Head and Neck Surgery Research

Head and Neck Surgery Research

Vanderbilt Head and Neck Surgery participates in a variety of basic science, clinical and translational research, including:

  • Biorepository of cancer
  • Complex head and neck cancers
  • Cell wall integrity
  • Free flap reconstruction of head and neck
  • Immunobiology of cancer
  • Microvascular reconstruction of head and neck
  • Prediction of cancer
  • Prevention of cancer
  • Rare tumors of the head and neck
  • Vagal schwannomas
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Zenker's diverticulectomy

Head and Neck Surgery Clinical Trials

Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery participates in clinical trials for many of our subspecialties, including Head and Neck Surgery. Clinical trials for Head and Neck Cancer can be found on the Clinical Trials Search page for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. A comprehensive, searchable list of all active clinical trials can be found at Vanderbilt Find a Clinical Trial.

Selected Publications

Vanderbilt publications

Bringing Ultrasound Training to Surgeons in Kenya (Discover May 13, 2020)

A nine-day program to train head and neck surgeons in Kenya with no prior hands-on experience using ultrasound (US) was effective in conveying clinically valuable skills and knowledge, according to a recent study conducted by faculty and residents from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. To continue reading...

Surgical Aid Detects Parathyroid Tissue in Real-Time (Discover February 18, 2020)

A device designed to prevent accidental removal of parathyroid glands during surgery is gaining traction. PTeye – which employs a handheld probe – leverages tissue fluorescence to help distinguish parathyroid tissue. To continue reading...

Radial Bone Free Flap For Expanded Oral Cavity Applications (Discover July 18, 2019)

For patients who have locally invasive oral cancer with bony and mucosal defects, surgical options are generally very good. With a well-executed resection and free flap reconstructive procedure, there are excellent survival rates and recovery of jaw function.  To continue reading...

Surgical Transparency: Finding the Balance (Discover June 6, 2019)

new era of surgical transparency is emerging, fueled largely by the advent of video recording for quality improvement and the expansion of endoscopic, camera-driven procedures. To continue reading...

Digital Community Forms Around Nerve-sparing Schwannoma Procedure (Discover April 25, 2019)

With an incidence of just 1.2 in 100,000, vagal schwannomas have not had the spotlight needed to attract research or support specific surgical training in their removal. To continue reading...

Esophageal Cancer: Adding Immunotherapy to Standard Treatment (Discover April 10. 2019)

Esophageal cancer is relatively rare, with 17,650 new cases expected in the U.S. in 2019. It is, however, one of the top ten leading causes of cancer-related death, with 85 percent of patients experiencing recurrence and ultimately succumbing to their disease. To continue reading...

Discovery points to new cancer immunotherapy option (VUMC Reporter February 21, 2019)

An international team involving Vanderbilt researchers has discovered that a new “checkpoint” protein on immune system cells is active in tumors, and that blocking it — in combination with other treatments — is a successful therapeutic approach in mouse models of cancer. The findings were reported in the journal Cell. To continue reading...

Surgeon helps restore cancer patients' functionality (VUMC Reporter November 15, 2018)

Sarah Rohde long had an interest in treating cancer, and her research during her undergraduate and medical school years at the University of Virginia underscored that. What she didn’t expect was to become a surgeon. To continue reading...

Design competition aims to assist laryngectomy patients (VUMC Reporter March 29, 2018)

The first annual LaryHacks, a competition to design innovative devices, apps or methods to assist laryngectomy patients who have had their voice boxes removed, has been set for Thursday, April 12, 5 to 8 p.m., in the Wond’ry, 2414 Highland Ave. in the Vanderbilt University Engineering and Science building. To continue reading...


Patient stories


Scientific, peer-reviewed articles

(bolded names held primary faculty appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the time of publication)