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

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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1999


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Otolaryngology 2005

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lee DS, O'Keefe RA, Ha PK, Grandis JR, Johnson DE. Biochemical Properties of a Decoy Oligodeoxynucleotide Inhibitor of STAT3 Transcription Factor. Int J Mol Sci. 2018 May 30; 19(6).
  2. Windon MJ, D'Souza G, Rettig EM, Westra WH, van Zante A, Wang SJ, Ryan WR, Mydlarz WK, Ha PK, Miles BA, Koch W, Gourin C, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. Increasing prevalence of human papillomavirus-positive oropharyngeal cancers among older adults. Cancer. 2018 Apr 30.
  3. Xu MJ, Wu TJ, van Zante A, El-Sayed IH, Algazi AP, Ryan WR, Ha PK, Yom SS. Mortality risk after clinical management of recurrent and metastatic adenoid cystic carcinoma. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Apr 25; 47(1):28.

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