Head & Neck Cancer Program

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University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center


Michael Gibson, MD, Disease Team Leader, Medical Oncology
(216-844-5586), Michael.Gibson@UHhospitals.org

Pierre Lavertu, MD, Discipline Lead, Head and Neck Surgery
(216-844-4773), Pierre.Lavertu@UHhospitals.org

For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated

  • Sinus cancer
  • Nasopharynx cancer
  • Nasal cavity cance
  • Larynx cancer
  • Hypopharynx cancer
  • Oropharynx cancer
  • Oral cavity cancer
  • Lip and gum cancers
  • Skin cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Salivary gland cancer


  • Endoscopic surgery, transoral robotic surgery (TORS)
  • Complex cancer resections and reconstruction surgery
  • Proton beam radiation therapy
  • Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Intraoperative electron radiation therapy (IOERT)
  • Combined-modality therapy, e.g., chemotherapy + radiation
  • Molecularly targeted therapy
  • Genomic therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Speech and swallowing rehabilitation
  • Nutritional support
  • Supportive and palliative care
  • Clinical trials

Distinguishing Features

  • Part of NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Multidisciplinary team that treats more than half of the head and neck cancer patients in Northeast Ohio
  • Innovative clinical trials of new treatments
  • Only Proton Therapy Center in Ohio
  • Genetic analysis of tumors to guide personalized therapy

About UH Cleveland Medical Center
At the core of University Hospitals’ $4 billion health system is UH Cleveland Medical Center, ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. UH Cleveland Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women’s health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University.