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Wendell Yarbrough, MD, MMHC, FACS, is a head and neck oncology surgeon, and his research area of focus is virology at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Thomas J. Dark Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
UNC-Chapel Hill

Area of Interest

Head and neck surgery

Awards and Honors

  • “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer,” Executive List, Castle Connolly, 2016-2018
  • “America’s Top Doctors,” Editions 8-14, Castle Connolly, 2009-2018
  • “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer,” Editions, Castle Connolly, 2005-2018
  • “Top Doctors for Cancer,” Newsweek Magazine, 2015
  • Presidential Citation, AHNS, American Head and Neck Society, 2014
  • “America’s Top Doctors – New York Metro Area,” Edition 17, Castle Connolly, 2014
  • 5-star Patient Satisfaction Awards for Overall Quality of Doctor Care. Given for achieving overall quality of care in the 90th-99th percentile, 2011
  • Professional Research Consultants (PRC) in Omaha, NE
  • “America’s Top Physicians”, Consumers’ Research Council of America & SLD Industries, Inc., 2010
  • Distinguished Service Award in Scientific Programs, Exhibits, Continuing Education Courses and Instructional Course, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, 2004
  • Harris P. Mosher Award, Recognizing excellence in clinical research, The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, 2002
  • Jefferson Pilot Fellowship, Recognizing the outstanding Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, 2000
  • The American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, Inc., Resident Research Award, 1st prize, 1994
  • Nathan A. Womack Scholar, Recognizing the outstanding surgical resident, 1994
  • Newton D. Fischer Society Temporal Bone Dissection Award, 1991- 1992
  • Michiko Kuno Award for Best Presentation of John B. Graham, Student Research Society, 1989
  • Graduated with Honors and Distinction, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 1989
  • Deborah C. Leary Award, For the outstanding medical student research paper, 1989
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1988
  • Academic Honors, Medical School, 1986-1989
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon (Honorary Chemical Society), 1985
  • Student Research & Recognition Foundation Award, Recognition for outstanding Senior Student Majoring in Chemistry, 1985
  • Graduated with Honors in Chemistry, 1985
  • John Motley Morehead Scholarship, 1981-1985
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1984
  • Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honor Society), 1982

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