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Marisa R. Buchakjian, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery ( )


"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