Daniel Cates, M.D.

Daniel J. Cates, M.D.






  • Assistant Clinical Professor


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Glassrock Building

2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 6201
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

Disorders of swallowing, voice, and breathing can have a big impact on my patients and reduce their quality of life. I strive to identify these problems and use a team-based approach to improve my patients’ well-being.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Cates is a laryngologist who’s clinical interests span the breadth of voice, swallowing, and upper aerodigestive tract disorders. He completed a fellowship in Care of the Professional Voice and has a special interest in treating singers, teachers, speakers, and other professional voice users. He also provides care for our nation's veterans at the Northern California Health Care System VA Medical Center.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Cates' academic interests are focused on assessing and optimizing voice and swallowing outcomes in patients with head and neck cancer, novel therapies for airway stenosis, and treatment outcomes for age-related voice disorders.

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group


M.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign IL 2012

B.S., University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA 2007

Internship: Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2012-2013


Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of California, Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2013-2017


Laryngology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2017-2018

Laryngology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA 2017-2018

Board Certifications

American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

American Laryngological Society

Dysphagia Surgical Society

Greater Sacramento Society of Otolaryngology

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Association

Honors and Awards

American Laryngological Association Poster Presentation, 2nd place, 2019

Resident Teaching Award, 2017

American Broncho-Esophagological Association Poster Presentation, 1st place, 2015

UC Davis Resident Research Day Presentation, 1st place, 2015

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2010

Select Recent Publications

Cates DJ, Magnetta MJ, Smith LJ, Rosen CA. Novel, Anatomically Appropriate Balloon Dilation Technique of the Glottis to Treat Posterior Glottic Stenosis in a 3D-printed Model. Laryngoscope. 2019 May 23. Epub ahead of print.

Cates DJ, Rosen CA, Smith LJ. Primary laryngeal blastomycosis: diagnostic challenges and advances in a rare cause of laryngitis. Laryngoscope. 2019 Feb 18. Epub ahead of print.

Rosen CA, Wang H, Cates DJ, Smith LJ. The glottis is not round: Teardrop shaped glottic dilation for early posterior glottic stenosis. Laryngoscope. 2018 Dec 27. PMID: 30588628

Randall DR, Nativ N, Cates DJ, Tinling SP, Belafsky PC. Decreased Intramuscular Calcium Hydroxyapatite Implant Resorption in a Murine Model of Osteoporosis. Laryngoscope. 2018 Nov;128(11):2576-2580. PMID: 30194683.

Strong EB, Randall DR, Cates DJ, Belafsky PC. Analysis of Reported Balloon Malfunctions and Proposed Rescue Strategy for Malfunction during Airway Dilation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018. Feb;158(2):331-336. PMID: 29232174. 

Johnson CM, Venkatesan NN, Siddiqui MT, Cates DJ, Kuhn MA, Postma GN, Belafsky PC. Outcomes of Laryngohyoid Suspension Techniques in an Ovine Model of Profound Oropharyngeal Dysphagia. Laryngoscope. 2017. Dec;127(12):E422-E427. PMID: 28699193

Cates DJ, Venkatesan NN, Strong B, Kuhn MA, Belafsky PC. Effect of Vocal Fold Medialization on Dysphagia in Patients with Unilateral Vocal Fold Immobility. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Sep;155(3):454-7. PMID: 27165683.

Plowman EK, Bijangi-Vishehsaraei K, Halum S, Cates D, Hanenberg H, Domer AS, Nolta JA, Belafsky PC. Autologous Myoblasts Attenuate Atrophy and Improve Tongue Force in a Denervated Tongue Model: A Pilot Study. Laryngoscope. 2014 Feb;124(2):E20-6. PMID: 23929623.

Belafsky PC, Plowman EK, Mehdizadeh O, Cates D, Domer A, Yen K. The upper esophageal sphincter is not round: a pilot study evaluating a novel, physiology-based approach to upper esophageal sphincter dilation. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2013 Apr;122(4):217-21. PMID: 23697317.

Cates D, Plowman EK, Mehdizadeh O, Yen K, Domer A, Gilden M, Belafsky PC. Geometric morphometric shape analysis in an ovine model confirms that the upper esophageal sphincter is not round. Laryngoscope. 2013 Mar;123(3):721–726. PMID: 23042631