Craig W. Senders, M.D.

Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Program


To see if Craig W. Senders is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Otolaryngology (ENT/Ears, Nose, Throat)

Pediatric Otolaryngology

Airway Management

Locations and Contact

General Otolaryngology Clinic

2521 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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2425 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinic Fax


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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Senders believes that the care of each patient requires a dialogue between the patient, family and physician. This allows the customization of care to match each patient's individual needs.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Senders is an expert in pediatric otolaryngology; cleft lip and cleft palate, endoscopic sinus surgery, and surgery for sleep apnea. Dr. Senders is the Director of the University of California, Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program.

Presently, 99% of Dr. Craig Senders' practice is pediatrics. This ranges from the treatment of otitis media with effusion to airway disorders requiring complex reconstructive surgeries. Many of these pediatric patients have congenital anomalies of the head and neck, mostly consisting of cleft lip and cleft palate, and abnormal head shapes.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Senders' research is focused on the development and treatment of facial birth defects such as, cleft lip, cleft palate and craniosynostosis. The development and treatment of subglottic stenosis (narrowing of the airway at the voice box).


Head and Neck Surgery
Fetal Care and Treatment Center
Pediatric Otolaryngology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital

Undergraduate School

B.S., Oregon State University, Corvallis OR 1975

Medical School

M.D., Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Portland OR 1979


Medicine, St. Vincent Hospital Medical Center, Portland OR 1979-1980


Medicine - Otolaryngology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City IA 1980-1983


Otolaryngology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City IA 1983-1984

National Leadership Award, National Republican Congressional Committee, 2001

Distinguished Public Service Award, UC Davis Academic Senate, 1998

Community Service Award - Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1997

Jerome C. Goldstein Public Service Award/American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award, 1997

Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1990

University of California, Davis, Medical Center Care Recognition Awards, 12/1987, 3/1988, 12/1988, 2/1989, 3/1989, 6/1989, 1998

Funamura JL, Lee JW, McKinney S, Bayoumi AG, Sender CW, Tollefson TT. Children with Cleft Palate: Predictors of Otologic Issues in the First 10 Years. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 May;160(5):902-910. doi:10.1177/0194599818825461. Epub 2019 Jan 22.

Zim S, Lee J, Rubinstein B, Senders C. Prevalence of Renal and Cervical Vertebral Anomalies in Patients with Isolated Microtia and/or Aural Atresia. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2017 Nov;54(6):664-667. doi:10.1597/16-115. Epub 2016 Sep 15.

BhuskuteA, Symiyoshi M, Senders C. Septorhinoplasty in the Pediatric Patient. Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2016 Aug;24(3):245-253.

Setabutr D, Roth C, Nolen D, Cervenka B, Sykes J, Senders C, Tollefson TT. Revision Rates and Speech Outcomes Following Pharyngeal Flap Surgery for Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015 May/June 1;17(3):197-201. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2015.0093.

Setabutr D, Senders CW. Surgical Management of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. Op Tech in Oto – HNS. 2015 January;26(1). doi:10.1016/j.otot.2015.01.002.

Setabutr D, Perez MR, Truong MT, Senders CW, Rubenstein BK. Neurofibromatosis of the Larynx Causing Stridor and Sleep Apnea. Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 Sept-Oct;25(5):631-635. Epub 2014 May 4.

Funamura JL, Durbin-Johnson B, Tollefson TT, Harrison J, Senders CW. Pediatric Tracheotomy: Indications and Decannulation Outcomes. Laryngoscope. 2014 Aug;124(8):1952-8. doi:10.1002/lary.24596. Epub 2014 Feb 20.

Justice CM, Yagnik G, Kim Y, Senders C, et al. A Genome-wide Association Study Identifies Susceptibility Loci for Nonsyndromic Sagittal Craniosynostosis Near BMP2 and Within BBS9. Nat Genet. 2012 Nov 18;44(12):1360-4. Epub 2012 November 18.

Ledgerwood LG, Tinling S, Senders C, et al. Artificial Muscle for Reanimation of the Paralyzed Face: Durability and Biocompatibility in a Gerbil Model. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2012 September;17:1-6.

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