University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Patrick Ha, MD

Patrick Ha, MD

Distinguished Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

I have been heavily involved in the field salivary gland cancer research since my postdoctoral experience during residency in the lab of Drs. David Sidransky and Joseph Califano. I joined the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology as a faculty member in 2006 and chose to focus my research efforts on salivary gland tumors, with several NIH and foundation grants awarded since 2007. My focus is on the epigenetic mechanisms of adenoid cystic carcinoma, and the pathways that might lead to its development. I have published many peer-reviewed studies on this topic and have formed many collaborations throughout the country. I recently moved to the University of California San Francisco to lead the Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and will continue in my research there. As a head and neck surgeon, I bring additional clinical expertise which can offer access to tissue and patients, as well as an understanding of the relevant translational questions.

Education

Harvard College, BA, 1991-95, Biology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, MD, 1995-99, Medicine
Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology, Residency, 1999-2006, Otolaryngology
Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2000-2002, Molecular Genetics
Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology, Advanced training, 2006, Head and Neck Surgery


Professional Experience

  • 1999 – 2000
    Surgical Internship, Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery
  • 2000 – 2002
    Research Fellow, Head and Neck Cancer Division, Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology
  • 2002 – 2005
    Resident, Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology
  • 2006 – 2006
    Assistant, Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology
  • 2006 – 2010
    Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology
  • 2010 – 2015
    Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology
  • 2015 -
    Distinguished Professor, University of California San Francisco Department of Otolaryngology

Honors & Awards

  • 1999
    Elected Alpha Omega Alpha, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • 2001
    Greater Baltimore Medical Center Resident Research Forum award winner
  • 2005
    Recipient of the Henkel Chief Resident Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2005
    Recipient of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center Outstanding Resident Award 2005
  • 2006
    Tilghman Travel Fellowship recipient for training in endoscopic laser surgery
  • 2007/10
    Recipient of the Otolaryngology Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2011-15
    Voted Baltimore Magazine Top Doc in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

