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Uttam Kumar Sinha, MD
Medical Director of Head and Neck Surgery of the Keck Medical Center of USC
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Watt Family Endowed Chair for Head and Neck Cancers
CHP 204M 1540 Alcazar Street Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5579


Dr. Uttam K. Sinha graduated with distinction from the Calcutta University, India in 1985. He was invited by the House Ear Institute and University of Southern California where he started his research career in molecular biology of neuroscience and cancer. He then finished residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at USC. He continued to peruse academic career and completed a clinical fellowship in Microvascular and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He then went to Leon, France to complete a clinical fellowship in laryngology. Subsequently, he joined the faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at USC. Because of his academic achievements, leadership, teaching and research, he became Chief and Residency Program Director for the department. His major areas of research are head and neck cancer, thyroid cancer, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma, and speech and swallowing. By using nanotechnology, Dr. Sinha and his team are able to detect cancer cell in the saliva and serum. He is also studying the mechanism of metastasis. Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) is a common symptom following head and neck cancer therapy. Dr. Sinha and his team introduced a novel treatment called neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) for rehabilitation of swallowing using a new “platform” technology called BION. He received multiple federal and foundation grants. His dedication to patient care and research made him world authority in head and neck diseases. To further the research endeavors, Dr. Sinha has established collaboration with multiple national and international institutes from England, France, India, China and Mexico. Three years ago Dr. Sinha launched a Patient Survivorship Program (http://hncsupport.org). The Support Group is actively involved in patient education and promoting awareness about head and neck cancer.


Alpha Omega Alpha (Gamma Chapter) as an Outstanding Resident

House Ear Institute: Rupley Fellowship, 1986

Calcutta University: Annual Scholarship for Academic Merit, 1977

Calcutta University: Gold Medal for highest marks in General Surgery, 1977

Government of India: National Scholarship for Academic Merit, 1973


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Neuromuscular electrical stimulation improves radiation-induced fibrosis through Tgf-?1/MyoD homeostasis in head and neck cancer. J Surg Oncol. 2016 Jul; 114(1):27-31. View in: PubMed

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The Role of HPV in Head and Neck Cancer Stem Cell Formation and Tumorigenesis. Cancers (Basel). 2016; 8(2). View in: PubMed

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Establishment and characterization of a novel head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cell line USC-HN1. Head Neck Oncol. 2010; 2:5. View in: PubMed

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The significance of EphB4 and EphrinB2 expression and survival in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 Sep; 134(9):985-91. View in: PubMed

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Interleukin 6 and interleukin 8 as potential biomarkers for oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Aug; 130(8):929-35. View in: PubMed

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Functional outcomes following palatal reconstruction with a folded radial forearm free flap. Ear Nose Throat J. 2004 Jan; 83(1):45-8. View in: PubMed

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Pressure-Specifying Sensory Device: quantitative sensory measurement in the oral cavity and oropharynx of normal adults. Ear Nose Throat J. 2003 Sep; 82(9):682-4, 687-90. View in: PubMed

Overexpression of cell cycle regulatory proteins correlates with advanced tumor stage in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Int J Oncol. 2003 Jun; 22(6):1285-90. View in: PubMed

Effects of steel scalpel, ultrasonic scalpel, CO2 laser, and monopolar and bipolar electrosurgery on wound healing in guinea pig oral mucosa. Laryngoscope. 2003 Feb; 113(2):228-36. View in: PubMed

Use of AlloDerm implant to prevent frey syndrome after parotidectomy. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2003 Jan-Feb; 5(1):109-12. View in: PubMed

Three-layer reconstruction for large defects of the anterior skull base. Laryngoscope. 2002 Mar; 112(3):424-7. View in: PubMed

Use of AlloDerm for coverage of radial forearm free flap donor site. Laryngoscope. 2002 Feb; 112(2):230-4. View in: PubMed

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Reconstruction of pharyngeal defects using AlloDerm and sternocleidomastoid muscle flap. Laryngoscope. 2001 Nov; 111(11 Pt 1):1910-6. View in: PubMed

Frontotemporal reconstruction with hydroxyapatite cement and the radial forearm free flap. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2001 Oct-Dec; 3(4):271-6. View in: PubMed

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Improving the quality of care through routine teleradiology consultation. Acad Radiol. 2000 Mar; 7(3):149-55. View in: PubMed

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Endoscopic surgical management of sphenoid sinus disease. Laryngoscope. 1999 Oct; 109(10):1601-6. View in: PubMed

Initial experiences with building a health care infrastructure based on Java and object-oriented database technology. Proc AMIA Symp. 1999; 515-9. View in: PubMed

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Inverse correlation between choline magnetic resonance spectroscopy signal intensity and the apparent diffusion coefficient in human glioma. Magn Reson Med. 1999 Jan; 41(1):2-7. View in: PubMed

Case-based explanation of non-case-based learning methods. Proc AMIA Symp. 1999; 212-5. View in: PubMed

Oromandibular reconstruction using microvascular composite flaps: report of 210 cases. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998 Jan; 124(1):46-55. View in: PubMed

Managing the emergency airway in Le Fort fractures. J Craniomaxillofac Trauma. 1998; 4(4):38-43. View in: PubMed

Intraoperative mapping of sensate flaps. Electrophysiologic techniques and neurosomal boundaries. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1997 Aug; 123(8):823-9. View in: PubMed

Use of a mechanical microvascular anastomotic device in head and neck free tissue transfer. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996 May; 122(5):529-32. View in: PubMed

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