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Jonathan R. George


Head and neck surgeon

Dr. Jonathan R. George is a surgeon specializing in head and neck surgery. His primary areas of focus are thyroid and parathyroid diseases, melanoma and other skin cancers of the head and neck, and cancers of the upper respiratory and digestive tracts. He is a member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.

George provides comprehensive diagnoses and care for thyroid nodules and multinodular goiters as well as for newly diagnosed and recurrent thyroid cancers. His specialties include treating massive goiters, treating thyroid cancers that have spread to areas around the thyroid and performing complex neck surgeries for thyroid cancers that have spread to surrounding regions of the body. He also cares for patients with all forms of hyperparathyroidism, a hormonal disorder that occurs when parathyroid glands become enlarged and overactive.

When treating patients with melanoma and other skin cancers, George's care includes wide excision (the removal of the tumor along with some normal tissue around it to assure complete removal), sentinel lymph node biopsy (the removal of lymph node tissue to examine microscopically for cancer) and neck dissection (to remove cancer in the neck). He provides superior aesthetic outcomes by coordinating with UCSF providers of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

George's research focuses on prospective clinical trials for targeted treatments of head and neck cancers.

George earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine, graduating with honors. He earned a master of public health degree in head and neck cancer epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. He then completed a two-year clinical and translational research fellowship in head and neck cancer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at UCSF, followed by a fellowship in advanced head and neck surgical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. George was trained in complex thyroid surgery by master surgeons Gary Clayman and Lisa Orloff.

George is a member of the American Head and Neck Society and American Thyroid Association. He is a surgeon member of UCSF's multidisciplinary programs in head and neck oncology, melanoma oncology and cutaneous oncology.

George is committed to providing compassionate care with a focus on cure and excellent outcomes while maintaining a relationship with each patient in which he is directly accessible. He provides expedited consultations for all patients. To request an evaluation, please email him at [email protected] or call his clinic at (415) 514-4890 or (415) 885-7528, fax (415) 885-7711.

