Physician Profile

Kianoush Sheykholeslami, MD, PhD, FACS
Director of Head and Neck Surgery
Director of Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery
Co-Director Skull Base Surgery

I joined  Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey as the Director of Head and Neck Surgery, Director of Trans-oral Robotic Surgery and Co-director of Skull Base Surgery. Prior to coming to New Jersey, I was practicing as an otolaryenologist or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor as well as a head and neck surgeon in Illinois.

After completing my medical degree in Iran in 1993 I earned my PhD degree in Neuroscience and Neurophysiology of hearing and balance system from the prestigious Tokyo University in Japan. During this time, I was involved with lateral skull base and otology surgeries and invented the bone-conduction Vestibular-Evoked Myogenic Potential testing (VEMP), which is now widely used in the medical field around the world to diagnose and treat patients with vertigo. I then completed my Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University Medical Center in Cleveland Ohio in 2009, gaining extensive training in head and neck, and complex ear surgeries.

During the last few years I have trained at multiple centers in the field of trans-nasal endoscopic anterior skull base, trans-oral minimally invasive robotic surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. I am dual-board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Sleep Medicine and am awaiting my third board to be completed in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

As a robotic console surgeon, I am able to resect head and neck cancers through the mouth using the DaVinci Robot preserving the speech and swallowing function of the throat. My fellowship training in facial plastics and reconstructive surgery enables me in cosmetic and functional reconstruction of the head and neck surgical defects.

I am a specialist in treating patients with head and neck masses and cancer via minimally invasive or noninvasive treatments, offering care to patients suffering from chronic debilitating problems related to hearing and balance function, chronic ear drainage and mass, and cancer of the nose, eyelid, mouth and throat. In addition, being a certified robot consul surgeon and board certified sleep medicine doctor, my dedicated team will offer state of the art and multi-level surgical correction to treat patients with sleep apnea whom are not tolerating the CPAP sleep machine.

Since joining Rutgers Cancer Institute, I have been working to establish a world class head and neck and anterior and middle skull base surgery program using advanced minimally invasive and robotic-assisted methods. As a director of head and neck, skull base and trans-oral robotic surgery, I have a strong interest in minimally invasive and noninvasive solutions to treat head and neck and skull base tumors.

I have a dedicated, multi-specialty team at Rutgers Cancer Institute and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital that tends to the needs of each patient. Our team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, dedicated physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists alongside with gamma knife and proton beam radiation therapy team will deliver world class care to patients with head and neck and skull base diseases.

I have authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and several book chapters. I have also been involved in designing research programs and protocols to understand how to treat head and neck pathologies and  malignancies less invasively.

Clinical Expertise 

Head and Neck Cancers, Skull Base Tumors, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Anterior and Middle Cranial Fossa Tumors, Immunotherapy, Gamma Knife Surgeries

  • Award for Excellence in Patient Care, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, IL, 2013
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching, The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Department of Surgery, IL, 2012
  • International Scientist of the Year 2003 International Biographical Centre (IBC) Cambridge, England, 2003
Contact Information  

To schedule a new patient appointment call 732-235-8515.
For all other inquiries call 732-235-2465.


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