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Calcaterra, Thomas M.D., F.A.C.S.

Medical School Education
Institution: University of Michigan
Year: 1962

Board Certified

Dr. Calcaterra confines his clinical practice to head and neck oncology and rhinology. Most head and neck tumor patients are referred by other physicians because of Dr. Calcaterra’s more than 30 years’ experience in the management of these tumors. All patients are evaluated for possible multidisciplinary treatment employing surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or maxillofacial rehabilitation. Experienced head and neck reconstructive surgeons work closely with Dr. Calcaterra to maximize post-operative appearance and function.

Dr. Calcaterra’s other area of clinical expertise deals with surgical management of chronic sinusitis. There are a number of surgical strategies that can be used successfully to control or eliminate chronic sinusitis. All operations emphasize minimally invasive techniques, usually accomplished through the nostril, which can access any of the sinus cavities to restore health to the infected sinuses. These operations are almost always performed on an outpatient basis in less than 1 hour of operating time.

Postdoctoral Education
Institution Level (Intern,
Resident, Fellow)
Department Year
Washington University, St. Louis Resident Otolaryngology 1966-69
Veterans Administration Resident General Surgery 1965-66
University of California Intern General Surgery 1962-63

Research Interests

  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Chronic Sinusitis

Clinical Interests

  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Rhinology
  • Surgical Management of Chronic Sinusitis

Honors and Awards

  • deRoaldes Award - American Laryngological Association, 2000
  • Best Doctors Los Angeles, Los Angeles Magazine, 1996
  • One of the Best Cancer Physicians in America, Good Housekeeping Magazine, "Best Cancer Physician",1991

Hospital Staff Appointments

  • UCLA Medical Center, Division of Head and Neck Surgery

Academic/Teaching Appointments

  • Professor of Surgery


  • Professor of Surgery

Other Interests

  • Published more than 200 journal articles and 30 book chapters dealing with head and neck
  • Cancer, sinusitis, and related head and neck diseases
  • Editorial Board Member/Reviewer for:
    Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngolgoy
    Head and Neck

Memberships in Scholarly or Professional Societies

  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Council of Otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • Pacific Coast Oto-Opthalmological Society
  • Los Angeles Society Of Otolaryngology
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists
  • The Centurion Club of the Deafness Research Foundation
  • Pan American Association of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology & Broncho-Esophagology
  • Southern California Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Brocho-Esophagological Association
  • American Society for Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Laryngological Society
  • Triological Society
  • American Rhinologic Society

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