Ravindra Uppaluri

Ravindra Uppaluri, MD, PhD, was appointed chief of the Division of Otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery earlier this month.

Uppaluri has served as an associate surgeon and director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) since 2016.

He received his medical degree and doctorate in genetics from the University of Minnesota. He trained in otolaryngology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine. He remained there as a faculty member for 16 years before moving to Boston with his wife, Chitra Uppaluri, MD, and three children last year.

A leader in the field, Uppaluri has a deep understanding of head and neck tumor biology as well as integration of radiation, chemotherapy and surgical treatment modalities. He has been the primary investigator of clinical trials integrating small molecule and immunotherapeutics in the surgical management of head and neck cancers. He also leads a National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory, focused on basic and translational approaches to head and neck cancers.

Gerard Doherty, MD, chair of Surgery, described Uppaluri as an outstanding leader who is deeply devoted to the Brigham.

“Dr. Uppaluri has a proven track record of clinical excellence and operational expertise, and I am confident that he will be a capable, compassionate and responsible leader,” Doherty said.