Jeffrey Bumpous

J. Samuel Bumgardner Professor of Otolaryngologic Surgery

School of Medicine

Jeffrey Bumpous, M.D., is professor and chief of the Division of Otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery. Bumpous specializes in less-invasive forms of surgery and more-targeted follow-up therapies to improve the quality of life for head and neck cancer patients.

His surgical team has performed more than 400 minimally invasive radio-guided procedures to remove diseased parathyroid glands, and he studies associated chemotherapy and irradiation therapy as well as other trial treatments for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Among his goals are ensuring the continued function of a patient’s organs like the tongue and larynx. Bumpous is working to improve diagnostic techniques to find cancer predictors before they can be detected by traditional methods such as CT or MRI scans.

Bumpous has served as associate editor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Surgery and Laryngoscope. He also has served in leadership roles in the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the American Head and Neck Society, the Kentucky Society of Otolaryngology, the Louisville Otolaryngologic Society and professional organizations. His many awards include St. Louis University’s 1989 intern of the year and three Vincent J. Hyams resident teaching awards from U of L. He is a 2003 Recipient of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS Honor Award.

A native of Ft. Benning, Ga., Bumpous received his bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University in Kentucky and his medical degree from the University of Louisville. He completed an internship and residency in the otolaryngology department at St. Louis University and served a fellowship in advanced head and neck and cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.