Zhen Gooi, MD

Otolaryngology (ENT), Head and Neck Surgery, Head and Neck Cancer | More

Associate Professor of Surgery Director, Robotic Head and Neck Surgery
Co-Director, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.


Zhen Gooi, MD, specializes in the care of patients with benign and malignant head and neck tumors. He strives to provide personalized, effective and compassionate care to his patients and their families. Within the field of head and neck surgery, his clinical interests are microvascular (free flap) reconstruction of the head and neck, and transoral robotic surgery, a minimally invasive treatment approach for selected head and neck tumors that avoids the need for traditional neck, jaw and throat incisions. Dr. Gooi also offers implantation of the hypoglossal nerve stimulator for selected patients who have not tolerated continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

Dr. Gooi is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and educational videos related to head and neck cancer and reconstruction. His scholarly work has been published in the scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Head and Neck and the Laryngoscope. He is co-editor of a book entitled "Difficult Decisions in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology" and has served as an invited speaker for numerous international conferences related to head and neck cancer. He also received the Section of Otolaryngology's faculty teaching award in 2019 and serves as an invited reviewer for the journal Head and Neck.

Dr. Gooi provides timely second opinions on head and neck cancer care through UChicago Medicine's second opinion program.

Medical Education

  • King's College London School of Medicine


  • Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • Johns Hopkins Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Head and Neck Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Aetna HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2015

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Languages Spoken

  • English

At The Forefront Live: Understanding Sleep Apnea

UChicago Medicine experts Babak Mokhlesi, MD, director of the University of Chicago Medicine’s Sleep Disorder Center and colleagues Zhen Gooi, MD and Hemal Nayak, MD discuss sleep apnea, and the multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

Babak Mokhlesi, MD, Zhen Gooi, MD and Hemal Nayak, MD discuss sleep apnea treatments
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