A native son of Buffalo, Mark Burke, MD, FACS, is proud to serve as part of a team of experts in the medical and surgical management of head and neck cancer as well as complex plastic and reconstructive surgery at ECMC. Prior to joining ECMC, Dr. Burke completed a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency in Akron, Ohio. Previously, he advanced his medical training with a fellowship in head and neck cancer treatment at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Burke graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and has dedicated his medical career to the service and compassionate care of Western New York cancer patients and their families. Dr. Burke’s areas of expertise are: breast reconstruction, throat cancer, microvascular reconstruction, oral cancer, plastic and reconstructive surgery, sinus cancer, thyroid and parathyroid gland cancer.
Christopher J. Hughes, MBBS FRACS, FAHNOS, is an internationally recognized head and neck surgeon from Sydney, Australia. He proudly welcomed the opportunity to join the Head and Neck Department at ECMC in 2018. Dr. Hughes obtained his medical degree (MBBS) at the University of Sydney in 1985. Thereafter, he completed his General Surgery training at Royal Prince Hospital in Sydney (FRACS) and completed a fellowship in advanced head and neck oncologic surgery at the prestigious Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City-the only Australian surgeon to have ever done so. Moreover, Dr. Hughes excelled at his time at MSKCC and in 1994 was awarded the Resident Research Award at the International Head & Neck Cancer Conference in Paris, France. Dr. Hughes returned to Australia where he has practiced in head and neck cancer surgery at the premier teaching hospitals across Sydney and New South Wales. He has cared for more than 10,000 patients in over 25 years of clinical practice in Australia and performed over 4,000 surgeries. He looks forward to contributing to the future care and well-being of head and neck cancer patients at ECMC, with both his skill set and his engaging personality. Dr. Hughes’ areas of expertise are: thyroid/parathyroid gland surgery, salivary gland surgery, squamous cell cancer of the H&N Mucosal Tract, and skin cancer of the H&N.
Thom R. Loree, MD, FACS, is Chief of the Department of Head & Neck and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at ECMC. Dr. Loree realized his passion for cancer treatment early in his career. Before joining ECMC as the director of the department, he received his doctorate of medicine from George Washington University and general and plastic surgery training from St. Lukeʼs-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. He continued to expand his expertise as a head and neck surgery and oncology fellow with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and as an attending physician at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for nearly 20 years. During the last 12 years of his Roswell Park tenure, Dr. Loree was chairman of the Department of Head & Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Loree currently holds an appointment as an associate professor of surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he continues to conduct research and publish extensively. His areas of expertise are: head and neck surgery, plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery, oral cancer, throat cancer, sinus cancer, skull base surgery, thyroid and parathyroid gland, breast reconstruction, and microvascular reconstruction.
Michael Nagai, MD, DDS, is board-certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and is fellowship trained in head and neck/microvascular surgery. He completed his dental and medical training at the State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. After completion of his maxillofacial training, Dr. Nagai moved to Baltimore, Maryland to pursue advanced fellowship training in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Maryland and Greenebaum Cancer Center. He now works with the Head and Neck Surgery Department at the Erie County Medical Center as an attending physician. He has authored numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters and maintains involvement with resident education.
Director, Head and Neck Center
A distinguished surgeon with an international resume, Saurin Popat, MD, MBA, FACS, FRCSC, is currently a clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Prior to joining ECMC, Dr. Popat was assistant professor of surgical oncology and attending surgeon at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. A skilled and experienced administrator, Dr. Popat was also Director of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology and attending surgeon at the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as a member of several medical advisory boards in Rochester and Buffalo. Dr. Popat has made countless presentations at meetings, conferences, and grand rounds throughout North America and is the author of many research papers and textbook chapters relative to his medical and surgical specialties. Dr. Popat’s areas of expertise include: head and neck surgery, surgical oncology microvascular reconstruction, skull base surgery and endoscopic skull base surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, endoscopic sinus and laser surgery, health care finance policy, and robotic head and neck surgery.