Dr. Kochhar. 

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Clinic Locations

PNI – Santa Monica   
2125 Arizona Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404

1301 20th St. #300
Santa Monica CA 90404

PNI – Wilshire
11645 Wilshire Blvd #600
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Useful Links

Facial Nerve Disorders Program
Pacific Eye, Ear & Skull Base Center

  • Medical Degree

    University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
  • Residency

    Otolaryngology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Fellowship

    Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCLA Medical Center
  • Certifications

    American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
    American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery