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Chad A. Zender, MD

Professor of Clinical

Senior Vice President, Chief of Physician Practices

Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery | College of Medicine

  • Fellowship : Vanderbilt University (Microvascular-Head and Neck Surgery )
  • Residency: Loyola University of Chicago (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery)
  • Intership: Loyola University Chicago (2001-2002 General Surgery)
  • Medical Degree: Wright State University School of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science : Bowling Green State University (Biochemistry)
Board Certifications & Licenses

American Board of Otolaryngology (Certification Date: 2007-05-14) - (Recertification Date: 2017-06-01)

Contact Information

Clinical Interests


Carotid Body Tumors

Head and Neck Cancer

Nose and Sinus Cavity Cancer

Oral Cancer

Throat Cancer

Tongue Cancer

Peer Reviewed Publications

Fagan J.;Aswani J.;Otiti J.;Mushamba V.;Liyombo E.;Woodson G.;Weed D.;Zender C.;Mannion K.;Netterville J.;Wagner R.;Zafereo M. 12-01-2016. Educational workshops with graduates of the University of Cape Town Karl Storz Head and Neck Surgery SpringerPlus, 5 1,

Clancy K.;Sozansky Lujan J.;Xia T.;Zender C.;Maronian N. 11-01-2019. Outcomes of tracheoesophageal puncture in twice-radiated patients American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, 40 6,

Cheng O.;Tamaki A.;Rezaee R.;Zender C. 11-01-2016. Laryngotracheal reconstruction with a prefabricated fasciocutaneous free flap for recurrent papillar Head and Neck, 38 11, E2512-E2514

Frankel J.;Rezaee R.;Harvey D.;McBeath E.;Zender C.;Lavertu P. 11-01-2015. Use of negative pressure wound therapy with instillation in the management of cervical necrotizing f Head and Neck, 37 11, E157-E160

Liu Y.;Zender C. 11-01-2014. Response to "which is better option for the treatment of large neck keloids? Free tissue transfer ve American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, 35 6, 829-830

Cervenka B.;Trudeau S.;Fagan J.;Zender C. 10-01-2018. Reconstructive considerations in low and middle-income countries Current opinion in otolaryngology & head and neck surgery, 26 5, 340-346

Swendseid B.;Li S.;Thuener J.;Rezaee R.;Lavertu P.;Fowler N.;Zender C. 10-01-2017. Incidence of facial nerve sacrifice in parotidectomy for primary and metastatic malignancies Oral Oncology, 73 , 43-47

Marzo S.;Zender C.;Leonetti J. 10-01-2009. Facial nerve schwannoma Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, 17 5, 346-350

Clancy K.;Melki S.;Awan M.;Li S.;Lavertu P.;Fowler N.;Yao M.;Rezaee R.;Zender C. 09-01-2017. Outcomes of microvascular free tissue transfer in twice-irradiated patients Microsurgery, 37 6, 574-580

Jaber J.J.;Ruggiero F.;Zender C.A. 09-01-2010. Facial degloving approach to the midface Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 21 3, 171-174

Mantravadi A.V.;Zender C.A. 09-01-2010. Craniofacial approaches to the anterior skull base Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 21 3, 181-187

Pittman A.;Zender C. 09-01-2010. Total maxillectomy Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 21 3, 166-170

Sitole S.;Zender C.A.;Ahmad A.Z.;Hammadeh R.;Petruzzelli G.J. 09-01-2007. Lacrimal sac melanoma Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 23 5, 417-419

Babajanian E.;Tamaki A.;Bordeaux J.;Honda K.;Zender C. 08-01-2018. Clinical significance of tumor mitotic rate and lack of epidermal attachment in melanoma of the head Head and Neck, 40 8, 1691-1696

Lin S.;Melki S.;Lisgaris M.;Ahadizadeh E.;Zender C. 07-01-2017. Post-operative MRSA infections in head and neck surgery American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, 38 4, 417-421

Scott J.;Thompson C.;Vyas R.;Honda K.;Zender C.;Rezaee R.;Lavertu P.;Koon H.;Cooper K.;Gerstenblith M. 07-01-2016. Parotid melanoma of unknown primary Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, 142 7, 1529-1537

Manjila S.;Zender C.;Weaver J.;Rodgers M.;Cohen A. 07-01-2013. Aneurysmal bone cyst within fibrous dysplasia of the anterior skull base: Continued intracranial ext Child's Nervous System, 29 7, 1183-1192

Zender C.;Mehta V.;Pittman A.;Feustel P.;Jaber J. 07-01-2012. Etiologic causes of late osteocutaneous free flap failures in oral cavity cancer reconstruction Laryngoscope, 122 7, 1474-1479

