Dr Kmucha attended undergraduate, graduate, and medical education at the University of Chicago; he completed his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Yale and was elected chief resident during his final year. He completed an otology fellowship at Loyola. He is board-certified in otolaryngology, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNSF), a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He served on the faculty at Yale and Stanford and maintained a Clinical Instructor position at Stanford for more than 15 years. He was the founder and medical director of the Balance and Mobility Center at Seton Medical Center for many years.
Dr. Kmucha is very active in the California Medical Association and served on the Board of Governors of the AAOHNSF for more than 10 years; in 2019, he was elected by his peers to a three-year term on the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors of the AAOHNSF. He also currently serves as the President of the California Otolaryngology Society. Dr. Kmucha has published and lectured widely and has appeared frequently on KRON 4 television and KGO radio programs in the San Francisco Bay area.
As environmental factors often play a major role in conditions of the ear, nose and throat, Dr. Kmucha has served on the NIH Committee on Indoor Air Quality, as the chair of the AAOHNSF Committee on the Environment, and served for many years as the only physician on the nine county San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District Advisory Council. Dr. Kmucha also believes strongly in patient safety and ongoing physician quality improvement; in that pursuit, he serves on the Board of Directors of HSAG (the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for California), on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee for California, and as a certified medical expert for the Medical Board of California.
Dr. Kmucha believes strongly in a holistic approach to healthcare that is patient-centered, emphasizes patient education, and strives for full patient engagement in healthcare decision-making. He is also a conservative surgeon who believes that, while surgery may be an option, there are often many other treatment options that might help avoid surgery and the associated pain, risks and costs. He very much acknowledges and appreciates the trust inherent in a healing patient-physician relationship and appreciates the opportunity to share his extensive knowledge and experience with his patients to achieve improved health and wellness.