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Daniel J. Ma, M.D.

  1. Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Ma is a head and neck radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Rochester. Dr. Ma specializes in complex tumors of the head and neck, and co-leads the Oropharynx Multi-disciplinary Clinic along with Dr. Eric Moore in head and neck surgery.

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Ma is active in research and education. He has a number of active clinical trials investigating novel treatment techniques for head and neck cancers. He authors expert content in head and neck cancer and publishes in numerous journals and textbooks. He is currently Chair for Research in Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Ma has led and participated in numerous educational endeavors and has been honored with the Mayo Fellows Association Teacher of the Year Award in 2018.

  1. Head and neck cancer
  2. Laryngeal cancer
  3. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma
  4. Oral and throat cancer
  5. Oropharyngeal cancer
  6. Salivary gland tumor
  7. Skull base tumor
  8. Thyroid cancer
  • Head and neck cancers
  • HPV-related Oropharynx Cancer
  • Clinical Trials
  1. 2016
    Postdoctoral Certificate - Certificate Program in Clinical and Translational ScienceMayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  2. 2011
    Resident - Radiation OncologyWashington University School of Medicine
  3. 2007
    InternshipTufts University School of Medicine
  4. 2006
    MDWashington University School of Medicine
  5. 2002
    BSERice University


  1. 2012
    Radiation OncologyAmerican Board of Radiology

Awards and honors

  1. 2021
    Steven A. Leibel Memorial Award. Presented to the top plenary abstract for the ASTRO annual meeting.American Society for Radiation Oncology
  2. 2020
    U01 DE029754: Observational study to validate circulating HPVDNA and prognostic genomic biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment of HPV-associated OPSCCMayo Clinic Cancer Center
  3. 2019
    Teacher of the Year, Radiation OncologyMayo Fellows Association
  4. 2018
    Outstanding Reviewer 2018 American Society for Radiation Oncology
  5. 2013
    K12 CA90628: Identifying treatment sensitivity and clonal selection in glioblastomaMayo Clinic Cancer Center
  6. 2013
    P50 CA108961: Using next-generation sequencing to identify treatment sensitivity in CNS malignancies. (CNS SPORE)Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  7. 2011
    Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award American Roentgen Ray Society
  8. 2006
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  9. 2002
    Phi Beta Kappa
  10. 2002
    Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society

Professional memberships

  1. 2021 - present
    Oral ExaminerAmerican Board of Radiology
  2. 2014 - present
    ChairMayo Clinic Head and Neck Disease Group
  3. 2013 - present
    ChairRadiation Oncology Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  4. 2009 - present
    MemberAmerican Radium Society
  5. 2008 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Radiology
  6. 2006 - present
    MemberAmerican Society for Radiation Oncology


Research activities

See a description of research activities.