Dr. Steven Chinn

Steven B. Chinn, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Clinical Contacts

To schedule a patient appointment: 734-936-8051

Administrative Contact

Christina Fields


Dr. Steven Chinn received his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in 2008, graduating with senior honors and elected into the National Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his post-graduate surgical training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Michigan in 2014, during which, he completed an 18-month National Institutes of Health-funded research fellowship in the molecular genetics and cellular biology of head and neck cancer. He then went on to complete a two-year dual fellowship in head & neck surgical oncology and microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Chinn also holds a Masters of Public Health degree in molecular epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Dr. Chinn joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 2016, and currently serves as an assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. He is a member of the head and neck oncology division, an active member of the Head and Neck Oncology Translational Research Program and the Rogel Cancer Center. His clinical expertise is in the treatment of all types of head and neck cancer, including minimally invasive robotic surgery. He also specializes in complex reconstructive surgery to restore form and function after cancer treatment. His research interests include molecular genetics of oral cavity cancer, head and neck cancer stem cells, the molecular mechanisms of metastasis, and outcomes research with an emphasis on improving survival and functional outcomes in patients with head and neck cancer.

Areas of Interest

Molecular biology and genetics of oral cavity cancer, survival and functional outcomes for head and neck cancer patients, reconstruction of the head and neck, genomics and expression profiles of head and neck cancer, molecular mechanisms of metastatic spread, molecular epidemiology of head and neck cancer, cancer stem cells of the head and neck, targeted therapies and clinical trials.


Medical School or Training

  • University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, 2008


  • University of Michigan, Otolaryngology, 2014


  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Head & Neck Surgical Oncology, 2016
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Recontructive Microsurgery, 2016

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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