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Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

UR Medicine Otolaryngology uses the latest surgical and reconstructive procedures, offering excellent outcomes to patients with tumors affecting the head and neck. For patients with advanced-stage cancer, our physicians work with specialists in medical oncology and radiotherapy to provide the best treatment plan.

Surgery is one of the main treatments for cancer. We offer specialty surgical services for patients diagnosed with cancer and use advanced procedures to treat patients with:

Our surgeons are board-certified and have wide experience in treating all cancer types and stages. UR Medicine Otolaryngology is also involved in research to further our understanding of cancer and increase its curability.

More About Surgery

Surgery may be used to:

  • Diagnose the type of cancer and determine its stage of spread. This is done with a biopsy.
  • Remove the tumor and nearby tissues which might contain cancer cells
  • Reconstruct a part of the body

Types of surgery include:

The specific surgical technique utilized and the extent of surgery necessary varies depending on the type of cancer, the location in the body, and the possible use of combined treatment with other cancer therapies including:

Meet Our Team

Our head and neck surgeons are dedicated to delivering the highest level of care, as well as the latest in treatments, to our patients.


Joel B. Fontanarosa, MD, PhD
Specialties: Head and Neck Oncology, Thyroid/Parathyroid, Head and Neck Reconstruction




Matthew C. MillerMatthew C. Miller, M.D.
Specialties: Head and Neck Oncology, Thyroid/Parathyroid, Head and Neck Reconstruction




Shawn NewlandsShawn D. Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Specialties: Head and Neck Oncology, Thyroid/Parathyroid, General Otolaryngology


About Our Support Group

A cancer diagnosis and undergoing treatment is challenging for both patients and their loved ones. UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute’s Oral Head and Neck Cancer Support Group offers much-needed social and emotional support to those living with this type of cancer, as well as their families and caregivers. To ensure quality of care, our head and neck surgeons attend the monthly meetings to discuss pertinent issues related to treatment and provide counseling.

Contact Us

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with head and neck cancer, we are here to help. To schedule an appointment, you or your referring physician can call (585) 758-5700.

Office Hours

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.