Robert Weisman

Title(s)Recall Faculty, Surgery
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    Dr. Robert Weisman is the director of the Head and Neck Oncology Program at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, where he works with a skilled multidisciplinary team of specialists and sub-specialists to provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic care to patients with cancers of the head and neck.

    Dr. Weisman graduated from Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Dr. Weisman was an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and also spent four years in private practice in Rancho Mirage, California.

    During his more than 25 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Weisman has had a number of clinical interests, most notably in head and neck oncology (cancers of the head and neck). He also has had a strong interest and extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, surgery of the orbit, trauma of the head and neck, and disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

    Dr. Weisman teaches courses on an annual basis on surgery of the orbit (eye socket and adjacent structures) and surgery for cancers of the nose and sinuses, and has produced nationally-distributed videotapes on surgery of the salivary gland and reconstruction of the mandible. He is currently one of the leading members of the combined ENT-Endocrine Clinic at UC San Diego, where patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders are evaluated and treated by a multidisciplinary team of specialists. Dr. Weisman frequently participates as an investigator in clinical trials of new treatments for head and neck cancer. He is one of only a few surgeons in San Diego who provides endoscopic laser treatment for cancer of the larynx.

    He works with a skilled multidisciplinary team of specialists and sub-specialists to provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic care to patients with cancers of the head and neck. UC San Diego is one of the few centers in the U.S. that offers patients with advanced head and neck cancer treatment with intra-arterial chemotherapy and concurrent radiation therapy (RADPLAT). This approach was pioneered at UC San Diego, and produces cure rates for Stage IV disease that are greater than expected based on experience with other approaches.

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    NIH/NCI R03CA068299May 1, 1995 - Apr 30, 1997
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Weissbrod PA, Jafari A, Liu S, Horgan S, Weisman RA. Flexible Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulotomy with an Articulating Bipolar Energy Sealer. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Jul 30; 194599819865468. PMID: 31359815.
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    2. Pang J, Tringale KR, Tapia VJ, Moss WJ, May ME, Furnish T, Barnachea L, Brumund KT, Sacco AG, Weisman RA, Nguyen QT, Harris JP, Coffey CS, Califano JA. Chronic Opioid Use Following Surgery for Oral Cavity Cancer. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 12 01; 143(12):1187-1194. PMID: 28445584.
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    3. Mell LK, Brumund KT, Daniels GA, Advani SJ, Zakeri K, Wright ME, Onyeama SJ, Weisman RA, Sanghvi PR, Martin PJ, Szalay AA. Phase I Trial of Intravenous Oncolytic Vaccinia Virus (GL-ONC1) with Cisplatin and Radiotherapy in Patients with Locoregionally Advanced Head and Neck Carcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Oct 01; 23(19):5696-5702. PMID: 28679776.
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    4. Moss WJ, Pang J, Orosco RK, Weissbrod PA, Brumund KT, Weisman RA, Brigger MT, Coffey CS. Esophageal dilation in head and neck cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Laryngoscope. 2018 01; 128(1):111-117. PMID: 28498643.
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    5. Moss WJ, Coffey CS, Brumund KT, Weisman RA. What is the role of elective neck dissection in low-, intermediate-, and high-grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma? Laryngoscope. 2016 Jan; 126(1):11-3. PMID: 26344690.
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    6. Read WL, Brumund KT, Weisman RA, Nguyen AQ. Squamous cell carcinomas of the skin responsive to erlotinib: 5 cases. JAAD Case Rep. 2015 May; 1(3):153-6. PMID: 27051715.
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    7. Yu MA, Kiang A, Wang-Rodriguez J, Rahimy E, Haas M, Yu V, Ellies LG, Chen J, Fan JB, Brumund KT, Weisman RA, Ongkeko WM. Nicotine promotes acquisition of stem cell and epithelial-to-mesenchymal properties in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. PLoS One. 2012; 7(12):e51967. PMID: 23300583; PMCID: PMC3530520.
    8. Orosco RK, Weisman RA, Chang DC, Brumund KT. Total laryngectomy: national and regional case volume trends 1998-2008. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Feb; 148(2):243-8. PMID: 23124923.
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    9. Abhold EL, Kiang A, Rahimy E, Kuo SZ, Wang-Rodriguez J, Lopez JP, Blair KJ, Yu MA, Haas M, Brumund KT, Altuna X, Patel A, Weisman RA, Ongkeko WM. EGFR kinase promotes acquisition of stem cell-like properties: a potential therapeutic target in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma stem cells. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e32459. PMID: 22384257; PMCID: PMC3288103.
    10. Chung AY, Tran TB, Brumund KT, Weisman RA, Bouvet M. Metastases to the thyroid: a review of the literature from the last decade. Thyroid. 2012 Mar; 22(3):258-68. PMID: 22313412.
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    11. Abhold E, Rahimy E, Wang-Rodriguez J, Blair KJ, Yu MA, Brumund KT, Weisman RA, Ongkeko WM. Recombinant human erythropoietin promotes the acquisition of a malignant phenotype in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cell lines in vitro. BMC Res Notes. 2011 Dec 21; 4:553. PMID: 22188703; PMCID: PMC3285115.
    12. Lee JC, Barkdull GC, Weisman RA. Parathyroid adenoma as a cause of vocal fold paralysis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Jul; 135(7):712-3. PMID: 19620594.
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    13. Wang-Rodriguez J, Lopez JP, Altuna X, Chu TS, Weisman RA, Ongkeko WM. STI-571 (Gleevec) potentiates the effect of cisplatin in inhibiting the proliferation of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in vitro. Laryngoscope. 2006 Aug; 116(8):1409-16. PMID: 16885745.
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    14. Chen JS, Pardo FS, Wang-Rodriguez J, Chu TS, Lopez JP, Aguilera J, Altuna X, Weisman RA, Ongkeko WM. EGFR regulates the side population in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2006 Mar; 116(3):401-6. PMID: 16540898.
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    15. Chia SH, Weisman RA, Tieu D, Kelly C, Dillmann WH, Orloff LA. Prospective study of perioperative factors predicting hypocalcemia after thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006 Jan; 132(1):41-5. PMID: 16415428.
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    16. Ongkeko WM, Altuna X, Weisman RA, Wang-Rodriguez J. Expression of protein tyrosine kinases in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Am J Clin Pathol. 2005 Jul; 124(1):71-6. PMID: 15923166.
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    17. Barkdull GC, Healy JF, Weisman RA. Intracranial spread of Merkel cell carcinoma through intact skull. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2004 Sep; 113(9):683-7. PMID: 15453522.
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