Allen S. Ho, MD

Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program

Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Program

West Medical Office Tower, Suite 590W
8635 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048





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Allen S. Ho, MD

Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program

Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Program

  • Otolaryngology

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Head and Neck Cancers

Head and Neck Surgery / Surgeries

Head and Neck Tumors

Laryngeal Cancer

Oral Surgery

Oropharyngeal Cancers (Tonsil, Tongue Base)

Parathyroid Surgery / Surgeries

Salivary Gland Disorders

Salivary Gland Tumors

Sinus Cancers

Sinus Surgery / Surgeries

Skin Cancer Surgery / Surgeries

Skull Base Surgery / Surgeries

Thyroid Cancers

Thyroid Surgery / Surgeries

Allen S. Ho, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon. His practice focuses on the treatment of head and neck tumors, including HPV-positive throat cancers and thyroid malignancies. As director of the Head and Neck Cancer Program and co-director of the Thyroid Cancer Program, he leads the multidisciplinary Cedars-Sinai head and neck tumor board, which provides consensus management options for complex, advanced cases. Ho’s research interests are highly integrated into his clinical practice. His current efforts lie in cancer proteomics, HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer pathogenesis, and thyroid cancer molecular assays. He has presented his research at AACR, ASCO, AHNS, AAOHNS, and ATA, and has published extensively as lead author in journals that include Nature Genetics, Cancer, and Thyroid. Ho serves on national committees within the American Head and Neck Society and the American Thyroid Association, and leads a national trial on thyroid cancer active surveillance ( ID: NCT02609685). He maintains expertise in transoral robotic surgery (TORS), minimally invasive thyroidectomy approaches, and nerve preservation techniques. Ho’s overarching mission is to partner with patients to optimize treatment and provide compassionate, exceptional care.

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  • Undergraduate: Harvard University, 2000
  • Fellowship: National Institutes of Health, 2004
  • Medical School: UCLA School of Medicine, 2006
  • Residency: Stanford University School of Medicine, 2011
  • Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2013

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  • Super Doctors Rising Stars, 2015, 2016
  • Young Investigator Award, American Head and Neck Society
  • NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Foundation Grant
  • HHMI-NIH Continuing Support Scholarship
  • American Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Head and Neck Society CORE Grant Review Committee
  • American Thyroid Association Development Committee
  • AAOHNS Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology Committee

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Zumsteg ZS, Cook-Wiens G, Yoshida E, Shiao SL, Lee NY, Mita A, Jeon C, Goodman MT, Ho AS. Increasing incidence of oropharyngeal cancer among elderly patients in the United States. JAMA Oncology 2016. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Ho AS, Davies L, Nixon IJ, Palmer FL, Wang LY, Patel SG, Ganly I, Wong RJ, Tuttle RM, Morris LG. Increasing diagnosis of subclinical thyroid cancers leads to spurious improvements in survival rates. Cancer. 2015;121(11):1793-1799.
  • Ho AS, Sarti EE, Jain KS, Wang H, Nixon IJ, Shaha AR, Shah JP, Kraus DH, Ghossein R, Fish SA, et al. Malignancy rate in thyroid nodules classified as Bethesda category III (AUS/FLUS). Thyroid. 2014;24(5):832-839.
  • Ho AS1, Kannan K, Roy DM, Morris LG, Ganly I, Katabi N, Ramaswami D, Walsh LA, Eng S, Huse JT, et al. The mutational landscape of adenoid cystic carcinoma. Nat Genet. 2013;45(7):791-798.
  • Ho AS, Kraus DH, Ganly I, Lee NY, Shah JP, Morris LG. Decision making in the management of recurrent head and neck cancer. Head Neck. 2014;36(1):144-151.
  • Ho AS, Tsao GJ, Chen FW, Shen T, Kaplan MJ, Colevas AD, Fischbein NJ, Quon A, Le QT, Pinto HA, et al. Impact of PET/CT surveillance at 12 and 24 months for detecting head and neck cancer recurrence. Cancer. 2013;119(7):1349-1356.

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