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Dr. Patrick Ha is chief of the UCSF Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology. His expertise in patient care covers the full scope of head and neck surgery, with a focus on thyroid and parathyroid surgery as well as endoscopic approaches to throat cancer surgery.

Ha's research is currently focused on molecular changes that occur in adenoid cystic carcinoma of the salivary gland.

Ha received an undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude. He obtained his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, graduating with membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He then completed his residency training and a postdoctoral fellowship at the otolaryngology department of Johns Hopkins, along with advanced fellowship training in head and neck oncologic surgery.

Ha serves on the editorial board of several medical journals, including Oral Oncology. He is the Irwin Mark Jacobs and Joan Klein Jacobs Distinguished Professor in Head and Neck Cancer.

  • Education

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1999

  • Residencies

    Johns Hopkins Hospital, Otolaryngology, 2005

  • Board Certifications

    Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Academic Title



"When I go to work, we all share the same vision, from the patient, to the provider, to every staff member."

Where I see patients (4)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    413 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 29, 2023
    Dr. Ha is professional personable kind. & caring.He takes time to listen; positive & encouraging.
    Nov 22, 2023
    This is the first time I feel that my medical-related issues/complaints were dismissed by a provider and this includes the resident. They seemed to be in a rush seeing me as well. They did not show any concerns at all.
    Nov 21, 2023
    Everyone was exceptionally kind and professional
    Nov 19, 2023
    Nov 17, 2023
    Dr. Ha is absolutely amazing. I'm hugely grateful to be able to know and benefit from his kindness and clear wisdom!
    Nov 17, 2023
    Dr Ha is an excellent doctor. So thankful to have him as my doctor and UCSF to support great doctors
    Nov 07, 2023
    Dr. Ha and her Assistants are excellent doctors and human being.
    Nov 06, 2023
    Dr Ha was very professional and caring!
    Oct 31, 2023
    They knew about my needle phobia.
    Oct 24, 2023
    Dr Ha is simply the best. He listens cares and is always responsive when I need him! We are so very lucky to have him assisting us!
    Oct 12, 2023
    I cannot begin to explain how exceptional Dr. Ha is. His bedside manner and professional is second to none. Always upbeat and helpful and very knowledgable. Wish all physicians were like him.
    Oct 12, 2023
    Very pleased with Dr. Ha and his team.
    Oct 03, 2023
    I'm so very lucky to have doctor Ha taking care of me. His kindness and confidence helps me in every way
    Sep 21, 2023
    Dr. Ha is the BEST...
    Sep 09, 2023
    Dr Ha is great!
    Sep 09, 2023
    The care I have received so far has been exceptional and I recommend UCSF to everyone needing care.
    Sep 02, 2023
    Initial visit was very informative and helpful.
    Aug 29, 2023
    Main concern is delay in getting biopsy results. Was originally led to believe it would be 2 weeks and now it is 2-3 weeks. Stressful waiting for results.
    Aug 11, 2023
    Listens well and answers questions
    Aug 09, 2023
    Dr Ha is great. Super clear communicator. I really appreciate the coordination within the team. Everything is seamless. Great follow up news and clear steps going forward!!
    Aug 08, 2023
    Dr Ha really made me feel even though it might take more time a better plan will be in place
    Aug 01, 2023
    I guess squamous cell carcinoma doesn't always just leave but mine has definitely not changed in the last two years. Dr. Ha wants to make sure I am safe and healthy. I am an interesting patient for sure.
    Jul 18, 2023
    Excellent communication
    Jun 06, 2023
    A cool attention
    May 25, 2023
    Honestly it was a great experience with a situation that was not happy
    May 20, 2023
    Dr. Ha was beyond very good. On this scale of 5 I would give him a 10!
    May 18, 2023
    Dr. Ha is the best. Helpful smart attentive and much more.
    May 16, 2023
    Dr Ha is knowledgeable professional kind and compassionate. The best.
    Apr 05, 2023
    Dr. Ha is always dedicated to exceptional service & I will highly recommend him to others.
    Apr 04, 2023
    I have heard from people who have gone to Dr Ha and seen his work. All rave reviews
    Apr 04, 2023
    Thoughtful. Empathic and personable.
    Apr 01, 2023
    He was excellent very professional and knowledgeable
    Mar 31, 2023
    Easily communicated and shows care during conference.
    Mar 28, 2023
    Felt confidence in Dr.
    Mar 28, 2023
    Doctor Ha is a wonderful man a devoted doctor and exceedingly professional. He puts a patient at ease because he is competent and caring.
    Mar 16, 2023
