Matthew Lee Pierce, MD| Microvascular Plastic Surgery, Head And Neck Surgical Oncology | MedStar Health

Matthew Lee Pierce, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (492 reviews)

Specialties: Microvascular Plastic Surgery, Head And Neck Surgical Oncology, Head And Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology

Languages: Spanish, English


About me

Matthew Pierce, MD, is a board-certified otolaryngologist in the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Division at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He sees patients for the diagnosis and treatment of all diseases of the ear, nose, and throat using nonsurgical medical treatments in addition to surgical intervention, when necessary.

More specifically, Dr. Pierce is a head and neck cancer surgeon who is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of both benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck including the thyroid, parathyroid, salivary glands, oral cavity, and throat, in addition to skin cancers, such as melanoma and squamous cell cancer. Dr. Pierce is specialty-trained in robotic surgery and laser surgery for the removal of tumors of the head and neck as well as sialendoscopy, or endoscopy of the salivary ducts, for the removal of salivary gland stones. He also dedicates himself to the reconstruction of head and neck tissues following excision of head and neck tumors through the use of microvascular reconstructive surgery using free, local, and regional flaps.

His clinical interests include all diseases of the salivary glands, including stones; and all cancers of the head and neck, including the thyroid, the parathyroid, and benign and malignant tumors of the salivary glands and submandibular glands. His research interests include improving access to and the efficiency of cancer treatment using a cancer care coordinator and increasing patient knowledge and awareness of head and neck cancer. He is also interested in exploring the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) associated with the development of head and neck cancers and how this information can change the way these cancers are diagnosed and treated.

Dr. Pierce received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He then joined MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for a general surgery internship and a four-year residency training program in otolaryngology where he served as Administrative Chief and was awarded the Roy B. Sessions Award. Finally, he completed a specialty fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular reconstruction at Yale University before returning to MedStar Health. 

Dr. Pierce is an advocate for increasing robotics and laser treatments of head and neck tumors and implementing salivary endoscopy when appropriate to a wide population of patients in the Washington, D.C. area at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He has published various papers and has been invited to speak on numerous occasions domestically and internationally on topics surrounding issues of the efficacy of robotic surgery, head and neck complications of Streptococcus pneumonia, and snoring and sleep apnea in adults, among many other topics.

