Marisa R. Buchakjian, portrait

Marisa R. Buchakjian, MD, PhD


"I am inspired to treat head and neck cancer patients and help guide them through treatment planning, surgery, and postoperative care. It is important to me that I connect to my patients and that we function as a team throughout their treatment. I joined University of Iowa because there is no better hospital to treat complicated patients and work with excellent colleagues. I also have a PhD in Molecular Cancer Biology and in addition to my clinical practice I am interested in how cancer cells behave and what we can do to improve patient outcomes." — Marisa R. Buchakjian



Services and Clinics

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancers Treated


Adult Specialties

  • Oncology
  • Otolaryngology

Special Procedures and Treatments

  • Head and neck reconstruction following cancer treatment
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Transoral robotic surgery
  • Tumor excision

Diseases and Conditions

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Head and neck masses
  • Salivary disorders
  • Skin cancer
  • Thyroid cancer


200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242



  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Iowa Board of Medicine
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), American Heart Association


  • MD, Duke University, School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.
  • PhD, Molecular Cancer Biology, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • BA, Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland


Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa


Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Cancer Research Member

Cancer Research Program

Program 1: Cancer Genes and Pathways (CGP)

Cancer Center Membership Status

Associate Member

Cancer Department



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Overall Rating

4.83 out of 5 (72 ratings)