Provost T.;Juárez de Ku L.;Zender C.;Meserve L. 07-01-1999. Dose- and age-dependent alterations in choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) activity, learning and memor Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 23 5, 915-928

Zender C.;Clancy K.;Thuener J.;Mannion K. 06-01-2018. Surgical outreach and microvascular surgery in developing countries Oral Oncology, 81 , 69-74

Awan M.;Lavertu P.;Zender C.;Rezaee R.;Fowler N.;Karapetyan L.;Gibson M.;Wasman J.;Faulhaber P.;Machtay M.;Yao M. 06-01-2017. Post-treatment PET/CT and p16 status for predicting treatment outcomes in locally advanced head and European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 44 6, 988-997

Yao M.;Lu M.;Savvides P.S.;Rezaee R.;Zender C.A.;Lavertu P.;Buatti J.M.;MacHtay M. 06-01-2012. Distant metastases in head-and-neck squamous cell carcinoma treated with intensity-modulated radioth International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, 83 2, 684-689

Leonetti J.;Marzo S.;Zender C.;Porter R.;Melian E. 06-01-2010. Temporal bone osteoradionecrosis after surgery and radiotherapy for malignant parotid tumors Otology and Neurotology, 31 4, 656-659

Ruggiero F.P.;Zender C.A. 06-01-2010. Frontal sinus cranialization Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 21 2, 143-146

DasGupta T.;Nweze E.;Yue H.;Wang L.;Jin J.;Ghosh S.;Kawsar H.;Zender C.;Androphy E.;Weinberg A.;McCormick T.;Jin G. 05-10-2016. Human papillomavirus oncogenic E6 protein regulates human ?-defensin 3 (hBD3) expression via the tum Oncotarget, 7 19, 27430-27444

Schmitt A.;Zender C.;Bordeaux J. 05-01-2013. A new oral anticoagulant in the setting of dermatologic surgery Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 68 5, 869-870

Li Y.;Awan M.J.;Chang T.;Lavertu P.;Zender C.;Rezaee R.;Fowler N.;Wasman J.;Avril N.E.;Chen N.;Machtay M.;Yao M. 04-01-2019. Post-radiotherapy PET/CT for predicting treatment outcomes in head and neck cancer after postoperati European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 46 4, 794-800

Yao M.;Woods C.;Lavertu P.;Fu P.;Gibson M.;Rezaee R.;Zender C.;Wasman J.;Sharma N.;Machtay M.;Savvides P. 04-01-2016. Phase II study of erlotinib and docetaxel with concurrent intensity-modulated radiotherapy in locall Head and Neck, 38 , E1770-E1776

Leonetti J.P.;Zender C.A.;Vandevender D.;Marzo S.J. 04-01-2008. Long-term results of microvascular free-tissue transfer reanimation of the paralyzed face: Three cas Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, 87 4,

Zender C.;Petruzzelli G. 04-01-2005. Why do patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma experience distant metastases: Can they b Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, 13 2, 101-104

Tamaki A.;Manzoor N.;Babajanian E.;Ascha M.;Rezaee R.;Zender C. 03-01-2019. Clinical Significance of Sarcopenia among Patients with Advanced Oropharyngeal Cancer Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States), 160 3, 480-487

Patel A.;Thuener J.;Clancy K.;Ascha M.;Manzoor N.;Zender C. 03-01-2018. Submental artery island flap versus free flap reconstruction of lateral facial soft tissue and parot Oral Oncology, 78 , 194-199

Okoye C.;Bucher J.;Tatsuoka C.;Parikh S.;Oliveira G.;Gibson M.;Machtay M.;Yao M.;Zender C.;Dorth J. 03-01-2017. Cardiovascular risk and prevention in patients with head and neck cancer treated with radiotherapy Head and Neck, 39 3, 527-532

Wick C.;Rezaee R.;Zender C. 03-01-2013. Piezoelectric BoneScalpel osteotomies in osteocutaneous free flaps Laryngoscope, 123 3, 618-621

Manzoor N.;Rezaee R.;Ray A.;Wick C.;Blackham K.;Stepnick D.;Lavertu P.;Zender C. 02-01-2017. Contemporary management of carotid blowout syndrome utilizing endovascular techniques Laryngoscope, 127 2, 383-390

Cervenka B.;Pipkorn P.;Fagan J.;Zafereo M.;Aswani J.;Macharia C.;Kundiona I.;Mashamba V.;Zender C.;Moore M. 01-01-2019. Oral cavity cancer management guidelines for low-resource regions Head and Neck, ,

