Research Summary

Dr. Chase M. Heaton is a head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgeon at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He specializes in treating benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, thyroid, skin and salivary glands. He is fellowship trained in microvascular reconstruction for head and neck cancers. He also has experience in transoral robotic surgery for removal of head and neck tumors. Dr. Heaton is committed to working with patients to develop individualized treatment plans to ensure they get the best possible care.

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Heaton conducts clinical research on outcomes of head and neck surgery. He also plays an active role in teaching and mentoring UCSF otolaryngology residents and medical students. He is the Faculty Education Champion for the head and neck oncology resident rotation and is Course Director for the UCSF medical student selective.

Dr. Heaton completed undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and earned a medical degree at the Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. After finishing an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at UCSF, he completed a one-year fellowship in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstructive surgery at UCSF. He joined the UCSF faculty full-time in 2015.

Dr. Heaton is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He plays an active role in teaching and mentoring UCSF otolaryngology residents and medical students.

Specialty:
Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Head and Neck Microvascular Reconstruction

Expertise:
Surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, thyroid, skin, and salivary glands. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) for removal of head and neck malignancies. Reconstruction of complex head and neck defects with microvascular free tissue transfer

Professional Interests:
Head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery, head and neck endocrine surgery, medical education, clinical research

Education and Training:
• Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame, Indiana
• Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Illinois
• Internship: University of California, San Francisco – Otolaryngology
• Residency: University of California, San Francisco – Otolaryngology
• Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco – Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery

Education

  • Fellowship, 2015 - Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of California San Francisco
  • Resident, 2014 - Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, University of California San Francisco
  • M.D., 2009 - Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University

Honors & Awards

  • Triological Society Western Section Shirley Baron Resident Research Award, 2014
  • Bay Area Resident Research Symposium Best Clinical Study, 2013
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Inductee, The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2008
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society Inductee, The Health Preprofessional Honor Society, 2004
  • National Scholars Honor Society Inductee, The National Society of High School Scholars, 2004

