James Y. Suen, M.D.

Dr. James Y. Suen is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at UAMS.

Dr. Suen received his medical degree from UAMS in 1966. He completed residencies in general surgery and otolaryngology at San Francisco General Hospital and UAMS. A Captain in the United States Air Force, he completed a fellowship in Otolaryngic Pathology at the Armed Forces' Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C., and was an advanced senior fellow in head and neck surgery at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Suen is a fellow in the American Academcy of Otolaryngologists and the American Head and Neck Society of which he is past president.

Dr. Suen has been awarded the Red Sash Award for Teaching on multiple occasions. In 1990, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award given by the UAMS College of Medicine. In 1991, he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award awarded by KARK-TV and the Governor's Office of Volunteerism.

In 1995, he was selected for the Distinguished Alumnus Award by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He served as one of President William Clinton's personal physicians during his administration.

He was one of the co-founders of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center and was the Executive Director from 2002 to 2007.

In 2006 he was selected by the UAMS College of Medicine to deliver the Annual Distinguished Faculty Lectureship.

His primary surgical interests include head and neck cancer, congenital vascular lesions of the head and neck, and diseases of the larynx.

He is the author and editor of six medical textbooks, including Cancer of the Head and Neck, which is used worldwide by medical schools. In 1995, he was selected by Good Housekeeping as one of the top 400 cancer specialists in the United States and, since that time, he has been listed in all editions as one of the Best Doctors in America.

Professional Certifications and Education

  • Otolaryngology, 1973
  • Fellowship: Otolaryngologic Pathology Training Program, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
  • Fellowship: Head and Neck Surgery, M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute
  • Residency: General Surgery, University of Arkansas Medical Center
  • Residency: Otolaryngology, University of Arkansas Medical Center
  • University: M.D. DEGREE: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1966


  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Otolaryngology

Conditions/Diseases Treated

UAMS doctors treat a broad range of conditions some of which may not be listed below.

  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Head and Neck Cancer

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Clinic Location

Type of Doctor

  • For Adults

Hospital Affiliations

  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Institute Affiliations

Academic Appointment

  • Chairman, Professor
    Department: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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