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Samant Joins the Lurie Cancer Center

Sandeep Samant, MD

Sandeep Samant, MD, an internationally respected surgeon specializing in head and neck tumors, has joined the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Samant has been appointed Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of the Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program, where he leads the development of clinical and research initiatives for the program, which specializes in the treatment of tumors of the face, head and neck.

Under the direction of Dr. Samant, the Head and Neck Program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with benign or malignant tumors to create a treatment plan that best suits each individual patient. The program, located at Northwestern Memorial in downtown Chicago, is one of only a few located in the Midwest, and offers patients access to a variety of specialists to make sure every patient’s needs are met, including: 

  • Head and neck surgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Oral surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Speech and swallowing pathologists
  • Neuro-radiologists
  • Maxillofacial prosthodontists
  • Physical therapists
  • Nutritionists

“Dr. Samant is a very accomplished surgeon, and I am looking forward to working with him in his new position,” said Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, Director of the Lurie Cancer Center. “I am excited to collaborate with him and the Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program to help advance the Lurie Cancer Center’s research and clinical care for patients with head and neck cancers.”

Samant came to Northwestern from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he was most recently a professor and the vice-chairman of the department of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery and was voted the most valuable teacher in the department in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In addition to his academic roles, he held clinical appointments at several institutions in Memphis, Tennessee, including: the LeBonnheur Children’s Hospital, Methodist University Hospital, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and St Jude Children’s Cancer Hospital. 

Throughout his career, Samant has published extensively on the treatment of head and neck cancers regarding surgical technics, care for different patient age demographics and medical oncology care outcomes. Among his many professional affiliations, Samant is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society, and the Head and Neck Guidelines Committee of the National Cancer Center Network.

(Last updated on January 5, 2016 )