Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Advanced head and neck cutaneous malignancies
  • Head and neck sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Salivary gland tumors
  • Benign and congenital tumors of the head and neck region
  • Reconstructive surgery including free tissue transfer
  • Zenkers diverticulum
Medical Education
  • MD, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship, University of Michigan Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Otolaryngology
  • Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Senior Whole Health
  • Tufts Health Plan
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Dr. Emerick is an otolaryngologist with fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstructive surgery. His practice is based at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Emerick's clinical focus is two fold: The first is on the surgical management of head and neck tumors. This includes both benign and malignant tumors involving skin, aerodigestive tract and salivary glands. The second is on reconstructive surgery associated with head and neck tumors. This includes the management of Moh's surgical defects, local and regional flap reconstruction, and microvascular free tissue transplantation.

Dr. Emerick is also actively involved in clinical research. His research includes the assessment of surgical outcomes following head and neck reconstructive surgery and the study of unique features of head and neck melanoma and utility of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the head and neck regio. He also studies head and neck cancer survival outcomes in coordination with the Laboratory for Quantitative Medicine. Dr. Emerick is also active in the resident and fellowship training programs at the Harvard Combined Otolaryngology Program.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Emerick is involved in several areas of clinical research. He is the site PI for multiple multi-site research efforts focusing on clinical outcomes from head and neck cancer treatments and reconstruction following head and neck surgery.

Dr. Emerick is studying methods of improving the technique of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the head and neck region. This includes studying the utility of SPECT CT imaging preoperatively as well as intraoperative techniques to improve the diagnostic accuracy and safety for this procedure. He is also engaged in research to better understand the apparent increased lethality of head and neck cutaneous melanoma.

Lastly, Dr. Emerick works in collaboration with the Laboratory of Quantitative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Current work involves creating a web-based outcomes calculator to predict outcomes of head and neck cancers. This research will further increase our understanding of the significance of specific clinicopathologic features and how they impact survival.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston MA, 02114 - 3002
Phone: 617-573-4084
Fax: 617-573-4131

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