Surgeons That Perform Parotidectomies
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Mayo Clinic - Eric Moore (2012)
In Response To: Surgery in USA (khalid)
Message From Patient
I used Dr. Eric Moore at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Many people fly in from all over the world to see him as well as other doctors like Dr. Kerry Olsen. In my own case, Dr. Moore had to cut my facial nerve during surgery, performed a nerve graft,( no paralysis from the surgery) to removed a very aggressive malignant tumor. Almost 7 years later, there is no evidence of cancer. No noticeable scar either. Thirty sessions of radiation also were done there.
The number for the ENT department is on the Mayo website. Others on this forum have also used him with good results and will probably reply soon.
Best of luck to you.
Response From Eric Moore
By:Eric J Moore
Date: 5/22/2012, 12:29 pm
In Response To: Re: Surgery in USA (Diane H)
First, thank you to Ms H for your commitment to helping patients with parotid tumors and your informative replies. Second, at the Mayo Clinic, my partners Kerry Olsen, Dan Price, and myself are dedicated to the art of parotidectomy and strive to provide the highest quality of care for national and international patients with benign and malignant parotid tumors. Parotid gland surgery is highly complex in its pathology, cosmetic issues, facial nerve issues, and potential recurrence. I have dedicated a substantial part of my life to advance parotid surgery through meticulous technique, research, and thousands of hours of practice. We pride ourselves on this fact, have excellent colleagues in pathology, oncology, radiation oncology, and physical medicine and research that help us in this endeavor.
To that end, we will monitor this excellent site and provide meaningful advice gained from experience when able. Also we welcome consultations and patients in search of excellent parotid surgical care: 507 284-3542 is our phone for spot assistance.
MUSC - Charleston, South Carolina (2009)
Dr. Terry Day
This is the surgeon who performed my 3rd surgery. I was sent to him by my primary ENT because he knew this would be a difficult surgery. When I met with my primary ENT doctor, I brought a list of a few of the doctors below and asked him which one he would go to. I had picked out doctors from Mayo and John's Hopkins. He said "I would go to Dr. Terry Day at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston because in difficult cases like yours, he believes in 'nerve preservation', and is less likely to sacrifice the facial nerve if the tumor is involved with it".
In my opinion Dr. Day is a fantastic surgeon. Easy going, great bedside manor, and clearly very skilled. I think he lives in the operating room. My surgery was 6 hrs long, and the next day he performed a 12 hour surgery on someone else. He heads the department at MUSC and is clearly a leader in the field. He is putting together sponsors to build a world Head and Neck center. He is currently working in the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC. During my first visit his staff informed me, "you're very fortunate to be seeing Dr. Day, he works on difficult cases". My meetings with Dr. Day were low pressure and I felt like I was truly participating in the process. We reviewed MRI scans on his computer just hours after the MRI's were performed. He consulted his tumor board, and I was in the loop. I feel very comfortable recommending him and his staff. I've seen a lot of surgeons during my 18 year history with recurrent pleomorphic adenoma. Unlike some of them, he wasn't "full of himself". He thinks things through, listens to the patient's concerns, isn't afraid to change his mind in light of new data or information, and was persistent when he needed to be.
If you're reading this, thanks doc.
Thank you everyone for the support shown over the last weeks. My surgery was done on Thursday in Charlotte, NC. This website, I feel has saved my life. First- it informed me on what I had and what I had to go through. I had never even heard of a Parotid Tumor in January of this year. It gave me the right questions to ask my GP and my ENT. It even made me have second thoughts about my old ENT. When I asked this site about other ENT's in the area, an Angel named Elaine stepped forward and gave me the name of Dr. Kamerer. Though he was 3 hours from my home, the information she gave me on the good Doctor immediately eased my mind-(in a previous memo I stated my old ENT had done 40 parotidectomies, Dr Kamerer had done over a thousand.
