Chase M. Heaton


Head and neck and reconstructive surgeon
Patient advocate

About me

Dr. Chase M. Heaton is a head and neck and reconstructive surgeon at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He specializes in treating benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, thyroid, skin and salivary glands.

Heaton is fellowship trained in microvascular reconstruction for head and neck cancers (an advanced technique that uses blood vessels and tissues from other parts of the patient's body for repair following tumor removal). He also has experience in transoral robotic surgery for removal of head and neck tumors. Seeking to ensure the best possible care, Heaton is committed to working with patients on individualized treatment plans.

In addition to treating patients, Heaton conducts research on patient outcomes following head and neck surgery. He also teaches and mentors UCSF medical students and otolaryngology residents.

Heaton completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and earned a medical degree at the Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. After finishing a residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at UCSF, he completed a one-year fellowship in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstructive surgery at UCSF. He joined the UCSF faculty full time in 2015.

  • Education

    Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, 2009

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery , 2014

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Head and Neck Oncology, Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

My patients who courageously go through their treatments for head and neck cancer inspire me daily to be a better doctor.

Clinics I work with

Head and Neck Surgery Cancer Clinic

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Oral Dysplasia Program

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

My reviews


Overall Experience
131 Reviews
Dr. Heaton was wonderful and explained exactly what his part of my surgery would be. I felt comfortable and at ease.
Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
131 Reviews
Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
131 Reviews
Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
125 Reviews
Knew the important information about your medical history
130 Reviews
The provider showed respect for what you had to say
131 Reviews
The provider spent enough time with me
131 Reviews

"I’m proud when I see patients after they’ve beaten their disease and our conversation is about something other than cancer."

Decorative Caduceus

Tavo With Electroporation, Pembrolizumab, and Epacadostat in Patients With Unresectable Head an...

The best overall response (BORR) is the best response recorded from the start of treatment until disease progression/recurrence (taking as reference for progressive disease the smallest measurement recorded since the treatment sta...