About The Head & Neck Institute

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About The Head & Neck Institute

The Head and Neck Institute (HNI) serves as an umbrella organization linking our clinical, educational, organizational, and research activities. There are eight components to The Head and Neck Institute: HNSA, Head and Neck Foundation, Futures Outpatient Surgery Center, Trauma Specialists, L.L.C., The Oral/Head and Neck Cancer Program and Clinic, offices and practices of Drs. Hodgson and Cuyler, Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, and the Fellowship in Advanced Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and Trauma Research.
To learn more about each component of HNI, use the tabs below.

The Head and Neck Surgical Associates is the corporate name of our practice group. Our patients are seen by HNSA surgeons, fellows, and affiliated residents.

The Head and Neck Foundation is our 501(3)(c) charitable foundation. The Head and Neck Foundation serves to support the educational needs of the fellows of the HNI and some residents whose significant research merits presentation at national meetings.

Located at the Providence Cancer Center and Providence Portland Medical Center, The Oral/Head and Neck Cancer Program and Clinic is directed by HNSA partner, Dr. R. Bryan Bell. In addition to unmatched patient care, this program includes cutting-edge research on immunotherapy for oral/head and neck cancer. The Providence Cancer Center is also the home of the only Memorial Sloan-Kettering fellowship-trained dental oncologist in Oregon, Amber Watters, D.D.S., M.P.H. Dr. Watters works with our residents and fellows to optimize dental care for all cancer patients.

Dr. Hodgson (neurotologist) and Dr. Cuyler (pediatric otolaryngologist) are independent sub-specialists who practice within the corporate structure of HNSA. We work together with fellows and affiliated residents on cases that benefit from a multi-disciplinary input.

Founded in 1992, our fellowship was the first in the U.S. for oral and maxillofacial surgeons devoted specifically to oncologic surgery. Our fellowship program is known throughout the world for its strong tradition of producing leading academic surgeons. To date, the 23 alumni of our fellowship include two department chairmen and seven residency program directors at major universities. Four of our alumni also have Ph.D. degrees. Three of our former fellows have also gone on to establish oral/ head and neck cancer fellowships at their respective institutions.

A one-year fellowship, this program focuses on high-level craniomaxillofacial surgery and trauma research.