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Mark K. Wax M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.

  • (503) 494-5355
    • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery School of Medicine

"I believe that the next frontier in head and neck cancer will be made in the rehabilitative field. Patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer suffer problems in speech and eating. Microvascular reconstruction allows us to replace the tissue removed during the surgical procedure with similar tissue during the reconstructive aspect. Using our expertise, and new technology, we hope to help our head and neck oncology patients to achieve better rehabilitation than what was possible in the past. Along with our speech language therapists, we continue to monitor our patients' progress and modify our reconstructive strategies to maximize our patients' outcomes."

Dr. Wax`s clinical interest is the reconstruction and rehabilitation of head and neck patients who have had surgical procedures for head and neck cancers. He also specializes in treating snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Wax is the Director of the Residency Program for Otolaryngology and is the Director of the Microvascular Fellowship program at Oregon Health & Science University.

Education

  • M.D., University of Toronto, Toronto Canada 1980
  • Residency:

    • University of Toronto, Canada, 1985
  • Fellowship:

    • Head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery, University of Toronto, Canada, 1990-1991

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Publications

  • "Perioperative considerations in free flap surgery : A review of pressors and anticoagulation." Oral Oncology  In: , Vol. 83, 01.08.2018, p. 154-157.
  • "Multicenter Assessment of Antibiotic Prophylaxis Spectrum on Surgical Infections in Head and Neck Cancer Microvascular Reconstruction." Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States) In: , 01.03.2018.
  • "Reconstruction - The final dimension in head and neck surgery : The 2017 Hayes Martin lecture." JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery In: , Vol. 143, No. 12, 01.12.2017, p. 1252-1254.
  • "Prognostic indication of sarcopenia for wound complication after total laryngectomy." JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery  In: , Vol. 143, No. 12, 01.12.2017, p. 1159-1165.
  • "Functional outcomes and quality of life after total laryngectomy with noncircumferential radial forearm free tissue transfer." Head and Neck In: , Vol. 39, No. 11, 01.11.2017, p. 2319-2328.
  • "Morbidity and Functional Outcomes With Head and Neck Free Flap Reconstruction in Patients Aged 90 Years or Older." Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery  In: , Vol. 75, No. 7, 01.07.2017, p. 1549-1554.
  • "Effect of Overlapping Operations on Outcomes in Microvascular Reconstructions of the Head and Neck." Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States) In: , Vol. 156, No. 4, 01.04.2017, p. 627-635.
  • "Osteocutaneous radial forearm free flap in nonmandible head and neck reconstruction." Head and Neck In: , 2017.
  • "The double-barreled radial forearm osteocutaneous free flap." Laryngoscope In: , Vol. 126, No. 2, 01.02.2016, p. 340-344.
  • "Facial Reconstruction Controversies." Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America In: , 2016.
  • "Quality of Life after Salivary Gland Surgery." Advances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology In: , Vol. 78, 2016, p. 189-197.
  • "Postoperative Controversies in the Management of Free Flap Surgery in the Head and Neck." Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America In: , 2016.
  • "Secondary free-flap reconstruction following ablation for acute invasive fungal sinusitis." Laryngoscope In: , 2016.
  • "The value of postoperative anticoagulants to improve flap survival in the free radial forearm flap : A systematic review and retrospective multicentre analysis." Clinical Otolaryngology In: , Vol. 40, No. 6, 01.12.2015, p. 600-609.
  • "Reconstruction of the lateral mandibular defect a review and treatment algorithm." JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery In: , Vol. 17, No. 5, 01.09.2015, p. 367-373.
  • "Locoregional and free flap reconstruction of the lateral skull base." Head and Neck In: , Vol. 37, No. 9, 01.09.2015, p. 1387-1391.
  • "The role of postoperative hematoma on free flap compromise." Laryngoscope In: , Vol. 125, No. 8, 01.08.2015, p. 1811-1815.
  • "Pediatric airway reconstruction with a prefabricated auricular cartilage and radial forearm free flap." Laryngoscope In: , Vol. 125, No. 8, 01.08.2015, p. 1979-1982.
  • "Microvascular Reconstruction. Evidence-Based Procedures." Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America In: , Vol. 23, No. 3, 01.08.2015, p. 347-356.
  • "Accidental dropping or misplacement of free flaps." Laryngoscope  In: , Vol. 125, No. 8, 01.08.2015, p. 1807-1810.
  • "Internal Mammary Vessels : Alternate Recipient Vessels in Microvascular Head and Neck Reconstruction." Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery In: , 10.05.2015.
  • "Reconstruction of the naso-orbital-ethmoid (NOE) complex using the osteocutaneous radial forearm flap (OCRFF)." Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States) In: , Vol. 152, No. 5, 09.05.2015, p. 827-831.
  • "Comparison of complications in free flap reconstruction for osteoradionecrosis in patients with or without hyperbaric oxygen therapy." Head and Neck In: , Vol. 36, No. 12, 01.12.2014, p. 1701-1704.
  • "Surgical outcomes in the elderly patient after osteocutaneous free flap transfer." Laryngoscope In: , Vol. 124, No. 11, 01.11.2014, p. 2484-2488.
  • "Free tissue transfer for head and neck reconstruction : A contemporary review." JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery In: , Vol. 16, No. 5, 01.09.2014, p. 367-373.
  • "A case for the standardized letter of recommendation in otolaryngology residency selection." The Laryngoscope  In: , Vol. 124, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 2-3.
  • "AlloDerm with split-thickness skin graft for coverage of the forearm free flap donor site." Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States) In: , Vol. 150, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 47-52.
  • "Stomal recurrence : Salvage surgery and reconstruction utilizing microvascular free tissue transfer." Head and Neck In: , Vol. 36, No. 10, 2014, p. 1431-1434.
  • "The role of the implantable Doppler probe in free flap surgery."  The Laryngoscope. Vol. 124 Suppl 1 2014.
  • "A case for the standardized letter of recommendation in otolaryngology residency selection." Laryngoscope  In: , Vol. 124, No. 1, 2014, p. 2-3.

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