Vanderbilt Head and Neck Center

People travel from all over the world to receive care from our team of head and neck specialists at Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center. As international leaders in head and neck surgery, our team of surgeons treat a variety of head and neck conditions, ranging from benign tumors in the throat or larynx to complex cancers.

Head and Neck Center: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Highly experienced surgeons. Our specialists have logged many hours in the exam room and the operating room, treating a wide array of conditions affecting the head and neck using the latest technology and most promising surgical techniques. Their substantial experience means you can be confident that you will receive the best possible care. 
  • Collaborative care. Our experienced otolaryngologists work with other specialists to create a customized care plan that’s right for you. We combine our compassion and expertise in one location to ensure you receive coordinated, advanced care. This means you can focus solely on your path to healing.
  • Personalized care. Our team of specialists partner with you to develop the most effective, tailored care plan. We customize your care based on your current health, personal preferences and diagnostic test results.
  • Advanced technology and innovative care. Vanderbilt has pioneered surgical techniques to treat head and neck conditions and vocal cord paralysis. For example, Vanderbilt is one of only a few medical centers where surgeons perform a delicate, advanced surgery to remove rare tumors called vagal schwannomas — while preserving nerve function in the head and neck.
  • Making a difference in the world. Our surgeons are not only deeply invested in improving health care for you, but also for communities around the world. Members of our team regularly participate in medical mission trips to Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and other nations to help people in need. During these trips, they teach local doctors to perform a variety of procedures to ensure continuity of patient care even after they return home.
  • Robust clinical trials. Vanderbilt offers access to clinical trials investigating new, promising approaches to care that are unavailable anywhere else. We regularly enroll our patients with recurrent head and neck cancer in clinical trials to receive the most current, sophisticated treatment available. Search our head and neck cancer clinical trials.

Conditions We Treat

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Temporal bone and skull base tumors
  • Sinus tumors

Tests, Treatments and Services

  • Endoscopic laryngeal surgery
  • Endoscopic Zenker’s diverticulectomy
  • Lateral skull base surgery
  • Microvascular reconstruction
  • Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery
  • Minimally invasive parotid surgery
  • Robotic thyroid surgery
  • Robotic transoral surgery
  • Transoral submandibular gland resection
  • Tracheal resection
  • Tumor resection


John S. Odess Clinic for Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
Medical Center East, South Tower
1215 21st Ave. S. 
Nashville, TN 37232  

Head and Neck Center Care Team

For Referring Physicians

To speak to a tumor coordinator or to refer a patient to the Head and Neck Center, call (615) 875-1193.