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Azeem S. Kaka, MD

Azeem Kaka, MD

Assistant Professor
Head and Neck Oncology/Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery


BS, Biomedical Engineering: Brown University, Providence, RI

MD: The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH

Otolaryngology Residency: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Surgery Fellowship: University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA


American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

State of Georgia Medical License


Above and Beyond Award, University of Washington, 2018

First Place Resident Research Competition, The Ohio State Department of Otolaryngology, 2016-2017

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society, 2011


American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

American Head and Neck Society


Head and neck oncology

Functional and cosmetic microvascular reconstruction

Minimally-invasive robotic surgery

Salivary gland (parotid) tumors

Carotid body tumors, paragangliomas, and other benign or malignant tumors of the head and neck


Improving outcomes in head and neck oncology by finding new ways to individualize care

Targeting patient specific markers in the treatment of head and neck cancer

Developing patient-driven programs to improve quality of care


"Treatment of tonsillar carcinoma following nononcologic tonsillectomy: Efficacy of transoral robotic revision tonsillectomy." Gobillot TA, Kaka AS, Patel SA, Rodriguez C, Cannon RB, Futran ND, Houlton JJ. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Oct 2:194599818802185. doi: 10.1177/0194599818802185. [Epub ahead of print]

"Comparison of clinical outcomes following head and neck surgery among patients who contract to abstain from alcohol vs patients who abuse alcohol." Kaka AS, Zhao S, Ozer E, Agrawal A, Kang S, Rocco J, Carrau R, Teknos T, Clapp JD, Weed H, Old MO. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Dec 1;143(12):1181-1186. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2017.0553.

"Notch1 overexpression correlates to improved survival in cancer of the oropharynx." Kaka AS, Nowacki NB, Kumar B, Zhao S, Old MO, Agrawal A, Ozer E, Carrau RL, Schuller DE, Kumar P, Teknos TN. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Apr;156(4):652-659. doi: 10.1177/0194599816688178.

"ATN-224 enhances antitumor efficacy of oncolytic herpes virus against both local and metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma." Yoo JY, Yu JG, Kaka AS, Pan Q, Kumar P, Kumar B, Zhang J, Mazar A, Teknos TN, Kaur B, Old MO. Mol Ther Oncolytics. 2015 May 20;2:15008. doi: 10.1038/mto.2015.8.

"Highly aggressive human papillomavirus-related oropharyngeal cancer: Clinical, radiologic, and pathologic characteristics." Kaka AS, Kumar B, Kumar P, Wakely PE Jr, Kirsch CM, Old MO, Ozer E, Agrawal A, Carrau RE, Schuller DE, Siddiqui F, Teknos TN. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2013 Sep;116(3):327-35. doi: 10.1016/j.oooo.2013.04.011.

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