Virginie Achim, MD

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Virginie Achim, MD Otolaryngology

Mailing Address:

The Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 West Taylor Street
Suite 387
Chicago, Illinois 60612






Virginie Achim is an Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Her specialty is head and neck surgical oncology, microvascular reconstruction, and transoral robotic surgery as well as thyroid/parathyroid surgery. Dr. Achim works closely with Dr. Barry Wenig, Chair of the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Director of the head and neck cancer program at UI Health.

Her mission is to treat patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck with a focus on maintaining quality of life. Dr. Achim's research interests include robotic surgery, nutritional optimization in surgical patients, and developing an enhanced recovery pathway for patients undergoing complex head and neck surgery and reconstruction.

Specialties & Services
  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Otolaryngology
  • Robotic Surgery (TORS)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Cancer Services
Board Certification: American Board of Surgery
Residency: Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
Internship: Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
Fellowship: Oregon Health and Science University
Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School
Professional Associations
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society
  • Website Education for Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Surgery
  • Sarcopenia in Head and Neck Cancer
  • Databank of Outcomes for Head and Neck Cancer Patients
  • Flex Robotic Surgery for Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Achim V, Stone L, Clayburgh DR, “Effect of Sarcopenia on Mortality in Head and Neck Patients Undergoing Surgery,” Submitted for publication March 2019. JAMA Otolaryngology HNS
  • Olson B,Achim V, Clayburgh DR, “Utility of Adjuvant Therapy for Pathologic N1 Oropharyngeal Carcinoma,” Accepted for publication February 2019. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
  • Wickemeyer J,Achim V, Redleaf M. Physician Attachment to Stapedectomy: A Comparison I’d Survey Responses. Accepted for publication January 2019 Indian Journal of Otology
  • McClellan J,Achim V, Clayburgh DR, “A Case of Small Bowel Obstruction Following Trans Oral Robotic Surgery,” published online November 2017 Head and Neck
  • Achim V , Bolognone R, Palmer A, Graville D, Andersen P, Clayburgh D “Long-Term Functional Outcomes after Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for the Treatment of Oropharyngeal Cancer,” published online October 28, 2017 JAMA- Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery
  • Clayburgh D, Stott W, Bolognone R, Palmer A,Achim V, Troob S, Li R, Brickman D, Graville D, Andersen P, Gross N “A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Extended Perioperative Corticosteroids to Reduce Pain After Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS),” published online August 28, 2017 Laryngoscope
  • AMWA Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement
  • Dartmouth Medical School Clinical Core Honors
  • Dartmouth Medical School Preclinical Honors 2006