Toby Steele, M.D.

Toby O. Steele, M.D.



Sinus and Skull Base Surgery




  • Assistant Professor


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Glassrock Building

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-6774
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 cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea.

I serve both the University of California 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 surgical therapies for patients with sinonasal disorders.


Head and Neck Surgery

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group


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

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

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


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


Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland OR 2014-2015

Board Certifications

American Board of Otolaryngology, 2015

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

American Rhinology Society

California Medical Association

Greater Sacramento Society of Otolaryngology

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Association

Society of University Otolaryngologists

Honors and Awards

Sacramento Magazine's Top Doctors 2017, 2018

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

American Rhinologic Society � Runner-Up Clinical Science Award 2014, 2015

University of California Davis School of Medicine Resident Teaching Award, 2014

10th Annual Dr. Francis LeJeune Airway Award, 2014

American Academy of Otolaryngology Resident Leadership Grant, 2013

Select Recent Publications

Kinzinger MR, Steele TO, Chin O, Strong EB. Degree of Frontal Bone Exposure via Upper Blepharoplasty Incision: Considerations for Frontal Sinus Fracture. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Mar;160(3):468-471. doi:10.1177/0194599818825456. Epub 2019 Jan 22. PMID:30667301.  

Dedhia RD, Hsieh TY, Rubalcava Y, Lee P, Shen P, Steele TO, Strong EB. Posterior Maxillary Sinus Wall: A Landmark for Identifying the Sphenoid Sinus Ostium. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2019 Mar;128(3):215-219. doi:10.1177/0003489418816725. Epub 2018 Dec 3. PMID:30501407. 

Kinzinger MR, Strong EB, Bernard J, Steele TO. Intralesional Bevacizumab for the Treatment of Recurrent Sinonasal Hemangioma. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2018 Dec;127(12):969-973. PMID:30246545. 

Hsieh TY, Cervenka B, Steele TO. Validation of Haptic Properties of Materials for Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery Simulation-Reply. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Dec 1;144(12):1185-1186. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.1811. PMID:30193287. 

Steele TO, Gill A, Tollefson TT. Contemporary considerations in concurrent endoscopic sinus surgery and rhinoplasty. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Aug;26(4):209-213. PMID:29894317.

Hsieh TY, Cervenka B, Dedhia R, Strong EB, Steele TO. Assessment of a Patient-Specific, 3-Dimensionally Printed Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgical Model. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Jul 1;144(7):574-579. PMID:29799965. 

Haffner M, Quinn A, Hsieh TY, Strong EB, Steele TO. Optimization of 3D Print Material for the Recreation of Patient-Specific Temporal Bone Models. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2018 May;127(5):338-343. PMID:29667491.

Steele TO, Chin OY, Kinzinger MR, Strong EB. Quantifying Lateral Frontal Sinus Access: The Upper Blepharoplasty Approach. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2018 Mar;127(3):155-161. PMID:29298505.

Strong EB, Lee P, Cheang E, Wonsuk K, Steele TO, Shen P. Anatomic Considerations in Dacryocystorhinostomy: The Middle Turbinate. Otorinolaringologia. 2017 December;67(4):103-106.

Geltzeiler M, Steele TO. Nasal septal perforation secondary to systemic bevacizumab. Am J Otolaryngol. 2017 May-Jun;38(3):354-355.

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