Sean Massa, MD

Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery

Patients seen at

VA St. Louis Healthcare System
John Cochran Division
915 North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63106

Mailing address

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave. CB 8115
St. Louis, MO 63110


  • BS – Biomedical Engineering; Global Health, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • MD – Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Residency in Otolaryngology – Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • Fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction – Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Licensure and board certification

  • Otolaryngology – Certified


  • Eagle Scout, 2008
  • Northwestern University Women’s Alumni Foundation Award, 2009-2010
  • Projects for Peace, 2009-2010
  • Agnew Society Scholars Grant, 2010
  • Resident “Top Gun” Award, 2016-2018
  • Humanitarian Travel Grant, 2017
  • Resident Reviewer Develop Program – Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2017
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society, 2017
  • Star Reviewer – Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2017-2018

Selected publications

  1. Massa ST, Osazuwa-Peters N, Adjei Boakye E, Walker RJ, Ward GM. Comparison of the Financial Burden of Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer With Other Cancer Survivors. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019. PMCID:PMC6439752 PMID:30789634
  2. Osazuwa-Peters N, Christopher KM, Cass LM, Massa ST, Hussaini AS, Behera A, Walker RJ, Varvares MA. What’s Love Got to do with it? Marital status and survival of head and neck cancer. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2019;e13022. PMID:30784126
  3. Adjei Boakye E, Johnston KJ, Moulin TA, Buchanan PM, Hinyard L, Tobo BB, Massa ST, Osazuwa-Peters N. Factors Associated With Head and Neck Cancer Hospitalization Cost and Length of Stay-A National Study. Am J Clin Oncol. 2019;42(2):172-178. PMID:30300170
  4. Simpson MC, Challapalli SD, Cass LM, Zahirsha ZS, Adjei Boakye E, Massa ST, Osazuwa-Peters N. Impact of gender on the association between marital status and head and neck cancer outcomes. Oral Oncol. 2019;89:48-55. PMID:30732958
  5. Massa ST, Cass LM, Challapalli S, Zahirsha Z, Simpson M, Ward G, Osazuwa-Peters N. Demographic predictors of head and neck cancer survival differ in the elderly. Laryngoscope. 2019;129(1):146-153. PMID:30194774
  6. Massa ST, Rohde RL, Mckinstry C, Gresham M, Osazuwa-Peters N, Ward GM, Walker RJ. An assessment of patient burdens from head and neck cancer survivorship care. Oral Oncol. 2018;82:115-121. PMID:29909885
  7. Simpson MC, Massa ST, Boakye EA, Antisdel JL, Stamatakis KA, Varvares MA, Osazuwa-Peters N. Primary Cancer vs Competing Causes of Death in Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer. JAMA Oncol. 2018;4(2):257-259. PMCID:PMC5838703 PMID:29285537
  8. Osazuwa-Peters N, Massa ST, Simpson MC, Adjei Boakye E, Varvares MA. Survival of human papillomavirus-associated cancers: Filling in the gaps. Cancer. 2018;124(1):18-20. PMID:29105739
  9. Osazuwa-Peters N, Simpson MC, Massa ST, Adjei Boakye E, Antisdel JL, Varvares MA. 40-year incidence trends for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma in the United States. Oral Oncol. 2017;74:90-97. PMID:29103758
  10. Massa ST, Cass LM, Osazuwa-Peters N, Christopher KM, Walker RJ, Varvares MA. Decreased cancer-independent life expectancy in the head and neck cancer population. Head Neck. 2017;39(9):1845-1853. PMID:28640483
  11. Massa ST, Osazuwa-Peters N, Franco J, Ward GW, Walker RJ. Survival after refusal of surgical treatment for locally advanced laryngeal cancer. Oral Oncol. 2017;71:34-40. PMID:28688688