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Dr. Sandeep Samant Appointed Chief of Head and Neck Surgery for Northwestern Medicine Memorial Hospital

Northwestern Memorial Hospital July 23, 2015

Dr. Sandeep SamantSamant is an internationally recognized surgeon specializing in head and neck tumors

CHICAGO, IL  Northwestern Medicine® is pleased to announce that Sandeep Samant, MD, has been appointed chief of the division of head and neck surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor in the department of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Samant will also serve as the director of the Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program, and will lead the development of clinical and research initiatives for the program, which specializes in the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the face, head and neck.

My appointment as the new chief of head and neck surgery for Northwestern Memorial is a great honor,” said Samant. “I am proud to serve with my colleagues at Northwestern Medicine – many of who are leaders in their respective fields of care – and be able to work with them to further advance the care of patients with head and neck tumors.”

Under the direction of Samant, the Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with benign or malignant tumors to create a treatment plan that best suits each individual patient. The program offers patients access to a variety of specialists to make sure every patient’s care needs are met, including:

  • Head and neck surgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Oral surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Speech and swallowing pathologists
  • Neuro-radiologists
  • Maxillofacial prosthodontists
  • Physical therapists
  • Nutritionists
Located at Northwestern Memorial in downtown Chicago, the program is one of only a few head and neck programs located in the Midwest.

“Dr. Samant is a very accomplished surgeon, and I am looking forward to working with him in his new position,” said Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “I am especially excited for the chance to collaborate with him and Northwestern Medicine Head and Neck Program to help advance the Lurie Cancer Center’s research and the clinical care for patients with head and neck cancers.”

Samant came to Northwestern Medicine from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he was most recently a professor and the vice-chairman of the department of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery and was voted the most valuable teacher in the department in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In addition to his academic roles, he held clinical appointments at several institutions in Memphis, Tennessee, including: the LeBonnheur Children’s Hospital, Methodist University Hospital, The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and St Jude Children’s Cancer Hospital.

Samant received his medical degree from the All-India Institute of Medical Science in 1987, where he also went on to complete his residency. He proceeded to complete four years of postgraduate otolaryngology training in the United Kingdom at several institutions. Samant then served as a visiting fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and completed fellowships at the University of Miami in Florida and the University of Tennessee.

Throughout his career, Samant has published extensively on the treatment of head and neck cancers regarding surgical technics, care for different patient age demographics and medical oncology care outcomes. Among his many professional affiliations, Samant is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the American Head and Neck Society, and the Head and Neck Guidelines Committee of the National Cancer Center Network.

Schedule an appointment online with Samant or call 312.926.4323.

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