Dr. Chris Holsinger is Professor and Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University.
His research focuses on surgical innovation and clinical trials. He serves as surgical principal investigator for RTOG920 and coordinated surgeon-credentialing for ECOG 3311, a prospective clinical trial to study robotic head and neck surgery. In 2019, he published the results of an investigative device exemption clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a next-generation robotic surgical system for head and neck cancer.
His interests extend beyond robotics, however, and include new technologies for augmenting the vision of surgeons and incorporating computer vision and deep learning into routine surgical practice. Current algorithms in computer vision and pattern recognition have transformed how we interact with the world using our smart phones. Dr Holsinger’s research group aims to deliver these advantages to patient and their surgeons by providing real-time intelligence about surgical anatomy that extends beyond human vision.

In the lab, he is studying multispectral and hyperspectral sensors and machine-learning algorithms to improve and develop novel technologies in surgical vision. In 2018, work from a prospective clinical trial demonstrated the feasibility of using multispectral imaging of patients with oropharyngeal cancer, in an effort to discern tumor from tumor, as well as to evaluate hyper-spectral imaging to improve surgical vision. In 2017, he founded Photonic Medical Technologies to translate recent innovations into practice for open surgery.

Dr. Holsinger received his medical degree from Vanderbilt School of Medicine, completed his internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine and his Fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. In 2003, he was awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study surgery at the University of Paris with Professor Ollivier Laccourreye and with Professor Wolfgang Steiner at the Georg-August University in Göttingen.
From 2003-2013, Dr. Holsinger worked at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where he founded and led the Program in Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Head and Neck Surgery and co-directed the program in Minimally Invasive Technology in Oncologic Surgery.
In 2013, Dr. Holsinger moved to Stanford University, where at the Cancer Center led H&N Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Clinical Program for the next 5 years. Dr. Holsinger’s surgical practice focuses on the surgical management of thyroid as well as head and neck cancer. His areas of research interest include endoscopic head and neck surgery, including transoral robotic surgery and transoral laser microsurgery, as well as time-honoured approaches of conservation laryngeal surgery and supracricoid partial laryngectomy.
oard-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, Dr. Holsinger is a member of numerous societies including the American College of Surgeons, American Head and Neck Society, the American Thyroid Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Baylor College of Medicine Otolaryngology Residency (2001) TX
  • Internship: Baylor College of Medicine Surgery Residency (1996) TX
  • Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center (2003) TX
  • Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (2002)
  • Medical Education: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1995) TN
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Université de Paris V, Rene Descartes Sorbonne Paris Cité, France, Post-doctoral Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery (2003)
  • Fellowship, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology (2003)
  • Residency, Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery (2001)
  • Internship, Debakey Department of Surgery Baylor College of Medicine, General Surgery (1997)
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1995)

Administrative Appointments
  • Director, Head and Neck Cancer Care Program, Stanford Cancer Center (2013 - 2017)
  • Member, Stanford Cancer Institute (2013 - Present)


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Head and Neck Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

900 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Dr. Holsinger in an incredible doctor and person. I'm lucky to have him as my doctor.
Dr. Holsinger is probably the best doctor I've ever seen.
Dr. Holsinger & Amelia (PA) were very attentive & thorough.
Again I feel very lucky to have such an amazing doctor & team.
And I have recommended this dept./dr. to a friend who recently learned he had oral cancer.
Dr. H. = awesome in ALL areas of care for me.
Thank you Dr. Holsinger for your care & honesty. I appreciate your taking the time to address all of our concerns.
Dr. Holsinger is fantastic not only @ saving lives - but in helping you feel your life was worth saving - a great person!
Love Floyd!
Dr. Holsinger is great very professional and detailed about my issue.
All excellent.
They were very kind.
As I first walked into the back he saw me and said welcome in the hallway. That was awesome. Never had that happen before. Made me feel at ease.
Superlatives fail me.
Dr. Holsinger is fantastic - Knowledgeable & listens to you. His team is great too.
Dr. Holsinger is an excellent physician - very cheerful knowledgeable.
Dr. Holsinger is the gold standard of compassionate and skilled care.
Dr. Floyd Christopher, Holsinger behaved highly professional all the time and showed their deep knowledge and compassion in my treatment. I am highly grateful to Stanford Hospital and their staff for putting me in good hands.
Dr. Holsinger is the absolute best dr. I've ever had in all my 56 years. He's very intelligent, knows his stuff, kind, humorous. He makes me feel like family.
Dr. Holsinger is very attentive, respectful, kind about answering questions & empathizing.
Dr. Holsinger & his team are amazing. Could not have asked for anything better.
Dr. Hoisinger is the best of 7 ENT from the other premiere US hospitals I've seen for my conditions - including MSK, MEE, Yale.
I felt like a member of a team looking for treatment for a problem that is unusual and ongoing. Dr. Holsinger and team are knowledgeable and creative. They have my utmost confidence.
Always enjoy as much time as we can get with "Floyd".
I cannot imagine a more skilled practitioner to address my mucous/melanoma in the pharynx.
Dr. Holsinger is excellent. His communication, friendliness and concern are remarkable.
Dr. Holsinger always has a smile on his face & an upbeat attitude - helps maintain positive momentum even for very serious cancer.
Dr. Holsinger & team are awesome!
Excellent, excellent, professionals, we trust "our team!"
Dr. Holsinger is a wonderful doctor. He is very sharp, very intelligent, as well as being very human, funny, and caring.
Was fortunate to have been treated @ Stanford.
Dr. Holsinger is a blessing. He is an amazing doctor, caring, knowledgeable and always willing to listen. I can't say enough great things about him.
Everyone gave me the best service and care humanly possible.
Overall happy with everything.
Dr. Holsinger is the best.
Staff and Dr. Holsinger for caring, sensitive, friendly, a great experience.
Did a professional job!
Awesome professional.
Dr Holsinger is fantastic. Always so positive and professional.
Excellent doctor.
Dr. Holsinger is the best! Great surgeon, listens to you, answers your questions.
I have absolute confidence in Dr. Holsinger, and I feel very lucky to be in his care. He sees his patients as "people" first, not the disease. He is very caring.
Dr. Holsinger is simply amazing, kind, compassionate with a great sense of humor.
Dr. Holsinger was extraordinary. He went down the hall and arranged for an immediate... biopsy.
My personal experience with Dr. Holsinger are exceptional. He met beyond my expectation. I am never scared, nervous coming for my appointment because he's a very down to earth, cool, calm guy, and very smart. And did I say, nice and sweet. All the staff from the front desk, to PA, to NA and Dr. Holsinger went above and beyond my expectation. Great people!
Dr. Holsinger is the best!
Dr. Holsinger and staff were very warm, approachable, and professional.
Care provider failed to follow through w/coordinating treatment.
Very good!
Dr. Holsinger is always attentive and caring.
They listened to my concerns attentively.
From beginning to end, every encounter along the way were very caring and helpful people. Dr. Holsinger and his assistant were wonderful!
Dr. Holsinger is amazing and what a sense of humor. Stand up comic.
Dr. Holsinger is an amazing doctor! Great care, very thorough and informative. Great sense of humor.
Dr. Holsinger is a treasure; I am fortunate he was my surgeon.
With the holiday season, Dr. Holsinger squeezed me in his very booked schedule early in the morning with I am very thankful for and appreciative along with his team.
Excellent, wish all hospitals had such excellent dr.'s and staff as Stanford does.
I have had such great care at this facility, and with this doctor, that I was actually looking forward to this visit.
Excellent care!
The room was very full. Even though I was told I could ask people to leave it was probably too many people for me for my first visit. At the end, it felt rushed and I didn't have all of my questions answers (but have since).
Dr. Holsinger is the absolute best!
Dr. Holsinger is a very positive person.
Dr. Holsinger & Dr. Gensheiner are not only excellent physicians but have a bedside manner that really gives you confidence in their treatment for you.
REALLY appreciate Dr. Chris Holsinger!
Excellent group!
MD provided up to date research and statics to help with my decision.
Dr. Holsinger is a exceptional physician - thank you for having him on your staff!
Dr. Holsinger & his entire team were superb - funny, compassionate, clear, comprehensive, & competent. I feel fortunate to have him as my doctor.
Very informing.
Excellent personal attention.
Dr. Schoopy and Dr. Holsinger were so personable and kind. They answered all my questions and used layman's terms. After our decision, I trust these men w/my surgery.
Dr. Holsinger and his staff are great. Dr. Chris Holsinger is always very friendly; kind yet professional. He shows the utmost respect, care & concern for his patients (me) and I feel fortunate and confident in his care.
I had very high expectations and the entire staff managed to exceed them!
Dr. Holsinger and his team are excellent!
