Northside launches new program for head and neck cancers

The American Cancer Society estimates more than 66,000 new cases of head and neck cancer will be diagnosed in 2021. Treating these cancers are often complicated and important functions such as speech and swallowing can be affected. 

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s new Head & Neck Program combines the latest technology, fellowship-trained specialists and support services to provide comprehensive care to patients with complex tumors of the oral cavity, larynx, salivary glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands, as well head and neck skin cancers and metastatic cancer to lymph nodes of the neck. The Program utilizes the latest in diagnostics, radiation therapy, surgery, systemic treatment and rehabilitation, as well as patient navigation, survivorship, disparities initiatives and clinical trials.

Song SuitTwo dedicated head and neck surgical oncologists, Drs. John I. Song and Gregory Ward, have joined the Program’s team of providers. 

  • Dr. John I. Song is a nationally recognized head and neck surgical oncologist, board certified and fellowship trained, with more than 25 years of experience. He serves as medical director of the Head & Neck Program. 
  • Dr. Gregory Ward is a board-certified and fellowship-trained head and neck and microvascular reconstruction surgical oncologist. He brings over a decade of surgical experience, specializing in microvascular reconstructive surgical procedures to restore form and function to areas affected by cancer.
Together, they have partnered to open Atlanta Head & Neck Associates on the Northside Hospital Atlanta campus. Dr. Song and Dr. Ward’s combined experience and expertise allow them to deliver exceptional patient care through an integrated, multidisciplinary approach. 

“We want to provide tertiary level head and neck cancer care in a community based setting that allows patients to see their cancer specialists close to home and in a timely manner,” said Dr. Song. “We are dedicated to patient wellness that prioritizes quality of life and helping patients and their families choose the best treatment options for them based on education about their cancer.”

Atlanta Head & Neck Associates is located on the Northside Hospital Atlanta campus at 960 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 335, Atlanta, Georgia 30342. Call 404-497-8700 to make an appointment, or for more information visit

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