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Dr. James Azzi

Chief of Head & Neck Surgery, Good Samaritan Hospital

James Azzi, M.D. is a board-certified head & neck and micro-vascular surgeon with advanced fellowship training. His scope of practice is broad and includes head and neck cancer surgery, free tissue transfer, facial paralysis and reanimation, facial trauma, and sinus and skull base surgery. He holds an M.D. from Brown University. He completed his residency training at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai in Manhattan and his fellowship training at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland. He is a native Floridian.


Dr. James Azzi is an accomplished writer and researcher having published numerous chapters in textbooks and articles in medical and surgical journals ranging from Oral Oncology to Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


Dr. James Azzi follows the core philosophy of the Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery. He approaches each patient individually, takes time to listen and understand their goals, and together formulate a comprehensive treatment plan. These problems can be complex and require a multidisciplinary approach where the expertise of many physicians from different perspectives can be heard and considered during a conference.

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Head & Neck Cancer and Reconstruction

At the Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, we provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment for cancers of the oral cavity, throat, neck, salivary glands, thyroid, face and scalp. What sets Dr. James Azzi apart is his ability to take wide margins to obtain cure and reconstruct the subsequent larger defects without compromising form and function using autologous free tissue and advanced microvascular techniques. Our goal is not only to eradicate the cancer but to maintain quality of life by preserving appearance, symmetry, and basic functions like eating and swallowing using the most cutting edge plastic surgery techniques.

Facial Paralysis and Reanimation

Dr. James Azzi employs a variety of procedures tailored to individual patients with facial nerve disorders most often resulting from trauma or Bell’s palsy. The approach is comprehensive targeting eyebrows, eyelids, smile and mid-face, and lower face and seeks to restore symmetry and function with dynamic and static procedures. Techniques range from non-invasive, non-surgical to free microneurovascular transfer of the gracilis muscle.

Facial Trauma

Dr. James Azzi is an expert in the treatment of facial injuries most often suffered after assault or motor vehicle accidents. He uses cutting edge 3D modeling and imaging to plan the reposition of the facial skeleton and soft tissues to restore form, function, and symmetry. Focus is placed on the function of the eyes, sinuses, jaw and teeth, and the symmetrical projection of the forehead, cheek bones, nose, and chin.

Sinus Surgery

Balloon sinuplasty is a less invasive alternative to traditional endoscopic sinus surgery for patients with mild to moderate symptoms. In the right patient, it is effective and safe and can treat a variety of sinus conditions by widening the sinuses and allowing drainage and aeration. It can be done in the office as it does not require anesthesia or the removal of bone or tissue from the nose. Patients generally experience minimal discomfort and require very little recovery time.


In refractory or advanced cases endoscopic sinus surgery with general anesthesia remains a great option.