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    Niels Kokot, MD

    TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
    SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
    DepartmentOtolaryngology
    AddressJTC 806 W. Adams Boulevard
    Off Campus
    Los Angeles California 90033
    Phone+1 323 442 5790
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      Niels Kokot, MD, serves as assistant professor of otolaryngology and the residency program director in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

      Dr. Kokot is trained in the new technique of Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS), a minimally invasive technique allowing for the treatment of many head and neck tumors without requiring traditional open approaches.

      Dr. Kokot’s clinical specialties encompass all aspects of head and neck surgery, including the management of tumors in the oral cavity, larynx, pharynx, skull base, salivary glands, and thyroid gland, as well as microvascular surgery. He has a particular interest in conservation surgery of the larynx, which is designed to treat cancers of the larynx (voice box) without sacrificing speech or requiring permanent tracheostomy.


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      Pasadena Magazine2011  - 2015Top Doctor

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      1. Swanson MS, Low G, Sinha UK, Kokot N. Transoral surgery vs intensity-modulated radiotherapy for early supraglottic cancer: a systematic review. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jan 18. PMID: 28106658.
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      2. Jacobson L, Dedhia R, Kokot N, Chalian A. Scapular osteocutaneous free flap for total lower lip and mandible reconstruction. Microsurgery. 2016 Sep; 36(6):480-4. PMID: 26918539.
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      3. Swanson MS, Kokot N, Sinha UK. The Role of HPV in Head and Neck Cancer Stem Cell Formation and Tumorigenesis. Cancers (Basel). 2016; 8(2). PMID: 26907349.
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      4. Thylur DS, Villegas BC, Fisher LM, Sinha UK, Kokot N. Device Life of Two Generations of Provox Voice Prostheses. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2016 Jun; 125(6):501-7. PMID: 26747630.
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      5. Ouyoung LM, Swanson MS, Villegas BC, Damodar D, Kokot N, Sinha UK. ABCLOVE: Voice therapy outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer. Head Neck. 2016 Apr; 38 Suppl 1:E1810-3. PMID: 26689974.
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      6. Swanson MS, Hudson RL, Bhandari N, Sinha UK, Maceri DR, Kokot N. Use of Octreotide for the Management of Chyle Fistula Following Neck Dissection. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Aug 1; 141(8):723-7. PMID: 26135979.
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      7. Damodar D, Chan N, Kokot N. Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the temporomandibular joint: Case report and review of literature. Head Neck. 2015 Mar 27. PMID: 25821131.
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      8. Reder L, Verma S, Kokot N. Hypopharyngeal hemangioma in an adult: A case report. Ear Nose Throat J. 2014 Oct-Nov; 93(10-11):E26-8. PMID: 25397385.
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      9. Mazhar K, Gunawardana M, Webster P, Hochstim C, Koempel J, Kokot N, Sinha U, Rice D, Baum M. Bacterial biofilms and increased bacterial counts are associated with airway stenosis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 May; 150(5):834-40. PMID: 24515969.
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      10. Kokot N, Mazhar K, Reder LS, Peng GL, Sinha UK. Use of the supraclavicular artery island flap for reconstruction of cervicofacial defects. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Feb; 150(2):222-8. PMID: 24316793.
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      11. Kokot N, Mazhar K, Reder LS, Peng GL, Sinha UK. The supraclavicular artery island flap in head and neck reconstruction: applications and limitations. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Nov 1; 139(11):1247-55. PMID: 24158458.
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      12. Kokot N, Mazhar K, O'Dell K, Huang N, Lin A, Sinha UK. Transoral robotic resection of oropharyngeal synovial sarcoma in a pediatric patient. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2013 Jun; 77(6):1042-4. PMID: 23639341.
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      13. Russell S, Angell T, Lechner M, Liebertz D, Correa A, Sinha U, Kokot N, Epstein A. Immune cell infiltration patterns and survival in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Head Neck Oncol. 2013 Feb 27; 5(3):24. PMID: 24723971.
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      14. Gildener-Leapman N, Kokot N, Go J. Radiology quiz case 2. Iatrogenic ectopic thyroid. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Feb; 139(2):189-91. PMID: 23429953.
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      15. Bababeygy SR, Kao AR, Kokot N, Chang EL. Reconstruction of total lower eyelid defects with the temporoparietal fascial flap. Case Rep Ophthalmol Med. 2012; 2012:927260. PMID: 23227388.
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      16. Maceri DR, Kokot N, Green K, Montgomery V, Sharifi J. Split central venous sampling of parathyroid hormone: An adjunct to surgical exploration. Head Neck. 2011 Dec; 33(12):1715-8. PMID: 21322077.
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      17. Ohlén C, Kalos M, Cheng LE, Shur AC, Hong DJ, Carson BD, Kokot N, Lerner CG, Sather BD, Huseby ES, Greenberg PD. CD8(+) T cell tolerance to a tumor-associated antigen is maintained at the level of expansion rather than effector function. J Exp Med. 2002 Jun 3; 195(11):1407-18. PMID: 12045239.
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      18. Figueroa-Masot XA, Hetman M, Higgins MJ, Kokot N, Xia Z. Taxol induces apoptosis in cortical neurons by a mechanism independent of Bcl-2 phosphorylation. J Neurosci. 2001 Jul 1; 21(13):4657-67. PMID: 11425893.
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      19. Ng D, Kokot N, Hiura T, Faris M, Saxon A, Nel A. Macrophage activation by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: evidence for the involvement of stress-activated protein kinases, activator protein-1, and antioxidant response elements. J Immunol. 1998 Jul 15; 161(2):942-51. PMID: 9670973.
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      20. Faris M, Kokot N, Latinis K, Kasibhatla S, Green DR, Koretzky GA, Nel A. The c-Jun N-terminal kinase cascade plays a role in stress-induced apoptosis in Jurkat cells by up-regulating Fas ligand expression. J Immunol. 1998 Jan 1; 160(1):134-44. PMID: 9551965.
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      21. Faris M, Ensoli B, Kokot N, Nel AE. Inflammatory cytokines induce the expression of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) isoforms required for the growth of Kaposi's sarcoma and endothelial cells through the activation of AP-1 response elements in the bFGF promoter. AIDS. 1998 Jan 1; 12(1):19-27. PMID: 9456251.
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      22. Faris M, Kokot N, Lee L, Nel AE. Regulation of interleukin-2 transcription by inducible stable expression of dominant negative and dominant active mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase in jurkat T cells. Evidence for the importance of Ras in a pathway that is controlled by dual receptor stimulation. J Biol Chem. 1996 Nov 1; 271(44):27366-73. PMID: 8910314.
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