Dr. Michael Markiewicz is an Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. His general research interest is the repair of wounds, specifically those associated with the various stages of head and neck oncology management. Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) are capable of creating wounds directly through aggressive growth and extension from primary carcinoma sites.
During his career, he has been involved in the surgical repair of both soft tissue and bony tumors, but his interest in oncology surgery was initiated during residency with the mentorship from surgeons performing a high volume of head and neck oncologic surgery. These same surgeons pushed him to pursue research projects such as thin serial step sectioning of sentinel lymph node biopsies in which they have determined that it is not necessary to accurately stage the neck in oral squamous cell carcinoma.
Recently, Dr. Markiewicz published a novel method to maintain microvascular flaps for HNSCC patients, which extends previous studies that addressed drainage and oral mucosa harvest for grafting. He has also had the pleasure of helping to develop computer-assisted methods to envision reconstruction and to improve function and ultimately the quality of life for patients. While much of his time is spent doing surgery, like other oral and maxillofacial surgeons, Dr. Markiewicz also sees a significant number of his patients with oral soft tissue disease besides malignancies.