Eduardo Mendez M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

 Eduardo Mendez M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.

Bio

Eduardo Mendez, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., is an expert in the surgical treatment of head and neck and thyroid cancers, including minimally invasive robotic…

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Patient Care Philosophy

My goal is to offer patients individualized care and treatment that considers all options. I like to partner with my patients to help them make their own decisions and treatment choices. As a physician-scientist, my research group focuses on discovering novel, less toxic therapies for patients with head and neck cancers.

Clinical Interests

Surgical treatment of head and neck and thyroid cancers, including minimally invasive robotic surgery and transoral laser microsurgery of tumor of the upper for tumors of the tongue and throat and microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck.

Research Interests

Dr. Méndez’s research focuses on markers of disease progression in head and neck cancer. He published the first study that identified a "genetic signature" for poor survival rates in head and neck cancer. His group is also discovering novel, less toxic gene targets based on patients' own mutations.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Univ. of Maryland SOMMedical education1999
UW - Dept. of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryResidency
UW - Dept. of SurgeryInternship

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1999

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of OtolaryngologyOtolaryngology2006
Eduardo Mendez, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., is an expert in the surgical treatment of head and neck and thyroid cancers, including minimally invasive robotic surgery and laser microsurgery for tumors of the tongue and throat and microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck. He is an associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at University of Washington School of Medicine and an assistant member in the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He is interested in the treatment of head and neck and thyroid cancers, reconstruction of head and neck cancer defects and minimally invasive approaches to tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract including robotic-assisted surgery and transoral laser microsurgery. He is also interested in the genetics of head and neck cancer and leads efforts to find new targeted therapies to help achieve a cure.

Dr. Méndez obtained his bachelor in molecular biology from Princeton University. He then graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland Medical School. He completed his internship, residency training and fellowship training in advanced head and neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstruction at the University of Washington. He was the first to perform robotic surgery for head and neck cancer in the state of Washington and is a national speaker on robotic surgery and the genetics of head and neck cancer.

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