Meet Neil Gross, M.D.

Dr. Gross is a dedicated surgeon and scientist with a passion for service, individualized cancer care and cancer research. His interests include the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck squamous cell cancers including human papilloma virus (HPV) associated cancer of the tonsil and base of tongue, thyroid and parathyroid disease, aggressive skin cancers including melanoma and salivary gland and skull base tumors.

Dr. Gross spurred the expansion of minimally invasive techniques at OHSU for the treatment of aggressive sinus cancers, completing with neurosurgery the first such procedure at OHSU in 2009. In 2010, Dr. Gross performed the first transoral robotic surgery (TORS) in the Pacific Northwest for head and neck cancer and subsequently the first robotic-assisted thyroid surgery on the West Coast. He has developed the most active and comprehensive TORS program in the region, and continues to enjoy teaching robotic surgery and lecturing nationally.

Dr. Gross leads the TORS program at OHSU.

Dr. Gross has been responsible for developing an annual head and neck awareness and free screening day at OHSU. This community screening event is designed to raise awareness of head and neck cancer and to provide free access to underserved populations potentially at risk of disease. The event has become a yearly tradition that includes over 100 volunteers from OHSU and across the region screening hundreds of people in a single day.

Dr. Gross’ current research is focused on outcomes of treatment of HPV-associated head and neck cancers, developing better tools to predict the results of treatment for patients with head, neck and thyroid cancers. He also studies how cancer develops in the body and how new treatments can affect its development at the molecular level. He works with other OHSU scientists, including Drs. Molly Kulesz-Martin and Melissa Wong in the Department of Dermatology, on research projects. Dr. Gross is co-director of head and neck cancer clinical trials at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. He is involved in many research studies with other scientists, hospitals and universities.

Dr. Gross and the TORS group at OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Dr. Gross has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award. He was also the recipient of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award and the American Association for Cancer Research – Gerald B. Grindey Memorial Scholar-in-Training Award. Most recently he was awarded American Head and Neck Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation surgeon scientist career development award.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Gross enjoys most spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys skiing, hiking, camping and cycling.

Clinical Position

  • Associate Professor
  • Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Director
  • Head and Neck/Thyroid Robotic Surgery Program Co-Director, Head and Neck Clinical Trials


2009 American Head and Neck Society/America Academy of Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery Surgeon Scientist Combined Award

Make an Appointment

Please call us at 503 494-5355 to make an appointment with Dr. Gross.