Selected Publications

  1. Beydoun AS, Koss K, Nielsen T, Holcomb AJ, Pichardo P, Purdy N, Zebolsky AL, Heaton CM, McMullen CP, Yesensky JA, Moore MG, Goyal N, Kohan J, Sajisevi M, Tan K, Petrisor D, Wax MK, Kejner AE, Hassan Z, Trott S, Larson A, Richmon JD, Graboyes EM, Wood CB, Jackson RS, Pipkorn P, Bruening J, Massey B, Puram SV, Zenga J. Perioperative Topical Antisepsis and Surgical Site Infection in Patients Undergoing Upper Aerodigestive Tract Reconstruction. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 Apr 27.  View on PubMed
  2. David AP, Zebolsky AL, Park AM, Heaton CM, Knott PD, Seth R. Effect of microporous polysaccharide hemospheres on anterolateral thigh free flap donor site complications. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2022 Apr; 7(2):380-387.  View on PubMed
  3. Knott PD, Alemi SA, Han M, Seth R, Park AM, Heaton CM, Grekin RC, Arron ST, Neuhaus I, Yu SS, Saylor DK, Zhu BZ. Skin Color Match in Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery. Laryngoscope. 2021 Dec 14.  View on PubMed
  4. Stanford-Moore GB, Sola AM, Chan J, El-Sayed I, George J, Ha P, Ryan WR, Heaton CM. Adjuvant therapy improves survival in pT4aN0 oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma with bone invasion. Am J Otolaryngol. 2022 Mar-Apr; 43(2):103303.  View on PubMed
  5. Zebolsky AL, Patel N, Heaton CM, Park AM, Seth R, Knott PD. Patient-Reported Aesthetic and Psychosocial Outcomes After Microvascular Reconstruction for Head and Neck Cancer. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 12 01; 147(12):1035-1044.  View on PubMed
  6. Zebolsky AL, George E, Gulati A, Wai KC, Carpenter P, Van Zante A, Ha PK, Heaton CM, Ryan WR. Risk of Pathologic Extranodal Extension and Other Adverse Features After Transoral Robotic Surgery in Patients With HPV-Positive Oropharynx Cancer. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 12 01; 147(12):1080-1088.  View on PubMed
  7. Benjamin T, David AP, Zebolsky AL, Shuman EA, Park AM, Heaton CM, Knott PD, Seth R. Utility of Microporous Polysaccharide Hemosphere on Anterolateral Thigh Free Flap Donor Site Complications. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2021 Sep 13.  View on PubMed
  8. Callander JK, Strohl MP, Knott PD, Park A, Seth R, Heaton CM. Hepatitis C as a Potential Risk Factor for Adverse Surgical Outcomes in Head and Neck Free Tissue Transfer Reconstruction. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2021 Aug 27.  View on PubMed
  9. Lee RH, Salesky M, Benjamin T, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Ha PK, Ryan WR, Heaton CM. Impact of Smoking and Primary Tumor Subsite on Recurrence in HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 04; 166(4):704-711.  View on PubMed
  10. House AE, Zebolsky AL, Jacobs J, Likhterov I, Behr S, Glastonbury C, Seth R, Heaton C, Knott PD. Surveillance Imaging Following Head and Neck Cancer Treatment and Microvascular Reconstruction. Laryngoscope. 2021 12; 131(12):2713-2718.  View on PubMed
  11. Brodie KD, Zebolsky AL, Ochoa E, Ha PK, Heaton CM, El-Sayed IH, Ryan WR. A prospective study of patient-reported xerostomia-related outcomes after parotidectomy. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2021 Aug; 6(4):683-689.  View on PubMed
  12. Zebolsky AL, Ochoa E, Badran KW, Heaton C, Park A, Seth R, Knott PD. Appearance-Related Distress and Social Functioning after Head and Neck Microvascular Reconstruction. Laryngoscope. 2021 07; 131(7):E2204-E2211.  View on PubMed
  13. Larson AR, Han M, Webb KL, Ochoa E, Stanford-Moore G, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Ha PK, Heaton CM, Ryan WR. Patient-Reported Outcomes of Split-Thickness Skin Grafts for Floor of Mouth Cancer Reconstruction. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec. 2021; 83(3):151-158.  View on PubMed
  14. Plonowska KA, Ochoa E, Zebolsky AL, Patel N, Hoppe KR, Ha PK, Heaton CM, Ryan WR. Nasogastric tube feeding after transoral robotic surgery for oropharynx carcinoma. Am J Otolaryngol. 2021 May-Jun; 42(3):102857.  View on PubMed
  15. Han M, Ochoa E, Zhu B, Park AM, Heaton CM, Seth R, Knott PD. Risk Factors for and Cost Implications of Free Flap Take-backs: A Single Institution Review. Laryngoscope. 2021 06; 131(6):E1821-E1829.  View on PubMed
  16. Wai KC, Xu MJ, Lee RH, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Heaton CM, Knott PD, Park AM, Ryan WR, Seth R, Ha PK. Head and neck surgery during the coronavirus-19 pandemic: The University of California San Francisco experience. Head Neck. 2021 02; 43(2):622-629.  View on PubMed
  17. Seth R, Badran KW, Cedars E, Plonowska K, Benjamin T, Saggi S, Knott PD, Heaton CM, Blackwell KE. Vasodilation by Verapamil-Nitroglycerin Solution in Microvascular Surgery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 01; 164(1):104-109.  View on PubMed
  18. Foster CC, Fan M, Lee NY, Yom SS, Heaton CM, Deraniyagala R, Amdur R, Weichselbaum RR, Haraf DJ. Is It Worth It? Consequences of Definitive Head and Neck Reirradiation. Semin Radiat Oncol. 2020 Jul; 30(3):212-217.  View on PubMed
  19. David AP, Heaton C, Park A, Seth R, Knott PD, Markey JD. Association of Bolster Duration With Uptake Rates of Fibula Donor Site Skin Grafts. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 06 01; 146(6):537-542.  View on PubMed
  20. Chang CF, Ei-Sayed IH, George JR, Heaton CM, Ryan WR, Susko MS, Yom SS, Ha PK. Modified technique of submandibular gland transfer followed by intensity modulated radiotherapy to reduce xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients. Head Neck. 2020 09; 42(9):2340-2347.  View on PubMed

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