  • Education

    Duke University School of Medicine, 2008

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2013

  • Fellowships

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

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Clinics I work with

Head & Neck Surgery Cancer Program

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

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

Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery Clinic

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

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

Melanoma & Skin Cancer Center

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

1825 Fourth Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158

Oral Dysplasia Program

Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

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

UCSF-John Muir Health Cancer Center in Berkeley

Berkeley Outpatient Center

3100 San Pablo Ave., Suite 280
Berkeley, CA 94702

My reviews


Overall Experience
271 Ratings
About our process
Dec 03, 2023
I'm very Grateful to Dr. George for giving me my life back! He was so kind and informative! Best doctor I've ever had the opportunity of meeting and being treated by!
Dec 01, 2023
Dr. George is the best and I would recommend him to anyone. I will not hesitate to see him in the future if needed.
Nov 15, 2023
Fabulous hospital doctorsmy team
Nov 09, 2023
Dr. George was absolutely wonderful! He made me feel listened to cared for and I am very confident in his care.
Oct 06, 2023
I greatly appreciate my doctor and feel comfortable with him and the care he provides.
Oct 06, 2023
The doctor was very good at explaining the diagnosis and procedure with me and the upcoming steps. Answered all my questions.
Oct 06, 2023
Dr George is an outstanding physician. I have complete trust in him. His communications are excellent (the best I've ever experienced).
Sep 26, 2023
Dr George was very competent and and friendly. He was very informative and patient.He answered Al our questions throughly and I felt very confident in the plan going forward for my treatment plan.
Sep 22, 2023
Understand I did not talk to him. He left a message
Sep 19, 2023
Hard to conceive that I could have received better care and understanding from my care provider. He was open to my concerns questions and listened to me and my husband. He took time reviewing tests and provided full explanations. Very caring.
Sep 19, 2023
Dr. Jonathan George was wonderful!
Sep 12, 2023
I'm most fortunate to have such a fantastic doctor as Jonathan George. Very very grateful.
Sep 08, 2023
Great care Great Dr
Aug 28, 2023
I really liked Dr. George A LOT. He was very personable I felt like he genuinely cared and I also felt very at ease with him.
Aug 22, 2023
I appreciated Dr. George's patience (pun intended) thoroughness in answering all of my questions and that fact that he himself had the exact same procedure performed (as a patient).
Aug 18, 2023
I can see him anytime if I should have more concerns !
Aug 15, 2023
5 stars in every way.
Aug 01, 2023
Loved him
Jul 23, 2023
Jul 13, 2023
Dr. George is a remarkable human being!!!
Jul 13, 2023
Very pleasant and professional.
Jun 23, 2023
Dr. George Jonathan is such a great doctor from my first appointment to my surgery & then to my followup after my surgery. He is caring listens to you answering any questions that I had & really made me feel at peace since the beginning goes far & beyond to make sure that I as a patient understood everything & will truly recommend him to family & friends. Can't thank him enough astounding!
Jun 16, 2023
Dr. George probably did an excellent job with the cancer surgery. Communication after surgery was very very poor. We never heard from him. He did not contact us after the surgery was completed. I had to call to try to get info. Very stressful for the patient and family.When the lab results came in I had to contact a friend in the system in order to get the info. Dr. George was going to wait for the follow up appt three weeks after surgery to tell us the results.Very poor communication.UCSF needs to Improve communication during stressful times.
Jun 15, 2023
The best experience I have had with a physician in many years!
Jun 09, 2023
I left the clinic feeling happy with the visit and confident that I am in good hands with Dr. George.
Jun 08, 2023
The med student I met with prior to seeing the Doctor was excellent.
Jun 08, 2023
Great doctor great person
May 19, 2023
Good discussion that contained very clear explanations.
May 12, 2023
Dr George is very pleasant and informative about my issues. I feel I'm in good hands. He was apologetic about my having to wait so long to be seen.
Apr 18, 2023
I love coming to this hospital.
Apr 11, 2023
Good experience
Mar 24, 2023
MD Jonathan a caring doctor who explained everything I am beyond blessed to have seen him & even explain everything in Spanish as well if needed to my husband. He showed me & even took the time to give me his card with options of getting of hold of him with any questions concerns ect. That I may have at any given time. Made me feel at peace & like I said was very caring to me his patient highly recommended.
Mar 23, 2023
Awesome Doctor highly recommend!
Mar 10, 2023
A stellar human! So appreciate his expertise and kindness!
Mar 09, 2023
Dr George is highly professional warm generous with his time and confidence inspiring. He answered all my concerns and made a plan for surgery with me. I could not have been more pleased and appreciative of his expertise and treatment of me as his patient.
Feb 10, 2023
Wonderful Dr.
Jan 25, 2023
I am very happy with my experience.
Jan 06, 2023
I really liked him and he was very easy to talk to. He explained everything very thoroughly and showed concern for my issues. He was very thorough and I felt very confident in his abilities.
Dec 25, 2022
Straight forward with respect
Dec 25, 2022
Dr George made the extra effort to accommodate our needs for the appointment.He explained the treatment clearly and left us with a very positive perspective for the surgery.
Dec 23, 2022
Dec 09, 2022
Amazing doctors nurses and MA staff.
Nov 15, 2022
Said there would be a follow up call to schedule an appointment but still haven't received a call
Oct 28, 2022
Excellent staff very friendly and helpful.
Oct 20, 2022
Dr. Jonathan George is a very caring physician with exceptional knowledge and expertise in his field: I felt that I was in the best hands possible for my pre-op care my surgery and my post-op care.
Sep 24, 2022
Very good
Sep 05, 2022
Dr. George was attentive empathetic a good listener informative and more.
Sep 04, 2022
The care provider/doctor was wonderful. His friendliness and kindness made me feel like I mattered to him. He was patient and helpful in addressing my questions. I felt in very good hands with him. It was a meaningful experience. Of course it was helped by the fact that he informed by that my cancer is in an early stage so my relief was immense.
Aug 22, 2022
Dr. George is great
Aug 12, 2022
I love my vists
Jul 29, 2022
He explained everything well - I had many questions and he answered them all.
Jul 22, 2022
Dr. George is an excellent physician and I have known countless over my nursing career: he came in to discuss my case with me and my husband with obvious full knowledge of my labs scans and medical history as well as being caring thoughtful and friendly. He explained and showed all aspects of the what he was seeing on the ultrasound to my husband as he was performing it then expertly discussed with us all treatment options.I absolutely feel confident that he is the right physician and facility to do the surgery I need.
Jun 03, 2022
Couldn't of asked for a better more qualified oncologist. This being my first ever need for one.
May 20, 2022
Dr. George was patient kind and considerate. I felt he actually heard me and belivedw when I explained my symptoms and concerns
May 18, 2022
May 03, 2022
Apr 26, 2022
It was friendly
Mar 10, 2022
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