Center for Cancers of the Head & Neck

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Susan McCammon, MD and
Vicente A. Resto, MD, PhD, FACS
Susan McCammon, MD and
Vicente A. Resto, MD, PhD, FACS

Welcome

Welcome to UTMB Health's Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck. In an effort to continue to improve our tertiary care services for patients with cancers of the head and neck, we have recruited some of the most talented head and neck professionals from across the country. We strive to see patients within one week of referral and provide the most contemporary, comprehensive, and multi-disciplinary care available in an expedient, highly accessible, and compassionate manner that will best serve patients and physicians within our community.

Please explore our site to learn more about our outstanding physicians and the services they provide in the areas of head and neck cancer, skin cancer, oral cavity cancer, larynx and pharynx cancer, nasal and sinus cancer, and thyroid and parathyroid tumors. We are here for our fellow cancer physicians and patients, both in Texas and across the nation.

Sincerely,

Susan McCammon, MD
Vicente A. Resto, MD, PhD, FACS

JohnSealy Hospital, Galveston, TX
John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, TX

The Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck at the University of Texas Medical Branch brings together our comprehensive cancer care resources, allowing our physicians to deliver world-class care to patients with tumors of the head and neck.

State of the art care such as ours, although efficient at managing these challenging diseases, still fails to produce a cure for more than 40% of patients. Because of this simple fact, our faculty engages in aggressive research with the hope it will improve early diagnosis and treatment outcomes for our patients.

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Dedicated doctors

Specifically, members of our team are pursuing investigations into the molecular biology of oncogene mutations in head and neck cancer, the molecular mechanisms important for lymphatic metastasis, and development of novel peptide compounds with activity against this disease. Furthermore, we have active clinical trials assessing the effects of novel drugs on the effects of radiation and the collection of tumor samples for the assessment of novel tumor markers which may help expedite future drug studies.

Other clinical studies at our center focus on assessing swallowing outcomes associated with radiation and surgery treatments for these tumors. We expect that better understanding of the effects of therapy on swallowing function will help develop modifications that may improve this important functional outcome.

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Qualified surgical team

Funding this important work is always a challenge, one that has become even greater in recent times given the dwindling sources of federal funds for research. Increasingly, it is the generous gifts we receive from our patients, patients' families, and community that fuel our efforts. It is for this reason, that I encourage you to browse our research link to learn a bit more about the efforts we are applying to forward care for patients with these difficult diseases.

I encourage you to become a part of our team by making a contribution to help defray the cost of this important work. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions.

Vicente A. Resto, MD, PhD, FACS

UTMB has excellent specialists in the following areas:

Cutaneous Oncology

Cutaneous Oncology

Richard Wagner, Jr., MD

Richard Wagner, Jr., MD
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY

Internship
Westchester County Medical Center
Valhalla, NY

Residency
Internal Medicine – Winthrop University Hospital
Dermatology – Boston University/Tufts University

Fellowship
Moh's Micrographic Surgery
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Board Certification
Internal Medicine and Dermatology

Head and Neck Surgery

Head and Neck Surgery

Susan McCammon, MD

Susan McCammon, MD
Head and Neck Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
University of Alabama
School of Medicine

Internship
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Residency
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Fellowship
Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York

Board Certification
Otolaryngology

Michael Underbrink, MD, MBA

Michael Underbrink, MD, MBA
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
University of Texas Medical School
Houston, Texas

Internship
University of Texas Medical Branch
General Surgery

Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch
Otolaryngology

Fellowship
University of Washington
Clinical Laryngology

Board Certification
Otolaryngology

Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine

Nitza Cintron, MD, PhD

Nitza Cintron, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Medical Director,
Harborside Medical Group
Internal Medicine Bio

Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Internship
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Residency
Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Board Certification
Internal Medicine

Medical Oncology

Medical Oncology

Avi Markowitz, MD

Avi Markowitz, MD
Bill and Louise Bauer Distinguished Chair,
in Cancer Research
Professor and Chief,
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Associate Director of Experimental Therapeutics
Department Head of the
Office of Oncology Clinical Trials,
UTMB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Internal Medicine Bio

Medical School
University of California
San Francisco

Internship
University of California
San Diego

Residency
University of California
San Diego

Fellowship
Cancer Research Institute
University of California
San Francisco

Board Certification
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Maurice Willis, MD

Maurice Willis, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Director, UTMB Cancer Center over
Cancer Clinical Operations
Director, Hematology/Oncology Clinic
Director, Diversity for Internal Medicine
Program Director, Oncology Fellowship Program
Internal Medicine Bio

Medical School
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Internship
University of Texas Medical Branch

Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch

Fellowship
Medical Oncology
University of Texas Medical Branch

Board Certification
Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery

Joel Patterson, MD

Joel Patterson, MD
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Internship
University of Texas Medical Branch
Department of Surgery

Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch
Division of Neurosurgery

Board Certification
Neurological Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Roger Throndson, DDS

Roger Throndson, DDS
Department of Otolaryngology

Dental School
University of Iowa
College of Dentistry
Iowa City, Iowa

Board Certification
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Washington, D.C.

Pathology

Pathology

Eduardo Eyzaguirre, MD

Eduardo Eyzaguirre, MD
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
Cayetano Heredia University
Lima, Peru

Residency
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan

Fellowship
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas

Board Certification
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Suimin Qiu, MD, PhD

Suimin Qiu, MD, PhD
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
Xi'an Medical University
Xi'an, P.R. China

Residency
Department of Hepato-Biliary Surgery
Xi'an Medical University, Xi'an, P.R. China
Department of Pathology
University of Texas Medical Branch

Fellowship
Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
M.D.Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Board Certification
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology

Fernando Cesani, MD

Fernando Cesani, MD
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
University of Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Internship
Staten Island Hospital
Staten Island, New York

Residency
Internal Medicine, University of Puerto Rico
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Radiology, University of Texas Medical Branch

Fellowship
Nuclear Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch

Board Certification
Nuclear Medicine & Radiology

Gregory Chaljub, MD

Gregory Chaljub, MD
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas - Diagnostic Radiology

Fellowship
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston, Texas - Neuroradiology

Board Certification
Radiology
Neuroradiology

Radiology

Radiology

Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstructive Surgery

Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS

Vicente Resto, MD, PhD, FACS
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
Johns Hopkins University

Internship
Massachusetts General Hospital

Residency
Harvard University

Fellowship
Massachusets Eye & Ear Infirmary

Board Certification
Otolaryngology

Tammara Watts, MD, PhD

Tammara Watts, MD, PhD
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical School
University of Maryland

Internship
Medical College of Georgia
Otolaryngology

Residency
Medical College of Georgia
Otolaryngology

Fellowship
Oregon Health and Science University
Microvascular and Facial Plastics
Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certification
American Board of Otolaryngology

Speech Language Pathology

Reconstructive Surgery

Services

The Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck is committed to seeing patients within one week of referral and providing an open and inclusive service to the community cancer physician. The Center for Cancers of the Head and Neck specializes in the treatment of:

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Clinic Locations

Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic
University Hospital Clinics Building
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, Texas

Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants
Brittany Plaza
1600 West League City Parkway, Suite D
League City, Texas

Family HealthCare Center
Mainland Crossing
9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
Texas City, Texas

For an appointment,
please call:

281.338.0829