Patrick Ha, MD


Dr. Patrick Ha is chief of the Division of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery at UCSF Medical Center as well as the Irwin Mark Jacobs and Joan Klein Jacobs Distinguished Professor in Head and Neck Cancer. His clinical expertise covers the full breadth of head and neck surgery, with a focus on thyroid and parathyroid surgery as well as endoscopic approaches to throat cancer surgery. Before joining UCSF, Ha served as associate professor of otolaryngology — head and neck surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Ha received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with highest honors in biology. He obtained his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He then completed his residency training and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology along with advanced fellowship training in head and neck oncologic surgery.

Currently, his research work is focused on molecular changes that occur in salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma. Ha serves on the editorial board of several medical journals, including Head and Neck and Oral Oncology.


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.

Board Certification

Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

Academic Title


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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1999


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Otolaryngology 2005

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Xu MJ, Lazar AA, Garsa AA, Arron ST, Ryan WR, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Algazi AP, Heaton CM, Ha PK, Yom SS. Major prognostic factors for recurrence and survival independent of the American Joint Committee on Cancer eighth edition staging system in patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma treated with multimodality therapy. Head Neck. 2018 Mar 10.
  2. Guo T, Sakai A, Afsari B, Considine M, Danilova L, Favorov AV, Yegnasubramanian S, Kelley DZ, Flam E, Ha PK, Khan Z, Wheelan SJ, Gutkind JS, Fertig EJ, Gaykalova DA, Califano J. A Novel Functional Splice Variant of AKT3 Defined by Analysis of Alternative Splice Expression in HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal Cancers. Cancer Res. 2017 Jul 21.
  3. Yom SS, Mallen-St Clair J, Ha PK. Controversies in Postoperative Irradiation of Oropharyngeal Cancer After Transoral Surgery. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2017 Jul; 26(3):357-370.
  4. Fakhry C, Westra WH, Wang SJ, van Zante A, Zhang Y, Rettig E, Yin LX, Ryan WR, Ha PK, Wentz A, Koch W, Richmon JD, Eisele DW, D'Souza G. The prognostic role of sex, race, and human papillomavirus in oropharyngeal and nonoropharyngeal head and neck squamous cell cancer. Cancer. 2017 May 01; 123(9):1566-1575.
  5. Rosculet N, Zhou XC, Ha P, Tang M, Levine MA, Neuner G, Califano J. Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio: Prognostic indicator for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck. 2017 Apr; 39(4):662-667.
  6. D'Souza G, Westra WH, Wang SJ, van Zante A, Wentz A, Kluz N, Rettig E, Ryan WR, Ha PK, Kang H, Bishop J, Quon H, Kiess AP, Richmon JD, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. Differences in the Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancers by Sex, Race, Anatomic Tumor Site, and HPV Detection Method. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Dec 08.
  7. Wysocki PT, Izumchenko E, Meir J, Ha PK, Sidransky D, Brait M. Adenoid cystic carcinoma: emerging role of translocations and gene fusions. Oncotarget. 2016 Oct 04; 7(40):66239-66254.
  8. D'Souza G, Zhang Y, Merritt S, Gold D, Robbins HA, Buckman V, Gerber J, Eisele DW, Ha P, Califano J, Fakhry C. Patient experience and anxiety during and after treatment for an HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. Oral Oncol. 2016 Sep; 60:90-5.
  9. Ling S, Rettig EM, Tan M, Chang X, Wang Z, Brait M, Bishop JA, Fertig EJ, Considine M, Wick MJ, Ha PK. Identification of methylated genes in salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma xenografts using global demethylation and methylation microarray screening. Int J Oncol. 2016 Jul; 49(1):225-34.
  10. Sobel RH, Blanco R, Ha PK, Califano JA, Kumar R, Richmon JD. Implementation of a comprehensive competency-based transoral robotic surgery training curriculum with ex vivo dissection models. Head Neck. 2016 Oct; 38(10):1553-63.
  11. Bishop JA, Ha PK. Human papillomavirus detection in a "Digital" age. Cancer. 2016 05 15; 122(10):1502-4.
  12. Yin LX, Ha PK. Genetic alterations in salivary gland cancers. Cancer. 2016 06 15; 122(12):1822-31.
  13. Rettig EM, Talbot CC, Sausen M, Jones S, Bishop JA, Wood LD, Tokheim C, Niknafs N, Karchin R, Fertig EJ, Wheelan SJ, Marchionni L, Considine M, Fakhry C, Papadopoulos N, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B, Ha PK, Agrawal N. Whole-Genome Sequencing of Salivary Gland Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2016 Apr; 9(4):265-74.
  14. Dixit R, Kemp C, Kulich S, Seethala R, Chiosea S, Ling S, Ha PK, Duvvuri U. TMEM16A/ANO1 is differentially expressed in HPV-negative versus HPV-positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma through promoter methylation. Sci Rep. 2015 Nov 13; 5:16657.
  15. Joseph AW, Guo T, Hur K, Xie Y, Yin L, Califano JA, Ha PK, Quon H, Richmon JD, Eisele DW, Agrawal N, Fakhry C. Disease-free survival after salvage therapy for recurrent oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck. 2016 Apr; 38 Suppl 1:E1501-9.
  16. Park E, Ha PK, Eisele DW, Francis HW, Kim YJ. Personal characteristics of residents may predict competency improvement. Laryngoscope. 2016 Aug; 126(8):1746-52.
  17. Li RJ, Zhou XC, Fakhry C, Negrin J, Lee G, Ha P, Blanco R, Saunders J, Califano JA. Reduction of Pharyngocutaneous Fistulae in Laryngectomy Patients by a Comprehensive Performance Improvement Intervention. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Dec; 153(6):927-34.
  18. Wang Z, Ling S, Rettig E, Sobel R, Tan M, Fertig EJ, Considine M, El-Naggar AK, Brait M, Fakhry C, Ha PK. Epigenetic screening of salivary gland mucoepidermoid carcinoma identifies hypomethylation of CLIC3 as a common alteration. Oral Oncol. 2015 Dec; 51(12):1120-5.
  19. Baxter M, Chan JY, Mydlarz WK, Labruzzo SV, Kiess A, Ha PK, Aygun N, Agrawal N. Retropharyngeal lymph node involvement in human papillomavirus-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2015 Nov; 125(11):2503-8.
  20. Wang Y, Springer S, Mulvey CL, Silliman N, Schaefer J, Sausen M, James N, Rettig EM, Guo T, Pickering CR, Bishop JA, Chung CH, Califano JA, Eisele DW, Fakhry C, Gourin CG, Ha PK, Kang H, Kiess A, Koch WM, Myers JN, Quon H, Richmon JD, Sidransky D, Tufano RP, Westra WH, Bettegowda C, Diaz LA, Papadopoulos N, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B, Agrawal N. Detection of somatic mutations and HPV in the saliva and plasma of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Jun 24; 7(293):293ra104.

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