Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

226 Ratings

Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

Endocrine Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, Head and Neck Oncology, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Otolaryngology (adult), Parathyroid Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Thyroid Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Disease

Contact Information

New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
Returning Patient Appointments: 336-716-4161
Department: 336-716-4161

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Education & Training

  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1987
  • M.D., George Washington University, 1993
  • Internship, Otolaryngology, Case Western U Affil Hosps, 1998
  • Residency, Otolaryngology, Case Western U Affil Hosps, 1999
  • Fellowship, Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt U Affil Hosps, 2000

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology


  • Am Academy Of Otolaryng-Head &
  • Am Medical Assn

NPI Number

  • 1538143904
Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

226 Ratings

Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-0079 | Department: 336-716-4161

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Recent Publications

Atala AJ, Hodges SJ, Sullivan CA, Yoo JJ, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Medical devices incorporating collagen inhibitors. Germany patent DE 2101834. 2015 Mar 25 (patent also held in European Patent Office, France, and Greece). 2015;():.

Alberg AJ, Worley ML, Tooze JA, Hatcher JL, Carpenter MJ, Day TA, Sullivan CA, Warren GW, Sterba KR, Weaver KE. The validity of self-reported recent smoking in head and neck cancer surgical patients. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;():.

Marcus S, Holley AC, Persad P, Sullivan CA. Hypercalcemia in an elderly patient [challenge & answer]. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(2):169-170.

Atala AJ, Hodges SJ, Sullivan CA, Yoo JJ, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Medical devices incorporating collagen inhibitors. United States patent US 8668703. 2014 Mar 11 (patent also held in China). 2014;():.

Vatca M, Lucas JT Jr, Laudadio J, D'Agostino RB, Waltonen JD, Sullivan CA, Rouchard-Plasser R, Matsangou M, Browne JD, Greven KM, Porosnicu M. Retrospective analysis of the impact of HPV status and smoking on mucositis in patients with oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma treated with concurrent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Oral Oncol. 2014;50(9):869-876.

Lucas JT, Porosnicu M, Plasser R, Sullivan CA, Waltonen JD, Brown JD, Greven KM. Phase 1/2 clinical trial of re-irradiation with pemetrexed and erlotinib followed by maintenance erlotinib for recurrent and second primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) [abstract]. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;90(Suppl 1):S179.

Hatcher JL, Sterba KR, Tooze JA, Day TA, Carpenter MJ, Alberg AJ, Sullivan CA, Fitzgerald NC, Weaver KE. Tobacco use and surgical outcomes in head and neck cancer patients. Head Neck. 2014;():.

Sullivan CA, Hodges SJ, Atala AJ, Yoo JJ, inventors; Wake Forest University Health Sciences, assignee. Medical devices incorporating collagen inhibitors. United States patent US 8,883,183. 2014 Nov 11. 2014;():.

Fife TA, Smith B, Sullivan CA, Browne JD, Waltonen JD. Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma: a 17 patient case series. Am J Otolaryngol. 2013;34(5):445-448.

Chapman DB, French CC, Leng X, Browne JD, Waltonen JD, Sullivan CA. Parathyroid hormone early percent change: an individualized approach to predict postthyroidectomy hypocalcemia. Am J Otolaryngol. 2012;33(2):216-220.

Davis PL III, Hardison S, Sullivan CA. Topical mithramycin-A modulates submucosal collagen deposition after esophageal burn injury in rats. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;145(3):435-441.

Goguen LA, Norris CM, Jaklitsch MT, Sullivan CA, Posner MR, Haddad RI, Tishler RB, Burke E, Annino DJ Jr. Combined antegrade and retrograde esophageal dilation for head and neck cancer-related complete esophageal stenosis. Laryngoscope. 2010;120(2):261-266.

Netterville JL, Sullivan CA. Rehabilitation of lower cranial nerve deficits after neurotologic skull base surgery In: Brackmann DE, Shelton C, Arriaga MA, eds. Otologic surgery. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier;2010: 569-580.

Frazier WD, Patel NP, Sullivan CA. Pathology quiz case 1: diagnosis: sclerosing mucoepidermoid carcinoma with eosinophilia (SMECE) [quiz case]. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008;134(3):333, 335.

Joraku A, Sullivan C, Yoo JJ, Atala A. Tissue engineering of functional salivary gland for replacement [abstract]. Tissue Eng Part A. 2008;14(5):921.

Joraku A, Sullivan CA, Yoo J, Atala A. In-vitro reconstitution of three-dimensional human salivary gland tissue structures. Differentiation. 2007;75(4):318-324.

Haddad R, Tishler R, Wirth L, Norris CM, Goguen L, Sullivan C, O'Donnell L, Li Y, Posner M. Rate of pathologic complete responses to docetaxel, cisplatin, and fluorouracil induction chemotherapy in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;132(6):678-681.

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Associate Professor, Otolaryngology

Clinical Interests

Endocrine Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, Head and Neck Oncology, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Otolaryngology (adult), Parathyroid Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Thyroid Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Disease
Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.

Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.226 Ratings


Doctor Ratings

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This doctor was very concerned with my health and overall well being.


only one visit so far; some answers hard to provide; but first impressions were very good.


