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

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Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.5 out of 5 (62 Ratings, 10 Comments)

Expertise

  • Cancer
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)

Special focus on

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Melanoma
  • Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea

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

Biography

"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.

Languages

  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Patient Ratings

4.5 out of 5 (62 Ratings, 10 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 24, 2018

    Great

  • Dec 15, 2018

    Thank you Dr. Wax. Saved my wife twice. I appreciate them to the bottom of my heart OHSU you guys rock. This year here back and forth with my wife since '13 and she's still alive, no chemo, no radiation. You should be a poster child for what you guys do. Thank you for saving us. Love you guys all everyone here. Give everybody everybody props. Thank you guys again.

  • Nov 05, 2018

    Hi. This is for Dr. Wax (INAUDIBLE). My experience was life changing with him. I've had a rapport with him since 2014, but this was my official follow up basically clearing that I had good health and I even gave him a card. I appreciate everything about him and his ability to contribute to my life and allowed me to be a woman in my almost mid-30's to live a successful life as much as possible. So he's really good at his job. Thank you.

  • Nov 05, 2018

    Hi, so I feel that there's one area of improvement is making sure they put all orders in the system for like any radiology or any referrals that have to be placed. So make sure they put all orders in on-time, so I don't have to keep contacting their office to remind them to put an order in. I think that would be great. Thanks so much.

  • Nov 04, 2018

    Dr Wax is very pleasant & personable. He always makes sure that I understand what is going to be done & he answers any questions I may have. Dr Wax is very thorough in explaining procedures & both the positive & negative results. I would & have recommended Dr Wax & OHSU to people & will continue to seek care with you

  • Oct 10, 2018

    Dr. Wax is personable and concerned about my well-being. He offered explanations that I could understand easily and was very open to my questions and feedback.

  • Aug 21, 2018

    Yes, doctor was very good to me yesterday at my appointment August 20th. They are always been very thorough of going over everything with me, x-rays, any questions I have. Him and my therapist Jessica, I really enjoyed them and I recommend them to anybody.

  • Aug 04, 2018

    First appointment went very well, was seen on time. Dr. Wax was very knowledgeable and addressed me questions and concerns throughly.

  • Oct 27, 2017

    As I have a somewhat complex and chronic issues, Dr. Wax suggested we wait till after my septoplasty revision and turbinate reduction to discuss further what intervention he can lend to my case. He was super!

  • Jul 28, 2017

    I visited Dr. Mark Wax and was less than impressed with him as a doctor. When Dr. Wax met me, he essentially was decidedly undecided on whether or not I should have my tonsils removed. He said, and I quote, "it's up to you if you want them removed. If it bothers you, we'll remove them, if not, that's fine". I tried to ask him questions regarding the pros and cons of whether or not to get them removed, what my risks were (if any) of leaving them in or having them removed at a later date, and what I could expect for the surgery and recovery, and he told me to Google "tonsillectomy". I guess I was just hoping that, as a doctor, he could give me his professional opinion and more information as opposed to referring me to Google or his surgery secretary for more information. I was looking for the appropriate information so that as a patient, I could make a well-informed decision, and he either didn't want to tell me (either because they were in a hurry from being 30 minutes behind on appointments or maybe he thought I couldn't understand..?) or couldn't (though I'm assuming that as an otolaryngologist, he knows his area of study). Regardless, I was left without the pertinent information to make a well-informed decision and now have no idea what I'm supposed to do regarding my tonsils. Needless to say, I absolutely would not recommend referring him to other patients/family members in the future.

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