Main research areas

Surgical treatment of oral cancer

Surgical treatment of oral cancer is challenging. Even after aggressive treatment, recurrences are well-known and functional outcome is critical (food intake, speech, etc.). We perform research into the performance of the different flaps used for reconstruction of the mouth, including free flaps.

Pharyngeal and other ENT infections

In collaboration with the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Statens Serum Institut, and general practitioners, the department has a long history of research into ENT infections with a special focus on tonsillar microbiology and the importance of Fusobacterium necrophorum.

Laryngeal intraepithelial neoplasia and glottic cancer

Primary surgical treatment of laryngeal intraepithelial neoplasia and early stage glottic cancer was introduced in 2012 based on the principles of transoral laser microsurgery. Along with this approach, new diagnostic techniques were introduced. Research in this field focuses on the efficacy of the diagnostic work-up as well as treatment outcome and morbidity.

Thyroid and parathyroid glands

Our main focus is related to the quality of surgical treatment of both benign and malignant diseases including potential complications. Since both thyroid and parathyroid glands are hormonally active, research also addresses these hormones and changes after surgery. For a single patient, this may have either positive or negative consequences and may affect his/her quality of life, need for medical treatment, etc. Several research projects are performed in collaboration with the Departments of Endocrinology, Nephrology, Pathology, and Nuclear Medicine. All thyroid operations are registered in national databases.

Transoral robotic surgery

Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is a promising modality for improvement of head and neck cancer management, especially for CUP and oropharyngeal cancer. The use of robotics as a supplementary diagnostic modality in CUP, as a singly modality treatment in early oropharyngeal cancer, and its cost-effectiveness are  focuses of research.