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Dr. Wang appointed chair of Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Friday, March 31, 2017

Steven J. Wang, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, effective March 27, 2017. He has served in the interim role since June 2016.

“Dr. Wang has considerable clinical experience in head and neck cancer treatment as well as a strong research portfolio,” said Charles B. Cairns, MD, dean of the College. “We’re excited that he will continue to lead our team of otolaryngologists who provide comprehensive care to patients in Arizona and throughout the Southwest.”

Dr. Wang’s clinical focus is on treating disorders of the head and neck, including tumors of the oral cavity, larynx, thyroid and salivary glands as well as melanoma and advanced skin cancers of the head and neck. He is Disease Team Leader of the Head and Neck Oncology Program at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Wang and the superb team of head and neck cancer specialists at the UA Cancer Center are building innovative research programs and transforming the delivery of personalized cancer care.

Prior to coming to the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, Dr. Wang was professor in residence and head and neck oncologic surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He established and directed the transoral robotic surgery program at UCSF and was director of the advanced head and neck oncologic surgery fellowship. Dr. Wang’s research interests include investigation of molecular signaling pathways that promote head and neck cancer progression and studies of oral cancers in never-smokers.  He has co-authored 71 peer reviewed articles and nine book chapters. A frequently invited speaker, Dr. Wang has given more than 90 presentations at medical conferences and academic institutions throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Dr. Wang is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society, the Triological Society, the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of University Otolaryngologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wang completed his otolaryngology-head and neck surgery residency at UCLA, followed by a Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan.