Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Fellowship training in Head & Neck Oncologic, Skull Base & Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery

Methodist University Hospital
Memphis VA Medical Center
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Office: 7945 WOLF RIVER BLVD
Tel: (901) 609-3570


  • Fellowship, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA, Head & Neck Oncologic, Skull Base and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
  • Residency, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
  • M.D., The George Washington University, Washington, DC, Medicine
  • M.S., Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Physiology
  • B.S., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Communication Sciences and Disorders


Christopher Vanison is currently an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  Originally from Long Island, New York, he attended Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, graduating in 2004 with a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders.  From there, he received his Master’s degree in Physiology from Georgetown University prior to matriculating at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences.  Dr. Vanison received his M.D. degree in 2010 and was elected to both Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Medical Honor Societies.  He then completed residency training in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Northwestern University, followed by a fellowship in Head & Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction at the University of California Davis.


Dr. Vanison’s professional interest is in treating patients with head & neck malignancies, in addition to performing microvascular free tissue transfer and regional flap reconstruction of head & neck defects.  He has a special interest in treating advanced skin cancers of the head & neck.  He has published journal articles and book chapters on head & neck melanoma, pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, head & neck cancer surgery and allergic fungal sinusitis.  Dr. Vanison enjoys teaching residents and medical students during didactics and in the operating room.  While at Northwestern, he received resident teaching awards from both the department of Otolaryngology and the department of graduate medical education.  He looks forward to continuing working with residents and students at UT.

Clinical Care Specialty/Interest

Head & Neck Cancer Surgery

Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery of the Head & Neck

Surgical Treatment of Advanced Cutaneous Malignancies of the Head & Neck

Treatment of Benign and Malignant Salivary Gland Tumors

Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS)

Open and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Trans-Oral Laser Microsurgery (TLM)

Thyroid Surgery

Parathyroid Surgery