Philosophy of Care

“What drives my overall philosophy of care and decision-making process towards my patients is focusing on how I would treat my own family members and how I would want to receive care, with respect and compassion. This allows me the privilege of building trusting relationships with my patients that then allows me to provide the highest quality of care. I listen to my patient’s concerns and carefully craft a treatment plan that will produce the best results, regardless of the type or severity of their illness. I’m proud to have the ability to make a significant difference in people’s lives through personalized care that entails developing a comprehensive treatment plan specific to the needs of each patient based on empathy and dignity.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Ear Mass
  • Head And Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Hoarseness
  • Nasal Mass
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Sinusitis
  • Thyroid Surgery
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Adenocarcinoma Of The Head And Neck
  • Adenoid Hypertrophy
  • Adenoiditis
  • Airway Disorders
  • Alaryngeal Communication
  • Allergic Fungal Sinusitis
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Allergic Rhinosinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Anterior Nasal Drip
  • Cheek Problems
  • Choking Sensation
  • Chronic Rhinosinusitis
  • Chronic Sinus Infection
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Deviated Septum
  • Difficulty Speaking
  • Dry Mouth
  • Dysphagia
  • Dysphagia, Oropharyngeal Phase
  • Dysphonia
  • Ear Mass
  • Epistaxis
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Excessive Salivation
  • Face Swelling
  • Facial Deformity
  • Facial Fracture
  • Facial Nerve Disease
  • Facial Nerve Injury
  • Facial Nerve Palsy
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Paresis
  • Fissured Tongue
  • Foreign Body (EAR)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Goiter
  • Hairy Tongue
  • Head And Neck Cancer
  • Head Mass
  • History Of Pituitary Mass
  • Hoarseness
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Disease
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Injury
  • Inverted Papilloma Of The Sinus
  • Jaw Pain
  • Laryngeal Dysphagia
  • Laryngeal Dystonia
  • Laryngeal Papillomatosis
  • Laryngeal Polyps
  • Laryngitis
  • Lip Droop
  • Ludwig Angina
  • Lump In Throat
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Mouth Abscess
  • Mouth Bleeding
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Mouth Infection
  • Mouth Pain
  • Muffled Hearing
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Crusting
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Nasal Mass
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal Trauma
  • Neck Abscess
  • Neck Cyst
  • Neck Lymph Nodes
  • Neoplasm Of Ear
  • Neurologic Disorders Of The Larynx
  • Nose Fracture
  • Odynophagia
  • Oral Inflammation
  • Oral Lesions
  • Oral Pathology
  • Osteoma
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Polyp Of Cheek
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Preauricular Fistula
  • Problems With Smell And Taste
  • Rhinitis
  • Rhinorrhea
  • Salivary Gland Disorders
  • Salivary Gland Swelling
  • Scratchy Voice
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sialadenitis
  • Sialolithiasis
  • Sino Nasal Carcinoma
  • Sino Nasal Disorders
  • Sinonasal Papilloma
  • Sinus Mass
  • Sinus Pain
  • Sinus Polyp
  • Sinus Pressure
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep-Related Hypoventilation
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Spots On Mouth
  • Stomatitis
  • Stylohyoid Syndrome
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Submandibular Nodule
  • Submandibular Swelling
  • Suppurative Tonsillitis
  • Swallowing Problem
  • Swollen Parotid
  • Swollen Throat
  • Throat Abscess
  • Throat Cancer
  • Throat Mass
  • Throat Tightness
  • Thyroglossal Duct Disorders
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tongue Mass
  • Tongue Pain
  • Tongue Swelling
  • Tonsillar Abscess
  • Tonsillar Hypertrophy
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tonsilloliths
  • Velopharyngeal Deficiencies
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
  • Vocal Cord Dysfunction
  • Vocal Cord Issues
  • Vocal Cord Lesions
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
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Procedures I perform

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Da Vinci
  • Da Vinci Head & Neck Surgery
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Ear Exam
  • Frenectomy
  • Head And Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Laryngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laryngotracheoplasty
  • Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty
  • Mandibulectomy
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Flap Reconstruction
  • Nasoseptal Reconstruction
  • Neck Biopsy
  • Neck Mass Excision
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Pharyngeal Flap Surgery
  • Sialendoscopy
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Endoscopy
  • Sphenoidotomy
  • Throat Abscess Drainage
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Dilatation
  • Tracheostomy Management
  • Transnasal Repair Csf Leak
  • Transoral Robotic Surgery For Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Uvuloplasty
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Vocal Cord Surgery
  • Voice Prosthesis
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Practice locations

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Floor 1
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 877-826-5501

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  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • United Navigate
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
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    • Kaiser Signature
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    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
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    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Golden Rule
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • United Student Resources
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    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Cigna EPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
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    • United Choice
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
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    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
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    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
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    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Virginia Premier
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • I-SNP
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Tricare East Select
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Carefirst EPO
    • D-SNP)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
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    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • United Choice Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Tricare East Prime
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • United Select Plus (POS)
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    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
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    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • CareFirst Administrators
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    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Kaiser Select
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO


Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology

Fellowship Program: Yale New Haven Hospital (2017)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2016)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2012)

Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2011)

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  • Feb 12, 2024

    I recommended Dr Pierce to my family and friends . I am a healthcare provider myself

  • Feb 8, 2024

    Always on listens and explains everything

  • Feb 5, 2024

    Dr. Pierce is an excellent provider. He takes your well-being and concerns to heart. Great at what he does!!