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

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

187 Ratings

Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

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

Contact Information

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

Insurance Accepted »

Media Medical Expert »

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

4.8 out of 5

187 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

Media Medical Expert »

Recent Publications

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;():.

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.

All Publications

For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.

For a list of earlier publications, visit the Carpenter Library Publication Search.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology

Clinical Interests

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

4.8 out of 5

Christopher A. Sullivan, M.D.187 Ratings

Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

CP concern for questions/worries
CP efforts to include in decisions
CP explanations of prob/condition
CP spoke using clear language
Friendliness/courtesy of CP
Likelihood of recommending CP
Patients' confidence in CP
Time CP spent with patient
Wait time at clinic

Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dr. Sullivan is wonderful!


I enjoy *Dr. Sullivan's company and I wish he wasn't so good so I could spend more time with him!


great doctor


Dr. Sullivan has a wonderful personality. He is also a very good doctor.


First time any physician has listened to the symptoms and heard me !!!! He actually laid hands on me to examine the effected aareas ofcconcer need more rloop...another new eexperience for me in19


Providers do a good job. They show you they care.


Dr. Sullivan is outstanding. Even though I live in Atlanta, I have recommended him to several people living near me who have similar problems with side effects from cancer treatment. I would be using a feeding tube if it weren't for Dr. Sullivan. He gave me my quality of life back.


Initial visit only. I am confident I will be treated well. Thats why we are traveling 2 1/2 hours each way. Always hear great things about Baptist hospital.


*Dr. Sullivan is the only thyroid dr. I ever want to see. I really liked him. He knows what he is doing.


*Dr. Sullivan is WONDERFUL, courteous, attentive and shows excellent bedside manner, patient and caring over past 4+ yrs. *Dr. Sullivan is THE GREATEST - ( will miss seeing him!


Dr. Sullivan was my doctor and i would tell anybody that would ask me to go to him. I have met many doctors and he is as good as it gets in my opinion. He treats me like a friend as well as a patient. He takes all of the time i need to ask questions and makes me feel comfortable to talk to him.He is a nice man as well as a very good doctor.In my opinion he is one of a kind!!


*Dr. Sullivan is a very good doctor.


Dr. Sullivan always answers all of my questions, and is very consistent in terms of his interactions with me.


I left feeling encouraged about my health care & treatment options.




Gave us good news no cancer after biopsy. Kept us updated all the way.


My experience was good and yes I would recommend him to others.


Very caring about their patients explains the problem so you're not so SCARED.


Moving from diagnosis, through surgery to yearly follow-ups, I rate this provider and the hospital with excellence.

Quick Reference

Request an Appointment
New Patients


Existing patients may contact the clinic directly.
Find a Doctor Ways to Give
USNWR 2013-2014Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2014 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.