I specialize in treating patients with benign and malignant (cancerous) lesions and tumors of the head and neck. These encompass the mouth (oral cavity), throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), salivary glands, neck, face, and thyroid/parathyroid glands.
For patients with head and neck cancer:
Cancers of this region of the body can affect many of the functions that affect our quality of life including speaking and swallowing. For these and other reasons, receiving a diagnosis of a head and neck cancer can be very distressing to patients and their families. It is important for these patients to have a provider they can trust in these difficult situations.
I am committed to using a team-based approach when treating my patients, meaning I routinely collaborate with my colleagues in medical oncology, radiation oncology, speech and swallow therapy, nutrition, and others to ensure that all parties (including my patients) agree on a treatment plan. I offer comprehensive and state-of-the art surgical options for head and neck cancer when surgery is part of the recommended treatment plan. I also perform reconstructive surgery of the head and neck in cases where removal of a tumor requires that the area be reconstructed.
I believe in not only using a team of providers to treat head and neck cancer, but also using a patient-family-physician team to always keep patient concerns at the forefront. I consider it a true privilege to be involved in the care of patients with head and neck cancer.
I am originally from Hawaii, but have called Tennessee home for much of my life. I love it here! Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, traveling and participating in global health and education outreach programs.