Dr. Pang is a rising head and neck surgeon training in oncologic and reconstructive surgery while advancing the field through research, education, and patient advocacy. He attended medical school at Johns Hopkins University where he discovered a passion for treating patients with head and neck cancer. He subsequently matched into otolaryngology residency at the University of California-San Diego where his interests expanded to include optimizing quality of life through the reconstruction of complex head and neck defects, transoral robotic surgery, and health policy.


Undergraduate Education: University of Florida, 2009

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University, 2014

Internship: University of California-San Diego, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2015

Residency: University of California-San Diego, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2020

Memberships: American Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology, American College of Surgeons

Awards and honors 

Best Resident Clinical Paper, Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings, American Head and Neck Society, 2017

Excellence in Medical Student Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2011

Baltimore Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Award, 2010

Excellence in Clinical Research, NIH National Institute on Aging Summer Poster Day, 200

Academic interests 


My clinical interests include head and neck oncology, reconstructive surgery, and transoral robotic surgery.


I study the genomic signatures of HPV-related oropharynx cancers to better understand viral oncogenesis. My research interests also focus on oncology quality metrics to make cancer care better and more affordable for patients.

Recent Publications

Pang J, Nguyen NP, Luebeck J, Ball L, Finegersh A, Ren S, Nakagawa T, Flagg M, Sadat S, Mischel PS, Xu G, Fisch K, Guo T, Cahill G, Panuganti B, Bafna V, Califano J. Extrachromosomal DNA in HPV mediated oropharyngeal cancer drives diverse oncogene transcription., Clin Cancer Res 2021 Sep

Pang J, Crawford K, Faraji F, Ramsey C, Kemp A, Califano JA. An Analysis of 1-Year Charges for Head and Neck Cancer: Targets for Value-Based Interventions., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2020 Sep; 163(3):546-553

Panuganti BA, Pang J, Califano J, Chan JYK. Procedural precautions and personal protective equipment during head and neck instrumentation in the COVID-19 era., Head Neck 2020 Jul; 42(7):1645-1651

Saito Y, Favorov AV, Forman M, Ren S, Sakai A, Fukusumi T, Liu C, Sadat S, Ando M, Xu G, Khan Z, Pang J, Valsamakis A, Fisch KM, Califano JA. Rational genomic optimization of DNA detection for human papillomavirus type 16 in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma., Head Neck 2020 04; 42(4):688-697

Ando M, Saito Y, Xu G, Bui NQ, Medetgul-Ernar K, Pu M, Fisch K, Ren S, Sakai A, Fukusumi T, Liu C, Haft S, Pang J, Mark A, Gaykalova DA, Guo T, Favorov AV, Yegnasubramanian S, Fertig EJ, Ha P, Tamayo P, Yamasoba T, Ideker T, Messer K, Califano JA. Publisher Correction: Chromatin dysregulation and DNA methylation at transcription start sites associated with transcriptional repression in cancers., Nat Commun 2019 May; 10(1):2415