Chris Holsinger is what all doctors should be - highly competent and caring about his patients as people, not just patients.
Dr. Holsinger and the whole pre-op and post-op team were THE BEST!
Excellent surgeon and wonderful person -
Good visits. No complaints. My doctor is great.
Seems to remember me personally & genuinely, concerned for my health & well being - compassionate.
Dr. Holsinger thoroughly explained everything and he even demonstrated the importance of my care with a children's game which was MEMORABLE!!
Have complete confidence in this (Dr. Holsinger) doctor & Stanford Care.
Dr. Holsinger went out of his way to arrange for me and my daughters to meet with a team of medical experts. He is SO friendly, fun, & caring, not to mention an expert in his field. At my request, he even prayed with me before surgeries. Thank you Dr. Holsinger and nurse, Kris O'Quinn!
I felt well taken care of and in the capable hands of a highly competent team of providers. Excellent communication and coordination of my unusual case.
The team I met was amazing.
There is a good focus on the surgery. There is lack of focus on managing the symptoms associated with the medical condition in the interim before the surgery.
Doctor, nurse & assistants all very good, concerned, knowledgeable.
All staff at conference with Tumor Board were solicitous and endeavored to explain options for treatment. Recommended another PET scan to further clarify options.
My care provider Dr. Holsinger the minute he entered the room you felt a warmth about him and also his big smile wanted me to forget about my condition.
Everyone was amazing!
I know my cancer follow-up care will last years and I feel safe and happy to have my Stanford doctors & nurses on my team. I thank you with all my heart!
Dr. Holsinger is a fantastic physician. I feel v. lucky to be under his care -
Dr. Holsinger is the best! Excellent provider & bedside manner.
The best -> I am now cancer free.
The doctor and staff are very professional. Easy to work with.
With delight I recommend my family and friend.
Dr. Holsinger was fantastic - very warm and compassionate - made me feel very comfortable. Spent a lot of time with me answering questions and going over options extremely positive experience with him!! (His NP was great as well).
Dr. Holsinger & his staff were amazing!
Not knowing what to expect on my first visit. Dr. Holsinger put me at ease w/ his personal and professional approach. I was relieved & pleased to have had him address my concern.
Dr. Holsinger has a very strong team approach. This was my first time for surgery and hospital stay (6 nights). Very impressed with Dr. Holsinger and the entire Stanford Medical Hospital.
Very professional and impressive.
Kristina O'Quinn was exceptional in providing my care. Dr. Holsinger is an excellent physician. He is caring, compassionate and respectful. He is an excellent surgeon.
He was very caring giving me time to ask questions. Made me feel like I was his only patient and a feeling that he was there to take care of any needs. Very personable.
I feel confident about this doctor, Dr. Holsinger.
A great visit with Dr. Holsinger & team.
Dr. Holsinger is a world class clinician. He is an excellent teacher as well. His conversations with resident physician (Dr. Schepp) and medical student made me the patient understand the situation even better.
I felt as if I was the only patient the team had.
They are very nice people! No problem at all.
Everyone Dr. Holsinger, NP Jase "Bub" Sandos and PA Melayna (sp.) were wonderful - very courteous and informative.
Dr. Holsinger NEVER rushes through a clinic visit and is ALWAYS willing to answer questions that are concerning me.
Dr. Holsinger is a world class surgeon
Very good.
Dr. Holsinger seems great so far!
I have 100% confidence in Dr. Holsinger. He is a skilled surgeon/physician and has what I would describe as a great "bedside" manner. He takes the time to listen to you and answer your questions, making sure that you are understanding what he's saying.
Dr. Holsinger is my provider & his care & concern is impeccable! He's a caring & amazing dr.
Dr. Chris Holsinger & his staff were excellent.
World-class surgeon.
I NEVER feel that Dr. Holsingeror the NP are rushing through my appointment to move on to the next patient. Any questions or concerns I have are always addressed in a thorough manner.
Dr. Hoslinger and his staff could not be more helpful.
The staff from Dr. Holsinger, to Bob NP, Chris RN was unbelievable. So helpful and attentive. I am extremely happy with entire experience. Professional and wonderful people to work with!!
Dr. Holsinger has a great way of putting you at ease and he instills a high level of confidence in his knowledge and experience. He is a fantastic doctor.
Anytime we had a question or issue we were attended to promptly.
Chris Holsinger is what a doctor should be - not only world-class in his competence, but also a human who cares deeply about connecting with his patients. He answers that he is treating the entire PERSON, not just the medical condition.
Dr. Holsinger did all of the above and more. He is an excellent physician with a "good bedside manner" that give you confidence & reassurance.
Very good.
Access to dr. is very poor. However his capability appears to be very good.
Dr. Holsinger is the most caring & friendly doctor I've ever experienced Combined with this outstanding credentials, he is an absolute gem!
I don't think they knew HOW to answer ALL my questions, but they were all respectful & kind.
This care time is the best!!
Already have recommended.
Dr. Holsinger is a superb doctor - he is very nice, compassionate & has always put me at ease with his kind demeanor.
Don't feel he listens - Feel visit is rushed.
Dr. Holsinger listens, treated me as an individual, and was communicated well. Pretty rare for a great surgeon! He cares and it comes through when you speak with him.
Dr. Holsinger took as much time as was necessary to hash out a consent for surgery as I needed and took all my concerns seriously.
Very friendly, and courteous.
Dr. Holsinger was very attentive, friendly and caring. Received great information.
One hundred % confidence in my care provider.
My care team is the best. They all communicate w/each other as needed. All great!
Dr. is amazing and has a great personality, as well as bedside manners!

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