Head and Neck Surgery Program

INSTITUTE
University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

DIRECTOR
Pierre Lavertu, MD

KEY CONTACTS
Nicole Fowler, MD
Rod Rezaee, MD
Chad Zender, MD

APPOINTMENT LINE
For Drs. Lavertu and Rezaee, please call Pat Jackson at 216-844-4773.
For Drs. Fowler and Zender, please call Christine Buckley at 216-844-5307.
For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated
Cancer of the oral cavity
Laryngeal and pharyngeal cancer (including tonsil, tongue base)
Surgical thyroid diseases (cancers and compressive goiters)
Melanoma and other skin cancers
Skull base diseases/cancers

Therapies
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