Christopher Klem, MD, FACS
Otolaryngology Head and Neck Cancer and Reconstructive Surgeon
Christopher Klem, MD, is a Head and Neck Surgeon at the Queen’s Head and Neck Institute. He recently served as the Chief of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center and retired as a Colonel from the Army after serving 26 years on active duty.
Dr. Klem graduated from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1998 and performed his residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He served as Clinical Instructor in Otolaryngology at both Walter Reed and the University of Maryland for a year after residency. After completing a two-year fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, Dr. Klem moved to Hawaii and served as an Army physician at Tripler Army Medical Center for 8 years. In 2010, he deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan as a Head and Neck Surgeon where he performed more microvascular reconstructive surgeries in a combat zone than anyone ever has.
Although he practices the entire spectrum of benign and malignant Head and Neck tumors, Dr. Klem’s special interests include oral cavity cancer, salivary gland tumors, thyroid and parathyroid, and complex microvascular reconstruction. He is recognized as one of the leaders in Head and Neck Clinical Ultrasound and instructs frequently for the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Klem holds appointments as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Education & Training
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center
- Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Fellowships: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery