Head & Neck Surgery Team
Head and Neck Surgery / Cancer Team
Thomas W. Albert, D.M.D, M.D.
Dr. Albert's special areas of interest are in orthognathic surgery, reconstructive surgery and cleft surgery. He received his medical degree in 1977 from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and received his medical degree in dentistry from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1971. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He received special certification in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1979. Dr. Albert is an OHSU Professor Emeritus of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, having taught in that department from 1977 until he joined the OHSU Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery in 2002.
Peter Andersen, MD, FACS
Dr. Andersen received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri in 1988. He did his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University from 1988-93 and then completed a fellowship in head and neck surgery/oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City from 1993-95, during which time he received a $10,000 award from the American Cancer Society Clinical Fellowship and a Basic Science Award from the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital Resident Research Day. In 1995 he became Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at OHSU. He is currently a Professor.
Dr. Andersen is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, the American Medical Association, the American Rhinologic Society, the Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American College of Surgeons, and the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons.
Currently, Dr. Andersen is involved in research on the Differential Expression of Genes in Head and Neck Squamous Carcinoma with a grant from the American Cancer Society, Oregon Division, as well as his surgical and clinical practice at Oregon Health & Science University.
James I. Cohen, MD, PhD
James (Jamie) I. Cohen, MD, PhD is a Professor in the OHSU Otolaryngology Department. and is the Chief of the Otolaryngology Service at the Portland VAMC. He works in the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center as the Chief of the Head and Neck Surgery Otolaryngology team. At the PVAMC, Dr Cohen works with OHSU residents and medical students from Otolaryngology and other OHSU departments (i.e. Internal Medicine) in this very diverse clinic.
Dr Cohen earned his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in 1978. In 1984, he completed his Ph.D. in Otolaryngology and Residency in Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota. . Following residency, Dr Cohen completed fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute Houston Texas Dr Cohen is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Teresa M. Cordeiro, ANP-C
"As a clinician, I focus on the patient’s conditions as well as the effects of illness on the lives of the patients and their families. Informing patients about their health and encouraging them to participate in decisions is at the core of my practice. I am passionate about the quality of care that my patients receive; therefore I strive to be available to my patients."
Teresa M. Cordeiro, ANP-C is a highly experienced clinician who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at OHSU. Ms. Cordeiro received her master's degree in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She works closely with Dr. Peter Andersen, consulting with patients and designing individualized care for her patients. In addition to providing clinical care, Ms. Cordeiro is involved in conducting research. She occasionally will give lectures to fellow colleagues, students, and to the public.
Adult Nurse Practitioner, Instructor, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University
M.S.N., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001
Neil D. Gross, MD
"I have a passion for clinical care and relish the opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives of patients with head and neck cancer. Although primarily trained as a surgeon, I am keenly aware that future gains in cancer patient outcomes are dependent upon non-surgical discoveries. Therefore, I am dedicated to cancer research as an integral part of my career.”
Dr. Gross is an Assistant Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. He received a B.A. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis before graduating Magna Cum Laude with an M.D. degree from Oregon Health and Science University in 1998. He then completed an internship in general surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and subsequent residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. He also trained for 2½ years as a Senior Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Gross is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and the advanced training council of the American Head and Neck Society.Dr. Gross is a dedicated surgeon-scientist with a passion for clinical cancer research. His current research efforts are focused on the development and validation of improved prognostic tools for head and neck cancer patients, the study of the molecular basis of carcinogenesis in humans and the application of novel molecular therapeutics. He coordinates his research with the laboratory of Molly Kulesz-Martin, Ph.D. and with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. He is actively involved in numerous collaborative and multi-institutional clinical trials. His clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck squamous cell cancers, salivary gland and skull base tumors.
Dr. Gross is an active physician, surgeon, and teacher. He presents his clinical and research work regularly to international colleagues, to medical students, and as part of the residency teaching program at OHSU. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has been published in industry journals, such as Laryngoscope, the Archives of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery, and Clinical Cancer Research.
Maisie L. Shindo, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Shindo received her M.D. from The University of Southern California in 1984. She completed her residency training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Southern California Los Angeles County Medical Center, and earned her Board Certification in 1989. Subsequently, she pursued fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology at Northwestern University Hospital as well as a fellowship in Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at Ohio State University. In 1991 she joined the faculty of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Southern California, where she gained national recognition for her work in micro-vascular head and neck reconstruction. Dr. Shindo joined our department in 2008 as Professor and as the Director of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Program, providing a full range of consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic service dedicated to patients with thyroid and parathyroid disorders.
Dr. Shindo has special expertise in the multidisciplinary management of complex thyroid and parathyroid disease. She has performed pioneering work applying novel strategies, including minimally invasive parathyroidectomy, performed under local anesthesia and minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy, an adaptation of the established laparoscopic procedure which provides patients the benefits of a much smaller incision, thus better cosmetic results. Dr. Shindo’s microsurgical techniques, for which she completed advanced training, coupled with her precise operative skills offers the most sophisticated care available to our patients.
Dr. Shindo lectures nationally on topics related to her specialty. She has lectured in seminars and taught instructional courses through the Pan Pacific Surgical Association, AAOHNS, the University of Pittsburgh and the Research Study Club of Los Angeles. Dr. Shindo has also given Grand Rounds and Visiting Professor Lectures at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Albany Medical School, University of Cincinnati, Beth Israel, and Mt. Sinai Medical Center. She is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons and The American Academy of Otolaryngology, a senior examiner for The American Board of Otolaryngology, and a member of The American Thyroid Association.
Mark K. Wax, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.(C)
"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 composite tissue during the reconstructive aspect. Utilizing various insetting patterns, as well as reanastomosing the neural input/output, we hope to enable our head and neck oncology patients to achieve better rehabilitation than what was possible in the past. In conjunction 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 undergoing 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.
Professor, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland Veteran's Administration Medical Center (PVAMC)
M.D., University of Toronto, Toronto, , Canada, 1980
University of Toronto, Canada, 1985
Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto, Canada, 1990-1991
Dr John M. Holland
Radiation Oncology, Cancer and Blood Disorders - Head and neck tumors and thoracic oncology are Dr Holland's special areas of interest. He earned his medical degree in 1989 at Washington University in St. Louis. He went on to complete his residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of California - San Francisco in 1997. During that year, Dr. Holland became board certified in Radiation Oncology.
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