Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

Taking Care of You: Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

Vanderbilt Head and Neck Surgical Oncology combine the expertise of our highly trained surgeons with the comprehensive cancer care team at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Our multispecialty team of otolaryngologists, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists work together to offer patients compassionate, cutting-edge head and neck cancer care. The Vanderbilt Head and Neck Surgery team also offer patients surgical options for head and neck conditions and vocal paralysis that were pioneered in Vanderbilt's robust research labs.

Patient Care Excellence

The Vanderbilt Head and Neck Surgery team is internationally recognized for innovative treatment options for rare diseases, such as paranasal sinus cancer, microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck, and a novel surgical approach to Zenker's diverticulum. Vanderbilt is one of few medical centers in the country that performs a complex surgery to remove rare vagal schwannomas tumors yet preserve nerve function in the head and neck.

Our team provides access to a variety of clinical trials for head and neck cancer at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Vanderbilt-Ingram is designated as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our team is committed to continually exploring new and innovative treatments.

Vanderbilt Head and Neck Surgery also offers a highly sought after clinical fellowship. Our fellows receive experience with rare tumors of the head and neck, general head and neck surgery, reconstructive surgery, and more.

Conditions We Treat

  • All types of head and neck cancer, including:
    • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
    • Laryngeal Cancer
    • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
    • Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary
    • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
    • Oropharyngeal Cancer
    • Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer
    • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Temporal bone and skull base tumors
  • Sinus tumors

Tests, Treatments and Services

  • Endoscopic laryngeal surgery
  • Endoscopic Zenker's diverticulectomy
  • Lateral skull base surgery
  • Microvascular reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery
  • Minimally invasive parotid surgery
  • Robotic thyroid surgery
  • Robotic transoral surgery
  • Transoral submandibular gland resection
  • Tracheal resection
  • Tumor resection

Innovations, Awards, and Technology

The Vanderbilt Head and Neck Surgical Oncology team is committed to making a difference in the world. Our commitment to global health outreach takes our team on medical mission trips to countries like Haiti, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria. Learn more about Vanderbilt Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery's commitment to global outreach and our initiative to train local community physicians during our medical mission trips.

To speak to a tumor coordinator, get a second opinion, or refer a patient ot the Vanderbilt Head and Neck Center, please call (615) 875-1193.