Daniel G. Deschler, M.D., FACS

Harvard Medical School

Professor of Otolaryngology
Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Mass. Eye and Ear

Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Director, Norman Knight Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Senior Scientist

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Deschler’s research efforts represent the breadth of his clinical practice and interests. For nearly two decades, his interest in voice restoration following laryngeal cancer surgery has led to numerous publications defining voice quality and function after extensive laryngeal cancer resection and reconstructive efforts. In recent years, these research efforts have focused on simplifying proven methods of voice restoration and limiting complications.

In the arena of head and neck reconstruction, Dr. Deschler has been actively introducing, expanding and evaluating a variety of innovative interventions to improve the success and expanse of state-of-the-art head and neck reconstruction. This has included numerous innovations in flap reconstruction, as well as defining systematic approaches to increase both the efficacy and efficiency of complex reconstructive efforts. Similarly, his recent research efforts have focused on the limitation of infectious complications associated with complex reconstructive efforts. 

Dr. Deschler’s oncologic research demonstrates his numerous collaborative relationships with head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists. An area of specific interest has been the management of diverse and aggressive salivary gland malignancies. 

The central theme of all of his research efforts is the establishment of improved and effective cancer care and reconstruction.

Select Publications

Peer-reviewed manuscripts

Supraclavicular Flap reconstruction following total laryngectomy. Emerick KS, Herr MA, Deschler DG. Laryngoscope. 2013 Nov 20. doi: 10.1002/lary.24530. [Epub ahead of print]

The Supravlavicular artery flap for head and neck reconstruction. Herr MW, Emerick KS, Deschler DG. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013 Dec 26. doi: 10.1001/jamafacial.2013.2170. [Epub ahead of print]

Survival differences among American Indians/Alaska Native with head and neck squamous cell cancer. Dwojak SM, Sequist TD, Emerick K, Deschler DG. Head Neck. 2012 Aug 8. doi: 10.1002/hed.23089

Free flap reconstruction in 1999 and 2009:  Changing case characteristics and outcomes. Kakarala K, Emerick KS, Lin DT, Rocco JW, Deschler DG. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jun 6. doi: 10.1002/lary.23457.

Detection of Novel Actionable Genetic Changes in Salivary Duct Carcinoma Helps Direct Patient Treatment. Nardi V, Sadow PM, Juric D, Zhao D, Cosper AK, Bergethon K, Scialabba VL, Batten JM, Borger DR, Iafrate AJ, Heist RS, Lawrence DP, Flaherty KT, Bendell JC, Deschler D, Li Y, Wirth LJ, Dias-Santagata D. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Jan 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Malignant head and neck paragangliomas: Treatment efficacy and prognostic indicators. Sethi RV, Sethi RK, Herr MW, Deschler DG. Am J Otolaryngol. 2013 May 1. doi:pii: S0196-0709(13)00073-2. 10.1016/j.amjoto.2013.03.010. [Epub ahead of print]

Mammary Analogue Secretory Carcinoma: Update on a New Diagnosis of Salivary Gland Malignancy. Sethi R, Kozin E, Remenschneider A, Meier J, Vanderlaan P, Faquin W, Deschler D, Frankenthaler R. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jun 18. doi: 10.1002/lary.24254. [Epub ahead of print]

Primary TEP Placement In Patients With Laryngopharyngeal Free Tissue Reconstruction And Salivary Bypass Tube Placement. Divi V, Lin DT, Emerick KE, Rocco, Deschler DG. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Mar;144(3):474-6.

Simplified technique of tracheoesophageal prosthesis placement at the time of secondary tracheoesophageal puncture (TEP). Deschler DG, Emerick KS, Lin DT, Bunting GW. Laryngoscope. 2011 Jun 20.

Recent Book Chapters

Deschler DG, Erman A.  Management of Oral Cavity Cancer.  Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  Ed: Johnson J.  Lippincott.  Philadelphia.  2013.

Deschler DG. Reconstruction of the Total Laryngectomy defect with the Pectoralis Major Flap.   Masters Techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  Ed.  Myers E.  2013.

Deschler DG, Emerick KE, Wirth L, Busse PB.  Management of Salivary Gland Malignacies:  Multidisciplinary Management of Head and Neck Cancer.  Eds:  Harrison, Ang, Sessions.  Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.  Philadelphia.  2013

Wirth L, Busse PM, Deschler DG.  Manual of Chemotherapy and Oncologic Supportive Care.  Ed: Longo D, Chabner B, Lynch T.  McGraw-Hill; New York. 2013.

Deschler DG, Haughey B, Rocco JW.  Human Papilloma Virus and Oropharymgeal Cancer:  Pearls and Pitfalls in Head and Neck Surgery.  Ed: Crenea C.  Karger.  New York.  2012

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