Peter E. Andersen M.D.

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Faculty profile
  • Physician

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (700 Ratings, 243 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)

Special focus on

  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Skull Base Surgery
  • Neuroendocrine
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)


  • M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis Missouri 1988
  • Residency:

    • Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, 1988-1993
  • Fellowship:

    • Head and neck surgery and oncology, Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, 1993-1995
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Otolaryngology, 1994


Dr. Andersen specializes in working with doctors from other specialties to care for patients with cancers and benign tumors of the head and neck. He strives to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient that maximizes the chance of cure and minimizes side effects of treatment. He leads a highly specialized team of physicians, nurse practitioners and speech/language pathologists to deliver the best treatment for each patient's situation. While Dr. Andersen is a surgeon, he is expert in both surgical and nonsurgical treatment of head and neck tumors, including chemotherapy, radiation and minimally invasive surgical techniques. He and his team can provide the most up-to-date reconstructive procedures and rehabilitation techniques. In his spare time Dr. Andersen enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, skiing and windsurfing.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery American College of Surgeons, American Head and Neck Society, Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (700 Ratings, 243 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

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Although, for some unknown reason that escapes me completely, Dr.Anderson is appears to be petrified when it comes to prescribing sufficient pain medication to his patients, regardless if the patient is suffering in enough pain to warrant them. Dr.Anderson is an excellent surgeon and physician in his field, and I trust him completely. However, I do not appreciate his reluctance to prescribe pain medications, when it's warranted,and instead, expects me as a patient, to seek pain relief elsewhere, through my own personal physician, to get relief from the pain he's caused through the performance of his own surgical procedure!?

  • Jul 17, 2019


  • Jul 11, 2019

    Exceptional physician and team.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Very satisfactory introductory conference. Efficient follow-up by his scheduler.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    I had a very good visit with Dr. Andersen. He answered all of my questions regarding my upcoming surgery, and I felt comfortable with his suggested plan of treatment.

  • Jul 10, 2019

    Extremely amiable - great experience.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    He was very excellent.

  • Jun 27, 2019

    Dr. Anderson was able to meet with us promptly. He took time to answer any questions. His exam was thorough. Very encouraging.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    Excellent service. Prompt and organized.

  • Jun 20, 2019

    Dr Anderson clearly explained my options in terms that I could understand. His calm confident demeanor helped reduce my angst. He quickly tracked down my biopsy results and followed up in short order. The customer service and customer care I received Dr Anderson was exemplary! I'm thankful OHSU has physicians like Dr Anderson!

  • Jun 19, 2019

    I look at Doctor Andersen as a man that saved my life back in 2013. Very professional and still very personal. I have recommended him to another person who went through the same thing I did and he feels the same way.

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Dr. Anderson made this consult experience very comfortable and made me feel ready for my surgery.

  • Jun 14, 2019


  • Jun 14, 2019

    Dr. Andersen is the best. Cancer is a drag, but there is no one else I would rather have care for me than Dr. Andersen.The new facility on the waterfront is great, but it still has some bugs to be worked out!

  • Jun 14, 2019

    He was concise, polite, knowledgeable, kind, and easy to get in. I don't know what that means, but that's what it was. Easy to get an appointment.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Excellent experience, down to earth, talks to you in a language you can understand regarding your condition. Excellent bedside manner. Extremely reachable.

  • Jun 12, 2019

    extremely knowledgeable, direct

  • Jun 12, 2019

    Pleasant, well versed in his medical knowledge, and on time

  • Jun 12, 2019

    I felt VERY comfortable and loved my Experience & my dr ??????????

  • Jun 12, 2019

    This office is always so nice and polite and they act like they care we are there and want to make it as enjoyable as they can.

  • Jun 08, 2019

    I was treated very well and had a good experience

  • Jun 07, 2019

    Awesome staff of team members. Pleasant and comfortable experience.

  • Jun 06, 2019


  • Jun 05, 2019

    Dr Andersen is great, but the procedures in place for checking in needs to be improved.

  • Jun 05, 2019

    I thought it was great. He gave me a positive attitude, and I'm hopeful for the future. I would recommend him to anybody. It was the best experience I've had so far with my cancer. Thank you.

  • Jun 02, 2019

    Very nice and explains everything very well.

  • May 29, 2019

    Great customer service and the Doctor was so nice.

  • May 28, 2019

    We spent 3 hours in the waiting room without any information about what the delay was. We finally tracked down Dr. Anderssn and we found out, but I don't think that's a very good way to do business.

  • May 24, 2019

    My surgery was a total success and he seemed really good.

  • May 23, 2019

    I was relieved that Dr. Andersen AND his PA were so very personable and kind to me. I have a mystery chronic condition and have been on the receiving end of some unkind treatment one the years from specialists... I know how valuable their time is because of their advanced knowledge and experience and I highly appreciate the time I was given. They were a lot like Dr. Shileyand Lindgren. (I am lucky to have always found really good ENT doctors). :)

  • May 22, 2019

    It was great, I look forward to seeing my dr.

  • May 18, 2019

    He listens and responds to my words as well as to what I maybe did not think to say...he is respectful and kind

  • May 18, 2019

    Yeah, dealing with Dr. Andersen has always been, he's had a very personal touch and and make you feel right at home in the clinicshe's operated out of him and always look forward to going back and and seeing him in the staff. My wife and I've enjoyed him a lot.

  • May 17, 2019

    I have nothing but good comments for my doctor. He takes time to talk with me and explain my questions. Thank you!!

  • May 17, 2019

    He is always very thorough and professional

  • May 16, 2019

    Excellent provider and resident. Addressed my concerns and questions. Very straight forward and reassuring. Thank you!

  • May 16, 2019

    Professional expert. Forthright, covers options

  • May 16, 2019

    Friendly, open, communicative

  • May 16, 2019

    had a grace time thank you all ..

  • May 13, 2019

    Everyone was very nice. All my questions were answered and they made sure I was comfortable at every moment.

  • May 10, 2019

    Dr. Anderson saved my life! OHSU is a remarkable hospital! The staff are all fantastic! I return 3 times a year for check ups. And I have yet to meet a person who is not pleasant, professional and willing to help in any way!

  • May 09, 2019

    I trust him to provide the best advice and care. I am very positive about the manner in which he directed my cancer treatment.

  • May 09, 2019

    Very professional, knowledgeable, and reassuring to me, I believe that all his patients are comforted and grateful.

  • May 09, 2019

    Whenever he comes into the room, I feel like I'm the only patient. He's very cordial. He always has something positive to say and he converses and I have excellent, excellent communications with him and I highly recommend him to whomever, okay.

  • May 04, 2019

    I thought that Dr. Anderson was very good in giving me a whole range of options do or not to do and I appreciate it that.

  • May 03, 2019

    I absolutely love OHSU!! Everything about it!!!!

  • May 03, 2019

    The care level is the best and staff just is always on top of taking care of you.

  • May 03, 2019

    I highly recommend Dr. Peter Andersen and Oregon Health Center University.

  • May 02, 2019

    Dr Andersen is a caring, competent and knowledgeable professional ??%.Good bedside manner, knowledgeable, humorous, thorough, excellent listener and ‘frank’. I feel safe and trusting in his care.Lucky me![Name][Name]

  • Apr 28, 2019

    It was amazing how fast they got my sister in and how well she was treated. I would definitely recommend to friends and family.