Head & Neck Institute



Our Treatment Approach

The Queen’s Head & Neck Institute offers comprehensive and individualized care for people with tumors of the head and neck. It is Hawai‘i’s most active treatment center, and is staffed with health professionals who have exceptional expertise and depth of experience.

Head and neck tumors can be devastating to patients. At the Queen’s Head & Neck Institute, our goal is to give individualized treatment that will optimize the chances for cure while preserving quality of life. Our patients are cared for by a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team that will approach treatment from the perspectives of many specialties, with the ultimate goals of successful cancer treatment and preserving quality of life.

The Queen’s Head & Neck Institute’s dedicated physicians and health professionals offer Hawai‘i’s most advanced surgical techniques, leading edge systemic and targeted therapies, and outstanding rehabilitation services.  

The Queen’s Head & Neck Institute treats the following tumors and more:

  • Oral cavity
  • Pharynx
  • Larynx
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid
  • Salivary glands/Parotid
  • Skin cancers, including melanoma
  • Nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses
  • Skull base (including pituitary gland)
  • Neck
  • Acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma)
  • Sarcomas of the head and neck
  • Facial nerve paralysis
  • Head and neck issues in patients with tumors elsewhere in the body

The Queen’s Head & Neck Institute treats other types of head and neck conditions not listed here. Please call 808-691-7215 to discuss your particular case.

Our Team

At the Queen’s Head & Neck Institute, you will receive the undivided focus of a team of physicians that can include cancer surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, neuroradiologists, pain specialists, and reconstructive surgeons. They are joined by dentists, nurses, speech pathologists, nutritionists, and social workers with special training in head and neck tumors. Working together, they will prepare a special plan for each patient. Treatments may include advanced technology robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques, targeted therapies, as well as clinical trials.

Christopher Klem, MD, FACS
Head & Neck Cancer and Reconstructive Surgeon

Christopher Klem, MD recently joined the newly formed Queen’s Head & Neck Institute as a Head and Neck Surgeon.  He most recently served as the Chief of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center and retired as a Colonel from the Army after serving 26 years on Active Duty.

Dr. Klem graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1998 and performed his residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He served as Clinical Instructor in Otolaryngology at both Walter Reed and the University of Maryland for one year after residency.   Dr. Klem then completed a two-year fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  After leaving Houston, Dr. Klem moved to Hawaii and served as an Army physician at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu for eight years.   In 2010, Dr. Klem deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan as a Head and Neck Surgeon where he performed more microvascular reconstructive surgeries in a combat zone than anyone ever has. 

Although he practices the entire spectrum of benign and malignant Head and Neck tumors, Dr. Klem’s special interests include oral cavity cancer, salivary gland tumors, thyroid and parathyroid, and complex microvascular reconstruction.  He is recognized as one of the leaders in Head and Neck Clinical Ultrasound and instructs frequently for the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Klem holds appointments as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. 

Daniel Alam, MD, FACS
Head & Neck Cancer and Reconstructive Surgeon

Daniel Alam, MD has recently joined The Queen’s Medical Center and serves as a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He is a specialist in head and neck reconstructive surgery, including complex microvascular reconstructions to repair major facial injuries and cancer defects. He was the primary microvascular surgeon of the first face trans­plant procedure in the U.S. at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Alam has developed six new surgical procedures over the last five years, from minimally invasive surgeries for facial paralysis to complex facial reconstruction methods. The success rate of microvascular reconstruction in his section at the Cleveland Clinic was unparalleled nationally.

After graduating from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as valedictorian in 1996, Dr. Alam received his surgical training with an internship at Mas­sachusetts General Hospital, followed by residency at the Harvard Medical School’s Combined Hospitals Program in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He then completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstruc­tive surgery at the UCLA Medical Center and served on its faculty as a clinical instructor in facial plastic surgery. Before joining Queen’s, Dr. Alam served as the Section Head of Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and as Professor of Surgery at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

He holds senior-level academic positions in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). He is the director of an AAFPRS-sanc­tioned Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery, and serves on the organization’s board of directors. Dr. Alam is a member of the AAFPRS National Academic Curriculum Committee, leading the section on facial paralysis and rehabilitation. He also serves on the editorial boards of four major journals.



 1380 Lusitana St., Suite 615
Honolulu, HI 96813







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