Wendell Yarbrough MD, MMHC, FACS

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pathology; Section Chief, Otolaryngology; Co-Director Molecular Virology Research Program; Director, Head & Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and PhysiologyCancer Center, Yale: Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Program: Yarbrough Lab; Molecular VirologyHPVPathology: ExPath | Surgery: Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Cancer Services

Research Interests

Head and neck oncology; Salivary oncology; Mouse modeling of human cancer; Human-in-mouse cancer models; Tumor suppressor activity; Molecular defects in cancer; NF-kappa B; NF-kB; Signaling; DNA damage; Human papilloma virus; HPV more...


  • M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1989
  • M.M.H.C., Vanderbilt University, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Characterization of HPV and host genome interactions in primary head and neck cancers. Parfenov M, Pedamallu CS, Gehlenborg N, Freeman SS, Danilova L, Bristow CA, Lee S, Hadjipanayis AG, Ivanova EV, Wilkerson MD, Protopopov A, Yang L, Seth S, Song X, Tang J, Ren X, Zhang J, Pantazi A, Santoso N, Xu AW, Mahadeshwar H, Wheeler DA, Haddad RI, Jung J, Ojesina AI, Issaeva N, Yarbrough WG, Hayes DN, Grandis JR, El-Naggar AK, Meyerson M, Park PJ, Chin L, Seidman JG, Hammerman PS, Kucherlapati R; the Cancer Genome Atlas Network; the Cancer Genome Atlas Network. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Oct 13. pii: 201416074. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Conclusions about human papillomavirus-related malignancies. Yarbrough WG, Rosenthal E. Head Neck. 2014 Jun;36(6):826-7. doi: 10.1002/hed.23378. Epub 2013 Sep 2.



Latest News


Edit Profile