Prof. James Y. Suen

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), USA

Dr. Suen is a 1966 graduate of the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas. Following his Internship at the University of California, San Francisco, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. He then returned to UAMS to do a Residency in Surgery and Otolaryngology. He also completed a Fellowship at the Armed Forces’ Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.

He was next accepted as the first Otolaryngologist in the Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. After seven months he was advanced to the faculty of the Head and Neck Surgery Department there.  When the Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Arkansas became vacant, Dr. Suen was recruited to become the chair.  He was the Chairman of the UAMS Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for the past ­­­43 years.  Dr. Suen stepped down as chair in 2017.

He has been the co-editor of 7 major textbooks, including 4 Editions of Cancer of the Head and Neck, with Dr. Eugene Myers which are used in Universities all over the world.  He also co-edited Head and Neck Vascular Anomalies- A Practical Case-Based Approach; Emergencies in Otolaryngology, and Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations of the Head and Neck.  He also has published over 150 scientific articles and book chapters.

In 1990 he was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  In 1995, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.   An Endowed Chair was named in his honor in 1996.     In 1998 he was the recipient of the 25th Annual Award from the Chinese Hospital of San Francisco for the most outstanding Chinese-American Physician in Medical Science.   In 1993 he was the president of the American Head and Neck Society, and also served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology from 1997 to 2001.     In 2007 he was awarded the status of Distinguished Professor in the College of Medicine, and in 2014 received the College of Medicine’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award.  In June, 2018 he received the Department of Otolaryngology’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He was the personal physician for President William J. Clinton during his Presidency and continues to treat him.  He has been listed in every edition of the Best Doctors in America, America's Top Doctors for Cancers, and Top Surgeons in the United States, and was named to the 2015 Newsweek Top Cancer Doctors in the U.S.

Dr. Suen helped to popularize the modified neck dissection and the classification of neck dissections. His primary interests have been the treatment of head and neck cancer, and also the management of Vascular Anomalies, in which he has established a team for the treatment of these anomalies which is internationally known.





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