Paul G. van der Sloot, M.D.

Paul G. van der Sloot, M.D.

Contact Information

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 704
Rochester, NY 14642

University Otolaryngology Associates
2365 South Clinton Ave., Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14618

Appointment: (585) 758-5700
Appointment: (585) 275-5823

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Professional Bio

Dr. van der Sloot's association with the University of Rochester comes full circle with his return in 2009. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and worked for several years as a professional violinist before returning to school and completing his medical degree and otolaryngology residency at the University of Alberta. He followed with a fellowship at Vanderbilt University in head and neck surgical oncology, microvascular reconstruction and cranial base surgery. For the six years prior to his joining the URMC faculty, Dr. van der Sloot was an assistant professor at West Virginia University.

An Associate Professor, Dr. van der Sloot specializes in the treatment of head and neck cancer patients, and also sees patients with general ear, nose and throat problems. His research interests include the study of immunohistochemical markers in papillary thyroid cancer; head and neck bone carriers, rapid prototyping and osseous reconstruction; and the relevance of PET-positive findings in the chest in patients with head and neck cancer.

Dr. van der Sloot is published in and reviews for a number of leading journals. He is involved at the national level with subspecialty committees and is deeply involved in resident and medical student education.

Dr. van der Sloot's Areas of Expertise Include:

• Head and Neck Cancer
• Microvascular Reconstruction of the Head and neck
• Cranial Base Surgery both Open and Endoscopic
• Transoral Laser Microsurgery
• Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery
• Post-Mohs Reconstruction following treatment for Skin Cancer
• Rehabilitation for Vocal Cord Paralysis

Research interests include:

• Prognostic Molecular Markers in Thyroid Cancer
• Biofilms and Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
• Bone Replacement Materials and 3D Modeling of Bony defects

Patient Care Bio

Cancer has a direct physical impact on patients, but also tests patient values, families and support structures. When deciding on a treatment course, I offer patients their best chance for cure with the understanding that all of these factors need to be considered before treatment can take place.

Head and neck anatomy is complex and has a bearing on a number of vital functions including breathing, swallowing and communicating. I embrace the challenge of helping patients deal with cancers that impact these functions and, in many cases, I am able through reconstructive surgery to restore those functions that impact quality of life long after therapy is completed. I have particular interest in cancers of the voice box and thyroid.

I am always honest and straightforward with my patients. I will take the time to answer questions and encourage patients to communicate their concerns and questions. If I can't answer their questions, I will tell them and, if possible, I will search for an answer. My patients will always get my best.

Conditions I Treat:

- Upper aerodigestive tract cancers, including cancer of the mouth, nose, throat and voice box
- Thyroid gland cancers
- Salivary gland cancers
- Malignant tumors of the skull base
- Advanced skin cancers

Awards & Honors (Local)

Quality Award | West Virginia University 2009
Poloquin Residents' Research Award | Canadian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 2002
Resident Research Award | Alberta Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 2002
Research Award | University of Alberta Department of Otolaryngology 2000
Harold and Florence Mosley Research Award | University of Alberta 1994

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Otolaryngology (SMD) - Primary


Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology


M.S. | Business Management | University of Rochester2012
M.D. | University of Alberta1997
Undergraduate Science | University of Calgary1993
B.M. | Violin Performance | Eastman School of Music1987

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Vanderbilt University07/01/2002 - 06/30/2003
Residency in Otolaryngology at University of Alberta07/01/1998 - 06/30/2002
Internship in Otolaryngology at University of Alberta07/01/1997 - 6/30/1998