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Andrew Mester, MD

How are star ratings for providers determined?

Star ratings are based on responses to survey questions that focus on a patient's likelihood to recommend the provider's office to family and friends as well as the provider's care, including whether the provider listened carefully, spent enough time with you, explained things in an easy-to-understand way, and seemed to know important information about your medical history. Press Ganey averages and converts all survey responses into a single star rating, with five stars being the highest.

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Accepting new patients?

  • Yes


  • Hungarian
  • German


Professional Distinctions

  • Best Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor from Reader’s Choice Awards of the Santa Barbara News-Press 
  • America's Top Physicians, Consumer's Research Council of America
  • Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, St. Francis Hospital
  • Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award in Neurotology, University of California Los Angeles (1991-1992) Research Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology (1989-1991), University of Pennsylvania
  • Several research awards and research grants
  • Extensive list of peer-review articles in both clinical and experimental research
  • Fellowships with Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, London, and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (1986), Karolinska Hospital University of Stockholm, Sweden (1980)

Community Involvement

  • Provides care to vocalists in the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara)
  • Lecture, "Medical Aspects of the Professional Voice"

At Sansum Clinic since:

 1997 (27 years)

Training & Certification

Medical School/Graduate School

  • Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary, 1977


  • Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery; First: Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary, 1977-1981. Second: Boston University, 1992-1997.


  • Pediatric Otolaryngology/Broncho-Esophagology, Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary. Neurotology Research, University of California Los Angeles. Rhinology Research, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.


  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Additional Information


  • President, Santa Barbara Society of Otolaryngology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • Member, California Medical Association
  • Member, International Society for Laser Surgery & Medicine


  • Classical Music
  • Travel
  • History
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Physical Activity at the Santa Barbara Athletic Club
  • Rollerblading
  • Skiing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Swimming
  • Beach Walking/Hiking
  • Bicycling and Unicycling
  • Spending time with wife Sun Ae and three sons Matt, Mark and Luke