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Head + Neck Cancer Center

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Compassionate Care for Head & Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers include all tumors of the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat and larynx (voice box). Because head and neck cancers can impact important functions like vision, speech, hearing and swallowing, effective treatment requires close collaboration between your oncologist and other health care providers.

In the Head and Neck Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, our doctors work together to ensure you receive the most effective treatment for your cancer type, health history and lifestyle. Our multidisciplinary team includes a head and neck surgeon, radiation oncologist, oral surgeon, medical oncologist and pathologist.

Our services include:

  • Diagnosis and evaluation for patients with malignancies of the head and neck
  • Leading-edge cancer treatments, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and an individualized combination of therapies

We're Here When You Need Us

If you've recently been diagnosed with cancer, you're probably anxious to start your treatments so you can get back to your day-to-day life.

At the Head and Neck Cancer Center, we reduce wait times — and stress — for our patients through our Patient Access Program. This program has two components:

  • First, we offer every patient with a diagnosis of head and neck cancer an appointment for surgical evaluation. Head and neck cancers have a high cure rate if treated early, so we want to meet with you as soon as possible.
  • Second, we connect every patient with our dedicated physician assistant, who helps make your evaluation and treatment efficient and worry-free.

Doctors + Care Team

Robert Martell, MD, PhD

Robert Martell, MD, PhD

Title(s): Medical Oncologist; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Phase I clinical trials, GI oncology, breast cancer, head and neck malignancies, liver tumors

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Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS
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Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS

Title(s): Otolaryngologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3030
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Head and neck cancer, management of thyroid cancer and hyperparathyroidism, head and neck reconstruction including microvascular techniques, management of radiation-related complications

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Zachary Spigelman, MD

Zachary Spigelman, MD

Title(s): Medical Oncologist
Department(s): Medicine, Hematology/Oncology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6227
Fax #: 617-636-8538

Head and neck cancers, lysosomal storage disorders, rare cancer disorders

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Richard O. Wein, MD, FACS
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Richard O. Wein, MD, FACS

Title(s): Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8711
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Head and neck surgical oncology, head and neck reconstruction including microvascular techniques, management of salivary and thyroid disorders, management of radiation-related complications, maxillofacial trauma

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Referring Physicians

The physicians in the Head and Neck Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston appreciate the importance of maintaining close relationships with referring physicians in the community and will communicate with you throughout your patient's course of treatment.

Miriam O'Leary, MD is a boston doctor at Tufts Medical Center.

Early detection tips for head and neck cancers

Miriam O'Leary, MD identifies the causes, symptoms and importance of early detection steps.

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Call Us: 617-636-6227