Wendell Yarbrough, MD, MMHC, FACS

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pathology; Section Chief, Otolaryngology; Co-Director Molecular Virology Research Program; Director, Head & Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Departments & Organizations

Surgery: Otolaryngology Surgery: Head & Neck Cancer Surgery Program

Pathology: Experimental Pathology Graduate Program


Virology Laboratories

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

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Yale Medicine


Wendell Yarbrough, MD, MMHC is the Section Chief of Otolaryngology Department of Surgery, Director of the Head & Neck Disease Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Co-Director of the Molecular Virology Program in the Yale Cancer Center.

Dr. Yarbrough was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also attended medical school and completed residency and fellowship. He joins Yale from Vanderbilt University where he was the Co-Leader of the Thoracic and Head and Neck Program at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, as well as Professor of Otolaryngology and Cancer Biology.

Dr. Yarbrough has a longstanding clinical interest in head and neck cancers and research interests in head and neck cancer translational research as well as identification of tumor suppressors and their mechanism of action. Recently, Dr. Yarbrough's lab has focused on identification of molecular defects in subsets of head & neck and salivary cancers to serve as novel targets for therapy. Dr. Yarbrough's lab has expertise in cell and molecular biology and in modeling of tumors for pre-clinical testing. The ultimate goal of Dr. Yarbrough's lab work is to improve outcomes for patients with head & neck and salivary cancers through innovative and rational development of new therapies.

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Education & Training

MMHC Vanderbilt University (2010)
MD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1989)
AB University of North Carolina, Chemistry (1985)
Fellow University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Resident University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Internship University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Board Certification AB of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (1995)

Honors & Recognition

  • Top Doctors for CancerNewsweek Magazine (2015)

  • America’s Top Doctors – New York Metro AreaCastle Connolly (2014)

  • 5-star Patient Satisfaction Awards for Overall Quality of Doctor Care given for achieving overall quality of care in the 90th-99th percentileProfessional Research Consultants (PRC) - Omaha, NE (2011)

  • America’s Top PhysiciansConsumers’ Research Council of America & SLD Industries, Inc. (2010)

  • America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

  • America’s Top Doctors for CancerCastle Connolly (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018)

  • Distinguished Service Award in Scientific Programs, Exhibits, Continuing Education Courses and Instructional CourseAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (2004)

  • Harris P. Mosher Award, recognizing excellence in clinical researchThe American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (2002)

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Contact Info

Wendell Yarbrough, MD, MMHC, FACS
Patient Care Locations
Head & Neck Cancer ProgramSmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven
35 Park Street

New Haven, CT 06511
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Park Avenue Medical CenterPark Avenue Medical Center
5520 Park Avenue

Trumbull, CT 06611
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Mailing Address
Otolaryngology SurgeryPO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

Curriculum Vitae

Yarbrough Laboratory for Head and Neck Oncology