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Procedures and Treatments:

Aesthetic Rhinoplasty
Allergy treatment
Brain stem surgery
Cancer of the Mouth and Throat
Cochlear Implant Surgery
Dizziness, Vertigo
Ears, Nose and Throat Procedures
Endoscopic Surgery
Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
Inner Ear and Hearing Problems
Laryngeal Microsurgery
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Paranasal Sinuses
Rhinitis and Allergies
Swallowing Disorders
Surgery of Head and Neck
Thyroid surgery
Vocal Chord Problems

Doctor's Profile

Dr. Michel R. Nuyens is well-respected as one of the premier head and neck surgeons in Central America, regularly performing surgery to remove cancerous tumors of the thyroid, tongue and throat. At his medical center in Guatemala City, Otorrino Avanzada, a team of four ear, nose and throat doctors, Dr. Juan Pablo Diaz, Dr. Liza Viscovich and Dr. Luis Quiroa, all work together with Dr. Nuyens to treat all disorders and obstructions involved with hearing, breathing, and swallowing.

Otorrino Avanzada now has a brand-new Voice Center, where highly specialized professionals work with patients suffering from voice and swallowing disorders. Dr. Nuyens has been researching advances in surgical procedures for voice, sinus and olfactory rehabilitation and construction, to provide the latest techniques in vocal cord surgery.

Cochlear Implantation has become a routine procedure worldwide for the management of severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss in children and adults. Dr. Nuyens accepts hearing impaired patients in conjunction with Dr. Patricia Castellanos of CEDAF Hearing Center. He determines the precise surgical placement of cochlear implants and performs the surgery with the latest state-of-the-art instrumentation. Together, they coordinate personalized recovery plans including speech, physical and vestibular therapies.

Dr. Nuyens is an integral member of the Head and Neck Tumor Board, which meets every two weeks in Guatemala City to discuss recent cases that the doctors are working on right now. Together with surgical oncologists, hematologists, radiologists, pathologists, and others, Dr. Nuyens is a valued contributor to head and neck cases. They review the complex histories, and sometimes work in conjunction with Dr. Zetina of Onco-Medica, and a multi-disciplinary team of cooperating specialists. From varying backgrounds and viewpoints, they all work together to determine a finely-tailored treatment plan for that patient’s particular situation.

Thanks to the highly-qualified team of ear-nose-throat specialists at the Otorrino Avanzada, patients can depend on getting fast and accurate diagnoses in a primary care setting. CT scans of the neck and sinus allow the doctors to see details of bone structure and inflammation, or an MRI might be requested in order to take a closer look at the soft tissue surrounding the problem area. With same-day results, the doctors plan for immediate treatments for sleep apnea, vertigo and inner ear problems associated with hearing and balance, plus various other disorders.

Otorrino Avanzada is affiliated with Universidad Francisco Marroquin’s (UFM) Medical School, one of Guatemala’s most prestigious medical training facilities. Dr. Nuyens’ surgical experience is an outstanding resource for fifth year medical students. Under the doctor’s supervision, students discuss case studies, participate in rotations and work in the oral pathology lab, ultimately becoming confident in identifying, diagnosing, and managing the basic diseases of the mouth, ears and throat. You can watch Dr Nuyens delivering a lecture on sleep apnea in this video.

Patients arrive to the office of Dr. Nuyens at Centro Otorrino Avanzada from several countries around the world, because they trust his superior medical skills, devotion to excellence and genuine compassion. They know he is the surgeon who can make a lasting difference in their long-term health and quality of life.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Michel Nuyens has been and honored presenter at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Otolaryngology; The Cochlear Implant Congress in Ankara, Turkey; the University Hospital of Inselspital in Bern, Switzerland, and various other courses and seminars.

Every year, Dr. Nuyens travels to Germany, Switzerland and the United States to attend workshops and to up-date his board membership with the Swiss OTO-HNS.

The Swiss Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

  • Active member

 Board of Head and Neck Surgery, Switzerland

  • Board certified since 2003
  • Active member

American Head and Neck Society

  • Member

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

  • Active member

The Crowe Society

The Crowe Society is an endowment fund associated with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, to advance the art and science of otolaryngology by promoting educational and community functions. The endowment is used to support residents’ training and research activities, and to travel to conferences. With 445 members worldwide, they support thousands of the brightest young medical students.

  • Active Member

International Pediatric Otolaryngology Society

  • Active member

 European Radiology Congress, Vienna, Austria

  • First Prize award 2005

 Pierre Schmuziger Award, Basel, Switzerland  

  • First Prize award

Academic Affiliations

University Francisco Marroquin (UFM) Guatemala

  • Catedrático desde 2014 hasta la fecha, Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology 2014 – today
  • Licenciatura en Medicina, 1995. Bachelor of Medical Science, (MBBS) 1995

 University Hospital Inselspital, Berne, Switzerland

  • Assistant professor, OTO – Head and Neck Surgery Department, 2003 – 2006
  • Otolaryngology Residency Program, 1996-2001

 The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

  • Fellowship in Head and Neck surgery, 2001 – 2002. Especialidad en Cirugia de Cabeza y Cuello, 2002


Watch this video to see an interview with Dr. Nuyens, produced by Guatemala Medical Travel:
Watch this video to know more about Dr. Nuyens’ training at The Head and Neck Cancer Center at JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL in Baltimore, Maryland:
Learn more about Sleep Apnea in this video:



Elective neck dissection for carcinomas of the oral cavity: occult metastases, neck recurrences, and adjuvant treatment of pathologically positive necks. American Journal of Surgery. 2006 Jun; 191(6): 756-60.

Elective neck dissection versus observation in primary parotid carcinoma. American academy Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 2005 Mar; 132(3): 387–391.

The value of frozen section analysis of the sentinel lymph node in clinically N0 squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and oropharynx. American academy Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. 2005 Jan; 132(1): 99-102.

To see the complete list of publications by Dr. Nuyens contact us at Central America Medical Partners

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Charity, Public Service, Donations

Public service and caring for the less fortunate is a way of life in the Latin culture.

On a regular basis, Dr. Nuyens contributes his medical talents to charitable organizations like:

CEDAF – Sonrisas que Escuchan Smiles That Listen, in Guatemala City

The organization was founded in 1999 by Dra. Paty Castellanos, a medical associate of Dr. Nuyens. Every year, the doctors and the medical staff of CEDAF Hearing Center travel to small towns all across Guatemala, to test, evaluate, and diagnose hearing loss in thousands of children and adults living in poverty. The McDonald’s Corporation donates 1000 hearing aids annually to the project.

Hermano Pedro Obras Sociales

Highly skilled surgeons, including Dr Nuyens Travel from North America and Europe to perform free and low-cost surgeries for patients without resources.
The Roosevelt Hospital Pediatric Cancer Unit, or UNOP
Faith in Practice

Please follow the links above to learn more about these respectable charity organizations.