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Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program

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Program Leadership

Sandeep Samant, MD, an internationally respected surgeon specializing in head and neck tumors, is Director of the Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program. Dr. Samant is Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery and a member of the Lurie Cancer Center. A message from Dr. Samant »

Refer a Patient

For patient referral, please contact the Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program at 312.926.4323.

Our Location

Galter Pavilion
675 N. St. Clair St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Contact Us

Call 312.926.4323

Clinical Trials
for Head and Neck Cancers

Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program is always seeking new and better ways to treat cancer, while improving the quality of life.  All of the advances that are saving lives today are the result of clinical trials. Search our list of Head and Neck Clinical trials here.

The Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with benign or malignant (cancerous) tumors of the face, head and neck. In partnership with the Lurie Cancer Center, the program brings together highly specialized experts in the research and treatment of head and neck cancer to develop and deliver individualized treatment plans based on each patient’s unique needs.

Types of Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancers from malignant tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, mouth, nose and sinuses, including:

Program Highlights

The strength of our program is enhanced our ability to call on the exceptional resources of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, one of the country’s premier destinations for patient care. Highlights include:

  • Multispecialty Team of Specialists
  • Head and Neck Tumor Board
  • Leaders in Research and Comprehensive Care
  • Access to Clinical Trials

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

Head and neck cancers often affect swallowing, speech, hearing and appearance, and can have a major impact on an individual’s quality of life. The Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program is one of only a few programs in the Midwest with a multidisciplinary team of highly specialized experts dedicated to the treatment and care of patients with all types and stages of head and neck cancer.

Our experienced surgeons use minimally invasive techniques and leading-edge technologies to manage complex head and neck cancers. In addition, advances in chemotherapy, radiation therapy (alone or in combination with chemotherapy), and novel therapeutic approaches available to eligible patients through clinical trials enable our treatment team to dramatically improve outcomes while preserving long-term quality of life.

Our specialists collaborate across a wide range of discipline to provide exceptional, patient-centered care. Our team unites medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, endoscopic surgeons, oral oncologists, and maxillofacial prosthodontists, plastic (reconstruction) surgeon, otolaryngologists, neuroradiologists, speech pathologists, nutritionists, physical therapists, psychologists and other supportive oncology team members who can help patients and their families manage the emotional and practical challenges of the disease.

Mark Agulnik MD

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Borislav Alexiev MD


Orin Bloch MD

Neurological Surgery

Michiel Bove MD


Jose Dutra MD

Head and Neck Surgery

Michelle Gentile MD, PhD

Radiation Oncology

Mark Hutten DDS


Achilles Karagianis DO


Robert Kern MD

Endoscopic Surgery

Timothy Kruser MD

Radiation Oncology

Maria Matsangou MD

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Erin McComb MD


Bharat Mittal MD

Radiation Oncology

Alexander Nemeth MD


Alexis Olsson DDS

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Ajit Paintal MD


Urjeet Patel MD

Head and Neck Surgery

Timothy Pearman PhD

Supportive Oncology

Sandeep Samant MD

Head and Neck Surgery

Bruce Tan MD

Endoscopic Surgery

Victoria Villaflor MD

Hematology/Medical Oncology

Kevin Welch MD