University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chase Heaton, MD

Chase Heaton, MD

Asst. Clinical Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology Head and Neck, UCSF

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

Selected Publications

  1. 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.
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  2. 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 May 13.
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  3. Susko MS, Lazar AA, Dhar S, Chan JW, Shiao SL, Chapman CH, Johnson J, Quivey JM, Ryan WR, Heaton CM, Ha PK, Yom SS. Improved Tumor Control Related to Radiotherapy Technological Development for Hypopharyngeal Cancer. Laryngoscope. 2020 May 12.
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  4. Ochoa E, Larson AR, Han M, Webb KL, Stanford-Moore GB, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Ha PK, Heaton CM, Ryan WR. Patient-Reported Quality of Life After Resection With Primary Closure for Oral Tongue Carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2020 May 07.
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  5. 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 Apr 16.
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  6. Strohl MP, Junn JC, House AE, Heaton CM, Seth R, Park AM, Knott PD. Long-Term Stability of Vascularized Adipofascial Flaps in Facial Reconstruction. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2020 Apr 06.
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  7. Zhu B, Han M, Heaton C, Park AM, Seth R, Knott PD. Assessing Free Flap Reconstruction Accuracy of the Midface and Orbit Using Computer-Aided Modeling Software. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2020 Mar/Apr; 22(2):93-99.
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  8. Formeister EJ, Baum R, Knott PD, Seth R, Ha P, Ryan W, El-Sayed I, George J, Larson A, Plonowska K, Heaton C. Machine Learning for Predicting Complications in Head and Neck Microvascular Free Tissue Transfer. Laryngoscope. 2020 Jan 28.
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  9. Sheedy T, Heaton C. HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer. JAAPA. 2019 Sep; 32(9):26-31.
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  10. Larson AR, Kemmer J, Formeister E, El-Sayed I, Ha P, George J, Ryan W, Chan E, Heaton C. Beyond Depth of Invasion: Adverse Pathologic Tumor Features in Early Oral Tongue Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2020 Jul; 130(7):1715-1720.
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  11. Strohl MP, Chen JP, Ha PK, Seth R, Yom SS, Heaton CM. Can Early Dental Extractions Reduce Delays in Postoperative Radiation for Patients With Advanced Oral Cavity Carcinoma? J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2019 Nov; 77(11):2215-2220.
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  12. Goel AN, Sangar S, Mukdad L, Heaton CM, Ryan WR, Wang MB, Long JL, St John MA. Patterns of care and survival impact of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy for oropharyngeal cancer with intermediate-risk features. Head Neck. 2019 09; 41(9):3177-3186.
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  13. Xu MJ, Plonowska KA, Gurman ZR, Humphrey AK, Ha PK, Wang SJ, El-Sayed IH, Heaton CM, George JR, Yom SS, Algazi AP, Ryan WR. Treatment modality impact on quality of life for human papillomavirus-associated oropharynx cancer. Laryngoscope. 2020 Feb; 130(2):E48-E56.
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  14. Wu TJ, Ha PK, El-Sayed IH, George JR, Heaton CM, Ryan WR, Russell MD. Socioeconomic disparities in a population of patients undergoing total thyroidectomy for benign disease. Head Neck. 2019 03; 41(3):715-721.
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  15. Chase M. Heaton, Steven W. Cheung. Parotid gland acinic cell carcinoma with fallopian canal erosion. Otolaryngology Case Reports. 2018 Nov 1; 9(Head Neck 21 1999):39-40.
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  16. 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. 2019 03; 160(3):502-509.
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  17. 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 Sep - Oct; 39(5):548-552.
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  18. Chan CK, Han AY, Alonso JE, Xu MJ, Mallen-St Clair J, Heaton CM, Ryan WR, Kuan EC, St John MA. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Soft Palate in the United States: A Population-Based Study. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 10; 159(4):662-668.
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  19. Wu X, Yom SS, Ha PK, Heaton CM, Glastonbury CM. Submandibular Gland Transfer: A Potential Imaging Pitfall. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2018 06; 39(6):1140-1145.
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  20. 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 07; 40(7):1406-1414.
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