Surgeon Jumin Sunde, M.D. Joins Head and Neck Team

By Amy Widner

Sunde sees patients in the Head and Neck Cancer Clinic in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. He joins fellowship-trained head and neck surgeons Mauricio A. Moreno, M.D.; Emre Vural, M.D.; James Y. Suen, M.D.; and Ozlem E. Tulunay Ugur, M.D., who are leaders in central Arkansas and contribute to research and surgical innovation on an international scale. They treat squamous cell carcinoma, thyroid cancer, parathyroid tumors, vascular malformations, salivary gland tumors, skull base tumors, traumatic injuries, and other complex issues involving the head and neck, providing reconstructive surgeries where necessary.

Specifically, Sunde will complement the team’s work in advanced tumor removal and reconstruction by using newer techniques like robotics as well as traditional surgical approaches and microvascular reconstruction of complex head and neck defects.

“Dr. Sunde is a welcome addition to the program, where we have a long history of outstanding patient outcomes using modern treatment paradigms and innovative patient care protocols. We have excellent cancer outcomes for patients combined with short inpatient stays and low complication rates,” said Moreno, who is director of the Head and Neck Surgery Division. “Dr. Sunde completed his residency at UAMS, so he knows our team well and is committed to building upon – and expanding with his unique skills – this legacy of excellence.”

Sunde is also an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The department as a whole is a national and international leader and its ENT services are ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Sunde comes to UAMS from the University of Mississippi, where he was an assistant professor. He earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. He completed a residency and internship in head and neck surgery at UAMS and a fellowship in head and neck oncologic and microvascular surgery at the University of Michigan, which is also a leading academic institution for otolaryngology.


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