Practice Contact Information
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
Wilmot Cancer Institute, Suite G
Areas of Interest in Head and Neck Surgery
Head and Neck Surgeon
I came to Rochester from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, where I served as Harry Carothers Wiess Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology from 2003-2008. Prior to joining the University of Texas in 1999, I served for three years on the faculty of the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
I was among the first graduates of the combined M.D.-Ph.D. program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience along with his medical degree. I completed an internship in general surgery at Virginia-Mason Medical Center in Seattle, followed by a residency in otolaryngology at the University of Washington in Seattle. I hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and also earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas in Austin.
When prescribing treatment for head and neck cancers, the physician has to consider not only biology and anatomy, but also the particular circumstances in the patient’s life. We use a multidisciplinary team approach with the goal of treatment that provides the best oncologic and functional outcome possible.
I have always found dealing with serious and difficult disease most rewarding. Head and neck cancer care presents exceptional challenges for the patient and our team, but working with these patients facing great challenges is rewarding to me personally. To help put patients at ease, I try to inject humor into difficult situations whenever possible. My areas of expertise include salivary gland and thyroid cancers.
Phase IIB Randomized, PC, Trial of ACTOplus MET XR In Subjects With Stage I-IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity or
Oropharynx Prior to Definitive Treatment