Head and Neck Center

The LSU Head and Neck Center provides comprehensive treatment options and cutting-edge technological innovations in benign and malignant tumors. New cancer patient referrals are evaluated by our team of physicians in state-of-the-art clinics. Our departmental approach to the treatment of patients with cancer of the head and neck is multidisciplinary, patient-centric and evidence-based. Each patient is presented at our multidisciplinary Head and Neck Tumor Board (with teleconferenced input from physicians in all locations) where experts multiple disciplines weigh in for treatment planning and decision making. This input is the basis for a comprehensive and personalized cancer treatment plan for each patient.

Part of the inpatient experience involves formal bedside teaching rounds and post-operative planning conferences that ensure the highest levels of patient safety, quality of care, and instruction that gives patients and families confidence regarding post-surgery home care. This collaboration with nursing and ancillary staff has resulted in the design, implementation and publication of multiple Quality Improvement projects, including several award-winning innovations that have led to better outcomes for our cancer patients.

Head and neck cancer research, innovation, and outreach cancer screening programs are an important part of our mission. Clinical research evaluating quality of life outcomes, oncologic outcomes, safety and quality improvement, innovations in technology and efficacy of minimally invasive techniques in head and neck surgery are our special focus. Our physicians offer a comprehensive range of robotic procedures including TORS (trans-oral robotic and laser surgery) and robot-assisted distant-access ("scarless") thyroidectomy. We were the first to describe the use of the robot for management of submandibular stones and ranulas. We were also the first to describe a novel approach for thyroidectomy using a retro auricular incision. As a part of our community service mission, we participate in oral cancer screenings in our surrounding communities in conjunction with University Medical Center, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, and local businesses and churches.


Contact Information
4950 Essen Lane
   Suite 400
                        Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 765-1765
Fax:     (225) 765-1768


The Physicians


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Daniel W. Nuss, MD
Head & Neck Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Anna M. Pou, MD
Head & Neck Surgery
Microvascular Reconsctruction
Kevin E. McLaughlin, MD
Rhinologic Anterior Skull
Base Surgery
Walvekar DiLeo
Rohan R. Walvekar, MD
Head & Neck Surgery
Skull Base Surgery
Michael M. DiLeo, MD
Head & Neck Surgery
Microvascular Reconsctruction