Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

205 Ratings

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

Endocrine Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, Parathyroid Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Head and Neck Oncology, Salivary Disorders, Otolaryngology (adult), 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.S., Ohio State University, 1997
  • M.D., Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, 2001
  • Internship, Surgery, Nwestern U-Mcgaw Med Ctr, 2002
  • Residency, Otolaryngology, Nwestern U-Mcgaw Med Ctr, 2006
  • Fellowship, Otolaryngology, Ohio State Univ College of Med, 2008

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology


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

NPI Number

  • 1679798680
Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

205 Ratings

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology

Research Interests

Head and Neck Neoplasms; Salivary Glands, Minor; Salivary Gland Neoplasms; Patient Discharge; Neoplasms, Unknown Primary
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Contact Information

Department: 336-716-4161

Recent Publications

Atypical location of the hypoglossal nerve and its implications: a case report. Rohlfing ML, Waltonen JD.. Surg Radiol Anat. 2016;38(7):863-865.

The association between gastrostomy tube placement, poor post-operative outcomes, and hospital re-admissions in head and neck cancer patients. Mays AC, Worley M, Ackall F, D'Agostino R Jr, Waltonen JD.. Surg Oncol. 2015;24(3):248-257.

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. 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.. Oral Oncol. 2014;50(9):869-876.

A model for predicting gastrostomy tube placement in patients undergoing surgery for upper aerodigestive tract lesions. Mays AC, Moustafa F, Worley M, Waltonen JD, D'Agostino R Jr.. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014;140(12):1198-1206.

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]. Lucas JT, Porosnicu M, Plasser R, Sullivan CA, Waltonen JD, Brown JD, Greven KM.. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;90(Suppl 1):S179.

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

A left preauricular mass. Marcus S, Waltonen JD, Sirintrapun SJ, Whigham AS.. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(9):951-952.

Disposition of elderly patients after head and neck reconstruction. Hatcher JL, Bell EB, Browne JD, Waltonen JD.. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(11):1236-1241.

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

Nitric oxide: perspectives and emerging studies of a well known cytotoxin. Paradise WA, Vesper BJ, Goel A, Waltonen JD, Altman KW, Haines GK III, Radosevich JA.. Int J Mol Sci. 2010;11(7):2715-2745.

Tonsillectomy vs. deep tonsil biopsies in detecting occult tonsil tumors. Waltonen JD, Ozer E, Schuller DE, Agrawal A.. Laryngoscope. 2009;119(1):102-106.

Metastatic carcinoma of the neck of unknown primary origin: evolution and efficacy of the modern workup. Waltonen JD, Ozer E, Hall NC, Schuller DE, Agrawal A.. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009;135(10):1024-1029.

Hypopharyngeal cancer. Agrawal A, Waltonen J. In: Petruzzelli GJ, ed. Practical head and neck oncology. San Diego: Plural Publishing;2009: 353-374.

Transoral robotic nasopharyngectomy: a novel approach for nasopharyngeal lesions. Ozer E, Waltonen J.. Laryngoscope. 2008;118(9):1613-1616.

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Associate Professor, Otolaryngology

Clinical Interests

Endocrine Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, Parathyroid Surgery, Skull Base Surgery, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Head and Neck Oncology, Salivary Disorders, Otolaryngology (adult), Thyroid Cancer Surgery, Thyroid Disease
Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.205 Ratings


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Dr. Waltonen is the best. I have been seeing him for over 3 years and he is a great doctor. He saved my life.


#1. *Joshua Waltonen MD.


Very knowledgeable and helpful.


*Dr. Joshua Waltonen MD is the "best."


He's the best




dr Waltonen is a very dedicated and caring physician !


This is a great team to work with. They are all very attentive to my needs.


Dr Waltonen demonstrates in depth knowledge in his field, and has my complete confidence.


Great at explaining conditions and treatments. Very satisfied.


best surgeon ever


Everyone was great


An excellent doctor!


Dr. Waltonen is an excellent physician and also has complete understanding of the emotional roller coaster a cancer patient embarks on from the onset of diagnosis. I would recommend him to absolutely anyone needing this type of care. I will continue to be monitored by Dr. Waltonen and consider myself lucky that I was assigned to him for treatment.


I would only have but good thing to say about this doctor.


Did not rush and didn't seem to be in a hurry and good listener.


I have a surgical procedure scheduled for April 4th with this provider. I know I should probably be extremely nervous, but the concern for my well-being as expressed by the doctor and his assistant has put my mind at ease. They are an asset to the Wake Forest medical community.


All my experience have been very good.


Dr. Waltonen has always given me excellent care and I have the upmost confidence in his medical skills.




would most definitely recommend him


Dr. Waltonen has been respectful and attentive to all of my concerns. I am particularly impressed with his patience in addressing all of my concerns specifically, and readiness to offer technical explanations in sufficient detail to help me understand the reasons behind the decisions he recommends for my care. Overall, I am very pleased with my decision to switch to Wake Health for my cancer treatment and specifically pleased to have Dr. Waltonen as my otolaryngologist and surgeon.


I do, and have, recommended my Doctor and the entire Baptist Wake Forest Hospital system to anyone and everyone who wants and needs the best healthcare available. I could get Healthcare much closer to where I live but would not do so at all. I travel 75 miles each way just to come to this system.




Dr. Waltonen is the most thorough, helpful and caring doctor I have had in my 63 years. I have recommended him to others who have had head and neck cancers.

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