Faculty Members

Dr. Vincent Biron

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

Division of Otolaryngology
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About Me

Dr. Vincent Biron is an Assistant Professor and Surgeon-Scientist in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta.  He is presently the Director of the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Research Laboratory of Alberta (OHRLA), Chair of the Northern Alberta Head and Neck Tumor Board and Associate Editor for the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and BMC Cancer.

Dr. Biron began his post-secondary education at the University of Alberta where he received a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Molecular Genetics, followed by a PhD in Medical Genetics in the area of epigenetics.  He then obtained a medical degree from the University of Calgary and returned to the University of Alberta to complete his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He then obtained fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncologic, Microvascular and Skull Base Surgery from the University of California Davis.  Dr. Biron returned to the University of Alberta as Faculty member in the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2014.

His clinical practice is focused on head and neck cancer, transoral robotic (TORS) and thyroid surgery. He is actively involved in international outreach aimed at improving head and neck cancer care globally.  

He has published over 65 papers in peer-reviewed journals.  His research interests include molecular biomarkers, epigenetics of head and neck cancer, human papillomavirus, transoral robotic surgery outcomes and molecular diagnostics.  He has received numerous awards and grants for his research.


Research Keywords

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