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Michael Geoffrey Moore, M.D. View profile as PDF

Michael Geoffrey Moore

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Moore’s has a very patient-centered approach to care.  While he and his team will ensure you have the best available options for treatment at your fingertips, he also will empower you to make the choice that best suits your unique situation.  

Clinical Interests

Dr. Moore is active clinically in both head and neck ablative and reconstructive surgery.  He sees and manages all types of head and neck tumors, both benign and malignant, including those arising in the mouth, throat, skin, salivary glands, thyroid/parathyroids, nose/sinuses, and anterior skull base.  

He has a particular interest in the management of advanced and recurrent head and neck malignancies, including those in need of reconstruction using microvascular free tissue transfer.  Moreover, he also is adept at removing tumors endoscopically through the use of transoral robotic surgery and/or laser surgery.  

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Moore’s research interests center on the early detection and prevention of head and neck cancer. He is active nationally in efforts to improve vaccination rates in the US for the HPV virus, an infection that has been linked to the development of certain types of head and neck cancer.  

In addition, he has developed a head and neck tumor bank at UC Davis and is collaborating with external researchers to look at the use of Ambient Mass Spectometry for the diagnosis of head and neck cancer.


Associate Professor


Head and Neck Cancer



Head and Neck Surgery


Glassrock Building
2521 Stockton Blvd., Suite 5200
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-5400

Additional Phone:

Clinic Fax: 916-703-5011
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles CA 2002
B.A., Miami University, Oxford OH 1998


Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA 2002-2003


Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA 2003-2007


Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle WA 2007-2008

Board Certifications:

American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery,

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Head and Neck Society
AO of North America, Craniofacial Division Teaching Faculty
Society of University Otolaryngologists
Triological Society

Select Honors and Awards:

Indiana School of Medicine Clinical Faculty Teaching Award for Surgical Subspecialties, 2016

Voted to ?Top Doctors in Indianapolis?, Indianapolis Weekly, 2015

American Academy of Otolaryngology ? Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Honors Award, 2014

Named as a ?Rising Star? in Indianapolis Star Newspaper, 2012

Select Recent Publications:

Prasad KG, Nelson BG, Deig CR, Schneider AL, Moore MG.  ACS NSQIP Risk Calculator: An Accurate Predictor of Complications in Major Head and Neck Surgery? Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.  2016 Jun 21.

McDonald MW, Liu Y, Moore MG, Johnstone PA.  Acute toxicity in comprehensive head and neck radiation for nasopharynx and paranasal sinus cancers:  cohort comparison of 3D conformal proton therapy and intensity modulated radiation therapy. Radiat Oncol. 2016 Feb 27;11:32.

Moore MG, Netterville JL, Mendenhall WM, Isaacson B, Nussenbaum B.  Head and Neck Paragangliomas:  An Update on Evaluation and Management. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Apr;154(4):597-605.

Ward G, Mehta V, Moore M.  Morbidity, mortality and cost from HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers: impact of 2-, 4- and 9-valent vaccines. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. 2015 Nov.

McDonald MW, Linton OR, Moore MG, Ting JY, Cohen-Gadol AA, Shah MV.  Influence of Residual Tumor Volume and Radiation Dose Coverage in Outcomes for Clival Chordoma. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Aug 7.

Khariwala SS, Moore MG, Malloy KM, Gosselin B, Smith RV.  The “HPV Discussion”: Effective Use of Data to Deliver Recommendations to Patients Impacted by HPV. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Oct;153(4):518-25.

Linton OR, Moore MG, Brigance JS, Summerlin DJ, McDonald MW.  Proton therapy for head and neck adenoid cystic carcinoma: initial clinical outcomes. Head Neck. 2015 Jan;37(1):117-24.

Royer AK, Royer MC, Ting JY, Weisberger EC, Moore MG.  The use of a prefabricated radial forearm free flap for closure of a large tracheocutaneous fistula: a case report and review of the literature. J Med Case Rep. 2015 Nov 1;9(1):251.

Mayer A, Royer M, Summerlin DJ, Moore MG, Galer C, Shipchandler T, Kokoska M.  Rapid mandible margins for intraoperative assessment. Am J Otolaryngol.  2014;36(3):324-329.

Luryi AL, Yarbrough WG, Niccolai LM, Roser S, Reed SG, Nathan CA, Moore MG, Day T, Judson BL. Public awareness of head and neck cancers: a cross sectional survey. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Jul;140(7):639-46.

To see if Michael Geoffrey Moore is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).