GOD BLESS YOU ELAINE- I simply cannot thank you enough. This site prepared me for what I was to go thru during my stay and what to do and eat when going home. I arrived home after a 2 day stay in the hospital. I had a suction drain that was used to reduce swelling and prevent blood buildup. I didn't feel a thing when it was removed. Dr Kamerer even put a drain in my fat incision site- fat was taken from my belly to fill in "dent" caused by removal of large tumor. Imagine getting ready for surgery- I am a worry wart anyway, and your attending nurse tells you your Dr. is "an Artist"- the next nurse says he "is one of the best in the southeast"- "His father was one of the best ENT's in the Southeast as well". Then your anesthesiologist walks in and say's "see this"- I told her "No" she said "I Know", "Dr Kamerer performed a parotidectomy on me two years ago". The surgery went great- you can tell Dr Kamerer truly is an artist- I can look at the stitching- how he carefully placed each stitch- he truly is an artist. I have no trauma to the face- only numbness over a palm sized area of my ear that has been diminishing over time. I will find out this Friday the results of the biopsy.
Again- THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, for your
support, your prayers, your guidance. Elaine- I don't know you, but I love
your for what you did for me.
May God bless you all,
The following letters are from 2002
Dr. Leonetti of Loyola University
This one is going to be hard to top! From a very satisfied patient named Lisa:
Dwight, thank you
so much for all your work in getting this site up. I know
Received The Following Letter from Surgeon
Dear Mr. Shelato,
Later, Dr. Petruzzelli was kind enough to answer some questions for us regarding closure of the wound and nerve monitoring. He replied:
Hope this is helpful-
Chicago, IL - Northwestern Hospital
From a reader named Jamey,
His name is Dr Stephen Yeh. He specializes as an ENT, Head and Neck and Plastic and Facial Reconstructive surgeon. He works out of Evanston Northwestern Hospital Group in the Chicago area. He has offices in Evanston and Glenview, IL. His phone number is 847-492-8800.
Im from Mobile, AL. I took my 16 year old son to DR Carol at UAB in Birmingham for a 4th opinion. You can find him on UAB's web site. We have BC of AL(PMD) it will cover the surgery 100%. Money isn't the issue when it comes to your health, however remember-- there is life after this thing. My son had his 1st surgery about two years ago by a DR in Mobile that really was not prepaired for what he found when he went in to get what he thought was a cyst from Acne. He only got part of the tumor. Dr Carol is watching what we think is the 2nd return of the tumor. I know we are going to let DR Carol do the 2nd surgery this summer. I have total confidence in him. It was well worth the 4 hour drive to Birmingham. DR Carol does mapping, cosmetic surgery (the works) he also does around 600 of this type surgery a year..If you want addition info on him just email me and I will get back with you when I get home tonight. (Im at work):}
If you are looking for a Surgeon in Kansas, you have to read Jack Rudner's profile at the following link. Jack is awesome. He is recommending Dr Douglas Girod (Kansas City University Medical Center)
Bill's surgeon was Dr. David Hall of Eastern Oklahoma Ear, Nose, & Throat. He was EXCELLENT.....very forthcoming with information; made sure we knew all risks and options. He performed the surgery with another surgeon in his group, Dr. William P. Sawyer II, to "double team" to ensure preservation of the facial nerves. The office staff was very helpful and co-operative, and Dr. Hall visited Bill both before the surgery and after; additionally, he personally came to the waiting room on completion of the surgery to report to me rather than simply calling. (A small thing, but important to me!)
We would highly recommend these physicians and this group to anyone finding themselves in need of treatment or a second opinion with reference to parotidectomies.
Contact information is as follows:
Dr. David Hall or Dr. William P. Sawyer II
Eastern Oklahoma Ear, Nose & Throat
8803 S. 101st E. Ave., Ste. 110
Tulsa, OK 74133
From a reader named Candy
Atlanta - GA
Dale makes the following recommendation:
Thanks for all the messages...my surgery yesterday went perfectly...no drain this time...he took out 5-6 tumors (non-malignant) and the incision was only about three inches...much smaller than any other surgery...the surgery was from 9:40 to 10:25, and I was home by 2:00...no overnight stay as he had thought. He said he thought these had "floated" up from the first surgery, and can't guarantee no future recurrences, but felt good about the outcome. If you live in Atlanta, I highly recommend Dr. William Grist at Emory Hospital and University.
the surgeon who performed my operation is Dr Ian Cole and is one of, if not the best ENT surgeons in this country (Australia). Well he definitely is the best in my opinion. His email address is:
ENT in Israel
to go to is prof.a Goltz in Ramba"m hospital in Haifa. In the Tel Aviv
area it is prof Feinmesser. an exellent ENT sergeon (and the best in
Israel) and expert on neck tumors.
San Diego, CA