The Clinic

Overview

The Alberta Head and Neck Centre for Oncology and Reconstruction (AHNCOR) was established in 2009. This centre incorporates all facets of head and neck disorders treatment, reconstruction and rehabilitation.

 
The Head & Neck Clinic is a program that AHNCOR has created to allow patients the most efficient access to excellent treatment for cancers and other Head & Neck and Thyroid & Parathyroid disorders

RESEARCH

Research into new cutting edge surgical techniques, functional outcomes, survival outcomes as well as cancer genetics and proteomics are improving the ways we manage Head & Neck and Thyroid & Parathyroid disorders. 

AHNCOR and the Head & Neck clinic continue to support original research and have been successful in discovering new surgical techniques and treatment pathways that have directly contributed to improved patient survival and function following treatment of these disorders.

Drs. Harris, O’Connell, and Seikaly have an international reputation for research excellence in the fields of head & neck and thyroid & parathyroid treatment and outcomes. They also have a close collaborative research relationships with the Cross Cancer institue (CCI) and the Institute for Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine (iRSM).  

RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Drs Harris, O’Connell and Seikaly have pioneered many surgical procedures that have directly benefitted patients with disorders of the head and neck. These procedures include:

  1. Oropharyngeal surgical treatment protocols
  2. Submandibular gland transfer for the prevention of xerostomia after radiation to the head and neck. 
  3. Base of tongue reconstructive techniques
  4. Soft palate reconstructive techniques
  5. Mandibular and maxillary reconstructive techniques
 
Drs Harris, O’Connell and Seikaly are also world leaders in functional and outcomes research in head & neck and thyroid & parathyroid disorders.

Surgeon Bios

DR. JEFFREY R. HARRIS

Dr. Harris is a Tenured Professor of Surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology  - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Alberta. He attended medical school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and was then accepted into the Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery residency program at the University of Alberta where he developed his interest in Head and Neck Oncology.  To further pursue this interest he moved to New York City where he undertook subspecialty fellowship training in Advanced Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Free Flap Reconstruction of the Head and Neck at The Mount Sinai Hospital under the direction of one of the most highly regarded Head & Neck and Thyroid & Parathyroid surgeons in the world, Dr. Mark Urken.  After completing his fellowship in New York, Dr. Harris returned to the University of Alberta where he entered a full-time academic practice.
 
Currently, Dr. Harris holds the position of Chief, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Fellowship Director, Advanced Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction, at the University of Alberta.  He is Chair of the  Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery Committee, holds positions on local, provincial, national, and international committees and has been honored for his teaching and administrative contributions.  He is actively involved in research and has written textbooks and many research articles.  He has had the opportunity to travel the globe as an invited speaker, expert panelist, guidelines reviewer, and Royal College of Surgeons examiner. On a more personal note, Dr. Harris has a wonderful and supportive family and his greatest joy is the time he gets to spend with his wife and two children.

 

Dr. Dan O'Connell

 

Dr. O’Connell is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Growing up in Medicine Hat, Alberta Dr. O’Connell always dreamed of becoming a surgeon. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta Medical School and also completed his residency training in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Alberta. Prior to coming to Edmonton he achieved his bachelor of science in zoology at the University of Calgary and also completed his master of science in muscle physiology while finishing his medical school studies. Dr. O’Connell is the recipient of various awards and recognitions including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Detweiler Travelling Fellowship, American Head and Neck Society Award for Excellence in Resident Research, Glaxo-Smith-Kline Award for Excellence in Resident Teaching, the Most Professional Resident Award, and recognition for multiple “top papers” at both national and international meetings.
 
Following completion of the renowned University of Washington fellowship in Head & Neck Cancer Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction.  In 2010, Dr. O’Connell was recruited back to the University of Alberta to join the Head & Neck Clinic. His current research interests include functional and survival outcomes in the treatment of Head & Neck Cancers, subjective and objective scar aesthetics in thyroid and head and neck surgery, the role of minimally invasive surgery in head & neck cancer, and improving efficiency and quality in head & neck cancer treatments.

 

 

DR. HADI SEIKALY

Dr. Seikaly is a professor of surgery at the University of Alberta and is the Divisional Director and Zone Section Head for Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Seikaly is also the Director of Head and Neck Surgery Functional Assessment Laboratory (HNSFAL) at the Institute of Reconstructive Sciences in Medicine and is the director of the Head and neck Research Network. Dr. Seikaly previously served as residency program and divisional research director. He is presently the Co-editor of the Journal of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
 
Dr. Seikaly graduated from the University of Toronto medical school and completed his residency training at the University of Alberta in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.  He then obtained fellowship training at the University of Texas Medical Branch in advanced head and neck oncology, and microvascular reconstruction.  Dr. Seikaly returned to the University of Alberta as an attending in the division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, department of surgery in 1996.
 
Dr. Seikaly has a large practice dedicated to head, neck, and skull base oncology and reconstruction. His research interests include functional surgical and reconstructive outcomes, microvascular head and neck reconstruction, submandibular gland transfer medical modeling and digital surgical planning as it applies to the head and neck region. He has been a PI or collaborator on numerous research grants receiving funding from various agencies, including CIHR and Terry Fox Foundation. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. 
 
Dr. Seikaly is the recipient of the prestigious Top 10 teacher award in the department of surgery for the past 12 years. He is a member of numerous surgical societies, nationally/internationally and has been invited as a visiting professor to over 50 institutions lecturing on all aspects of Head and Neck Oncology and reconstruction.