World Class Treatment In Your Hometown

World Class Treatment
In Your Hometown

World Class Treatment
In Your Hometown

Dr. Christopher Vanison

Dr. Vanison

Education & Training:

Medical School

The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Science (Washington, D.C.)


Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Northwestern University (Chicago, IL)


Head and Neck Oncologics and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

University of California, Davis (Sacramento, CA)

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery


Conditions I Treat:

Oropharyngeal Tumors (Throat Cancer)

Tumors of the tonsil and tongue base are increasingly common, especially those associated with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Many of these are removed using robot-assisted surgery through the mouth.

Laryngeal Tumors

Cancers that develop on or around the vocal cords are most often due to smoking, and can be treated with endoscopic laser surgery through the mouth, or larger open surgery through the neck if necessary.

Oral Cavity Lesions

A spot inside the mouth can be benign or malignant, ranging from an ulcer or a papilloma all the way to a large cancer of the tongue or jaw.

Neck Masses/Lymph Nodes

A mass in the neck can appear for a variety of reasons, sometimes as a result of infection or other benign etiologies, but sometimes it can be a sign of a cancer. These require a full evaluation to understand the cause.

Thyroid Disorders

Thyroid glands can become enlarged resulting in goiters that can cause difficulty breathing, swallowing, and unsightly neck masses. Although nodules in thyroids glands are extremely common, they sometimes need further workup to rule out a thyroid cancer.

Parathyroid Disorders

Parathyroid adenomas are enlarged parathyroid glands that cause an increase in parathyroid hormone and calcium and can lead to kidney stones, osteoporosis, and general fatigue and malaise. Often these need to be removed surgically to improve symptoms and reduce the risk of other problems.

Salivary Tumors

The parotid and submandibular glands can contain tumors which can be benign like pleomorphic adenomas or Warthin’s tumors, or malignant like mucoepidermoid carcinoma or acinic cell cacrcinoma. Most of these require removal of the gland.

My Practice:

I am an Otolaryngologist who specializes in the treatment of benign and cancerous head & neck tumors. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York and thereafter moved to the Chicago area to attend college at Northwestern University. I then completed medical school at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and this was followed by residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery back at Northwestern University. Finally, I completed a fellowship in advanced head & neck cancer surgery and microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of California, Davis, prior to joining the faculty here at UT.

One aspect of my job that I really enjoy is being able to educate my patients and also my resident and medical student trainees. Many of my patients who are newly diagnosed with head & neck tumors have never heard of their diseases before and, understandably, they have many questions. I take great pride in trying to make sure that they understand the treatment options they have, what their treatment will be like and how being diagnosed with and treated for head & neck cancer will affect their lives. Treating head & neck cancer always requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and I work very closely with other specialists such as radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, speech pathologists, nutritionists, oral surgeons, dermatologists, neurosurgeons and ophthalmologists. I also work closely with my fellow head & neck surgeons and am often called upon to perform reconstructive surgery after a head & neck tumor is removed. I have extensive training and experience reconstructing the jaws, the soft tissues of the mouth, soft tissues of the neck, face and scalp and also the throat. These reconstructions are performed with the goal of restoring my patients’ speech, voice, swallow and visual appearance as best as possible.

Outside of my professional life I enjoy playing the cello and writing music, cooking, traveling and chasing around my boxer dog, Gunner.

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Dr. Christopher Vanison Joins UT Otolaryngology

Christopher Vanison, M.D., has joined UT Methodist Physicians (UTMP), an academic physician practice group created to enhance primary care and hospital-based medical services in the Memphis area.

Click here to read Dr. Vanison’s announcement in the Memphis Business Journal.

In Your Hometown

Primary Location:

UTMP Head and Neck Surgery

1325 Eastmoreland Ave  |  Suite 260
Memphis, TN 38104  |  Directions
Phone: 901-272-6051  | See More


Patient Testimonials

“Being referred to Dr. Vanison by my dermatologist was a true blessing. Dr. Vanison setup an outstanding surgical team for the 12 hour surgery needed to remove a cancerous growth behind my right ear. He then referred me to West Cancer Center where the care and treatment were wonderful. Throughout this lengthy process, Dr. Vanison has stayed in periodic contact with all those in the medical profession tasked with my care. The medical community should be proud to have him as a member of the medical profession. He is everything a doctor should be: professional, sympathetic, and caring. My wife and I consider Dr. Vanison as not only my doctor, but also a friend. A great man and a great doctor.”

Randy Fowler

Memphis, TN

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