Selected Publications

  1. Plonowska KA, Strohl MP, Wang SJ, Ha PK, George JR, Heaton CM, El-Sayed IH, Mallen-St Clair J, Ryan WR. Human Papillomavirus-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer: Patterns of Nodal Disease. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Oct 02; 194599818801907.
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  2. Plonowska KA, Ha PK, Ryan WR. Advanced head and neck surgical techniques: A survey of US otolaryngology resident perspectives. Auris Nasus Larynx. 2018 Aug 28.
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  3. Panuganti B, Qiu Y, Messing B, Lee G, Fakhry C, Blanco R, Ha P, Messer K, Califano JA. Effects of a Comprehensive Performance Improvement Strategy on Postoperative Adverse Events in Head and Neck Surgery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Aug 28; 194599818793887.
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  4. Liu Q, Ma L, Jones T, Palomero L, Pujana MA, Martinez-Ruiz H, Ha PK, Murnane J, Cuartas I, Seoane J, Baumann M, Linge A, Barcellos-Hoff MH. Subjugation of TGFß Signaling by Human Papilloma Virus in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Shifts DNA Repair from Homologous Recombination to Alternative End-Joining. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 Aug 07.
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  5. Barry KC, Hsu J, Broz ML, Cueto FJ, Binnewies M, Combes AJ, Nelson AE, Loo K, Kumar R, Rosenblum MD, Alvarado MD, Wolf DM, Bogunovic D, Bhardwaj N, Daud AI, Ha PK, Ryan WR, Pollack JL, Samad B, Asthana S, Chan V, Krummel MF. A natural killer-dendritic cell axis defines checkpoint therapy-responsive tumor microenvironments. Nat Med. 2018 Jun 25.
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  6. Formeister EJ, Sean Alemi A, El-Sayed I, George JR, Ha P, Daniel Knott P, Ryan WR, Seth R, Tamplen ML, Heaton CM. Shorter interval between radiation therapy and salvage laryngopharyngeal surgery increases complication rates following microvascular free tissue transfer. Am J Otolaryngol. 2018 Jun 06.
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  7. Lee DS, O'Keefe RA, Ha PK, Grandis JR, Johnson DE. Biochemical Properties of a Decoy Oligodeoxynucleotide Inhibitor of STAT3 Transcription Factor. Int J Mol Sci. 2018 May 30; 19(6).
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  8. Windon MJ, D'Souza G, Rettig EM, Westra WH, van Zante A, Wang SJ, Ryan WR, Mydlarz WK, Ha PK, Miles BA, Koch W, Gourin C, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. Increasing prevalence of human papillomavirus-positive oropharyngeal cancers among older adults. Cancer. 2018 Apr 30.
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  9. Xu MJ, Wu TJ, van Zante A, El-Sayed IH, Algazi AP, Ryan WR, Ha PK, Yom SS. Mortality risk after clinical management of recurrent and metastatic adenoid cystic carcinoma. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Apr 25; 47(1):28.
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  10. Yin LX, D'Souza G, Westra WH, Wang SJ, van Zante A, Zhang Y, Rettig EM, Ryan WR, Ha PK, Wentz A, Koch W, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. Prognostic factors for human papillomavirus-positive and negative oropharyngeal carcinomas. Laryngoscope. 2018 Mar 14.
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  11. Xu MJ, Lazar AA, Garsa AA, Arron ST, Ryan WR, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Algazi AP, Heaton CM, Ha PK, Yom SS. Major prognostic factors for recurrence and survival independent of the American Joint Committee on Cancer eighth edition staging system in patients with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma treated with multimodality therapy. Head Neck. 2018 Mar 10.
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  12. Afsari B, Guo T, Considine M, Florea L, Kagohara LT, Stein-O'Brien GL, Kelley D, Flam E, Zambo KD, Ha PK, Geman D, Ochs MF, Califano JA, Gaykalova DA, Favorov AV, Fertig EJ. Splice Expression Variation Analysis (SEVA) for Inter-tumor Heterogeneity of Gene Isoform Usage in Cancer. Bioinformatics. 2018 Jan 12.
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  13. Guo T, Sakai A, Afsari B, Considine M, Danilova L, Favorov AV, Yegnasubramanian S, Kelley DZ, Flam E, Ha PK, Khan Z, Wheelan SJ, Gutkind JS, Fertig EJ, Gaykalova DA, Califano J. A Novel Functional Splice Variant of AKT3 Defined by Analysis of Alternative Splice Expression in HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal Cancers. Cancer Res. 2017 10 01; 77(19):5248-5258.
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  14. Yom SS, Mallen-St Clair J, Ha PK. Controversies in Postoperative Irradiation of Oropharyngeal Cancer After Transoral Surgery. Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2017 Jul; 26(3):357-370.
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  15. Fakhry C, Westra WH, Wang SJ, van Zante A, Zhang Y, Rettig E, Yin LX, Ryan WR, Ha PK, Wentz A, Koch W, Richmon JD, Eisele DW, D'Souza G. The prognostic role of sex, race, and human papillomavirus in oropharyngeal and nonoropharyngeal head and neck squamous cell cancer. Cancer. 2017 05 01; 123(9):1566-1575.
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  16. Rosculet N, Zhou XC, Ha P, Tang M, Levine MA, Neuner G, Califano J. Neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio: Prognostic indicator for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck. 2017 04; 39(4):662-667.
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  17. D'Souza G, Westra WH, Wang SJ, van Zante A, Wentz A, Kluz N, Rettig E, Ryan WR, Ha PK, Kang H, Bishop J, Quon H, Kiess AP, Richmon JD, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. Differences in the Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancers by Sex, Race, Anatomic Tumor Site, and HPV Detection Method. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Dec 08.
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  18. Wysocki PT, Izumchenko E, Meir J, Ha PK, Sidransky D, Brait M. Adenoid cystic carcinoma: emerging role of translocations and gene fusions. Oncotarget. 2016 Oct 04; 7(40):66239-66254.
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  19. D'Souza G, Zhang Y, Merritt S, Gold D, Robbins HA, Buckman V, Gerber J, Eisele DW, Ha P, Califano J, Fakhry C. Patient experience and anxiety during and after treatment for an HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer. Oral Oncol. 2016 09; 60:90-5.
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  20. Kang H, Tan M, Bishop JA, Jones S, Sausen M, Ha PK, Agrawal N. Whole-Exome Sequencing of Salivary Gland Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Jan 01; 23(1):283-288.
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