Biography & Education

Cutting-edge, compassionate care centered on the needs of the individual patient.
  • Head and Neck Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: SAUSHEC, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Head & Neck Surgery
American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Certificate of Honor Award, 2011 ;�Triological Society, Western Section Vice-President�s Citation Award. January 2011
  • English
Professional Associations
American College of Surgeons, American Academy Of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, American Head & Neck Society, Triological Society
Personal Interests
surfing, paddling, running

Care Locations

1101 Madison Street
Suite 850
Seattle, WA 98104
Fax 206-292-6498
Affiliated Facilities
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Children
Accepting Medicare



JOURNALS Hong SS, Yheulon CG, Wirtz ED, Sniezek JC. Otolaryngology and Medical Malpractice: a review of the past decade, 2001-2011. Laryngoscope 2014: 1254(4), 896-901.Hong SS, Yheulon CG, Sniezek JC. Salivary gland surgery and medical malpractice. Otolaryngol Head and Neck Surgery 2013; 148(4):589-594. Klem C, Sniezek JC, Moore B, et al. Microvascular reconstructive surgery in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom: the US military experience performance free flaps in a combat zone. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2013; 75(2-Suppl 2):S228-S232. Ruhl DS, Sheridan MF, Sniezek JC. Papillary thyroid carcinoma in a branchial cleft cyst without a thyroid primary: navigating a diagnostic dilemma. Case Reports in Otolaryngol 2013; Article ID 405342. http:// Sniezek JC, Sofferman RA. Head and neck ultrasound. Ultrasound Clinics 2012; 7(2). Groom KL, Ruhl DS, Sniezek JC. Mantle cell lymphoma presenting as a saccular cyst. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery 2012; 146(1):173-4. Sniezek JC, Sofferman RA. Preface, Head and neck ultrasound. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America 2010; 43(6): ix-x. Sniezek JC. Head and neck ultrasound: why now? Otolaryngology Clinics of North America 2010; 43 (6): 1143-1147. Robitschek J, Straub M, Wirtz E, Klem C, Sniezek J. Diagnostic efficacy of surgeon-performed ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration: a randomized controlled trial. Otol Head Neck Surg 2010; 142 (3): 306-309. Punch GE, Sniezek JC, Berkey BD, Peterman GW. A Benign, Mature, Parapharyngeal Teratoma Presenting in an Adult. Radiology Case Reports. [Online] 2007; 2:46. Smith RB, Sniezek JC, Weed DT, Wax MK. Utilization of free tissue transfer in head and neck surgery. Otol Head Neck Surg 2007; 137:182-191. Vanisky EJ, Almony JS, Wargo AJ, Sniezek JC. Left posterior lateral pharyngeal space injection during ambulatory general anesthesia third molar surgery: a case report. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2006; 64(2): 339-43. Carpenter JM, Syms MJ, Sniezek JC. Oral carcinoma associated with betel nut chewing in the Pacific: an impending crisis? PHD 2005; 12(1): 158-162. Donovan DJ, Huynh TV, Purdom EB, Johnson RE, Sniezek JC. Osteoradionecrosis of the cervical spine resulting from radiotherapy for primary head and neck malignancies: operative and nonoperative management. Journal of Neurosurgery:Spine 2005; 3:159-164. Sniezek JC, Matheny KE, Westfall MD, Pietenpol JA. Dominant negative p63 isoform expression in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Laryngoscope 2004 (Dec); 114(12):2063-2072. Marathe US, Sniezek JC. Use of the vacuum-assisted closure device in enhancing closure of a massive skull defect. Laryngoscope 2004 (Jun); 114(6):961-964. Boole JR, Ramsey M, Peterman G, Sniezek J. Radiology quiz case. Grisel syndrome with vertebral osteomyelitis and spinal epidural abscess. Archives of Otolaryngology/ Head Neck Surgery 2003 Nov; 129(11):1247. Matheny KE, Barbieri CE, Sniezek JC, Arteaga CL, Pietenpol JA. Inhibition of epidermal growth factor receptor signaling decreases p63 expression in head and neck squamous carcinoma cells. Laryngoscope 2003 (Jun); 113(6):936-9. Westfall MD, Mays DJ, Sniezek JC, Pietenpol JA. The Delta Np63 alpha phosphoprotein binds the p21 and 14-3-3 sigma promoters in vivo and has transcriptional repressor activity that is reduced by HayWells syndrome-derived mutations. Mol Cell Biol 2003 (Apr); 23(7):2264-76. Sniezek JC, Francis TB. Inflammatory thyroid disorders. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America 2003 (Feb); 36:55-71. Sniezek JC, Holtel M. Rare tumors of the thyroid gland. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America 2003 (Feb); 36:107-115. Sniezek JC, Matheny KE, Burkey BB, Netterville JL, Pietenpol JA. Expression of p63 and 14-3-3? in normal and hyper-differentiated mucosa of the upper aerodigestive tract. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2002; 126(6):598-601. Sniezek JC, Sabri A, Netterville JL. Paraganglioma surgery:complications and treatment. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America 2001(Oct); 34(5): 993-1006. Sniezek JC, Sabri A, Netterville JL. Vagal Paragangliomas. Otolaryngology Clinics of North America 2001 (Oct); 34(5):925-939. Sniezek JC, Sabri A, Burkey BB, Barillo DJ. Reconstruction after burns of the face and neck. Current opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery 2000; 8:277-281. Sabri A, Sniezek JC, Burkey BB. Sensate Free Flaps. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and neck Surgery 2000; 11(3): 195-197. Sniezek JC, Johnson RE, Hayes DK, Ramirez SG. Laryngoceles and Saccular Cysts. Southern Medical Journal 1996; 89(4): 427-30. BOOK CHAPTERS Sniezek JC, Burkey BB. Airway control and laryngotracheal stenosis in adults. In OtorhinolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery, 16th edition. 2003 (Ballenger JJ, Snow JB, ed.) Hamilton, Ontario: B.C. Decker, Inc., 1151-1167. Sniezek JC. Local treatment modalities for recurrent cancer of the head and neck. Atlas of Cancer 2003, Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 28-31. Sniezek JC, Holtel M. Penetrating injuries of the face and neck. United Nations Emergency War Surgery Handbook 2002.


Board Certifications
  • Otolaryngology
Clinical Interests
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Gland Problems
  • Head and Neck Surgeons
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Head Neck Surgeons
  • Oral Lesions
  • Otolaryngology
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Pharynx and Neck
  • Skin Cancer Surgery
  • Skull-Base Tumors
  • Surgeons
  • Swedish Cancer Institute
  • Thyroid Biopsy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • TransOral Surgery (Robotic)
  • Tumors of Oral Cavity
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy