Robert DeFatta, MD, PhD

Robert DeFatta, MD, PhD

Dr. DeFatta is double board certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a consummate innovator and uses only the latest techniques to diagnose and treat his patients. This includes being one of the few physicians in the United States to use the da Vinci® robot and intraoperative CT and MRI to achieve the best patient outcomes for the most challenging lesions of the head and neck. When primary or secondary reconstruction of large head and neck defects is necessary, restoration of the patient's appearance and function are his top priority. His passion and expertise also lies in offering his patients a comprehensive cosmetic surgery repertoire.


  • Medical Degree – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Residency – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Fellowship – Williams Center Plastic Surgery Specialists, New York
  • Board Certifications – Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery/Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery


  • Reviewer, Journal of Voice
  • Editorial Board, Ear Nose and Throat Journal
  • Invited lead editor for International Journal of Otolaryngology special issue: Advances in Head and Neck Trauma Reconstruction
  • Course director: Craniomaxillofacial Trauma & Reconstructive Symposium, Albany, NY
  • United States Patent: Cancer Gene Therapy Based on Translational Control of a Suicide Gene
  • Invited keynote speaker: Selective Killing of Cancer Cells Through Translational Regulation of the HTK/GCV Gene Therapy System, 6th International Symposium of Preventive Oncology and Intervention Strategies, Pasteur Institute, Paris, France