Joel Stanek

Community Instructor


I enjoy all aspects of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, but I have a particular interest in head and neck reconstruction following major cancer surgery or trauma. I am also interested in functional and aesthetic nasal surgery. My approach to patient care is to establish a cooperative relationship where the patient and I work as a team to achieve their health goals. When not at work, I enjoy cycling and food-based fermentation projections including breadmaking and cheesemaking.


  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Microvascular Surgery


Undergrad:  St. John's University
Med School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Residency: University of Minnesota - Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Board Eligible

Awards and Recognitions

  • Jack Anderson Award for the highest score on ABFPRS examination 
  • Joseph Carter Award for Clinical Excellence, University of Minnesota 
  • The Melvin E. Sigel Resident Teaching Award, University of Minnesota

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


  • Wagoner SF, Sagalow ES, Chandna M, Kumar AT, Gill K, Amin D, Banoub R, Barbarite E, Alapati R, Stanek J, Baer S, Krein H, Heffelfinger R. The Impact of Surgical and Nonsurgical Interventions on Overall Oral, Palpebral Fissure, and Brow Height Symmetry in a Patient with Facial Synkinesis. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med. 2023 Dec 11. doi: 10.1089/fpsam.2022.0425. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38079235.
  • Archibald H, Stanek J, Hamlar D. Free Flap Donor-Site Complications and Management. Semin Plast Surg. 2022 Dec 19;37(1):26-30. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1759795. PMID: 36776806; PMCID: PMC9911222.
  • Sagalow ES, Christopher V, Banoub RG, Gill KS, Xu V, Jain N, Malkani K, Elmer N, Zhan T, Stanek JJ, Hwang M, Krein HD, Heffelfinger RN. Rate of Fat Graft Volume Loss After Parotidectomy. J Craniofac Surg. 2022 Oct 1;33(7):2082-2086. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000008615. Epub 2022 Mar 8. PMID: 35258011.



Hennepin Healthcare System
715 So 8th Street, A4.233
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Administrative Contact

Julie Gallant