Joseph Meleca

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Joseph B. Meleca, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Joseph B. Meleca, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist, specializes in head and neck surgery and facial plastic and microvascular reconstruction. Dr. Meleca’s expertise includes performing functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty, facial reanimation surgery for facial paralysis, synkinesis, facial gender affirming surgery, facial trauma, reconstruction after Mohs skin cancer resection, and head and neck reconstruction with specific experience in microvascular free tissue transfer.

In addition to his commitment to providing quality surgical otolaryngology treatment, Dr. Meleca is also involved in clinical research designed to advance care for his patients. Some of his most recent work focuses on a new staging criteria for osteoradionecrosis (ORN) of the mandible – a complication from cancer-related treatment like radiation – as well as developing new treatment options for ORN, including the fascia lata rescue free flap. His research has been published in several, highly respected journals, such as American Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, The Laryngoscope, Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology and more.

Dr. Meleca also enjoys educating residents and medical students on the practice of facial plastic surgery. His teaching style incorporates hands-on experience in the operative suite and outpatient clinics to advance knowledge for the next generation of physicians and surgeons.

Board Certifications

  • Radiation Oncology

Practicing Since

  • 2022

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Medical Education

  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine


  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation


  • Indiana University School of Medicine

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