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Zhen Gooi, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Zhen Gooi, MD, specializes in the care of patients with benign and malignant head and neck tumors. 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 is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and educational videos related to head and neck cancer and reconstruction. He has presented at numerous international conferences and serves as an invited reviewer for the journal Head and Neck.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certification

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Medical School

King's College London School of Medicine, United Kingdom

Internship and Residency

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore (head and neck surgical oncology, microvascular reconstructive surgery of the head and neck)


American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Head and Neck Society

Languages Spoken

Bahasa Malaysia


Office Phone

(773) 702-4036

Office Fax

(773) 702-6809

Office Postal Address

Zhen Gooi, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 1035
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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Learn More About Dr. Gooi

Dr. Gooi and his surgical team’s innovative transoral thyroidectomy procedure offered Sherri Caine a truly scarless alternative to thyroid gland removal. Watch her story.

Dr. Gooi is part of a surgical team that was the first in the Midwest to remove diseased thyroid and parathyroid glands using a minimally invasive approach that leaves no visible scar.

For nearly a decade, surgeons have been searching for a more cosmetically appealing way to remove a diseased thyroid gland. Dr. Gooi explains a new procedure that makes a scarless thyroidectomy possible.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Gooi's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.