I strive to provide the ideal patient experience and state of the art care for their head and neck issues. No question is too small and listening to the needs of patients and their families is central to achieving optimal and successful outcomes. I have been incredibly fortunate in my career to be on the forefront of head and neck cancer care and complex reconstruction. This has allowed me to fulfill my passion of teaching and training the next generation of surgeons worldwide.

Biography 

Neal D. Futran, MD, DMD joined the University of Washington faculty in 1995. He is currently the Allison T. Wanamaker Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is also the Director of Head and Neck Surgery as well as an adjunct professor in the departments of Plastic Surgery and Neurological Surgery. Dr. Futran earned his dentistry degree at the University of Pennsylvania and completed training in oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as an MD degree at the Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York. He then trained in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Rochester followed by a Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York with Dr. Mark Urken. Dr. Futran became an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of South Florida in 1993 specializing in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery and subsequently relocated to Seattle.

Dr. Futran is board certified in Otolaryngology and has outstanding expertise and an active practice in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction and rehabilitation of complex, oncology and trauma cases. He also specializes in skull base surgery utilizing both endoscopic and open approaches. His major research activities center on microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck and he also participates in grants studying molecular profiles and gene analysis in oral carcinogenesis.

He enjoys teaching on the topics of head and neck reconstruction, craniofacial trauma, skull base surgery, and head and neck oncology worldwide. He is on the board of directors for the AO Foundation, a trustee of the UW Physicians, and the Virginia Bloedel Hearing Research Institute. Dr. Futran is on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and holds the position of associate editor of both Head and Neck, and Oral Oncology. He is listed in the Best Doctor's in America.

Overview 

Undergraduate Education: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1978

Medical School: SUNY-Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, NY 1987 University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 1982

Internship: Temple University Department of Surgery, Philadelphia, PA 1988

Residency: University of Rochester Dept. of Otolaryngology-HNS, Rochester NY 1992

Fellowship: Mount Sinal School of Medicine, Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction, New York, NY 1993

Other Training: Residency in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, King County Hospital/SUNY-Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, NY 1985

Board Certification: Otolaryngology-HNS 1993

Awards and honors 

2014: Keynote Speaker and visiting professor Peking No.1 School of Stomatology
2013: Keynote Speaker, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress
2013: American Head and Neck Surgery Presidential Citation 
2006-2014: Best Doctors Seattle and USA
1998, 2011: Driftwood Award, Faculty Teaching Award, Oto-Head & Neck Surgery 

Academic interests 

CLINICAL INTERESTS

Dr.Futran's clinical interests include head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction and rehabilitation of complex, oncology and trauma cases. He also specializes in skull base surgery utilizing both endoscopic and open approaches.

 

RESEARCH FOCUS

Dr. Futran's major research activities center on outcomes of microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck and he also participates in projects studying molecular profiles and gene analysis in oral carcinogenesis. He also leads head and neck process improvement projects throughout UW Medicine.

 

Recent Publications

Chen E, Ricciotti R, Futran N, Oda D. Head and Neck Rhabdomyosarcoma: Clinical and Pathologic Characterization of Seven Cases., Head Neck Pathol 2016 Nov

Harbison RA, Shan XF, Douglas Z, Bevans S, Li Y, Moe KS, Futran N, Houlton JJ. Navigation Guidance During Free Flap Mandibular Reconstruction: A Cadaveric Trial., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2017 Mar; 143(3):226-233

Dillon JK, Villing A, Jones S, Futran N, Brockhoff H, Ward B. What Is the Role of Elective Neck Dissection in the Treatment of Patients With Buccal Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Clinically Negative Neck Findings?, J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 2017 Mar; 75(3):603-608

Houlton JJ, Bevans SE, Futran ND. Unfavorable Results After Free Tissue Transfer to Head and Neck: Lessons Learned at the University of Washington., Clin Plast Surg 2016 Oct; 43(4):683-93

Araki D, Redman MW, Martins R, Eaton K, Baik C, Chow L, Goulart B, Lee S, Santana-Davila R, Liao J, Parvathaneni U, Laramore G, Futran N, Mendez E, Bhrany A, Rodriguez CP. Concurrent cetuximab and postoperative radiation in resected high-risk squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck: A single-institution experience., Head Neck 2016 Sep; 38(9):1318-23

Latest news 

Named again in 2017 as one of Puget Sound area's Top Doctors in Otolaryngology by Seattle Magazine.

UW Health Sciences Newsbeat article: "Surgical team rebuilds man's jaw, palate in rare procedure." 

http://hsnewsbeat.uw.edu/story/surgical-team-rebuilds-mans-jaw-palate-rare-procedure.