Dr. Joseph Califano III, MD

Dr. Joseph Califano III, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 54
Dr. Joseph Califano III, MD is an otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in La Jolla, CA and has been practicing for 25 years. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and specializes in ear, nose, and throat.Read his story

3855 Health Sciences Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093

Contact Information

(858) 657-7000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Molina Healthcare

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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
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No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Califano III's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Head and Neck Cancer
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Califano III treats Head and Neck Cancer more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Califano III treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Oral Cancer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Califano III treats Oral Cancer more than 95% of his peers

Dr. Califano III treats this condition more than 95% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cancer of Floor of Mouth
  • Lip Cancer
  • Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Palate Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
Larynx Conditions
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Califano III treats Larynx Conditions more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Califano III treats this condition more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Califano III's conditions and procedures:

Acute Laryngitis
Acute Sinusitis
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
All Lymphoma
Allergic Reaction
Allergic Rhinitis
Autoimmune Diseases
Bell's Palsy
Bleeding Disorders
Blood Disorders
Bone Cancer
Bone Disorders
Brain Disorders
Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
Chronic Laryngitis
Chronic Sinusitis
Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleft Palate
Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
Conductive Hearing Loss
Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
Down Syndrome
Ear Disorders
ENT Surgery
Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
Eyelid Disorders
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gum Cancer
Head and Neck Cancer
Head and Neck Surgery
Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
Hodgkin's Disease
Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
Laryngeal Cancer
Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
Larynx Conditions
Lip Cancer
Lip, Excision or Resection
Loss of Smell and-or Taste
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
Marginal Zone Lymphoma
Nodular Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Oral and-or Facial Cleft
Oral Cancer
Otitis Media
Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
Pulmonary Disease
Salivary Gland Cancer
Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
Sinus Surgery
Sjögren's Syndrome
Sleep Apnea
Sleep Disorders
Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
Thyroid Cancer
Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
Tongue Cancer
Tonsil Cancer
Tracheal Surgery
Vascular Disease
Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
Vocal Cord Nodule
Vocal Cord Paralysis
Vocal Cord Polyp
von Willebrand Disease

About Me


"Joseph A. Califano, III, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist. He is an internationally recognized head and neck surgeon who specializes in tumors of the oral cavity (mouth), salivary glands, pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), sinuses, thyro...


  • Ear, Nose, and Throat

Board Certifications


  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Fellowship Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins University School Med
    Residency Hospital
  • 1993
    Harvard Medical School
    Medical School


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Insurance accepted

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Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Advantage Preferred DirectAccess Plus PPO
Select Plus HMO
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Molina Healthcare

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