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Nicholas Wirtz MDBoard-Certified: American Board of Otolaryngology

Dr. Nicholas Wirtz is a fellowship trained Otolaryngologist (ENT) Head and Neck Surgeon specializing in the management of cancers of the head and neck. A native of Blue Springs, he earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri, graduating summa cum laude with honors. Dr Wirtz completed residency at the University of Minnesota, and was awarded Outstanding Resident Clinician, an honor given to the top chief resident. He furthered his training by completing a fellowship in Advanced Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, working with some of the top surgeons in the field. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

His interests include:

  • Management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck
  • Surgical treatment of skin cancer
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Sinus and nasal obstruction treatment
  • Sleep apnea surgery


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Advanced Oncologic Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship

University of Minnesota
Otolaryngology Residency

University of Missouri School of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine

University of Missouri-Columbia
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Summa Cum Laude


2017 - Joseph Carter Award for Clinical Excellence
2016 - Albert Hohmann Research Award
2014 - Outstanding Surgical Consultant
2013 - Lions Research Grant Award
2012 - Clinical Research Award


Wirtz NE, Khariwala SS. “Update on the supraclavicular flap.” Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Oct;25(5):439-444.

Wirtz NE, Khariwala SS. “Should more conservative blood transfusion thresholds be adopted in head and neck surgery?” Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug;127(8):1733-1734.

Dorrity J, Wirtz N, Froymovich O, Hamlar D. “Genioglossal advancement, hyoid suspension, tongue base radiofrequency, and endoscopic partial midline glossectomy for obstructive sleep apnea.” Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2016 Dec;49(6):1399-1414.

Wirtz N, Sidman J, Block W. “Clefting of the alveolus: Emphasizing the distinction from cleft palate.” Am J Perinatol. 2016;33(6):531-534.

Wirtz N, Tibesar RJ, Lander T, Sidman J. “A pediatric decannulation protocol: Outcomes of a 10-year experience.” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016;154(4):731-734.

Wirtz N and Hamlar D. Genioglossus “Advancement for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology. 2015 Dec; 26(4):193-196

Dr. Nicholas E. Wirtz is currently accepting new patients at our Prairie Star location. To schedule an appointment please call 913-721-3387.