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Posts by Mark A. Varvares, MD, FACS


Specializing in head and neck ablative and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Mark Varvares serves as the Chief of the Departments of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Mass Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital and as Chair of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Varvares first joined the full-time faculty of Mass Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School in 1992, following two years in a community-based practice. In 2003, he accepted a Department Chairmanship at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where he successfully established a multidisciplinary program in head and neck oncology, among his many other accomplishments. In 2015, he returned to Boston to rejoin the full-time faculty of Mass Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School.

His clinical interests include squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, free flap reconstruction of head and neck defects, skull base surgery, surgery of the parotid, thyroid and parathyroid glands, surgery of the larynx, and cancer of the nose and paranasal sinuses.

Mass Eye and Ear/Mass General Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Mass Eye and Ear/Massachusetts General Hospital combines the expertise of highly specialized ear, nose, and throat physicians, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and auxiliary health care professionals to provide care for patients with problems affecting the ear, nose, throat, head and neck areas. The department, which is led by Chief and Chair Mark A. Varvares, MD, FACS, is one of the largest otolaryngology–head and neck surgery (OHNS) departments in the country, with more than 70 physicians staffed at 15 locations in the greater Boston area.