Benjamin L. Judson, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology); Chief Ambulatory Officer, Smilow Cancer Hospital; Interim Chief, Division of Otolaryngology, Yale Medicine; Interim Residency Program Director, Yale Medicine

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Otolaryngology Surgery: Head & Neck Cancer Surgery Program

Yale Cancer Center: Head and Neck Cancers Program | Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Judson specializes in the surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. He is passionate about achieving the best possible results for his patients, tailoring minimally invasive surgical approaches to each patient and their condition, reducing possible aesthetic and functional side effects. His clinical interests include oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx tumors, salivary tumors, thyroid malignancies, skin cancers, and sinonasal tumors. He attended Middlebury College, obtained a Masters Degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from Jefferson Medical College. He completed a residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Otolaryngology and a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology. His research interests include investigating outcomes and quality in head and neck cancer therapy, participating in clinical trials, and supporting a bio-repository of head and neck cancers at Yale that enables basic and translational science.

Education & Training

MD Jefferson Medical College (2002)
MPA University of Pennsylvania, Government Administration (1995)
BA Middlebury College, Economics (1991)
Resident Georgetown University Hospital
Administrative Chief Resident Georgetown University Hospital
Research Fellow Weill Cornell Medical College
Fellow Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Board Certification AB of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (2008)

Honors & Recognition

  • Alavi Mandell AwardSociety of Nuclear Medicine (2009)

  • Roy B. Sessions AwardGeorgetown University Hospital (2007)

  • Scholarship, 15th Annual Course: Multidisciplinary Management of Head and Neck Cancer and Thyroid and Parathyroid DiseasesTHANC Foundation (2005)

  • Program Director's AwardDepartment of Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital (2003)

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (2001)

  • Sweeny ScholarshipUniversity of Pennsylvania


  • Peace Corps Volunteer and Training Coordinator Sri Lanka (1991 - 1994)

    Peace Corps Volunteer and Training Coordinator

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