Dr. Tjoson Tjoa is a board-certified UCI Health otolaryngologist and surgeon who specializes in head and neck cancer and microvascular reconstruction. He also serves as interim chair of the UCI School of Medicine's Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
His clinical focus is on upper aerodigestive tract malignancies, head and neck reconstruction, thyroid surgery, salivary gland surgery, laryngectomy and advanced cutaneous malignancies of the head and neck.
Tjoa received his medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in general surgery followed by a residency in head and neck surgery at the UCI School of Medicine. He received fellowship training in head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School's Department of Otolaryngology and Head and neck Surgery, where he served as clinical instructor.
He is the author or co-author of dozens of published papers and serves as a peer reviewer for major journals in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery. He has received numerous clinical and teaching awards throughout his career and has championed diversity, equity and inclusion, obtaining funding for and initiating one of the first underrepresented in medicine grants for medical students interested in otolaryngology. He serves on the ethics committee for the Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery and previously was an executive member of the young physicians’ section of the academy's Board of Governors.
Tjoa sees patients at UCI Medical Center in Orange.