Kurlander D.E.;Melki S.;Joshi R.;Thuener J.;Li S.;Fowler N.;Zender C.;Rezaee R. 01-01-2019. Preserving the branch to the vastus intermedius increases anterolateral thigh flap versatility Laryngoscope, ,

McSpadden R.;Zender C.;Eskander A. 01-01-2019. AHNS series: Do you know your guidelines? Guideline recommendations for recurrent and persistent hea Head and Neck, 41 1, 7-15

Thuener J.E.;Clancy K.;Scher M.;Ascha M.;Harrill K.;Ahadizadeh E.;Rezaee R.;Fowler N.;Lavertu P.;Teknos T.;Zender C. 01-01-2019. Impact of perioperative pain management protocol on opioid prescribing patterns Laryngoscope, ,

Zender C.A.;Patel A.V.;Strohl M.;Melki S.;Maronian N. 01-01-2019. The prefabricated supraclavicular artery flap in high-risk tracheal stenosis patients Laryngoscope, ,

Rodin J.;Bar-Ad V.;Cognetti D.;Curry J.;Johnson J.;Zender C.;Doyle L.;Kutler D.;Leiby B.;Keane W.;Luginbuhl A. 01-01-2018. A systematic review of treating recurrent head and neck cancer: A reintroduction of brachytherapy wi Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy, 10 5, 454-462

Tamaki A.;Miles B.A.;Lango M.;Kowalski L.;Zender C.A. 01-01-2018. AHNS Series: Do you know your guidelines? Review of current knowledge on laryngeal cancer Head and Neck, 40 1, 170-181

Zender C.;Clancy K.;Melki S.;Li S.;Fowler N. 01-01-2018. The impact of a head and neck microvascular fellowship program on otolaryngology resident training Laryngoscope, 128 1, 52-56

Clancy K.;Huwyler C.;Li S.;Otiti J.;Zender C.A. 01-01-2017. The use of the submental island flap in reconstructing palatal and facial defects in a surgical camp American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, 38 1, 96-99

Wick C.;Rezaee R.;Wang T.;Garcia-Jarchow A.;Zender C.;Gibson M.;Yao M.;Lavertu P. 01-01-2017. Use of concurrent chemoradiation in advanced staged (T4) laryngeal cancer American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, 38 1, 72-76

Rodriguez C.;Adelstein D.;Rybicki L.;Savvides P.;Saxton J.;Koyfman S.;Greskovich J.;Yao M.;Scharpf J.;Lavertu P.;Wood B.;Burkey B.;Lorenz R.;Rezaee R.;Zender C.;Ives D. 01-01-2015. Randomized phase III study of 2 cisplatin-based chemoradiation regimens in locally advanced head and Head and Neck, 37 11, 1583-1589

Yao M.;Galanopoulos N.;Lavertu P.;Fu P.;Gibson M.;Argiris A.;Rezaee R.;Zender C.;Wasman J.;Machtay M.;Savvides P. 01-01-2015. Phase II study of bevacizumab in combination with docetaxel and radiation in locally advanced squamo Head and Neck, 37 11, 1665-1671

Chen Y.;Chhabra N.;Liu Y.;Zender C. 01-01-2014. Lateral arm microvascular free tissue reconstruction of a large neck keloid American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, 35 4, 514-516

Jaber J.J.;Zender C.A.;Mehta V.;Davis K.;Ferris R.L.;Lavertu P.;Rezaee R.;Feustel P.J.;Johnson J.T. 01-01-2014. Multi-institutional investigation of the prognostic value of lymph nodel yield in advanced-stage ora Head and Neck, 36 10, 1446-1452

Zender C.;Guo T.;Weng C.;Faulhaber P.;Rezaee R. 01-01-2014. Utility of SPECT/CT for periparotid sentinel lymph node mapping in the surgical management of head a American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, 35 1, 12-18

Jaber J.J.;Clark J.I.;Muzaffar K.;Ruggiero F.P.;Feustel P.J.;Frett M.J.;Zender C.A. 01-01-2011. Evolving treatment strategies in thin cutaneous head and neck melanoma: 1 institution's experience Head and Neck, 33 1, 7-12

Schrementi M.;Ferreira A.;Zender C.;DiPietro L. 01-01-2008. Site-specific production of TGF-? in oral mucosal and cutaneous wounds Wound Repair and Regeneration, 16 1, 80-86

Zender C.;Petruzzelli G. 01-01-2005. Skin grafting in oral cavity reconstruction Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 16 1 SPEC. ISS., 24-27

Zender C.;Petruzzelli G. 01-01-2003. The skull base, paranasal sinuses, and related malignancies Current Oncology Reports, 5 2, 147-151