Eli R. Groppo, MD

Eli R. Groppo


Dr. Groppo practices the breadth of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, including the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders. He was initially drawn to the field of otolaryngology because it offered the opportunity to improve the quality of life for patients of all ages—adults and children.

Dr. Groppo has special interests in hearing loss evaluation and treatment, endoscopic sinus surgery, microlaryngeal surgery, using voice preservation and restoration techniques, facial reconstruction after skin cancer surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery and the treatment of benign and malignant head and neck tumors. He has received advanced training in office-based and intraoperative ultrasonography and uses this technology routinely for characterizing and diagnosing head and neck tumors, performing fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies and performing targeted parathyroid surgery.

A California native, Dr. Groppo grew up in Sunnyvale and attended the University of California, San Diego, where he completed his undergraduate degree in bioengineering. Prior to going into medicine, he worked as a development engineer and helped to develop medical devices at UC San Diego and at the NASA Ames Research Center. Dr. Groppo subsequently received his medical training at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He then returned to California, where he completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. His research has been published in national and international peer-reviewed journals, and he has presented at national meetings around the country.

Dr. Groppo has served in various leadership positions at Sacramento area hospitals and physician associations. He is currently the Chief of Surgery at Mercy General Hospital and the Chief of Otolaryngology with Hill Physicians. He serves as clinical faculty for the Dignity Family Medicine Residency Program. He volunteers his time and expertise by providing charity care for medically indigent patients through the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society SPIRIT program.


Comprehensive Otolaryngology, thyroid and parathyroid disorders

Undergraduate Degree:

University of California San Diego, Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering

Medical Degree(s):

The George Washington University, degree in medicine (MD)


University of California, San Francisco, Residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Certifications and/or Affiliations:

  • Board certified in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • Active member: American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, California Medical Association, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, American College of Surgeons

Publications and/or External Links:

  • Prendes BL, Wang SJ, Groppo ER, Eisele DW, Palefsky JM. Oral human papillomavirus infection in men who have sex with men with anal squamous intraepithelial lesions. Head & Neck, 38(S1):E399-405, 2016.
  • Ow R, Groppo ER, Clutter D, Gawlicka AK. Steroid-eluting sinus implant for in-office treatment of recurrent polyposis: a pharmacokinetic study. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, 4(10):816-22, 2014.
  • Prendes BL, Groppo ER, Reynolds CL, Parsa AT, Cheung SW. A spheroid weighted-axis converter of vestibular schwannoma size: maximum diameter and cisternal volume. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 148(1):108-14, 2013.
  • Groppo ER, Aiken AH, El-Sayed IH, Glastonbury CM. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of acute invasive fungal sinusitis. Archives of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 137(10):1005-1010, 2011.
  • Groppo ER, Glastonbury CM, Orloff LA, Krause PE, Eisele DW. Vascular malformation masquerading as sialolithiasis and parotid obstruction: A case report and review of the literature. Laryngoscope, 120 Suppl 4:S130, 2010.

Community/Organization Involvement:

  • Chief of Surgery—Mercy General Hospital
  • Chief of Service, Otolaryngology Division—Hill Physicians
  • Otolaryngology Department Chair—Sutter Physician Alliance
  • Representative—Board of Governors, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • Clinical Instructor—Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Clinical Assistant Professor—California Northstate University, College of Medicine
  • Volunteer Physician—SPIRIT program for charity care, Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society


In his free time, Dr. Groppo enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, hiking, camping and skiing. He is an avid fan of the Sacramento Kings, Sacramento Republic and San Francisco Giants.


  • Folsom (Creekside)