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Dr. Eugene Sansoni

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Dr. Sansoni

Education & Training:

Medical School

Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)


Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, OR)


Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, OR)


Sydney Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Fellowship

Sydney, Australia – Prof. Richard Harvey & Prof. Raymond Sacks


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX)

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

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Conditions I Treat:

Sinus Diseases

Rhinosinusitis, or sinusitis, occurs when your sinuses, the hollow air spaces within the bones surrounding the nose, are inflamed. Your sinuses produce mucus, which drains into the nose. If the inside of your nose is swollen, this can block the sinuses and cause pain. Rhinosinusitis can be caused by an infection or allergies.

Nasal Obstruction

The nose can be obstructed/congested due to anatomic causes (deviated septum, concha bullosa), environmental causes (allergies, infection), or growths in the nose (nasal polyps, tumors). These obstructions can cause difficulty with breathing, snoring, or problems with smell and taste.

Sinus Tumors

Tumors of the sinuses can be either benign (non-cancer) or cancerous. When they grow, they can put pressure on the eyes or brain, causing significant dysfunction and/or discomfort. Common tumors include inverted papilloma, squamous cell carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, and others.

Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths of soft tissue that develop in the nose and sinuses. The cause of nasal polyps is unknown, but they are associated with chronic inflammation. Often, this condition is associated with other inflammatory disorders, such as asthma or rheumatologic disorders.

Skull Base Tumors

Tumors of the skull base occupy an area inside the head that serves as a barrier between the brain and the sinus cavities. The skull base is a critical and complex area through which pass vital nerves and blood vessels.  Both benign (non-cancer), and cancerous tumors can occur in this location. Examples include pituitary tumors, craniopharyngiomas, meningiomas, chordomas, esthesioneuroblastomas, petrous apex granulomas, and others.

Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

If the membrane that surrounds the brain tears or punctures, “spinal fluid” (or its medical term, cerebrospinal fluid [CSF]) can leak out and cause headaches, infection, and further complications, including meningitis. This can occur spontaneously, or following endoscopic sinus surgery.

Orbital Tumors

Epiphora (excessive tearing), and dacryocystitis (inflammation/infection of the tear duct/sac) are common problems which can sometimes arise from disorders within the nose and sinuses.

Smell and Taste Disorders

Olfactory (smell) disorders can occur in patients with or without sinus disease. This can include a depression or loss in the sense of smell, or smell distortion when things do not smell like they are supposed to. Often, those with taste disorders have an underlying abnormality in the sense of smell, because that is the primary way we perceive flavor in food.

My Practice:

I care for patients with benign and malignant diseases of the head and neck as well as advanced sinonasal disorders.

After finishing an internationally renowned fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery, I completed my training in advanced head and neck surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where I learned the most current surgical and non-surgical treatment algorithms for head and neck cancers. In conjunction with the other members of our head and neck cancer program, I routinely treat tumors of the skin, nose, mouth, throat, vocal cords, neck, salivary glands and thyroid.

My philosophy for patient care centers around education. I feel my role as your physician is to give you the best, most accurate information regarding your disease process. This promotes shared decision making and enables you to make the best decisions regarding your healthcare. Additionally, I believe it is essential to get to know my patients outside of their diagnosis. Understanding my patients’ social and physical situations improves my ability to help guide management strategies. I am very sensitive to my patients’ wishes and am committed to guiding them through their treatment with compassion.

My partners and I use the most advanced surgical techniques including transoral robotic surgery, endoscopic endonasal surgery and endoscopic laser surgery. We are engaged in research and collaborate with other institutions to stay at vanguard of head and neck surgery. Collectively, we provide world-class head and neck cancer care to Tennessee and the surrounding region. I am an active member of the American Academy of Head and Neck Surgery and serve on the skull base education committee. Additionally, I am the senior assistant program director for the UTHSC Department of Otorhinolaryngology.

When not at work, I enjoy rock climbing, hunting, fishing and spending time with my wife.

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