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Dr. Patrick  Gullane - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Patrick Gullane Dr. Patrick  Gullane

Head and Neck Surgeon | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

A world authority in head and neck cancer



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Dr. Patrick Gullane was born in Ireland and received his medical degree from NUI-Galway, Ireland in 1970. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In 1975 he was selected as the McLaughlin Fellow and then pursued advanced Fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology in Pittsburgh, and New York.
In 1978 Dr. Gullane was appointed to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He was subsequently recruited to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto in 1983 and currently holds the Wharton Chair in Head and Neck Surgery at the University Health Network and University of Toronto. In 1989 he was appointed as Otolaryngologist-in-Chief within the University Health Network and in 2002 appointed as Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto. He concluded his second and final term as Chair in June 2012.
Dr. Gullane is a member of numerous Surgical Societies, nationally/internationally and has been invited as a Visiting Professor to over 82 countries lecturing on all aspects of Head and Neck Oncology. He has delivered over 830 invited and Keynote presentations nationally/internationally including the Eugene Myers International lecture in 2006, the John J. Conley lecture in 2012 and the Hayes Martin lecture 2014. He was one of the six International Faculty leaders who conducted the IFHNOS Head and Neck World Tour Program in 2008. Dr. Gullane has published 335 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 92 chapters in textbooks.

Industry Expertise (7)

Health and Wellness Training and Development Advanced Medical Equipment Health Care - Services Health Care - Providers Health Care - Facilities Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (4)

Otolaryngology Head and Neck Cancers Skull-Base Surgery Clinical Research

Accomplishments (7)

Alumni Award winner (professional)


Awarded for contributions to “Health Care and Medical Science” – Galway University, Ireland

George Davey Howells Memorial Prize in Otolaryngology (professional)


Awarded by the University of London for being co-author of the textbook, “Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Oncology”

Harris P. Mosher Award (professional)


Awarded for his Thesis submission for membership in the Triological Society

Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (professional)


Council was first given the power to elect Honorary Fellows under the by-laws adopted at the first meeting of the founders of the College in Dunedin on February 5, 1927.
The purpose of the award is to recognize significant work of eminent individuals in any field of endeavour.

Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (professional)


The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an independent professional body and registered charity committed to promoting and advancing the highest standards of surgical care for patients, regulating surgery in England and Wales.

Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (professional)


The Honorary Fellowship of RCSI is the highest distinction the College bestows, recognizing outstanding achievement in both surgery as well as outstanding achievements in other areas.

Appointed as a Member to the Order of Canada (professional)


Cited for his inspiration of young surgeons and his contributions to the field of Head and Neck Surgery.

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 46 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

Education (2)

Royal College of Surgeons of Canada : Fellowship, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1975

Galway University: MB, Medicine 1970

Affiliations (6)

  • University of Toronto, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery : Professor
  • Princess Margaret Hospital : Wharton Chair, Head and Neck Surgery
  • Cancer Informatics Division of OCI​ : Senior Scientist
  • Former president, American Head & Neck Society
  • President of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Vice-President of the Triological Society

Media Appearances (3)

Carley Allison

Global Toronto  online


Carley Allison, a teen singer who last year was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and Dr. Patrick Gullane talk about Carley’s road to recovery and this weekend’s Ride to Conquer Cancer...

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Patient Story: Adele Evans

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation  online


My dance with cancer began in 2006. I had a small surgery to remove what was thought to be a stone in my salivary gland. It turned out to be a malignant tumour in my submandibular gland. I was immediately sent to The Princess Margaret to see Dr. Patrick Gullane. My ear, nose and throat specialist in Whitby, Ontario told me that there was no better surgeon than Dr. Gullane, and no better place for me to go for further treatment than The Princess Margaret...

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Pat Gullane: Member of Order of Canada

The Surgical Spotlight  online


Please join me in congratulating Professor Patrick Gullane on his appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada. Pat is Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and is cross - appointed to our department of Surgery. A friend to all who know him...

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Event Appearances (2)

Hayes Martin Lecture

International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies 5th World Congress  New York, NY.


Prevention and Innovation: A Challenge for the Future

Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery 68th Annual Meeting  Ottawa, ON.


Articles (5)

Complications of craniofacial resection for malignant tumors of the skull base: Report of an International Collaborative Study Head & Neck


Advances in imaging, surgical technique, and perioperative care have made craniofacial resection (CFR) an effective and safe option for treating malignant tumors involving the skull base. The procedure does, however, have complications. Because of ...

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Craniofacial surgery for malignant skull base tumors Cancer


Malignant tumors of the skull base are rare. Therefore, no single center treats enough patients to accumulate significant numbers for meaningful analysis of outcomes after craniofacial surgery (CFS). The current report was based on a large cohort ...

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T1/T2 Glottic Cancer Managed by External Beam Radiotherapy: The Influence of Pretreatment Hemoglobin on Local Control International Journal of Radiation Oncology


Pretreatment hemoglobin (Hb) level has been reported to be an important prognostic factor for local control and survival in various malignancies. However, in many settings, the adverse effect of a low Hb may be related to more advanced disease. The ...

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Prevalence of incidental abnormalities on computed tomographic scans of the paranasal sinuses Head & Neck Surgery


A prospective analysis of 666 patients was performed to examine the prevalence of radiologic abnormalities of the paranasal sinuses in asymptomatic adults. The initial sample group included 1000 patients who were referred for cranial computed tomographic scans for conditions such as head injuries and seizures...

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Adenoid cystic carcinomas arising in salivary glands. A correlation of histologic features and clinical course Cancer


62 cases of adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) arising in major and minor salivary glands were studied. Factors which appeared to influence the clinical course included: 1) histologic pattern, 2) presence or absence of tumor on the surgical lines of excision, 3) site ...

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