Steven J. Wang, MD, has transitioned into the role of interim chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.
“Dr. Wang brings considerable clinical experience in head and neck cancer treatment as well as a strong research portfolio to the College of Medicine – Tucson,” said Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, MD, UA senior vice president for health sciences and the Dr. Merlin K. DuVal Professor of Medicine.
“We’re excited to welcome him to lead our team of otolaryngologists who provide comprehensive care to patients in Arizona and throughout the Southwest,” said Charles B. Cairns, MD, FACEP, FAHA, dean of the College.
Dr. Wang was previously 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. His 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 also has expertise in transoral robotic surgery and head and neck microvascular reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Wang has a research interest in head and neck cancer and conducts laboratory-based translational research investigations of oral cavity and oropharynx carcinoma. At UCSF, Dr. Wang is principal investigator of an NIH-funded prospective study of the role of HPV in head and neck cancer and co-PI of an ECOG-sponsored clinical trial of transoral robotic surgery for oropharynx tumors. He has co-authored 60 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 OHNS residency at UCLA, followed by a Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan
Dr. Wang has replaced Alexander Chiu, MD, who left the UA effective June 6, 2016, to serve as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Kansas, where he will also hold the Russell E. Bridwell, M.D., Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology.