Dr. Wesley Hicks Jr, MD

Dr. Wesley Hicks Jr, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 64
Dr. Wesley Hicks Jr, MD is an otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in Buffalo, NY and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from University At Buffalo State University Of New York School Of Medicine in 1984 and specializes in ear, nose, and throat, plastic surgery, and more.Read his story


Buffalo, NY 14263

Contact Information

(716) 845-4898

Insurance Accepted

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • EmblemHealth
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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Top Care Areas

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Laryngeal Cancer
very high
more than 96% of peers
Larynx Conditions
very high
more than 96% of peers
Salivary Gland Cancer
more than 88% of peers

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Dr. Hicks Jr' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Hicks Jr "Wesley L. Hicks Jr., M.D., is chair of the Head and Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Dr. Hicks is Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a tenured Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery and Bioengineering at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. His research interests focus on tissue engineering, wound healing and mechanisms involved in wound repair. His laboratory is studying novel work in bioengineered devices for enhanced wound repair, as well as cellular microenvironment effecting tissue remodeling and repair. Dr. Hicks was recently named one of the nation's Top Cancer Doctors by Newsweek magazine and is a recipient of the American Academy of Otolaryngology's Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award. He was also selected as one of the top 100 physicians in the nation by Black Enterprise magazine. He earned his dental degree at Meharry Medical College and his medical degree at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York Hospital — Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, and his Fellowship in Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Hicks is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Medical Association, the Triologic Society, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Head & Neck Society, and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. He was a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. His community affiliations include board memberships on the Board of Directors of HealthNow Inc./BlueCross BlueShield of New York State, the Urban League, the advisory board of First Niagara Bank and WBFO — the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. He also is a Commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Dr. Hicks has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal publications, book chapters and abstracts, and has been issued a number of patents related to his interest in tissue engineering and wound healing."


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5  Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Otolaryngic Skull Base Surgery
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery-Head & Neck

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

64  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Sinusitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Diseases
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Adenoid Infection
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Cough
  • Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
  • Dentofacial Anomalies
  • Drooping Eyelids (Ptosis)
  • Ear Disorders
  • Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Geographic Tongue
  • Gum Cancer
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukoplakia
  • Lip Cancer
  • Loss of Voice or Hoarse Voice
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Meningiomas
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Pharyngitis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Skin Cancer
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
  • Sore Throat
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tongue-Tie
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp
  • Wheezing


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43  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Glossectomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Paracentesis
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skin Grafts
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Venous Sclerotherapy
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Weill Cornell Medical College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University At Buffalo State University Of New York School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • Cornell Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Manhattan Ee & Throat Hosp
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • SUNY At Buffalo Affil Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1987
  • SUNY At Buffalo Sch Med
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Stanford University Med Ctr
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Hicks Jr has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Hicks Jr' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Hicks Jr to family and friends
13 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (13)

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Dr. Hicks Jr' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

I am grateful to Dr. Hicks for providing exceptional care. His professionalism, detailed and specific office management led me to believe the same excellence would be found in the surgical suite. I was right and am thankful for a positive outcome. I received wonderful care by him and all I...more
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Thank you very much for your thoughtful review as I'm happy to hear you had a positive experience visiting my practice. I strive to provide the very best and compassionate care to my patients and appreciate that you took the time to provide feedback.

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Good experience excellent clinician and teacher.
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Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. For many years I have dedicated my professional life to providing quality, compassionate care and I'm appreciative of your positive review.

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Although a prominent doctor the experience that we had was very poor. Dr. Hicks performed a biopsy on my father in May and the results were positive for cancer it took over two months and numerous phone calls and messages to get him seen again. In addition, every time we had an appointment with...more
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