Philosophy of Care
Ear, nose, and throat issues are common in childhood and can often negatively impact a child's quality of life. I strive to help identify and address hearing, breathing, sleep, and feeding issues early in life to promote healthy growth and development.
Dr. Funamura is a fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat surgeon) who cares for children with conditions affecting breathing, voice, feeding/swallowing, hearing, and speech. Her clinical practice includes collaborating with other specialists to provide the best possible care for children with conditions affecting the ears, nose/sinuses, mouth/throat, neck, and upper airway, with a focus in the complex ear and airway issues.
Dr. Funamura academic interests include outcomes research in children with hearing loss and tracheostomy-dependence, global surgery teaching, and early hearing loss identification and treatment.
Head and Neck Surgery
M.D., Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles CA 2010
M.P.H., TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA 2018
B.A., Stanford University, Stanford CA 2005
Internship: Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2010-2011
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2011-2015
Pediatric Otolaryngology, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston MA 2015-2016
American Board of Otolaryngology,
Medical Board of California,
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Society of University of Otolaryngologists-Head & Neck Surgeons
Honors and Awards
Sacramento Magazine Top Doctor, 2018
UC Davis Department of Otolaryngology Clinic Teamwork Award, 2015
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2009
Keck School of Medicine – Dean’s Recognition, 2006
Select Recent Publications
Funamura JL, Lee JW, McKinne S, Bayoumi AG, Senders CW, Tollefson TT. Children with cleft palate: predictors of otologic issues in the first 10 years of life. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jan 22 [Epub ahead of print].
Funamura JL. Evaluation and management of nonsyndromic congenital hearing loss. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Oct;25(5):385-389.
Yuen SN, Leung PP, Funamura J, Kawai K, Roberson DW, Adil EA. Complications of turbinate reduction surgery in combination with tonsillectomy in pediatric patients. Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug;127(8):1920-1923. Epub 2016 Nov 22.
Funamura JL, Yuen S, Kawai K, Gergin O, Adil E, Rahbar R, Watters K. Characterizing mortality in pediatric tracheostomy patients. Laryngoscope. 2017 Jul;127(7):1701-1706. Epub 2016 Nov 3.
Funamura JL, Tollefson TT. Congenital anomalies of the nose. Facial Plast Surg. 2016 Apr; 32(2):133-41.
Hsieh TY, Funamura JL, Roth C, Rubin Z, Kurniawan S, Tollefson TT. Developing a novel speech intervention iPad game for children with cleft palate: a pilot study. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2015 Jul 1; 17(4):309-11.
Funamura JL, Durbin-Johnson B, Tollefson TT, Harrison J, Senders CW. Pediatric tracheotomy: indications and decannulation outcomes. Laryngoscope. 2014 Aug; 124(8):1952-8.
Funamura JL, Nguyen AT, Diaz RC. Otogenic lateral sinus thrombosis: case series and controversies. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2014 May; 78(5):866-70.
Funamura JL, Liang J, Senders CW. Surgical management of cysts and papillomas of the nose and sinuses (Ch 28). Diseases of the Sinuses. 2nd ed, Chang CC, Incaudo, GA, Gerswin ME (Eds). Springer Publishing, New York, NY: 2014.