Allen S. Ho, MD

Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program

Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Program

Assistant Professor, Surgery

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Allen S. Ho, MD

Director, Head and Neck Cancer Program

Co-Director, Thyroid Cancer Program

Assistant Professor, Surgery

  • 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 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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  • Best Doctors in America
  • Super Doctors Rising Stars
  • Donna and Jesse Garber Award for Cancer Research
  • Health Network Foundation Grant
  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Foundation Grant
  • NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award
  • 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, Lee W, Chan TA et al. The mutational landscape of adenoid cystic carcinoma. Nature Genetics 2013;45(7):791-798.
  • Ho AS, Kim S, Tighiouart M et al. Metastatic lymph node burden and survival in oral cavity cancer. J Clinical Oncology. 2017 Sept [Epub ahead of print].
  • Ho AS, Kim S, Tighiouart M et al. Survival impact of quantitative metastatic nodal burden in hypopharyngeal and laryngeal cancers. JAMA Oncology. 2017 Sept [Epub ahead of print].
  • Sacks WL, Braunstein GD, Ho AS. Impact of Afirma GEC on cytopathology diagnosis and rate of thyroidectomy. Cancer. 2016 Oct; 124(10):722-728.
  • 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, 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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