Dr. Chernichenko serves as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Chief of Head and Neck Surgery. Her clinical expertise lies in the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, including salivary gland, thyroid and parathyroid, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, sinuses, skull base and skin. Her goal is to provide patients with advanced surgical care for head and neck cancer with an emphasis on quality-of-life issues. Dr. Chernichenko earned her undergraduate degree at New York University and her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Following a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Dr. Chernichenko pursued additional Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Chernichenko’s research interest is focused on exploring the molecular mechanisms of nerve invasion by human carcinomas with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets. She is a recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the American Head and Neck Society.