Would recommend


*Dr. Sullivan is always friendly , courteous and very informative about questions we ask.


I have utmost confidence in Dr. Sullivan!!!


All good experiences.


Dr. Sullivan has a very calming and professional manner. I felt very confident in his approach to my care. I have sometimes felt that other doctors have a tunnel vision approach to diagnosis but Dr. Sullivan has an open mind and considers all the possibilities. I appreciated that he let me know what he was thinking instead of shutting me out or talking down to me as others have done.




Have highly recommended Dr.Sullivan to several people.


This was my first visit with Dr Sullivan. I was very nervous. He was frank yet funny. He was thorough and took the time to explain to me what I have, what my treatment options are. He kindly answered my questions and described the road a head of me. He was caring yet firm. His assistant, Teresa, is also a pleasure to work with. She worked diligntly to set up several appointments for the same day as my drive is far. Teresa called me and followed up with an email confirming my appointments even made parking suggestions. I am confident Dr Sullivan and his team are the best provider for me.


I could not ask for a better doctor than *Dr. Sullivan.


I really like Dr. Sullivan and each of the providers that I had contact with. They were all kind, friendly and courteous.


A smiling face to greet me in office.


Dr. Sullivan is so good at what he does. He is awesome.


Dr. Sullivan is great. He has been a huge help over the last 8 years or so I have been coming to him. Very knowledgeable. I respect his opinion and expertise and experience. One comment is that this time I felt like he did a much more thorough job when he scoped my throat that typically does. I appreciated it.


great doctor!


Only seen him 1 time, but I felt very happy to have found him. Real test is after my surgery :)


Excellent doctor. One of the best I have ever been to.


Seems to care.


*Dr. Sullivan is excellent and would HIGHLY recommend him to others.


This was my last visit with Dr. Sullivan, he told me I'm cured and that there is no need for further follow up and we said goodbye. I'm going to miss my visits with him, he's a good doctor.


Down to earth, knowledgeable, thorough, worked with my constraints.


I had an awesome experience at Baptist and will recommend any and everyone to you guys in the future. Thank you and keep up the great work!


I honestly believe Dr. Sullivan is an angel on earth! I have gotten to the point that I don't panic when I have surgery by him, I know that I know that I know he has my best interests in mind and that he cares about the long term outcome. He heals my cancer but almost my heart and mind. It can be pretty scary in this club but I have total confidence in my coach as does my family. My dog is very fond of Dr. Sullivan, my dog is smarter than me. I trust them both with my life.


*Dr. Sullivan is an awesome doctor & surgeon & awesome human being -- he saved my life!!


Dr. Sullivan is the best ENT doctor. I can tell he knows what he is talking about. Wouldn't go to anyone else.




This doctor is one of the best.


Impressed. Felt very comfortable


Dr. Sullivan has always been a topnotch doctor for me. He not only is very skilled in his surgeries and after care but it always considerate and kind to me as well.


Dr. Sullivan is awsome


*Dr. Sullivan is an excellent doctor.


Dr. Sullivan is an excellent doctor. He cares about his patients and he takes time to listen to patient concerns and questions. He is excellent at collaborating with other specialists to make sure his patients have the best care. I'm so glad he is part of my cancer team.


Most cancer clinics can provide decent care and most of the clinics provide similar care. However, I am convenced that it is not just the procedures and "lets get it done attitude" that will inhance my complete recovery. No, it is the exceptional service, attitude and support of the Drs and staff at the Wake Forest clinic that will help me live a long and full life.


No problems with visit to office with doc. or staff.


I came to Dr. Sullivan because I was told by my other doctors that he was the best at what he does and cares deeply for his patients. I have not been disappointed once and don't have anything but praise for him and the care he has given me.


Sullivan is outstanding. There is always a wait, but the time spent with him (and his staff) makes up for it. He will always answer questions, and he never rushes through an apppointment.


Very easy to talk to and understood my anxiety about procedures.


It took several months and many scans to figure out what my problem is. Dr. Sullivan showed great compassion for me as we worked through the time it took to make a diagnosis. He was very thorough and always respected my point of view and the fact that I was having pain and worry about my condition. He finally figured out that I have a condition that is symptomatic in only 0.16% of the population (Eagle syndrome). Even though there is not a lot that can be done to correct the problem, it has given me great comfort to know what is wrong. I appreciate the fact that he put such great thought into all my symptoms and confirmed the diagnosis with one of the CT scans that were done to look for something else entirely. He didn't give up on me.


Wait time is too long, my time is valuable also. Just didn't have an over good experience!


Dr Sullivan and staff are WONDERFUL. I saw him because of enlarged Lymph node in my cheek, which ended up being recurrence of NHL. Dr. Sullivan was great with explanations, understanding of my emotional response, referral back to Hem/Onc, follow up etc. I could not have asked for a better experience related to a difficult health situaiton.


I think he is excellent.


Dr. Sullivan has always been the most impressive doc/PA/NP/etc. that I have had. The knowlege and the level of care has always been top notch!


My family and I have complete confidence in Dr. Sullivan's capabilities. He makes sure we understand clearly what is going on and we agree to an action plan. I believe that he is vested in my outcome.

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