Robotic Surgery Program
Nathan Boyd and Andrew Cowan
Robotic surgery is an exciting new field in the treatment of certain types of head and neck cancer. The robotic surgery program at UNM was started in 2012 with the arrival of Andrew Cowan, MD, PhD, and Nathan Boyd, MD. Both of these surgeons have fellowship training in head and neck oncologic surgery and robotic surgery.
The robot’s principal application is in the setting of oropharyngeal cancer (tonsil cancer and base of tongue cancer) but also may be suitable for resection of certain types of larynx cancer. Robotic surgery is often seen as an alternative or adjunct to concurrent chemo-radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.