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.


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.


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 


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.



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

Gobillot TA, Kaka AS, Patel SA, Rodriguez C, Cannon RB, Futran ND, Houlton JJ. Treatment of Tonsillar Carcinoma following Nononcologic Tonsillectomy: Efficacy of Transoral Robotic Revision Tonsillectomy., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018 Oct194599818802185

Naghavi M, Marczak LB, Kutz M, Shackelford KA, Arora M, Miller-Petrie M, Aichour MTE, Akseer N, Al-Raddadi RM, Alam K, Alghnam SA, Antonio CAT, Aremu O, Arora A, Asadi-Lari M, Assadi R, Atey TM, Avila-Burgos L, Awasthi A, Ayala Quintanilla BP, Barker-Collo SL, Bärnighausen TW, Bazargan-Hejazi S, Behzadifar M, Behzadifar M, Bennett JR, Bhalla A, Bhutta ZA, Bilal AI, Borges G, Borschmann R, Brazinova A, Campuzano Rincon JC, Carvalho F, Castañeda-Orjuela CA, Dandona L, Dandona R, Dargan PI, De Leo D, Dharmaratne SD, Ding EL, Phuc Do H, Doku DT, Doyle KE, Driscoll TR, Edessa D, El-Khatib Z, Endries AY, Esteghamati A, Faro A, Farzadfar F, Feigin VL, Fischer F, Foreman KJ, Franklin RC, Fullman N, Futran ND, Gebrehiwot TT, Gutiérrez RA, Hafezi-Nejad N, Haghparast Bidgoli H, Hailu GB, Haro JM, Hassen HY, Hawley C, Hendrie D, Híjar M, Hu G, Ilesanmi OS, Jakovljevic M, James SL, Jayaraman S, Jonas JB, Kahsay A, Kasaeian A, Keiyoro PN, Khader Y, Khalil IA, Khang YH, Khubchandani J, Ahmad Kiadaliri A, Kieling C, Kim YJ, Kosen S, Krohn KJ, Kumar GA, Lami FH, Lansingh VC, Larson HJ, Linn S, Lunevicius R, Magdy Abd El Razek H, Magdy Abd El Razek M, Malekzadeh R, Carvalho Malta D, Mason-Jones AJ, Matzopoulos R, Memiah PTN, Mendoza W, Meretoja TJ, Mezgebe HB, Miller TR, Mohammed S, Moradi-Lakeh M, Mori R, Nand D, Tat Nguyen C, Le Nguyen Q, Ningrum DNA, Akpojene Ogbo F, Olagunju AT, Patton GC, Phillips MR, Polinder S, Pourmalek F, Qorbani M, Rahimi-Movaghar A, Rahimi-Movaghar V, Rahman M, Rai RK, Ranabhat CL, Rawaf DL, Rawaf S, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Safdarian M, Safiri S, Sagar R, Salama JS, Sanabria J, Santric Milicevic MM, Sarmiento-Suárez R, Sartorius B, Satpathy M, Schwebel DC, Seedat S, Sepanlou SG, Shaikh MA, Sharew NT, Shiue I, Singh JA, Sisay M, Skirbekk V, Soares Filho AM, Stein DJ, Stokes MA, Sufiyan MB, Swaroop M, Sykes BL, Tabarés-Seisdedos R, Tadese F, Tran BX, Thanh Tran T, Ukwaja KN, Vasankari TJ, Vlassov V, Werdecker A, Ye P, Yip P, Yonemoto N, Younis MZ, Zaidi Z, El Sayed Zaki M, Hay SI, Lim SS, Lopez AD, Mokdad AH, Vos T, Murray CJL. Global Mortality From Firearms, 1990-2016., JAMA 2018 08; 320(8):792-814

Multiple-Flap Reconstruction of Head and Neck Defects., JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018 Aug; 144(8):753-754

Eadie T, Faust L, Bolt S, Kapsner-Smith M, Pompon RH, Baylor C, Futran N, Méndez E. Role of Psychosocial Factors on Communicative Participation among Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2018 Aug; 159(2):266-273

Shen JY, Futran ND, Sardesai MG. Craniofacial osteomyelitis evolving from sinusitis., Radiol Case Rep 2018 Feb; 13(1):104-107

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."