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About Charles Coffey, MD

Charles Coffey, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellowship-trained head and neck cancer surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with a broad range of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck.

Dr. Coffey's surgical practice includes management of tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract, salivary glands, neck, and skull base, as well as skin cancers of the face and neck. Where appropriate, he is able to employ minimally invasive techniques to minimize post-operative morbidity, including transoral robotic surgery, laser microsurgery, and endoscopic surgery. Dr. Coffey has particular interest in salivary gland function, including prevention and management of xerostomia in head & neck cancer patients and the use of minimally-invasive techniques to treat patients with obstructive salivary disorders.

In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Coffey is dedicated to medical education. He is co-director of the UC San Diego Surgery Core Clerkship, serves as faculty of numerous medical school courses, and participates in curriculum design and review for the UC San Diego School of Medicine, UC San Diego Division of Otolaryngology, and the American Head & Neck Society. His efforts have been recognized with multiple teaching awards from students and residents. Dr. Coffey completed the ACS-ASE Surgical Education Research Fellowship in 2019. He has authored over 60 publications, chapters, and abstracts, and is currently the primary or coinvestigator on four institutional and federally funded grants.

Dr. Coffey completed a head and neck surgery fellowship at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and a residency in otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He earned his medical degree from University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Coffey is board certified in otolaryngology. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

UC San Diego Health Links
For more information, see Head and Neck Surgery, Salivary Stones, Surgical Services and Thyroid Cancer Program.

Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted

Medical Degree

  • University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

Fellowship

  • The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Residency

  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Gender

  • Male

Date Joined Staff

  • 2011-09-29

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Conditions and Treatments

  • Head and Neck Cancer
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Cancer
  • ENT