Douglas Brian Chepeha MD

Professor, Otolaryngology
Clinical Interests:

head and neck cancer surgery, microvascular free tissue transfer, cranial base surgery, craniofacial osseointegrated implant

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Medical School or Training

  • University of Alberta, 1988


  • University of Alberta, Surgery General, 1990

  • University of British Columbia, Otolaryngology, 1993


  • Head/Neck Microvascular Reconstructive Surg, University of Toronto, 1995

  • Head/Neck Microvascular, University of Michigan Health System, 1997

Professional Organizations

  • Otolarngology - Head and Neck Surgery

  • Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

  •  American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

  •  American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society

  • Michigan Work Society

  • International Society of Quality of Life

  • American Head and Neck Society

  • Academy of Clinical Research Professionals

  • American Association for Cancer Research

  •  American Medical Association

  • American College of Surgeons

  •  International Academy of Oral Oncology 

  • American Association of Clinical Oncology

  • American Board of Otolaryngology 

  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Canada 

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology


management of neck metastasis in squamous cell carcinoma, tumor profiling, molecular epidemiology, sentinel node biopsy, innovative new options in microvascular reconstruction in the head and neck, quality of life in head and neck cancer patients, clinical trials in head and neck oncology, use of PET scan in evaluation of squamous cell carcinoma in the head and neck 


Dr. Douglas Chepeha received his medical degree from the University of Alberta and completed an otolaryngology/head and neck surgery residency at the University of British Columbia. He then went on to post-specialty fellowship training in head and neck oncology/microvascular reconstruction at the University of Toronto as well as a two-year joint council head and neck oncology fellowship at the University of Michigan. Chepeha joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1997 and was appointed director of microvascular reconstructive surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology. He received a master's degree from the School of Public Health in clinical research design and statistical analysis. Chepeha's research interests include the epidemiology and treatment of neck metastases, the advancement of head and neck microvascular reconstruction, and design and implementation of clinical trials. He specializes in treatment of head and neck cancer patients and the reconstruction of complex facial mouth and throat defects.