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Chase M. Heaton


Head and neck and reconstructive surgeon
Patient advocate

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

    Associate Professor

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

Where I see patients (3)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    143 Ratings
    About our process
    Oct 31, 2023
    Oct 21, 2023
    I have total confidence in Dr. Heaton. Extremely high knowledge base intuitive and totally interactive.
    Sep 29, 2023
    Dr Heaton is kind caring compassionate and really listens
    May 09, 2023
    Apr 07, 2023
    Listened to my concerns was informative and caring
    Mar 18, 2023
    Doctor Heaton is a very caring and wonderful provider. I am without cancer due to his care.
    Mar 04, 2023
    He was so honest and informative
    Jan 17, 2023
    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!! Dr. Heaton
    Nov 24, 2022
    They all had my interest at heart. All were fantastic!!
    Nov 05, 2022
    Dr. Heaton is caring and answers question intellectually and honest in his opinion.
    Oct 23, 2022
    I am very grateful to Dr. Heaton for his attention assistance to me and high professionalism.
    Oct 15, 2022
    Sep 22, 2022
    Dr Heaton is the best!!!
    Sep 16, 2022
    Exceptionally kind.
    Aug 23, 2022
    Excellent provider
    Aug 07, 2022
    Dr. Heaton has a GREAT bedside manner and yet I have been surprised by information later that he didn't tell me. For instance the first meeting said if the cancer is in the bone we may "just" do some radiation it turns out it's not "may" its ALWAYS. 2ndly the ramifications from radiation include a damage thyroid possibility AND a chest X-ray (from either the surgery or the radiation not sure which)...that wasn't disclosed. Nor the Lymphedema. Lots of NEW news came my way after surgery.
    Aug 05, 2022
    My doctor chase Michael Heaton.was so kindand he explained exactly what he would have to do for me.even letting me know that he would be going to the head& neck tumor get as much help as possible to help me.very kind doctor.
    Jul 14, 2022
    Dr Heaton is an excellent doctor re personality and expertise. I have been seeing him since 2016.
    Jun 11, 2022
    May 31, 2022
    Excellent provider. The clinic was very thoughtfully organized. I came in for a consultation about possible thyroid cancer. The provider arranged a fine needle aspiration biopsy right after my appointment with him and I received a benign result that day! The pathologist who performed the biopsy was also very thoughtful and a people person. The hardest part about having a possible cancer diagnosis is waiting for appointments and results. This was one of the best medical experiences I have every had!
    May 26, 2022
    May 08, 2022
    Apr 29, 2022
    Again the signage was not very helpful
    Mar 13, 2022
    Mar 10, 2022
    Given instructions upon discharged is very good
    Mar 06, 2022
    Dr. Heaton was very professional but yet friendly and considerate. It is a pleasure to have such a caring physician taking care of me.

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