Ashok Jethwa

Assistant Professor


As a head and neck surgical oncologist, I am often meeting people at very stressful and uncertain times in their life. My goal is to work together with each patient to help them understand the diagnosis and treatment approach. I focus on treating all aspects of head and neck cancer, including cutaneous malignancy and endocrine pathology. I have a particular interest in microvascular reconstruction. 


  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Endocrine Surgery


  • Undergrad: Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Residency: Otolaryngology Residency at University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Fellowship: Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction Fellowship at University of Toronto

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology

Professional Associations

  • American Head and Neck Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons


  • Jethwa AR, Khariwala SS. Tobacco-related carcinogenesis in head and neck cancer. Cancer Metastasis Rev. 2017 Sep;36(3):411-423. doi: 10.1007/s10555-017-9689-6. PMID: 28801840; PMCID: PMC5709040.
  • Liu CC, Jethwa AR, Khariwala SS, Johnson J, Shin JJ. Sensitivity, Specificity, and Posttest Probability of Parotid Fine-Needle Aspiration: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Jan;154(1):9-23. doi: 10.1177/0194599815607841. Epub 2015 Oct 1. PMID: 26428476; PMCID: PMC4896151.





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Administrative Contact

Shane Gullikson