Ellie Maghami, M.D., F.A.C.S.

  • Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation Endowed Professor in Head & Neck Cancer
  • Chief and Professor, Division of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • Surgeon

Ellie Maghami, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clinical Specialties
  • Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Thyroid Cancer Surgery
Areas of Expertise
  • Head and Neck Oncology
  • Robotically Assisted Surgery
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
  • Transoral Laser Microsurgery (TLM)
  • Advanced Thyroid Cancer Surgery
Research Focus
  • Minimally and noninvasive surgical approaches for head & neck cancers
  • Targeted therapy for head & neck cancers
Other Languages Spoken
  • Farsi

Best in the field and yet the most humble human being there is.” - Patient

Ellie Maghami, M.D. is a leading expert in all areas of head and neck surgical oncology and a much sought-after authority in the field. She is one of a small group of leading physicians from across the United States who develop guidelines for the treatment of head and neck cancers.

Dr. Maghami received her medical degree at Washington University, St. Louis, continued her otolaryngology training at University of California, Los Angeles, and was the top-ranked recruit to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she spent nearly three years in advanced research and training devoted to head and neck cancer. She joined City of Hope in 2004.

Dr. Maghami's current research focuses on improving surgical procedures to treat head & neck cancers including thyroid cancer, particularly minimally-invasive and robotically-assisted approaches that can reduce blood loss, pain and recovery time while delivering optimal outcomes.


  • 2015 to present - Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation Endowed Professorship in Head & Neck Cancer
  • 2004 to present - Chief, Division of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2004 to present - Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Service, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • Head and Neck Cancers
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Cancers
  • Skin/Melanoma
  • Pituitary Disorders


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  • 1992 to 1996 - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, M.D.
  • 1988 to 1992 - University of Illinois, B.S. in Biochemistry


  • 2002 to 2004 - Fellow, Head and Neck Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY


  • 1998 to 2002 - Resident, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA


  • 1996 to 1998 - Intern/Resident, General Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Diplomat of the Council for Advanced Training in Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology California Medical License
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  • American College of Surgeons
  • North American Skull Base Society
  • American Board of Otolaryngology
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2017 - STOP CANCER Member Seed Grant
  • 2016 & 2015 - "America's Top Doctors for Cancer" from Castle Connolly
  • 2010-2016 - Pasadena Magazine Top Doctors
  • 2014 - STOP CANCER Richard Keith McIntyre Memorial Seed Grant
  • 2014 - Vitals Patients’ Choice Award
  • 2007 - Faculty of the American College of Surgeons
  • 2004 - ASCO Young Investigator Award
  • 2004 - MSKCC Department of Surgery Chairman’s Basic Research Award
  • 2001 - UCLA Blalock Foundation Award
  • 2001 - Paul H. Ward, M.D. Society Award for Outstanding Research Presentation
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