Wesley Hicks Jr.

Head and Neck Surgery
Buffalo Spree Top Doctor 2024

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Cancers Treated:

Research Interests:

Tissue engineering Wound healing Mechanisms involved in wound repair Bioengineered devices for enhanced wound repair Cellular microenvironment and tissue remodeling

About Wesley Hicks Jr.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Chairman, Department of Head & Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

  • Professor of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery
  • Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Professor of Bioengineering


Education and Training:

  • BA - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • DDS - Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
  • MD - School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo


  • Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
  • New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY


  • Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology
  • National Board of Dental Examiners
  • National Board of Medical Examiners

Featured on Cancer Talk


  • Pfister DG, Ang K-K, Brizel DM, Burtness B, Cmelak AJ, Colevas AD, Dunphy F, Eisele DW, Gilbert J, Gillison ML, Haddad RI, Haughey BH, Hicks Jr WL, Hitchcock YJ, Kies MS, Lydiatt WM, Maghami E, Martins R, McCaffrey T, Mittal BB, Pinto HA, Ridge JA, Samant S, Sanguineti G, Schuller DE, Shah JP, Spencer S, Trotti III A, Weber RS, Wolf G, Worden F. Mucosal melanoma of the head and neck. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN 2012; 103:320-338
  • Gupta V, Cohan DM, Arshad H, Kuriakose MA, Hicks WL Jr. Palatal reconstruction. Current opinion in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery 2012; 204:225-230
  • Pfister DG, Martins R, McCaffrey T, Mittal BB, Pinto HA, Ridge JA, Samant S, Sanguineti G, Schuller DE, Shah JP, Spencer S, Trotti A 3rd, Weber RS, Wolf GT, Maghami E, Lydiatt WM, Kies MS, Ang KK, Brizel DM, Burtness BA, Cmelak AJ, Colevas AD, Dunphy F, Eisele DW, Gilbert J, Gillison ML, Haddad RI, Haughey BH, Hicks WL Jr, Hitchcock YJ, Worden F. Head and neck cancers. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN 2011; 96:596-650
  • Platek ME, Reid ME, Wilding GE, Jaggernauth W, Rigual NR, Hicks WL Jr, Popat SR, Warren GW, Sullivan M, Thorstad WL, Khan MK, Loree TR, Singh AK. Pretreatment nutritional status and locoregional failure of patients with head and neck cancer undergoing definitive concurrent chemoradiation therapy.Head and neck 2011; 3311:1561-1568
  • Jayaprakash V, Cheng C, Reid M, Dexter EU, Nwogu CE, Hicks W, Sullivan M, Demmy TL, Yendamuri S.Previous head and neck cancers portend poor prognoses in lung cancer patients. Annals of thoracic surgery 2011; 923:1056-1061
  • WL, Burns SA, Hard R, Hicks Jr, Bright FV, Cohan D, Sigurdson L, Gardella Jr, JA. Determining the protein drug release characteristics and cell adhesion to a PLLA or PLGA biodegradable polymer membrane.Journal of biomedical materials research. Part A 2010; 94A1:27-37
  • Ozbolat IT, Marchany M, Gardella Jr JA, Bright FV, Cartwright AN, Hard R, Hicks Jr WL, Koc B. Feature-based design of bio-degradable micro-patterned structures. Computer-aided design and applications2009; 65:661-671
  • Cohan DM, Popat S, Kaplan SE, Rigual N, Loree T, Hicks Jr WL. Oropharyngeal cancer: current understanding and management. Current opinion in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery 2009;172:88-94
  • Fang X, Hicks DG, Hicks Jr W, Zhang S. Osteoclastlike giant cell tumor of the salivary gland. Annals of diagnostic pathology 2009; 132:114-118
  • Yu J, Mahoney CM, Fahey AJ, Hicks Jr WL, Hard R, Bright FV, Gardella Jr JA. Phase separation at the surface of poly(ethylene oxide)-containing biodegradable poly(L-lactic acid) blends. Langmuir 2009;2519:11467-11471
  • McCloskey SA, Loree TR, Khan MK, Mashtare TL, Sullivan M, Popat SR, Hicks WL, Rigual NR, Jaggernauth W, Singh AK. Radiation treatment interruptions greater than one week and low hemoglobin levels (12 g/dL) are predictors of local regional failure after definitive concurrent chemotherapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. American journal of clinical oncology 2009; 326:587-591
  • Lee J-W, Jeong ED, Cho EJ, Gardella Jr JA, Hicks Jr W, Hard R, Bright FV. Surface-phase separation of PEO-containing biodegradable PLLA blends and block copolymers. Applied surface science 2008; 2555 Part 1:2360-2364
  • Stoler DL, Sait SN, Hicks WL Jr, Rigual NR, Loree TR, Bartos JD, Dutt SS, Chen N, Wiseman SM, Matsui S, Nowak NJ, Anderson GR. Comparative genomic instabilities of thyroid and colon cancers. Archives of otolaryngology--head and neck surgery 2007; 1335:457-463
  • Foster JM, Filocamo P, Nava H, Schiff M, Hicks W, Rigual N, Smith J, Loree T, Gibbs JF. The introducer technique is the optimal method for placing percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes in head and neck cancer patients. Surgical endoscopy 2007; 216:897-901