Biography & Education

Dr. Joseph Sniezek is the Medical Director of Head & Neck Endocrine Surgery for Swedish Health Services. Dr. Sniezek graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1990 and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1994. After completing an Otolaryngology residency in 1999, he performed a two-year fellowship at Vanderbilt in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery. He served as Department Chief and Otolaryngology Residency Program Director at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI and subsequently as the Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army for Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. He was the Director of the Joint Combat Casualty Research Team in 2008/2009, serving as the medical director for all health-related research conducted by U.S. and NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2015, he was elected Teacher of the Year by the Swedish General Surgery Residency. He completed a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Washington in 2016. His personal interests include travel, skiing, and surfing.
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
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; Teacher of the Year - 2015, Elected by Swedish General Surgery Residency Program

  • 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