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Rebecca J. Hammon, M.D.

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Dr. Rebecca Hammon is a Chief Resident in the Department of Otolaryngology at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School. Originally from New Mexico, she travelled to California for her undergraduate degree at Stanford University (human biology) and medical degree the University of California, Los Angeles. 

Dr. Hammon is a 7-year research track resident and worked for two years in the laboratory of Dr. James Rocco as part of her residency training. Her research interests include head and neck cancer cell biology and the role of human papillomavirus in head and neck cancer pathogenesis. She received a CORE Resident Research grant from the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in 2012 and has been an invited lecturer on head and neck cancer at the Koch Cancer Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Los Alamos Council on Cancer in Los Alamos, New Mexico. 

Following completion of her residency, she will be the head and neck/microvascular reconstruction fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

For more information on Dr. Hammon, check out her Google Scholar page.


Undergraduate School
Stanford University (Human Biology)

Medical School
University of California, Los Angeles

FOCUS Project
The role of apoptosis in the response of HNSCC to cisplatin treatment


Evaluation for high risk HPV in squamous cell carcinomas and precursor lesions arising in the conjunctiva and lacrimal sac. Afrogheh AH, Jakobiec FA, Hammon RJ, Grossniklaus HE, Rocco JW, Lindeman NI, Sadow PM, Faquin WC. American Journal of Surgical Pathology. Accepted for publication.

Intra-tumor genetic heterogeneity and mortality in head and neck cancer: Analysis of data from the Cancer Genome Atlas. Mroz EA, Tward AD, Hammon RJ, Ren Y, and Rocco JW. PLoS Medicine. February 2015. 12(2):e1001786.

Impact of human papillomavirus on oropharyngeal cancer biology and response to therapy: Implications for treatment. Bonilla-Velez J, Mroz EA, Hammon RJ, Rocco JW. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2013 Aug. 46(4):521-43.

Pathology quiz case 1. Angiosarcoma. Hammon RJ, Lin HW, Sadow PM, Lin DT, Rocco JW. 2011. Archives of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery. 137(2),198–200–1.

Fatal neonatal myocarditis caused by a recombinant human enterovirus-B variant. Krogstad P, Hammon R, Halnon N, Whitton JL. 2008. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 27(7),668–669.

Shedding and reversion of oral polio vaccine type 3 in Mexican vaccinees: comparison of mutant analysis by PCR and enzyme cleavage to a real-time PCR assay. Gnanashanmugam D, Falkovitz-Halpern MS, Dodge A, Fang M, Wong LJ, Esparza M, Hammon R, et al. 2007. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 45(8),2419–2425.

Quantitative analysis of the effect of cell type and cellular differentiation on protective antigen binding to human target cells. Deshpande A, Hammon RJ, Sanders CK, Graves SW. 2006. FEBS letters, 580(17),4172–4175.