Brian Nussenbaum, MD

Head and Neck Surgeon, Surgeon

Primary Academic Title

Christy J. and Richard S. Hawes III Professor and Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs, Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

Head and neck cancers, thyroid cancer, salivary gland tumors, melanoma

Research Interest

Clinically, I am interested in studying different organ preservation approaches for treating advanced-stage head and neck cancers. This involves comparing conservation surgical approaches to chemoradiotherapy. I am also interested in studying functional outcomes for patients who require major head and neck reconstruction after tumor ablative surgery. In the lab, I am investigating novel approaches for mandibular reconstruction using bone morphogenetic proteins and the effects of this growth factor on squamous cell carcinoma. Key words: bone morphogenetic protein, tissue engineering, skeletal regeneration, squamous cell carcinoma, bone invasion co-morbidity, functional outcomes research, biologic markers.


  • 1994: MD, New York University


  • 1996 - 2000: Resident, otolaryngology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • 2000 - 2002: Fellow, head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Board Certification

  • 2001: American Board of Otolaryngology

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Contact Information

  • Washington University Medical Campus

    4921 Parkview Place
    Saint Louis, MO 63110

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