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

Doctor Rating

4.9 out of 5

180 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

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

4.9 out of 5

180 Ratings

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.

Associate Professor, Otolaryngology

Research Interests

Head and Neck Neoplasms; Gastrostomy; Enteral Nutrition; Insurance Coverage; Hypoglossal Nerve
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Contact Information

Department: 336-716-4161

Recent Publications

Potential for health care cost savings with preoperative gastrostomy tube placement in the head and neck cancer population. Mays AC, Bartels HG, Wistermayer PR, Rohlfing ML, Gentile CM, D'Agostino R Jr, Waltonen JD.. Head Neck. 2018;40(1):111-119.

Anti-tumor effect of PD-L1 inhibitor durvalumab administered before surgery in patients with HPV plus vs HPV-HNSCC [abstract]. Porosnicu M, Waltonen JD, Triozzi P.. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018;100(5):1316.

Donor-site outcomes for the osteocutaneous radial forearm free flap. Satteson ES, Satteson AC, Waltonen JD, Li Z, Wiesler ER, Apel PJ, Graves BR.. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2017;33(8):544-548.

Insurance status as a predictor of mortality in patients undergoing head and neck cancer surgery. Rohlfing ML, Mays AC, Isom S, Waltonen JD.. Laryngoscope. 2017;127(12):2784-2789.

Risk factors for treatment failure in squamous cell carcinoma involving the parotid gland [abstract]. Lanier CM, Soike M, McTyre E, Frizzell BA, Waltonen JD, Sullivan CA, Greven KM.. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2017;99(2 Suppl):E350.

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

4.9 out of 5

Joshua D. Waltonen, M.D.180 Ratings


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Excellent Doctor and office is very efficient


i think of all my experiences with my provider is the amount of time they spend with you . all of my questions have been answered to the fullest. great experience.




Know what he is doing and does it well.




liked Dr Waltonen very much


I would definitely recommend Dr. Waltonen.


He saved my life; trust him completely.


*Dr. Waltonen is an excellent doctor.


Excellent doctor.


The medical assistant in the office was very kind and compassionate. My overall visits were excellent.


Treated in a very humane way with all issues resolved succesfuly.


Very professional!


Very pleased with *Dr. Waltonen & the staff.


excellent provider


Dr. Waltonen was excellent, I would recommend him to family and friends without concern. He was intelligent, kind, and even a little bit funny. That's always nice at what could've been a scary appointment!




Doc was wonderful on explaining of procedure being perform.


Outstanding doctor.


Have been treated with a very caring attitude; answered all concerns I have had; and is very honest and direct with all concerns I have had.


I was sent by My ENT.DR At V A Hospital to see DR Waltonen MD for a consultation and surgery

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