Allen S. Ho, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program

Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Program

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Allen S. Ho, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program

Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Program

  • Otolaryngology
  • Surgical Oncology

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

Head and Neck Cancers

Head and Neck Surgery / Surgeries

Laryngeal Cancer

Oral Cancers (Lip, Mouth, Throat, Gums)

Oropharyngeal Cancers (Tonsil, Tongue Base)

Parathyroid Surgery / Surgeries

Salivary Gland Tumors

Sinus Cancers

Skin Cancer Surgery / Surgeries

Thyroid Cancers

Thyroid Surgery / Surgeries

Allen Ho, MD, is a fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon who focuses on head and neck tumors, including HPV(+) 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. Dr. Ho's research interests are highly integrated into his clinical practice. His current efforts lie in cancer proteomics, HPV(+) oropharyngeal cancer pathogenesis, and thyroid cancer molecular assays. He has presented his research at AACR, ASCO, AHNS, and ATA, and has published extensively as lead author in journals that include Nature Genetics, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer, and Thyroid. Dr. Ho serves on national committees within the ATA and AHNS, and is principal investigator of a national trial on micropapillary thyroid cancer active surveillance ( ID: NCT02609685). He maintains expertise in transoral robotic surgery (TORS), minimally invasive thyroidectomy approaches, and nerve preservation techniques. Dr. 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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  • Donna and Jesse Garber Award for Cancer Research
  • Super Doctors Rising Stars
  • Health Network Foundation Grant
  • NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Foundation Grant
  • Young Investigator Award, American Head and Neck Society
  • HHMI-NIH Continuing Support Scholarship

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • Ho AS, Kim S, Tighiouart M, Zumsteg ZS et al. Metastatic lymph node burden and survival in head and neck cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2017 May [Epub ahead of print].
  • Zumsteg ZS, Cook-Wiens G, Ho AS et al. Increasing incidence of oropharyngeal cancer among elderly patients in the United States. JAMA Oncology. 2016 Dec 1;2(12):1617-1623
  • Ho AS, Davies L, Tuttle RM, Morris LG et al. Increasing diagnosis of subclinical thyroid cancers leads to spurious improvements in survival rates. Cancer. 2015;121(11):1793-1799.
  • Ho AS, Shaha AR, Shah JP, Morris LG et al. Malignancy rate in thyroid nodules classified as Bethesda category III (AUS/FLUS). Thyroid. 2014;24(5):832-839.
  • Ho AS, Lee W, Chan TA et al. The mutational landscape of adenoid cystic carcinoma. Nature Genetics 2013;45(7):791-798.
  • Ho AS, Tsao GJ, Yao M et al. Impact of PET/CT surveillance at 12 and 24 months for detecting head and neck cancer recurrence. Cancer. 2013 Apr 1; 119(7):1349-56

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