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Head and Neck Surgery Program


University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Institute


Rod Rezaee, MD

Key Contacts

Nicole Fowler, MD
Shawn Li, MD

Conditions Treated

  • Sinus cancer
  • Nasopharynx cancer
  • Nasal cavity cancer
  • Larynx cancer
  • Hypopharynx cancer
  • Oropharynx cancer
  • Oral cavity cancer
  • Lip and gum cancers
  • Advanced Skin cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer
  • Parathyroid Disorders 
  • Melanoma


  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Minimally invasive/robotic tonsil and tongue base cancer surgery
  • Sentinel node mapping for melanoma and other skin malignancies
  • Microvascular free tissue transfer for complex head and neck disease
  • Endoscopic surgery for tumors of the anterior skull base
  • Endoscopic and open partial laryngectomies
  • Endoscopic Zenker’s diverticulectomy and open Zenker’s treatment
  • Complex reconstruction of the head and neck, including treatment of osteoradionecrosis (ORN), complex airway reconstruction and treatment of facial nerve paralysis

Distinguishing Features

  • Multidisciplinary head and neck team including surgeons, medical oncologists and radiation therapists
  • Integrated services including speech and language pathology, physical therapy, social work and nutrition
  • One of the highest volume cancer centers in the country, doing nearly 200 major oncologic operations a year requiring complex
  • reconstructions for advanced head and neck disease
  • Integrated cutaneous oncology program for advanced skin malignancies
  • Trans-oral (robotic and laser) treatment of HPV+ and HPV- cancers of the tonsil and tongue base
  • Oncologic-laryngeal endoscopic and open procedures with preservation of voice and swallow function
  • Endoscopic techniques for cancers of the anterior skull base, avoiding external incisions on the face