"I strive to provide the ideal experience and state-of-the-art care for my patients' 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, M.D., D.M.D., joined the University of Washington faculty in 1995. He is currently the Allison T. Wanamaker Professor and Endowed Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is also 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. He completed training in oral and maxillofacial surgery and earned his M.D. 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. He subsequently relocated to Seattle.

Dr. Futran is board certified in otolaryngology and has outstanding expertise and an active practice in head and neck oncology as well as 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 worldwide on the topics of head and neck reconstruction, craniofacial trauma, skull base surgery, and head and neck oncology. He is on the board of directors of the AO Foundation and is a trustee for UW Physicians and the Virginia Bloedel Hearing Research Institute. Dr. Futran is on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and is an associate editor for both Head and Neck and Oral Oncology. He is listed in the Best Doctors in America.


Undergraduate Education: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., 1978

Medical School: SUNY-Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, N.Y., 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, N.Y., 1992

Fellowship: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction, New York, N.Y., 1993

Other Training: Residency in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, King County Hospital/SUNY-Downstate Medical School, Brooklyn, N.Y., 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 
2006-2018: 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

Harbison RA, Gray AJ, Westling T, Carone M, Rodriguez CP, Futran ND, Cannon RB, Houlton J. The role of elective neck dissection in high-grade parotid malignancy: A hospital-based cohort study., Laryngoscope 2019 Aug

Hwang V, Mendez E, Chow LQM, Futran ND, Andersen P, Li R, Divi V, Rodriguez CP. Wound Complications in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas After Anti-PD-1 Therapy., Laryngoscope 2019 May

Dillon JK, Villing AS, Jones RS, Futran ND, Brockhoff HC, Carlson ER, Schlieve T, Kademani D, Patel K, Claiborne ST, Dierks EJ, Ying YP, Ward BB. What Is the Role of Elective Neck Dissection in the Management of Patients With Buccal Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Clinically Negative Neck?, J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg. 2019 Mar; 77(3):641-647

Cannon RB, Houlton JJ, Patel S, Raju S, Noble A, Futran ND, Parvathaneni U, Méndez E. Patterns of cervical node positivity, regional failure rates, and fistula rates for HPV+ oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma treated with transoral robotic surgery (TORS)., Oral Oncol. 2018 11; 86296-300

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 2019 Apr; 160(4):627-634

Latest news 

Named again in 2018 as one of the 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."