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Department Head and Neck Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Korean
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Endocrine Surgery - Thyroid And Parathyroid
  • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulum Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Head And Neck Cancer Treatment
  • Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
  • Head and neck reconstructive surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parotidectomy
  • Resection of Carotid Body Tumors
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheostomy
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis Treatment
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Airway Obstruction and Tracheotomy
  • Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer
  • Benign Tumors Of The Head
  • Benign Tumors Of The Neck
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Cowden’s Disease
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Masses
  • Head and Neck Paragangliomas
  • Head And Neck Tumors
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Invasive Thyroid Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Malignant Head and Neck Disease
  • Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Pendred Syndrome
  • Radioactive Iodine Refractory Differentiated Thyroid Cancer (RAIR DTC)
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Recurrent Thyroid Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms
  • Sarcoma
  • Sinonasal Tumors
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skull Base Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Thyroid Tumor
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
View all 33 Specialties +


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About Jamie Ku, MD

Jamie A. Ku, MD, is a board-certified Otolaryngology-Head and Neck surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic's Head and Neck Institute and a Staff Member in both the Section of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology and the Section of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her clinical expertise is in the surgical treatment of benign and malignant head and neck tumors and complex reconstruction of the head and neck. She cares for patients with benign head and neck tumors, cancer of the mouth, tongue, throat, voice box, face, and scalp, and disorders involving the salivary, thyroid, and parathyroid glands. Dr. Ku is skilled in the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as transoral robotic surgery and transoral laser microsurgery. She also specializes in complex reconstructive surgery, including microvascular free flaps, to restore form and function after cancer treatment.

Dr. Ku collaborates with the multidisciplinary team of specialists to deliver highest-quality care that is comprehensive and individualized. She also leads the patient-centered outcomes research program in the section of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, focusing on the areas of functional outcomes and quality of life outcomes of the head and neck patients. Dr. Ku has published a number of journal articles on topics ranging from head and neck tumor biology to minimally-invasive methods of detecting the human papilloma virus (HPV) in head and neck cancer patients. She has also authored numerous book chapters and serves as ad-hoc reviewer for multiple journals in the field of otolaryngology and oncology, including Head & Neck, Oral Oncology, and Scientific Reports.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Duke University, Dr. Ku earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2010, where she completed a one-year research fellowship in Head and Neck Tumor Molecular Signaling. She completed her post-graduate surgical training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University in 2015. She then pursued a two-year dual fellowship in advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and is certified by the American Head and Neck Society and Advanced Training Council. 

Dr. Ku is a member of several professional medical organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Head & Neck Society. In her free time, Dr. Ku enjoys cooking, hiking, playing tennis, snowboarding, and going on adventures with her husband, Tommy, and her son.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Texas- Anderson Cancer Center
Head & Neck Surgical Oncology & Reconstructive Surgery
Houston, TX USA

Residency - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Medical Education - University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Undergraduate - Duke University
Durham, NC USA

Medical Education - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Fellowship - MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX USA

Residency - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA


  • Otolaryngology

Specialty Interests

Head and neck cancer surgery - cancer of oral cavity, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx, and sinonasal cavities, transoral robotic surgery, congenital and benign lesions of the head and neck, head and neck reconstructive surgery, microvascular reconstructive surgery, head and neck endocrine (thyroid and parathyroid gland) surgery, benign and malignant salivary gland tumors, skin cancer of the head and neck including melanoma, paranasal sinus tumors, skull base surgery, parapharyngeal space tumors, airway stenosis, adult airway reconstruction

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Jamie Ku, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 5/11/2022, Dr. Ku has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

114 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Not one bad experience. My best ever at hospital. Cleveland clinic and doctors are amazing.I thank dr Ku and all who helped . And all who watched after me in my recovery

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Dr. Ku was very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

I love Dr Ku. She is so personable, listens to me and genuinely acts like she cares. She never rushes through our visits and is attentive. I see a couple of specialists at the clinic and she is my favorite.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

I love Dr Ku. She's always very professional and very empathetic w me. Appointment was a little rushed because of issue w CT scan but she still answered my questions, thorough exam and detailed next step in my followup plan of care.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

Dr Ku is so patient, knowledgeable and sincere

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr Ku is incredible.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2022

Dr Ku and the team are excellent. We've always been treated with the utmost level of professionalism and courtesy.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2022

We recommend Cleveland Clinic to people seeking better care than they are receiving with their providers.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Dr. Ku has always been great. I would highly recommend her!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Dr. Ku, her nurse (I believe it was Ashley), the scheduler (Anthony) and the speech pathologist (Emma Laurash) all went above and beyond the call of duty to arrange an appointment with the speech pathologist for the next morning after my visit with Dr Ku, thereby preventing me from having to make a subsequent trip of 6 hrs each way from my home to Cleveland. I was thoroughly impressed by the efforts of these individuals, working as a team, to secure the treatment I needed before returning home. Bravo to this team!

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Dr. Ku is absolutely amazing! I felt truly calm and cared for as an individual. I knew that she had my best interests in mind, and she and her staff excel in their care.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

She saved my life.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Dr. Ku was so thoughtful and kind/ caring.Especially knowing I'm so scared to have surgery.Blessing sent to her for being patient.Surgery scheduled for couple of weeks hopefully all will go well.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dr. Ku did a superb job of listening to my concerns, especially my primary concern about whether my voice would be affected by the surgery. She showed genuine empathy for my feelings, and reassured me that she understood my concern and would be especially careful to avoid harming my voice.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

The nurses and doctor seemed to be working as a team, with each person being informed about me and the surgery I would be having.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dr Ku is outstanding!

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Dr. Ku treated me with great consideration and explained the three treatment choices pertinent to my condition, along with their risks and benefits. She seemed to be experienced, and drew illustrations on paper to accompany her discussion of the treatment options. She treated me very much like a person and not a "case."

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

I feel ready to proceed with my treatment as soon as Dr. Ku's staff contacts me.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Dr Ku is an excellent physician

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Very personable doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Dr. Ku has earned my trust and respect in her care for me.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

I feel very blessed to receive my care with Dr. Ku and at the Head & Neck Institute.

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