About Mark Varvares, MD, FACS

Specializing in head and neck ablative and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Mark Varvares serves as the Associate Chair of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Varvares first joined the full-time faculty of Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School in 1992, following two years in a community-based practice. In 2003, he accepted a Department Chairmanship at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where he successfully established a multidisciplinary program in head and neck oncology, among his many other accomplishments. In 2015, he returned to Boston to rejoin the full-time faculty of Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School.

In his capacity as Associate Chair, Dr. Varvares oversees clinical and research program development across the Harvard Medical School affiliate programs. His clinical interests include squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, free flap reconstruction of head and neck defects, skull base surgery, surgery of the parotid, thyroid and parathyroid glands, surgery of the larynx, and cancer of the nose and paranasal sinuses.

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Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-523-7900

Medical Education

  • MD, Saint Louis University Medical School
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • Residency, St. Louis University Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

American Board Certifications

  • Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surg
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology


Dr. Varvares conducts a research program in head and neck oncology, studying how surgical pathology of head and neck tumors impact survival. Other research interests include a variety of topics in head and neck reconstruction, the role of oncolytic adenoviruses as a possible therapeutic modality to treat head and neck cancer and the role of music therapy as an intervention in cancer management.


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