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

4.7 out of 5 (83 Ratings, 6 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)

Special focus on

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


  • 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


"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.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (83 Ratings, 6 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.8
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.7
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.7
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.7
  • Used words you could understand 4.8
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.6
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.7
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.7
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 3.7

Patient Comments

  • Oct 16, 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 17, 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.

  • Apr 21, 2017

    totally trusted in dr wax and team. got me thru a little Pugh ordeal.

  • Oct 03, 2016

    His scheduling nurse, didn't get his order. I had to call her and then she was delayed three days getting back to me and said she won't even be the scheduling nurse for my procedure.

  • Sep 02, 2016

    Dr. Wax is very clear, open, and informative. His grade is 'excellent'.

  • Jun 15, 2016

    I honesty cant say enough about how much I am impressed by the care provided to me by all of the doctors and nurses at OHSU. I am the luckiest man on this planet.

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