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Mark L. Urken, MD, FACS

Founder & Medical Advisor, THANC Foundation

Dr. UrkenDr. Mark Urken received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and then completed two years of general surgery training on the Tufts Surgical Service in Boston and three years of surgical specialty training in Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Following his graduation in 1986, he began his fellowship at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he trained in microvascular reconstructive surgery of the head and neck.

Following his training, Dr. Urken served as the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center from 1995–2004. In 2004, he was recruited to join the Continuum Cancer Centers of New York as the Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery of Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

In addition to publishing over 234 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 30 chapters on a variety of topics in head and neck and thyroid surgery, Dr. Urken’s 3 textbooks and his video series on head and neck reconstruction are definitive resources on this subject.

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