Head and Neck Specialist and Surgeon Physician Scientist
Dr. Spanos’ philosophy of care is focused on providing quality care in a compassionate environment. He wants his patients to be well informed and leave the office understanding all of the risks and benefits of the treatment they have decided on together. Dr. Spanos strongly believes in comprehensive management of head and neck cancer utilizing multiple treatment options regularly discussed at the multidisciplinary tumor board.
Dr. Spanos attended medical school at the University of Louisville Medical School in Louisville, Ky. He completed his residency in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, and was fellowship-trained in microvascular free tissue transfer at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Spanos is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Head and Neck Society, and a member of the American Medical Association, South Dakota Medical Association, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.
Dr. Spanos is an expert in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, balloon sinuplasty, complex reconstruction of the head and neck, thyroid cancer, and sialoendoscopy. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Spanos is a physician scientist with a laboratory dedicated to investigating human papillomavirus-related head and neck cancers. He is most excited about recent laboratory advances involving manipulation of the immune system to improve its response to head and neck cancers. Some of these revolutionary findings are making their way into clinical trials for patients at Sanford Health.
In his spare time, Dr. Spanos enjoys spending time with his family, windsurfing and cycling.