Jose P. Zevallos, MD, MPH, FACS


Assistant Professor
Director of Oncologic Research 


Otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, oncology, microvascular reconstruction

Contact Information:

  • Appointment Scheduler: Ashton Oliver (984) 974-3654
  • Surgery Scheduler: Patricia Longest (919) 966-7491
  • Nurse: Regina Carson (984) 974-3516


  • MD: Rutgers University, 2005
  • Internship: General Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, 2000-2006
  • Residency: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, 2006-2010
  • Fellowship: Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, 2010-2011
  • MPH: University of Texas School of Public Health, 2011-2014

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, UNC, 2014-present
  • Assistant Professor, Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, 2011-2014
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery, University of Texas School of Dentistry, 2012-2014

Recent Honors:

  • Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 16 Pilot Project Grant Recipient, 2014-2015
  • Triological Sections Meeting First Place Poster Award (Head and Neck) for "A Veterans Affairs medical Center Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Larynx: Analysis of National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidline Adherence", 2013
  • American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Grant Recipient, 2012
  • Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer Foundation (THANC) Travel Grant Recipient, 2010

Recent Publications:

  • Zevallos JP, Sandulache VC, Hamblin J, Skinner H, Hartman C, Chiao EY, Kramer J.  "Racial Disparities in Oropharyngeal Cancer within the VA Healthcare System". Under Review for publication in Head & Neck.
  • Zevallos JP, Mitra N, Swisher-McClure S. "Patterns of Care and Perioperative Outcomes in Transoral Robotic Surgery for Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma." Under review for publication in Head & Neck.
  • Gibber M, Clain J, Jacobson A, Buchbinder D, Scherl S, Zevallos JP, Mehra S, Urken ML.  "The Subscapular System of Flaps: An 8-year Experience with 105 Patients", Head Neck, 2014; May 7 epub ahead of print.
  • Sandulache VC, Hamblin J, Skinner H, Pezzi T, Hartman C, Kramer J, Chiao EY, Zevallos JP.  "Oropharyngeal Cancer in the Veteran Population is associated with Traditional Carcinogen Exposure and Poor Clinical Outcomes". Head Neck, 2014; May 7 epub ahead of print.
  • Galeone C, Edefonti V, Parpinel M, Leoncini E, Matsuo K, Talamini R, Olshan AF, Zevallos JP et al. "Folate intake and the risk of oral cavity and pharyngeal cancer: a pooled analysis within the INHANCE Consortium".  Accepted for publication in the International Journal of Cancer.
  • Pena IR, Roberts L, Guy M, Zevallos JP.  "Cost and Impatient Burden of Treating Mandible Fractures: A Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database Analysis".  Accepted for publication in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
  • Zevallos JP, Xu L, Yiu Y.  "The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on the use of Adjuvant Radioactive Iodine for Papillary Thyroid Cancer".  Thyroid, 2014; 24(4): 758-63. "April 2014 Monthly Highlighted Article"
  • Sandulache VC, Hamblin J, Skinner H, Kubik M, Zevallos JP.  "Metformin use increases survival in patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma".  Head Neck, 2013 epub ahead of print.
  • Sandulache VC, Kubik MW, Skinner H, Malsky JA, Gelbard AH, Zevallos JP.  "Evaluating the Impact of Race/Ethnicity on Clinical Outcomes for Laryngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Patients Treated at a Tertiary-care Veteran's Affairs Medical Center" Laryngoscope, 2013; 123(9): 2170-5.
  • Jacobson AS, Zevallos JP, Smith M, Lazarus CL, Husaini H, Buchbinder D, Persky M, Urken ML. "Quality of Life after Management of Advanced Osteoradionecrosis of the Mandible".  Accepted for publication in International Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, 2013; 42(9); 1121-8.
  • Zevallos JP, Urken ML.  "Reverse-flow Osteocutaneous Scapular Flap for Head and Neck Reconstruction.  Head Neck. 2013; 35(6): E171-4.
  • Gibber M, Zevallos JP, Urken ML. "Enucleation of Vagal Nerve Schwannoma using Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring.  Laryngoscope. 2012; 122: 790-2.
  • Slova D, Paniz A, Moisini I, Levi G, Urken ML, Zevallos JP, Mansoor S, Khorsandi A, Bloch D, Vidhun R, Wenig B.  "Colonic-Type Adenocarcinoma of the Base of the Tongue: A Case Report of a Rare Neoplasm.  Head Neck Pathol. 2012; 6(2): 250-4.
  • Zevallos JP, Jain K, Kupferman M. "Sinonasal Malignancies in Children: A 10-year, Single Institutional Review.  Laryngoscope. 2011; 121: 2001-3.
  • Zevallos JP, Jain K, Roberts D, Satillan AA, Huh W, Hanna Y, Kupferman ME.  "Modern Multimodality Therapy for Pediatric Non-Orbital Parameningeal Sarcomas.  Head Neck.  2010 Nov; 32(11): 1501-5.
  • Hanasono MM, Zevallos JP, Skoracki R, Yu P.  "A Prospective Comparison of Bony Versus Soft Tissue Reconstruction for Posterior Mandibular Defects".  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 May; 125(5): 1413-21.
  • Zevallos JP, Hanasono NM, Li G, Wei Q, Sturgis EM.  "Glutathione-s-transferase Polymorphisms and Complications of Microvascular Head and Neck Reconstruction.  Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2010 Nov-Dec; 12(6): 373-8.