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Jonathan George, M.D., M.P.H.

Head and neck surgeon

Dr. Jonathan R. George is a head and neck surgical oncologist specializing in the management of advanced thyroid cancers. He is part of the UCSF Head and Neck Oncologic and Endocrine Surgery team based at UCSF's Mount Zion campus, in association with the UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center.

His practice encompasses the surgical management of all malignancies of the head and neck, including upper aerodigestive tract cancers, advanced skin cancers, salivary gland tumors and skull base malignancies. George's research focuses on molecular epidemiology of thyroid cancer, as well as clinical outcomes of head and neck cancer treatment. He is actively engaged in multi-institutional clinical trials to advance the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer.

George earned a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a medical degree from Duke University, both with research honors distinction. He completed residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF Medical Center, where he was awarded the Allando J. Ballantyne Research Grant from the American Head and Neck Society for his investigations into a clinical biomarker for head and neck cancer. He then completed the Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. While there, he pursued rigorous training in the surgical management of aggressive thyroid malignancies under the mentorship of Dr. Gary Clayman. He joined UCSF Medical Center in 2014.

George is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American Head and Neck Society. He is committed to personalized, patient-centered care and always aims to provide the safest surgical treatment while maximizing the chance of cancer cure.


Head and Neck Surgery Cancer Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 885–7528
Fax: (415) 885–7711

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
2380 Sutter St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 885–7528
Fax: (415) 885–7711

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Jonathan George


Duke University School of Medicine 2008


UCSF Medical Center, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery 2013


M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. George JR, Yom SS, Wang SJ. Improved outcomes in adjuvant radiotherapy for oral cavity carcinoma at an academic center: A matched-pair analysis. Laryngoscope. 2014 Jul; 124(7):1603-8.
  2. George JR, Yom SS, Wang SJ. Modality Treatment Outcomes for Head and Neck Cancer: Comparison of Postoperative Radiation Therapy at Academic vs Nonacademic Medical Centers. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Nov 1; 139(11):1118-26.
  3. Clark AJ, Jahangiri A, Garcia RM, George JR, Sughrue ME, McDermott MW, El-Sayed IH, Aghi MK. Endoscopic surgery for tuberculum sellae meningiomas: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurosurg Rev. 2013 Jul; 36(3):349-59.
  4. Bissell DM, Roulot D, George J. Transforming growth factor beta and the liver. Hepatology. 2001 Nov; 34(5):859-67.
  5. George J, Wang SS, Sevcsik AM, Sanicola M, Cate RL, Koteliansky VE, Bissell DM. Transforming growth factor-beta initiates wound repair in rat liver through induction of the EIIIA-fibronectin splice isoform. Am J Pathol. 2000 Jan; 156(1):115-24.
  6. George J, Roulot D, Koteliansky VE, Bissell DM. In vivo inhibition of rat stellate cell activation by soluble transforming growth factor beta type II receptor: a potential new therapy for hepatic fibrosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Oct 26; 96(22):12719-24.

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