Elliot Abemayor, MD, PhD
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Elliot Abemayor, MD, PhD

  • Otolaryngology|
  • Head and Neck Surgery
Head & Neck Surgery | 200 Medical Plaza, Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Subspecialties: Surgical Oncology, Endocrine Surgery

Academic and Medical Staff Appointments

  • Co-Director, UCLA Head and Neck Cancer Program
  • Vice-Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 1995-2011
  • Professor-in-Residence, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 1995-present

Professional Society Memberships

  • Fellow, American Laryngological Association
  • Fellow, Triological Society
  • Fellow, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Broncho-Esophagological Association
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons
  • American Association Cancer Research
  • Fellow, American Society of Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Sigma Xi, National Research Honor Society
  • Paleopathology Club, International Academy of Pathology
  • Society for the History of Otolaryngology
  • Los Angeles Society of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Abemayor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he obtained both his MD as well as a PhD degree in Biochemical Pharmacology. He was a general surgery resident in the Harvard Surgical Service of the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Following his residency training in Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA he became a faculty member, where he is now a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Abemayor's practice is focused on the treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck and the surgical treatment of disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. He is widely recognized for his expertise by his peers and is often invited as a speaker at national and international meetings to teach other head and neck surgeons the latest developments in these fields. When patients with malignant tumors are seen, they are evaluated by Dr. Abemayor, and then given the option to be further evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of reconstructive surgeons, maxillofacial prosthodontists, radiation therapists and medical oncologists. This evaluation by the multidisciplinary UCLA Head and Neck Tumor Board affords patients access to the best and most current treatment options available. The paramount goals are to optimize treatment options as well as ensure functional and aesthetic outcomes.

Dr. Abemayor has published extensively in the field of Head and Neck Surgery. He is the co-editor of a widely used textbook and is a member of the editorial board or an editorial reviewer for all of the major peer-review journals in the specialty. He is a co-investigator or co-principle investigator of several NIH funded grants, which fund several core research teams investigating the basic mechanisms of head and neck cancer and the investigation of novel techniques for early diagnosis of these tumors.




Medical Board Certification

Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology, 1986


Otolaryngology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1985


Surgery, Deaconess Hospital, 1981


PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1980
MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1977



West Los Angeles

Head & Neck Surgery

Head and Neck Surgery| Pediatric Head and Neck Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center



Early detection and management of head and neck tumors.


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  • Top Doctors, Los Angeles Magazine, 2021, 2023
  • Super Doctors® Southern California 2021-2024
  • 2018 Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1972
  • B.A. summa cum laude, Queens College 1973
  • Sigma Xi, National Science Honor Society 1973
  • Jonas E. Salk Award and Scholarship, City of N.Y. 1973
  • Trainee, Medical Scientist Training Program 1973-1981
  • William A. Jeffers Prize for Basic Research 1980, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Outstanding Teaching Award 1985, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Outstanding Teaching Award 1990, Full-time Faculty, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Cum Laude Citation for 1994, Excellence of Scientific Exhibit, Radiological Society North America Annual Meeting
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Full-time Faculty 1995, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
  • 10 Year Service Award 1996, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Full-time Faculty 1997, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Residency Program Director Recognition Award 2000, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine
  • Presidential Citation 2003, American Laryngological Association Nashville, TN
  • Third Place Winner Poster Session 2003, Annual Meeting Triological Society, Nashville, TN
  • Certificate of Merit, Scientific Session of the Radiological 2003, Society of North America, Chicago, Ill