Toby O. Steele, M.D.

Associate Professor

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




Sinus and Skull Base Surgery



Locations and Contact

Glassrock Building

General Otolaryngology Clinic
2521 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

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

Philosophy of Care

My clinical practice focuses on both medical and surgical management of sinonasal disorders including chronic rhinosinusitis, sellar/parasellar pathology, sinonasal malignancy, nasal obstruction, epiphora, thyroid eye disease, olfactory disturbances and cerebrosphinal fluid rhinorrhea.

I serve both the UC Davis patient population and our nation's Veterans at the Northern California VA Medical Center. My research is focused on evaluating and improving both medical and surigcal therapies for patients with sinonasal disorders.


Head and Neck Surgery

Undergraduate School

B.A., Psychology, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2003

Medical School

M.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora CO 2009


Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2009-2010


Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2010-2014


Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland OR 2014-2015

Sacramento Magazine's Top Doctors 2017, 2018, 2020

International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology Top 20 Reviewer, 2019

Faculty Teaching Award, UC Davis Department of Otolaryngology, 2017

Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology - Runner-Up Clinical Science Award, 2015

Resident Teaching Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2014

Gill AS, Ashby S, Oakley GM, Steele TO, Menjivar D, Orlandi RR, Alt JA. Comorbidities Known to Affect Physical Function Negatively Impact Baseline Health-Related Quality-of-Life in Patients With Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2022 Jan;36(1):25-32. doi:10.1177/19458924211013610. Epub 2021 Apr 27. PMID:33906469.

Bacorn C, Morisada MV, Dedhia RD, Steele TO, Strong EB, Lin LK. Traumatic Optic Neuropathy Management: A Survey Assessment of Current Practice Patterns. J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2021 Jul-Sep;14(3):136-142. doi:10.4103/JETS.JETS_66_20. Epub 2021 Apr 27. PMID:34759631.

Reddy RK, Gill AS, Hwang J, Wilson MD, Shahlaie K, Harsh GR IV, Strong EB, Steele TO. Surgeon education through a surgical cost feedback system reduces supply cost in endoscopic skull base surgery. J Neurosurg. 2021 Aug 13:1-9. doi:10.3171/2021.2.JNS203208. Epub ahead of print. PMID:34388725.

Morisada MV, Tollefson TT, Shaye DA, Steele TO. The digital doctor: telemedicine in facial plastic surgery. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Aug 1;29(4):271-276. doi:10.1097/MOO.0000000000000722. PMID:34039841.

Wickwire P, Kahlon S, Kazemi S, Tollefson T, Steele T, Chang J, Strong B. Improving Patient Education of Facial Fractures Using 3-Dimensional Computed Tomography. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Jul 19:1945998211028523. doi:10.1177/01945998211028523. Epub ahead of print. PMID:34280047.

Virani FR, Wilson MD, Beliveau AM, Gill AS, Strong EB, Steele TO. The Impact of Surgical Posterior Nasal Nerve Cryoablation on Symptoms and Disease-Specific Quality of Life in Patients With Chronic Rhinitis. Ear Nose Throat J. 2021 Jun 15:1455613211018576. doi:10.1177/01455613211018576. Epub ahead of print. PMID:34128402.

Gill AS, Hwang J, Beliveau AM, Alt JA, Strong EB, Wilson MD, Steele TO. The Impact of Medical Comorbidities on Patient Satisfaction in Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2021 May 12:34894211015736. doi:10.1177/00034894211015736. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33978506.

Omofoye OA, Lechpammer M, Steele TO, Harsh GR 4th. Pituitary stalk gangliogliomas: Case report and literature review. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2021 Feb;201:106405. doi:10.1016/j.clineuro.2020.106405. Epub 2020 Dec 8. PMID:33340839.

Gill AS, Levy JM, Wilson M, Strong EB, Steele TO. Diagnosis and Management of Depression in CRS: A Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Survey. Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2021 Jan;25(1):e48-e53. doi:10.1055/s-0040-1701268. Epub 2020 Apr 24. PMID:33542751.

Hsieh TY, Said M, Dedhia RD, Timbang MR, Steele TO, Strong EB. Assessment of the Learning Curve for Virtual Surgical Planning in Orbital Fractures. Craniomaxillofac Trauma Reconstr. 2020 Sep;13(3):186-191. doi:10.1177/1943387520923940. Epub 2020 May 5. PMID:33456685.