John B. Sunwoo

Head and neck surgical oncologist, Head and neck surgeon, Cutaneous oncology specialist, Dermato-oncology specialist, Thyroid and parathyroid surgeon, Surgical oncologist

Bio:   Dr. Sunwoo was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University. Dr. Sunwoo has been at Stanford University since 2008, and his clinical focus is on the surgical management of head and neck cancer, specifically focusing on melanoma and neoplasms of the thyroid and parathyroid glands. He is a member of the Pigmented Lesions and Melanoma Clinic and the Melanoma Working Group at Stanford. He is also the co-founder of the Stanford Thyroid and Parathyroid Tumor Board.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sunwoo is the Director of Head and Neck Cancer Research at Stanford University and the principal investigator of an NIH-funded laboratory in the Stanford Cancer Institute. His research is focused on three primary areas: (1) the immune response to cancer, particularly a tumorigenic population of cells within malignancies called cancer stem cells; (2) the biology and developmental programs of a special lymphocyte population involved in innate immunity called natural killer (NK) cells; and (3) intra-tumor and inter-tumor heterogeneity in head and neck cancer.
4.8 out of 5
154 Patient Ratings
21 Patient Comments

Head and Neck Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Skin Cancer Program

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-498-6000
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Professional Education

  • Postdoc Research Fellowship, Washington University, Immunology (2008)
  • Residency: Washington University School Of Medicine (2003) MO
  • Medical Education: Washington University School Of Medicine (1993) MO
  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (2004)
  • Fellowship: National Institutes of Health (2000) MD
  • M.D., Washington University, Medicine (1993)
  • Sc.B., Brown University, Biochemistry (1989)

Honors & Awards

  • Sigma Xi, Brown University (1989)
  • Louis and Dorothy Kovitz Prize in Surgery, Washington University (1993)
  • Resident Research Award, Washington University (1997, 1999, 2000)
  • Young Investigator Award, American Head and Neck Society (2000)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Washington University (2003)
  • Chief Resident Teaching Award, Washington University (2003)
  • K08 Award, National Institutes of Health (2004)
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Stanford University (2012)
  • Top Doctors, Castle Connolly (2013-present)
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. (2009-present)

Administrative Appointments

  • Member, Tumor Biology & Imaging Task Force, Head and Neck Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute, NIH (2010 - 2011)
  • Member, CORE Grants Study Section, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (2009 - Present)
  • Member, Research Committee, American Head and Neck Society (2010 - 2013)
  • Member, Metastatic and Recurrent Head and Neck Disease Task Force, Head and Neck Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute, NIH (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Thyroid and Parathyroid Tumor Board, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011 - Present)
  • Director of Head and Neck Cancer Research, Stanford University School of Medicine, Dept. of Otolaryngology (2013 - Present)

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SHC Patient, May 2016

A great doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Thanks to Dr. Sunwood John Bing, great skills and professional, and nice like an angel!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Super.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I recommend it because they took very good care of me.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Sunwoo and my whole team are wonderful!! Love them!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Excellent!

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

As always, Dr. Sunwood and staff were great!!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I have given Dr. Sunwoo 5's in every area. He is beyond "very good"; he is outstanding as a care provider.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Wish that doctor himself had come to see me and answer my questions before I was discharged from the hospital.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Sunwoo never seems to be in a hurry. He is a great dr. and does beautiful work.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Could not ask for more.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

I'm very pleased.

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4.8 out of 5
154 Patient Ratings
21 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, May 2016

A great doctor.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Thanks to Dr. Sunwood John Bing, great skills and professional, and nice like an angel!

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Super.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

I recommend it because they took very good care of me.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Dr. Sunwoo and my whole team are wonderful!! Love them!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Excellent!

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

As always, Dr. Sunwood and staff were great!!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I have given Dr. Sunwoo 5's in every area. He is beyond "very good"; he is outstanding as a care provider.

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

Wish that doctor himself had come to see me and answer my questions before I was discharged from the hospital.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Dr. Sunwoo never seems to be in a hurry. He is a great dr. and does beautiful work.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Could not ask for more.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

I'm very pleased.

SHC Patient, May 2015

My care under Dr. Sunwoo has been excellent.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Good.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Very concerned about follow-on care.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

Dr. Sunwoo is an all around FABULOUS dr.!

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

The PA took so much time with us and spoke so well of the doctor. PA also shared some info and encouragement that the doctor eventually shared.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Dr. Sunwoo was kind & positive about a scary medical condition one of the best drs. I've ever been to.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Care provided was excellent! Thank you.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

I was very impressed with Dr. Sunwoo. He was so clear in his explanation of my health care & problem.

SHC Patient, Jan 2014

Long drive and limited available scheduling.