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

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

176 Ratings

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Assistant Professor,

Clinical Interests

Endocrine Oncology, Endocrine Surgery, Head and Neck Oncology, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Otolaryngology (adult), Parathyroid Surgery, Salivary Disorders, 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.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

4.7 out of 5

176 Ratings

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
Comprehensive Cancer Center

Contact Information

Department: 336-716-4161

Recent Publications

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology

Clinical Interests

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

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology
Comprehensive Cancer Center

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.176 Ratings


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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.


*Dr. Waltonen was very informative and concerned when explaining my upcoming surgery.


Dr. Waltonen is an excellent physician. I am thankful that he did my surgery.


Great dr very skilled and knowledgable


If all doctors were like *Dr. Waltonen, there would be no use for these surveys. He is the best.


Always attentive and informed.


*Dr. Waltonen super.




overall great!


They all, always treat me with respect and courtesy. And I would recommend them to anyone.


If you have Dr. Waltonen, you have the best. His explanations and instructions are easy to understand and comply with. His surgical is outstanding and he takes great pride in what he does. It is awesome to work with a doctor that cares as much as he does. Quite honored and humbled to have had Dr. Waltonen as my doctor.

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