Phillip Pirgousis, M.D., D.M.D.


  1. Jacksonville, Florida



Phillip Pirgousis, M.D., D.M.D., is a head and neck surgeon who specializes in head and neck oncology and skull base tumor surgery in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Mayo Clinic hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He performs microvascular reconstructive surgeries for defects in the head and neck and skull base regions, which treat various deformities and cancers.

Dr. Pirgousis earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia, where he also earned his Doctor of Medicine. He went on to become chief resident of general surgery and a fellow at institutions in Australia and England and completed his residency in maxillofacial surgery. Afterwards, he completed a reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine, where he was chair of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Pirgousis speaks English and Greek, has contributed to numerous medical journals and book chapters, and is a member of multiple societies and associations within his specialty area.

His clinical focus includes:

  • Removal of tumors affecting the head and neck and skull base areas
  • Reconstruction of defects in the head, neck and skull base after tumor removal
  • Functional outcomes after head and neck cancer surgery
  • Minimally invasive robotic surgery for tonsil and base of tongue tumors
  • Thyroid and parathyroid tumors
  • Multidisciplinary management of head and neck sarcomas
  • Skin cancers in the head and neck area, including melanoma
  • Surgical correction of the paralyzed face
  • Zenker's diverticulum and cancers of the cervical esophagus
  1. Cancer treatment
  2. Facial reanimation surgery
  3. Laryngectomy
  4. Microvascular surgery
  5. Neck dissection
  6. Nerve reconstruction
  7. Parathyroidectomy
  8. Parotidectomy
  9. Reconstructive surgery
  10. Skin cancer excision
  11. Thyroidectomy
  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Head and neck reconstructive surgery
  • Thyroid and parathyroid tumors
  • Skull base surgery
  • Skin cancer/melanoma
  • Head and neck sarcomas
  • Vascular tumors
  • Facial paralysis
  • Nerve injuries/nerve reconstruction
  1. 2010
    Fellowship - Head & Neck Oncology/Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery University of Florida College of Medicine
  2. 2007
    Residency - Maxillofacial Surgery University of Adelaide
  3. 2007
    FellowRoyal College of Surgeons of England
  4. 2007
    FellowRoyal Australasian College of Surgeons
  5. 2006
    Chief Resident - General SurgeryRoyal Darwin Hospital
  6. 2004
    MDUniversity of Adelaide Medical School
  7. 1996
    DMDUniversity of Adelaide Medical School

Awards and honors

  1. 2016
    Jacksonville 'Heroes' Award for Excellence in MedicineUniversity of Florida College of Medicine
  2. 2016
    Roger M. Hehn Exemplary Teacher AwardUniversity of Florida College of Medicine
  3. 2005
    Best Resident Presentation "The Buccinator and Nasolabial Flaps for Oral Cavity Reconstruction Revisited - Functional Outcomes"Annual Meeting, Australian & New Zealand Head & Neck Society
  4. 2004
    Outstanding Award in Final Year Medicine Examinations, 6th YearRoyal Adelaide Hospital
  5. 2003
    Best Resident Presentation 'Tracheostomy versus Intubation Outcomes and Timing of Hospitalization in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer'Australian & New Zealand Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons Meeting
  6. 2003
    Outstanding Awards in Medicine, Orthopedics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology, 5th Year MedicineQueen Elizabeth Hospital

Professional memberships

  1. 2013 - present
    Committee MemberUF Health Shands Hospital
  2. 2011 - present
    Faculty CouncilUF Health Shands Hospital
  3. 2011 - present
    Committee MemberUF Health Shands Hospital
  4. 2011 - present
    ChairUF Health Shands Hospital
  5. 2011 - present
    MemberUF Health Shands Hospital
  6. 2011 - present
    ChairUF Health Shands Hospital
  7. 2011 - present
    MemberNorth American Skull Base Society
  8. 2011 - present
    MemberSir Charles Bell Society for Facial Nerve Disorders
  9. 2011 - present
    MemberSociety of Robotic Surgeons
  10. 2011 - present
    MemberAmerican Society of Robotic Surgery
  11. 2010 - present
    MemberOverseas Aid & Microvascular Surgery Training, Education Committee, International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  12. 2009 - 2012
    MemberBritish Association of Head and Neck Oncologists
  13. 2009 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  14. 2009 - present
    MemberAmerican Head and Neck Society
  15. 2007 - present
    MemberInternational Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  16. 2007 - present
    MemberAustralian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society
  17. 2007 - present
    MemberBritish Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons