David C. Shonka, Jr., MD

Associate Professor
University of Virginia Medical Center

David C. Shonka, Jr., MD is a fellowship-trained head and neck endocrine and oncologic surgeon at the University of Virginia. He specializes in the surgical treatment of endocrine disorders of the head and neck including thyroid cancer and hyperparathyroidism.

He completed his undergraduate, medical and residency training at the University of Virginia from 1996 to 2009. He went on to complete a clinical fellowship in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery at the prestigious University of Iowa. He returned to the University of Virginia in 2010 and has advanced to Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Shonka’s clinical practice has focused on surgical treatment of endocrine disorders of the head and neck and treatment of head and neck malignancies. Dr. Shonka received special training in transoral robotic surgery with use of the da Vinci surgical system. His clinical interests include thyroid cancer, parathyroid surgery, head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, salivary gland malignancies, and cutaneous malignancies. Dr. Shonka works with endocrinologists, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists at the University of Virginia to provide interdisciplinary care for endocrine disorders and malignancies of the head and neck. He offers many state-of-the-art diagnostic tests including head and neck ultrasound and ultrasound guided needle biopsy in the office setting, providing excellent patient convenience and value. Dr. Shonka routinely performs extremely complex surgeries, often in the setting of prior surgical treatment or radiation, with excellent clinical outcomes.


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