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Head & Neck Cancer

UTHSC Division of Head and Neck Surgery:

The field of head and neck surgery encompasses the most interesting and complex anatomy in the body. The structures of our head and neck are responsible for how we appear, interact with others and our environment, and how we eat. When a problem develops with one of these structures, it can have a dramatic impact on our appearance, as well as our ability to breathe, eat, and communicate.

Our division of Head and Neck Surgery specializes in the treatment of benign and cancerous conditions of the head and neck. We have expertise in removing the abnormal lesions and, if necessary, performing reconstructive surgery. Our goal is to treat the tumor or condition completely, while preserving as much function as possible in order to maximize quality of life for our patients. We utilize state-of-the-art technology and techniques including transoral robotic surgery, transoral laser microsurgery, minimally invasive approaches, and microvascular reconstructive surgery.

We provide a multi-disciplinary approach to treating cancer and meet regularly with our team of speech pathologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for each individual patient.

Our Specialists

UTHSC ENT - Dr. M. Boyd Gillespie

M. Boyd Gillespie, M.D.

Professor & Chair, Fellowship Trained in General Academic Otolaryngology

John Gleysteen, M.D.

Asst. Professor Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Director of Head & Neck Oncology

UTHSC ENT - Head and Neck - Burton Wood

Burton Wood, M.D.

Asst. Professor Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction
Abby Tiefel - SLP - Thumbnail

Abby Tiefel, SLP

Speech & Language Pathologist

Carla Anderson, PA-C

Otolaryngology Physician Assistant

Affiliated Physicians

Neil Hayes, M.D.

Van Vleet Endowed Professor in Medical Oncology

David Schwartz, M.D.

Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology

World Class Treatment

UTHSC ENT - M Boyd Gillespie - Dysphagia

Podcast: Dr. M. Boyd Gillespie Discusses Dysphagia

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UTHSC ENT - DEI Leadership - McCalla Lecture

Introducing Our DEI Leadership Lecture Series

Dr. Mary R. McCalla DEI Leaders in Otolaryngology Lectureship UTHSC ENT is proud to lead the way in diversity, equity,...
UTHSC ENT - Head and Neck Cancer Screening

Stewart’s Head & Neck Cancer Success Story

Our Head & Neck Cancer Screening Event At UTHSC ENT, caring for our community is not only our priority, it's our...
John Gleysteen - Head and Neck Cancer Screening

Dr. John Gleysteen Discusses Cancer Screenings

April 28 Free Head and Neck Cancer Screening At UTHSC ENT, caring for our community is not only our priority, it's our...
Getting to Know - Burton Wood - Head and Neck Oncologist

Getting To Know: Dr. Burton Wood

Burton Wood, M.D.: Head and Neck Oncologist Meet newest addition to our Dream Team: Dr. Burton Wood! In the first of a...
UTHSC ENT - Ask a Doctor - Dr. Sandra Stinnett - Biopsy

Ask a Doctor: What Is a Biopsy?

Introducing: Ask a Doctor At UTHSC ENT, we understand that patients need clear, helpful answers to their questions. We...
UTHSC ENT - Charissa Kahue - Cancers of the Head and Neck

Dr. Charissa Kahue Outlines Cancers of the Head and Neck

Cancers of the Head and Neck: Charissa Kahue, M.D. A recent addition to our Dream Team, Dr. Charissa Kahue is a...
UTHSC ENT - Dr. John Gleysteen - Head and Neck Cancer - Reconstructive Surgery

Dream Team Profile: John Gleysteen, M.D.

John Gleysteen, M.D.: Head and Neck Cancer & Reconstructive Surgery Today, we're excited to profile an essential...
UTHSC - John Gleysteen - Head and Neck Cancer

Success Story: One Patient’s Journey with Head and Neck Cancer

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UTHSC ENT - Head and Neck Surgery - Thyroid Nodule Treatment

Thyroid Nodule Treatment: We’re Here To Help

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Head and Neck Disorders/Tumors:

  Lip and Oral Cavity Cancers
  Tonsil and Tongue Base Cancers
  Larynx Cancer
  Non-melanoma Skin Cancers
  Skull Base Tumors
  Thyroid Nodules/Cancer
  Thryoid Goiter
  Graves Disease
  Parathyroid Cancers
  Salivary Gland Tumors
  Carotid Body Tumor
  Esophageal Cancers
  Jaw Cancers

Techniques & Technology:

Our multidisciplinary team utilizes the latest technology and instrumentation to treat head and neck pathology.  Some of the techniques utilized include:

  Comprehensive Diagnostic Imaging
  Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) 
  Transoral Laser Microsurgery
  Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery/Free Flaps
  Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)

In Your Hometown

Downtown Location:

Methodist Medical Group

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

Midtown Location:

UTHSC - Locations - Regional One Otolaryngology

Regional One Otolaryngology

880 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103  |  Directions
Phone: 901-545-6969

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