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Joseph C. Sniezek, MD, FACS

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Sniezek is a 2017 Seattle Met Top Doctor Award winner. Philosophy of care: Dr. Joseph Sniezek is the Medical Director of Head & Neck Endocrine Surgery for Swedish Health Services. Dr. Sniezek graduated from 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 has served as a department chief, residency program director, and subsequently as the Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army for Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery. His clinical practice focuses on the treatment of head and neck masses and tumors, with a particular interest in thyroid and parathyroid disease. 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.
Field of Study
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Medical School
Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Head & Neck Surgery
Professional Associations
American College of Surgeons, American Academy Of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, American Head & Neck Society, Triological Society
Personal Interests
surfing, paddling, running
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology/Otorhinolaryngology
Clinical Interests
  • acinic cell cancer
  • acoustic nerve injury
  • adenoidcystic carcinoma
  • anosmia
  • base of skull tumors
  • branchial cleft cyst
  • caloric reflex testing
  • cancer
  • cancer of ge junction
  • cancer of skin
  • cancer surgery
  • carcinoid of stomach
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • cervical spinal stenosis
  • cheek bone fractures
  • cheek problems
  • cochlear nerve damage
  • compromised skin grafts
  • compromised tissue flaps
  • cryoablation
  • cystadenoma of pancreas
  • cytoreduction surgery
  • developmental and congenital hand deformities
  • distortion of the face
  • ear canal lesion
  • ear cancer
  • ear melanoma
  • ears abscess
  • endocrine surgery
  • esophageal diverticulum
  • eye socket fractures
  • face cancer
  • face melanoma
  • face swelling
  • facial cyst
  • facial nerve injury
  • fine needle aspiration thyroid
  • fissured tongue
  • flap surgery
  • foreign body in throat
  • free flap head
  • free flap neck
  • gastrin secreting tumor of pancreas
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • genioplasty
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • growth on ear
  • growth on head
  • growth on neck
  • hairy tongue
  • head and neck cancer care
  • head and neck melanoma
  • head and neck sarcoma
  • head cyst
  • head deformities
  • head lump
  • head mass
  • head papilloma
  • hoarseness
  • hypoglossal nerve disease
  • hypoglossal nerve injury
  • idiopathic orbital inflammatory disease
  • jaw cancer
  • jaw deformities
  • jaw surgery
  • laryngeal cancer
  • laryngitis
  • laryngomalacia
  • leiomyosarcoma
  • lip droop
  • liposarcoma
  • ludwig's angina
  • lump in throat
  • lymphadenopathy
  • lymphedema
  • malignant melanoma
  • malignant melanoma of eyelid
  • malignant neoplasm of lip
  • malignant neoplasm of tonsils
  • mandibular resection prosthesis
  • mandibular tori
  • maxillofacial pathology
  • maxillofacial regeneration
  • melanoma
  • melanoma on ear
  • melanoma on face
  • metastatic melanoma
  • midfacial hypoplasia
  • mouth abscess
  • mouth bleeding
  • mouth cancer
  • mouth cyst
  • mouth pain
  • mouth ulcer
  • musculocutaneous flap
  • myxofibrosarcoma
  • nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
  • nasopharyngeal cancer
  • neck cancer
  • neck cyst
  • neck lymph nodes
  • neck mass
  • neck papilloma
  • neck plastic surgery
  • neck reconstruction
  • neoplasm of salivary gland
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • nystagmus
  • olfactory nerve disease
  • oral inflammation
  • oral pathology
  • oropharyngeal cancer
  • orthognathic surgery
  • osteoma
  • osteonecrosis of the jaw
  • otitis
  • paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer
  • paranasal surgery
  • parathyroid adenoma
  • parathyroid cancer
  • parathyroid surgery
  • reconstruction of ear
  • reconstruction of nose
  • reconstruction orbit
  • reconstructive plastic surgery
  • revision of tracheostomy
  • rhinoscleroma
  • robotic oral surgery
  • salivary duct
  • salivary gland disorders
  • sarcoma
  • scar revision
  • scratchy voice
  • sialolithiasis
  • sinus cancer
  • sinus mass
  • sinus polyp
  • skin cancer surgery
  • sore throat
  • spots on mouth
  • spots on tongue
  • squamous cell carcinoma of skin of lip
  • stridor
  • stylohyoid syndrome
  • subglottic stenosis
  • surgical staging
  • swallowing problem
  • swollen parotid
  • swollen throat
  • temporal bone cancer
  • temporomandibular joint surgery
  • throat abscess
  • throat cancer
  • throat drainage
  • throat mass
  • throat tightness
  • thyroglossal duct disorders
  • thyroid
  • thyroid cancer
  • thyroid nodule
  • thyroid surgery
  • tongue cancer
  • tongue mass
  • tongue pain
  • tongue sores
  • tongue tied
  • tonsillitis
  • tonsils
  • toxic nodular goiter
  • tracheal dilatation
  • tracheal mass
  • tracheal reconstruction
  • tracheal stent
  • tracheostomy
  • tumor of nose
  • tumor of parotid gland
  • ultrasound
  • ultrasound guided biopsy
  • velopharyngeal deficiencies
  • vermilionectomy
  • vocal cord dysfunction
  • vocal cord lesion
  • vocal cord paralysis
  • voice problems
  • voice screening
  • xerostomia
Managing a Thyroid Mass - The Patient Experience
Throat Cancer and the Human Papilloma Virus

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.


The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.8 out of 5 (60 Ratings, 11 Comments)


Dr Sniezek was wonderful. A very good experience.

wonderful provider

I trust Dr S for serious medical problems. My observation is that he didn't explain why I am healthy, despite the nodule. This is emotional hand-holding and I understand if he has more important things to do, such as taking care of sick people!

[...] my only "bad" experience was not having a phone call on Tuesday as I was told and now having to wait even longer for the biopsy results--that's very hard to wait when as a patient you are deeply concerned about the outcome.

he may indeed know what's best for me, but at 66 years old I want to make my own decisions based on information, not fear.

Dr. Sniezek was very thorough and gave great explanations for the problems I was having. Also scientifically showed me what was wrong using a scope.

[...] Dr. Sniezek is a referral from a referral and is a very specific specialist who seems to me to be top rate.

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Sniezek! He did a "fabulous" job on my surgery because of him I didn't have to have a second incision to remove a mass in my chest.

Warm and caring.

Good experience.

again, absolutely fabulous providers and staff
Swedish Head and Neck Surgery
1221 Madison Street Suite 1523
Seattle, WA 98104
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