Harlan Muntz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Harlan R. Muntz, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Pediatric Otolaryngology




  • Senior Physician Diplomate


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Glassrock Building

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

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

Philosophy of Care

I feel the child needs to be the center of my focus. If they feel comfortable with me and can trust me, the best care can be delivered. Inclusion of the family in all decision making is imperative. I try to discuss the options for a plan of care based on the available science as well as my years of experience. I encourage questions from the family and child.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Muntz has focused his clinical interest in children with ears, nose and throat problems for the last 38+ years. He has had special interest in ear disease, sinus problems, sleep apnea and snoring, care of the child with cleft lip and palate, and care of the child with a tracheotomy.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Muntz has focused his research in cleft palate speech, pediatric sinus disease, and care of the child with tracheotomy. He is involved in global health and international working group to advance the care of the child with ENT problems.


Pediatric Otolaryngology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO 1977

B.S., Miami University, Oxford OH 1973

Internship: Surgery, Jewish Hospital, St. Louis MO 1977-1978


Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Washington University Affiliated Hospital, St. Louis MO 1978-1982

Board Certifications

American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery,

Medical Board of California-Physician and Surgeon license,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

American Academy of Pediatrics

American College of Surgeons

American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Society of Ear Nose and Throat Advancement in Children

Honors and Awards

Present American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Distinguished Service Award, 2017

SENTAC Quality Award - Infant Ventilator Care at Extended Care Facility, 2014

Present SENTAC Quality award - Cost of Unreparied Cleft in the Philippines, 2013

Steven Gray Humanitarian Award, 2008

Selected for Madison's Who's Who in Medicine, 2006

Present Best Doctors in America, Selected for Best Doctors in America, 2005

Nominated for "Physician of the Year" at Primary Children's Medical Center, 2004

Present Metropolitan Registries, 2003

Listed in SLC Industries, Inc.- "Guide to America's Top Physicians", 2003

Otolaryngology Teacher of the Year Award - Washington University School of Medicine, 2000

Select Recent Publications

Padia R, Alt JA, Curtin K, Muntz HR, Orlandi RR, Berger J, Meier JD. Environmental contributions to otitis media requiring tympanostomy tubes. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2017 Oct;101:97-101. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2017.07.035. Epub 2017 Jul 27. PMID:28964318.

Padia R, Alt JA, Curtin K, Muntz HR, Orlandi RR, Berger J, Meier JD. Familial link of otitis media requiring tympanostomy tubes. Laryngoscope. 2017 Apr;127(4):962-966. doi:10.1002/lary.26360. Epub 2016 Nov 11. PMID:27861935.

Duval M, Tarasidis G, Grimmer JF, Muntz HR, Park AH, Smith M, Asfour F, Meier J. Role of operative airway evaluation in children with recurrent croup: a retrospective cohort study. Clin Otolaryngol. 2015 Jun;40(3):227-33. doi:10.1111/coa.12353. PMID:25409938.

Duval M, Grimmer JF, Meier J, Muntz HR, Park AH. The effect of age on pediatric tympanoplasty outcomes: a comparison of preschool and older children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Mar;79(3):336-41. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2014.12.017. Epub 2015 Jan 6. PMID:25613932.

Meier JD, Valentine KJ, Hagedorn C, Hartling C, Gershan W, Muntz HR, Murphy NA. Emergency department use among children with tracheostomies: Avoidable visits. J Pediatr Rehabil Med. 2015;8(2):105-11. doi:10.3233/PRM-150324. PMID:26409864.

Muntz HR, Meier JD. The financial impact of unrepaired cleft lip and palate in the Philippines. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2013 Dec;77(12):1925-8. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2013.08.023. Epub 2013 Sep 20. PMID:24139590.

Smith ME, King JD, Elsherif A, Muntz HR, Park AH, Kouretas PC. Should all newborns who undergo patent ductus arteriosus ligation be examined for vocal fold mobility? Laryngoscope. 2009 Aug;119(8):1606-9. doi:10.1002/lary.20148. PMID:19507238.

Sie KC, Starr JR, Bloom DC, Cunningham M, de Serres LM, Drake AF, Elluru RG, Haddad J Jr, Hartnick C, Macarthur C, Milczuk HA, Muntz HR, Perkins JA, Senders C, Smith ME, Tollefson T, Willging JP, Zdanski CJ. Multicenter interrater and intrarater reliability in the endoscopic evaluation of velopharyngeal insufficiency. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Jul;134(7):757-63. doi:10.1001/archotol.134.7.757. PMID:18645127.

Muntz H, Wilson M, Park A, Smith M, Grimmer JF. Sleep disordered breathing and obstructive sleep apnea in the cleft population. Laryngoscope. 2008 Feb;118(2):348-53. doi:10.1097/MLG.0b013e318158195e. PMID:18025949.

Park JY, Suskind DL, Prater D, Muntz HR, Lusk RP. Maturation of the pediatric tracheostomy stoma: effect on complications. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1999 Dec;108(12):1115-9. doi:10.1177/000348949910801204. PMID:10605914.