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Dr. M. Boyd Gillespie

UTHSC ENT - Dr. M. Boyd Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie

Education & Training:

Medical School

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)


Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)


General Academic Otolaryngology 

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

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Conditions I Treat:

Salivary Gland Disorders

Swollen or infected salivary glands can occur when the salivary ducts become blocked by stones or when the glands themselves become inflamed or infected. Many salivary gland disorders can be treated with gland-sparing, minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

OSA is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person stops breathing in their sleep. Left untreated, OSA can cause serious heart and lung problems.  There are several surgical treatments available for OSA, including upper airway stimulation a new, state-of-the-art treatment for patients who need an alternative to CPAP.

Complex Airway Disorders

The trachea (windpipe) and other parts of the adult breathing passages can become obstructed/blocked (tracheal stenosis) from previous surgery, trauma, or tumors in the head and neck. This complex set of diseases can be treated through a variety of surgical approaches and reconstructive techniques.

Head and Neck Tumors

A mass in the mouth, throat, or 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.

My Practice:

I am the Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at UT Memphis. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Davidson College with a BA (Classics), I then graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1994.  I also completed my residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins, followed by a one year fellowship in general academic otolaryngology. In 2004, I received a Masters in Clinical Research from the MUSC Department of Biometry and Epidemiology. I’m board certified in both Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine.

During my professional career, I’ve focused on the care of patients with head and neck cancer, thyroid tumors, voice and airway disorders, swallowing disorders, and sleep apnea. As one of the first 4 surgeons in the United States to perform endoscopic salivary surgery, I’m currently the busiest endoscopic salivary surgeon in the U.S. I’m also proud to be involved in the education and training of many of the surgeons in the U.S. who currently perform endoscopic salivary surgery.

I’ve published over 120 academic papers, including one in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014 on hypoglossal nerve stimulation therapy for sleep apnea. I’ve been invited to be a guest professor at numerous institutions, including Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Emory, Georgetown, the University of Erlangen – Nuremburg, and Oxford.

Over the course of my career, I have received over 1 million dollars in research funding. I was inducted as an honorary member of the German Society of Otolaryngology in 2013, and in 2014 received the Presidential Citation from the American Head and Neck Society and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. I have proudly served as question writer and oral examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology, along with national committees on head and neck cancer, evidence-based medicine, and sleep apnea.  I’m currently an associate editor for JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

I love living in in midtown Memphis with his wife Charlotte, and our three children. When I’m not working, I enjoy international travel, inspiring my participation in humanitarian missions to Africa and Latin America. I’m excitied to be an integral part of the UT Memphis and Methodist healthcare system.

World Class Treatment

UTHSC ENT - M Boyd Gillespie - Success Story - Stensen's Duct

Success Story: “Flawless” Mass Removal from Stensen’s Duct Area

What is Stensen's duct? Stensen's duct, or the parotid duct, is the pathway for saliva to move from the parotid gland...
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UTHSC ENT’s Amazing Procedure for Salivary Gland Stones

Salivary Endoscopy: A Minimally-Invasive Option for Salivary Gland Stones and Blockage Written by: M. Boyd Gillespie,...
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Introducing: Airlift Procedure for Sleep Apnea

Our new Sleep Surgery Clinic M. Boyd Gillespie, M.D. is the chair of our ENT department and director of our new Sleep...
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Two Talks with Sleep Apnea Specialist M. Boyd Gillespie

Sleep Apnea Specialist, M. Boyd Gillespie, M.D. We've recently profiled our new Sleep Surgery Clinic, spearheaded by...
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Success Story: “I Can Dream Again” After Sleep Apnea Surgery

Another Successful Sleep Apnea Surgery Our new Sleep Surgery Clinic has quickly become the premiere clinic in the...
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Success Story: Inspire Device for Sleep Apnea & Snoring

What is the Inspire device? If you saw our recent post, "How To Stop Snoring," you learned about a cutting-edge...
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How To Stop Snoring: UTHSC ENT’s New Sleep Apnea Procedure

What is sleep apnea? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder whose symptoms include loud snoring, daytime...

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Success Stories

“Overall the procedure was a fantastic experience.  It was such a quick and painless experience that I feel like, if I had to get it done in the future, I’d be okay with that.  Sialendoscopy was really life-changing.”

Dr. Pauline Meekins

Charleston, SC

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