    My local ENT raved about Dr. Ha and after my first visit I know why. He's amazing in the way that he explained everything in laymen's terms his friendly and confident demeanor which immediately put me at ease during this stressful first visit and how he listened to me. I went in with three pages of questions and by the time he finished he had answered nearly all of them without me having to ask.
    Feb 09, 2023
    Dr. Ha was very cordial informative thorough and reassuring in his assessment evaluation & diagnosis of my condition.
    Feb 07, 2023
    Dr. Ha is exceptional in his care and caring.
    Feb 07, 2023
    This was 6 mo follow-up post treatment. All great news. Dr Ha is great!
    Feb 02, 2023
    Would recommend Dr. Patrick Ha to anyone who has neck problems. Is very patient and friendly towards everyone's needs.
    Jan 17, 2023
    Everything was Great Thanks to everyone Doctor is Wonderful
    Jan 14, 2023
    Loved meeting Dr Ha! I asked a lot of questions and his explanations were full and understandable.
    Jan 12, 2023
    He was calm patient personable and knowledgeable. I came to the appointment with a high degree of stress related to my condition and left the appointment feeling less stress and more confidence about my scenario
    Jan 12, 2023
    Dr Ha is thorough and gentle
    Dec 22, 2022
    Dr. Ha is a very good listener with an excellent bedside manner !!!
    Dec 21, 2022
    I would give Dr Ha a 10 in all categories if possible!
    Dec 13, 2022
    Dr. Ha was excellent.
    Dec 08, 2022
    I have more questions Which came up after the appointment
    Dec 06, 2022
    I couldn't have a better physician in every way
    Dec 06, 2022
    I have recommended Dr. Ha many times and will continue to do so.
    Nov 23, 2022
    You have an amazing facility and I have the highest confidence In Dr Ha for dealing with my diagnosis and and required surgery.
    Nov 22, 2022
    Dr. Ha is so patient and friendly. Would recommend to anyone for their health problems.
    Nov 08, 2022
    In a nutshell Dr. Ha instilled confidence in a humble yet assuring and knowledgeable manner. We discussed the morbidity facts known and potential plans based on information assessed at this time. I am confident that I will receive the care I need from this provider and look forward to coordinating further care with him.
    Nov 08, 2022
    I couldn't be happier with Dr. Ha & his team. They are all first class!
    Nov 06, 2022
    I worked for UCSF for 35 years and I've read the records of patients of my caregiver. I know who he is who his team is and I can't believe my great fortune.
    Nov 01, 2022
    Dr.Patrick Ha is a great doctor very pleased with the services he has provided.
    Oct 27, 2022
    Loved how Dr. Ha and his team were friendly and patient towards my questions and concerns regarding my neck lump surgery.
    Oct 25, 2022
    Very professional clear communication about the prognosis and possible next steps.
    Oct 19, 2022
    The swallow specialist gave good instructions on exercises. Although Dr. Ha was very busy and running late he attended to my concerns. I think perhaps he walks on water.
    Oct 11, 2022
    Amazing thank you all
    Oct 04, 2022
    Appointment was follow-up visit. Quick and easy!
    Sep 30, 2022
    Dr. Patrick Ha is OUTSTANDING in his compassion and empathy. He always give clear explanations of findings and concerns.
    Sep 16, 2022
    No one better or more caring than Dr Patrick Ha.
    Aug 30, 2022
    Dr ha is excellent!
    Aug 18, 2022
    Nurse Practitioner cleaned my wound. She was very kind and attentive.
    Aug 16, 2022
    Dr Ha is an excellent provider very compassionate
    Aug 09, 2022
    You are the best by far. Thank you very much . 4 Hero's Reign. At UCSF
    Jul 27, 2022
    Any health issues in future I'll be coming to ucsf for sure.
    Jul 26, 2022
    Dr. Ha is the best at relating to patients of any doctor I've known.
    Jul 13, 2022
    Dr ha BEST DR EVER!!! I have been in the medical field 35+ years . Dr Ha is an impressive man friendly kind caring thank you
    Jul 09, 2022
    Always very good optomistic & inspiring experience seeing Dr. Ha.
    Jun 11, 2022
    The doctor is amazing
    Jun 07, 2022
    Very nice
    May 28, 2022
    Dr. Ha was very thorough !!!
    May 19, 2022
    Dr Ha is the best. He is obviously the one to see for head and neck cancer treatment. He is also a caring individual. I am sure he is extremely busy but I never felt hurried during the appointment. I felt like I was his only patient!
    May 03, 2022
    Perfect visit
    Mar 31, 2022
    Across the board the after care instructions are spotty. The doctors and other departments do not seem to communicate sufficiently. The end result is that you do not get clear instructions about any of your symptoms and how to manage them. The departments are not coordinated.
    Mar 15, 2022
    Mar 15, 2022
    Again I appreciate Dr Ha but if I just got diagnosed I would not have been happy with 2-1/2 Hours wait.
    Feb 17, 2022
    Dr. Ha is tops. I feel very fortunate to have him treating me.
    Feb 09, 2022
    Exceptional provider. Teats the patient like family. Very clear with all instructions. Excellent.