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Ali Khaku, MD, MBA

Specialty: Otolaryngology
Program: Head and Neck Oncology


Cancer Focus: Adrenal Carcinoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Esophageal Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Melanoma, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Neuroendocrine Tumor, Oral Cavity or Throat Cancer, Skin Cancer (Nonmelanoma), Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Throat Cancer, Thyroid Cancer, Tongue Cancer

Dr. Aliasgher Khaku is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Head and Neck-Endocrine Oncology. He earned both his M.D. and M.B.A. from Penn State University in Pennsylvania and recently completed an Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Residency at Eastern Virginia School of Medical in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Khaku’s research focuses on analyzing the economic and financial costs associated with current treatments and their outcomes to ensure the best quality of life for patients while striving for cost effectiveness. He is specifically interested in examining prognostic factors in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma patients, the treatment of advanced thyroid cancers, and the subsequent therapy-related outcomes. His head and neck research also includes CSF leak repair and reconstruction. His clinical interests include ablative and major reconstructive procedures, transoral laser and robotic surgery, thyroid and parathyroid disease, and salivary gland tumors.

Education & Training

Medical School:

  • Penn State University College of Medicine - MD
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  • Patel VA, Khaku A, Carr MM. Pediatric Thyroidectomy: NSQIP-P Analysis of Adverse Perioperative Outcomes. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2020 Apr.129(4):326-332. Pubmedid: 31731877.
  • Khaku A, Patel V, Zacharia T, Goldenberg D, McGinn J. Guidelines for radiographic imaging of cranial neuropathies. Ear Nose Throat J. 2017 Oct.96(10-11):E23-E39. Pubmedid: 29121382.
  • Oberman B, Khaku A, Camacho F, Goldenberg D. Relationship between obesity, diabetes and the risk of thyroid cancer. Am J Otolaryngol. 2016 Mar.36(4):535-541. Pubmedid: 25794786.
  • Khaku A, Hollenbeak CS, Soybel DI. Cost-conscious decisions in the timing of operation for minimally symptomatic inguinal hernias in male patients. Am J Surg. 2016 Jun.211(6):975-981. Pubmedid: 26876157.
  • Hess CB, Singer M, Khaku A, Malinou J, Juliano JJ, Varlotto JM, Wagner H, Liao J, Myers KR, Levine MP, Mackley HB. Optimal Frequency of Psychosocial Distress Screening in Radiation Oncology. J Oncol Pract. 2015 Jul.11(4):298-302. Pubmedid: 26188046.
  • Moore MM, Kulaylat AN, Brian JM, Khaku A, Hulse MA, Engbrecht BW, Methratta ST, Boal DK. Alternative diagnoses at paediatric appendicitis MRI. Clin Radiol. 2015 Aug.70(8):881-889. Pubmedid: 26072983.
  • Kulaylat AN, Moore MM, Engbrecht BW, Brian JM, Khaku A, Hollenbeak CS, Rocourt DV, Hulse MA, Olympia RP, Santos MC, Methratta ST, Dillon PW, Cilley RE. An implemented MRI program to eliminate radiation from the evaluation of pediatric appendicitis. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 Aug.50(8):1359-1363. Pubmedid: 25783291.

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