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Dr. Joe Califano

Message from the Director

At the Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Head and Neck Cancer Center, our dedicated physician-scientists apply their skills and expertise to innovative exploration, improving care and redefining how we understand and treat head and neck cancer. And thanks to the support of generous and forward-looking partners, we have been able to grow our program even further.




UC San Diego Health was named the best hospital in San Diego and no. 5 in the state (U.S. News & World Report)

All A’s for Safety

Leapfrog Group awarded UC San Diego Health double-A ratings for providing demonstrably safer patient care

World-class Care

Moores Cancer Center is the region’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — the highest recognition available

Featured Stories

Hanna and Mark Gleiberman Make Gift of $12 Million to UC San Diego

Two years ago, San Diego-native Hanna Gleiberman walked into her doctor’s office with a sore in her mouth. She walked out with a diagnosis of an advanced, life-threatening form of tongue cancer.

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Silent No More: Woman Lends Voice to Hope after Cancer

In 2017, Cynthia Zamora bit her tongue while sleeping, splitting her tongue nearly in half. She was referred to a specialist, who found a 5.4-centimeter tumor that enveloped more than half of her tongue.

Hear Her Story


Generous support from friends like you empowers our physician-scientists to pursue groundbreaking research, compassionate patient-centered care, and leading-edge training for the next generation of head and neck cancer experts.

We invite you to join us with a gift of any size today. Help us transform head and neck cancer care now and long into the future.

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