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Allison T. Wanamaker Professor and Chair
Director of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Microvascular Head and Neck Reconstruction
Head and Neck Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Site(s) of Practice, Maps, and Directions
University of Washington Medical Center

Area(s) of Expertise
Microvascular Head and Neck Reconstruction
Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
Maxillofacial Trauma
Sinus surgery

DMD--School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1981
MD--Downstate Medical School, State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY, 1987

Postgraduate Training
Residency--Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Kings County Hospital and Medical Center, Downstate University Hospital, Brooklyn, New York, 1985
--General Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1988
Residency--Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1992
--Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, 1993

Board Certifications
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery April 1990
American Board of Otolaryngology April 1993

State of Washington, 1995

Professional Activities and Special Honors
Best Doctors, Identified in “Best Doctors US”
Driftwood Award, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center
Distinguished Service Award, American Academy Otolarynogolgy - Head and Neck Surgery

Local and National Leadership
Fellowship Director, Fellowship in Advanced Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, sponsored by the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery
Member, Editorial Board of Head and Neck
Member, North American Craniomaxillofacial Education Committee of the AO/ASIF
Member, Instruction Course Advisory Committee: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Member, Microvascular Committee: American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Consultant, University of Washington Intercollegiate Sports
Member, University of Washington Physicians Finance Committee
Member, Resident Education Committee, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington

Most Significant Journal Articles and Abstracts

Recent Presentations

  • 16th Annual Course on Multidisciplinary Management of Head and Neck Cancer and Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases. Beth Israel Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY. March 18-24, 2006.
  • Advances in Oromandibular Reconstruction”, UAMS Dept. of Otolaryngology-HNS Grand Rounds. Little Rock, AR April 4, 2006.
  • O/ASIF - Principals of Operative Treatment of Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction. Nanjing, China August 4-7, 2006.

Practice Priorities
Patients: "Our goals are to not only to cure head and neck cancer utilizing an individual patient approach, but to restore speech, swallowing and appearance with state of the art treatment."

Specialty: "At the UW medical center, head and neck cancer patients can receive the consensus of 10 or more professional opinions without having to go to10 different doctors. Our team discusses each patient’s diagnosis as well as physical and imaging findings. A comprehensive treatment plan is developed, including the best uses of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy."

Research Support
R-01: Oral Cancer: Molecular Profiles and Clinical Outcomes.” Principal Investigator: Chu Chen, PhD, Sponsor: NIH/NCI. Project Dates: 04/01/02-03/31/07.

“Muticenter Randomized Phase II study of Erlotinib, Cisplatin and Radiotherapy versus Cisplatin and Radiotherapy in Patients with Stage III and IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck.” Principle Investigator: Renato Martins, MD, Sponsor: Genetech Corp. Project Dates: 6/2006-6/2008

Outcomes Research in Microvascular head and neck reconstruction: January 1, 2001 - present.

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