Uttam K. Sinha

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Medical Director of Head and Neck Surgery Associate Dean of Surgical Stimulation

Areas of treatment:

Head and Neck Cancer
Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Microvascular Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Facial Fractures
Tracheal Stenosis
Swallowing and Breathing Disorders
Sleep Apnea
Voice Disorders
Clinical Trials


  • Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery


  • Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


  • Bengali
  • English
  • Hindi

Uttam K. Sinha, MD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
Medical Director of Head and Neck Surgery
Associate Dean of Surgical Stimulation

Practicing location:

  • USC Healthcare Center 4

About this doctor:

Dr. Uttam K. Sinha graduated with distinction from the Calcutta University, India in 1985. He was invited by the House Ear Institute and University of Southern California where he started his research career in molecular biology of neuroscience and cancer. He then finished residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at USC. He continued to peruse academic career and completed a clinical fellowship in Microvascular and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. He then went to Leon, France to complete a clinical fellowship in laryngology. Subsequently, he joined the faculty of the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at USC. Because of his academic achievements, leadership, teaching and research, he became Chief and Residency Program Director for the department. His major areas of research are head and neck cancer, thyroid cancer, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma, and speech and swallowing. By using nanotechnology, Dr. Sinha and his team are able to detect cancer cell in the saliva and serum. He is also studying the mechanism of metastasis. Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing) is a common symptom following head and neck cancer therapy. Dr. Sinha and his team introduced a novel treatment called neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) for rehabilitation of swallowing using a new “platform” technology called BION. He received multiple federal and foundation grants. His dedication to patient care and research made him world authority in head and neck diseases. To further the research endeavors, Dr. Sinha has established collaboration with multiple national and international institutes from England, France, India, China and Mexico. Three years ago Dr. Sinha launched a Patient Survivorship Program (http://hncsupport.org). The Support Group is actively involved in patient education and promoting awareness about head and neck cancer.


Doctor of Medicine, Medicine, Calcutta University, India 1985


Calcutta University: India 1981 - 1982
University of Southern California: General Surgery 1990 - 1991


IPGMER and SSKM Hospital: India 1982 - 1983
University of Southern Callifornia: Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery 1990 - 1995


Research Fellowship in Neuroscience. House Ear Institute, USC School of Medicine, LA 1986 - 1988
Research Fellowship, Department of Pathology, USC School of Medicine, LA, 1988 - 1990
Clinical Fellowship, Microvascular Surgery, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY, 1995 - 1996
Clinical Fellowship, Laryngology, Leon, France, 1997


American Board of Otolaryngology

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
American Medical Association
Society of University Otolaryngologists - Head and Neck Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The American Thyroid Association
Los Angeles Research Study Club
Association of Microvascular Surgery


Castle Connolly "Top Doctor,” 2015
Alpha Omega Alpha (Gamma Chapter) as an Outstanding Resident, 1992
Rupley Fellowship, House Ear Institute: 1986
Gold Medal for highest marks in General Surgery, Calcutta University, 1977
Annual Scholarship for Academic Merit, Calcutta University, 1977
National Scholarship for Academic Merit, Government of India, 1973