Dr. Perry Mitchell Santos was invited by the founder, Dr. Jack Van Doren Hough, to join the Otologic Medical Clinic in 1998, and begin the Head and Neck Division as a compliment to the Otologic Medical Clinic.
Dr. Santos, a relative newcomer to Oklahoma, was in an academic practice at the Southern Illinois University, serving as an Associate professor with tenure, in the Division of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery where he performed surgery, taught surgery to residents and visiting fellows, and conducted grant supported research in nerve injury and reinnervation.
Currently, Dr. Santos evaluates pediatric and adult patients in his office location and performs conservative stereotactic sinuplasty (balloon dilation) and sinus surgery in his office (sinusitissurgey.com); as well as performing more complex surgery of the head and neck requiring general anesthesia at the Surgery Center of Oklahoma (surgerycenterok.com) and Integris Baptist Medical Center (integrisok.com).
Dr. Santos’s philosophy in caring for patients is that of prioritizing the patients’ health care for the best long term outcome. Dr. Santos will obtain an in depth history and perform a head and neck examination which may include fiberoptic evaluation of the nasal, oral, laryngeal or tracheal airways. He may order imaging studies (CT scan, PET scan, Ultrasound with or without fine needle aspiration, MRI, etc.); and make recommendations appropriate to the patient’s condition.
In all circumstances, Dr. Santos, will attempt to provide the most conservative, least invasive, most economical, medical or surgical care for the patient to obtain the best current standard of care possible.
Dr. Santos’s training experiences are national and international.
He completed his undergraduate training at the University of California at Santa Barbara with Highest Honors, Dean’s List Scholar, University of California Letters and Science Scholar, and Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biological Sciences. He received his Medical Degree at the University of California at San Diego where he received the University of California Regents Scholarship (academic based, four years continuum).
Dr. Santos completed his residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA where he received the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Society’s highest resident research award/grant in 1988. In addition he completed a Masters of Science Degree in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Santos’s training also includes a Head and Neck Cancer Fellowship at Guy’s Hospital, London, England where he concentrated on thyroid cancer conditions and head and neck tumors.
During residency, fellowship, graduate work, academic years and in Oklahoma City, Dr. Santos has been the recipient of multiple grants, research and teaching awards, and has presented his clinical and basic science research nationally and internationally.
Dr. Santos places a high priority on using conservative (tissue preserving) and safe sinus surgical techniques without the need for packing materials. He successfully initiated stereotactic (3-Dimensional computer assisted) sinus surgery at Integris Baptist Medical Center in 1999, a first for Oklahoma City. In 2015, Dr. Santos initiated Oklahoma City’s first in office Medtronic Fusion stereotactic system for sinuplasty (balloon dilatation; www.sinusitissurgery.com) and limited sinus surgery.
Dr. Santos’s other clinical interests are pediatric otolaryngology airway issues related to adenoid and tonsil disease, ear infections, sinusitis, voice disorders and tumors of the head and neck. In addition, Dr. Santos evaluates and treats lop ear (protruding ear) deformity in children and adults.
Dr. Santos evaluates patients with voice (speaking/singing) and swallowing disorders in the office Voice Clinic utilizing fiberoptic laryngoscopy; laryngovideostroboscopy and air pulse sensory testing of the larynx. He performs Botox injections for patients with spasmodic dysphonia and other head and neck dystonias.
Dr. Santos receives consults from neurologists and psychiatrists for surgical implantation of the Vagus Nerve Stimulator, LivaNova (formerly Cyberonics) for patients with medication resistant epilepsy and medication resistant depression. Since 1999 he has performed hundreds of cases. He also accepts complicated revision cases. Dr. Santos has published articles and presented surgical techniques at National meetings to share surgical techniques to decrease complication rates in Vagus Nerve Stimulator surgery.
Dr. Santos evaluates and manages both benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck area, ranging from oral and laryngeal tumors, neck masses, sinus tumors, salivary gland and thyroid/parathyroid tumors. When patients require adjuvant therapy he assists the patient with providing appropriate referrals. Dr. Santos works closely with chemotherapy and radiation oncologists, both with the Integris Cancer Institute and outside the institute.
In summary, Dr. Santos and his Staff are trained to provide the highest quality of care for their patients; combining respect, excellence, attention to detail and empathy.