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Dr. John Gleysteen

Dr. Gleysteen

Education & Training:

Medical School

University of Alabama School of Medicine (Birmingham, AL)


Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, OR)


Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA)

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

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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 it also could 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 such pleomorphic adenomas or Warthin’s tumors, or malignant like mucoepidermoid carcinoma or acinic cell carcinoma. Most of these require removal of the gland.

Microvascular Free Flap Reconstruction

Sometimes after a tumor has been removed, it leaves behind a defect that must be reconstructed, requiring skin, muscle, bone, or some combination of the three. This may involve moving tissue from your own forearm, thigh, shoulder blade, or lower leg to reconstruct. The tissue is moved up to the defect and connected to your own blood vessels in the neck so that it is alive and functional.

My Practice:

I care for patients with benign and malignant diseases of the head and neck. I regularly treat cancers of the face, mouth, nose, throat, vocal cords, salivary and thyroid/parathyroid glands, as well as a wide range of non-cancerous conditions. I also perform reconstructive surgery for patients with head and neck cancer, with the goal of restoring them as close as possible to their preoperative function and appearance.

A diagnosis of head and neck cancer can be especially difficult for patients as it can directly affect the way we look, speak, swallow, and interact with our friends and family. For someone who is facing this diagnosis, I can assure you that I am sensitive to these problems and am committed to providing the highest level of care during these challenging times. I treat patients from all over Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, and Arkansas.  

I use state-of-the-art surgical techniques including transoral robotic surgery, endoscopic laser surgery, and microvascular reconstructive surgery. I am active in the American Head and Neck Society and am always evaluating new and innovative procedures to ensure that the treatment we offer in Memphis could rival anywhere else in the country. The opportunity for research and teaching of our resident physicians at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is fulfilling for me both academically and personally.

When not at work, I enjoy playing the guitar, skiing, hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with my wife and son.

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Success Stories

“I had a small–but growing–bump in my mouth that was causing me concern. Dr. Gleysteen diagnosed it as a mucocele, assured me it was harmless, and removed it with a quick procedure (while we talked about guitars). The appointment lasted less than an hour and I was fully healed in a few days. With Dr. Gleysteen, you’re literally in great hands.”

Chris Milam

Memphis, TN

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