Meet a Specialist: Jeremy D. Richmon, M.D.
Dr. Jeremy Richmon, a fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon at Mass. Eye and Ear, has been interested in the medical field for as long as he can remember. “Growing up, my dad was a neurologist, and I was able to witness the positive influence that medicine had on his life,” Dr. Richmon says. “It was clear that my dad enjoyed his career and the meaningful impact he was able to have on patients. I knew I wanted to dedicate my career to positively impacting patients as well.”
Dr. Richmon originally planned to specialize in neurosurgery. However, a conversation with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist) changed his focus from neurosurgery to head and neck surgery. He explains, “Just before medical school began, I had my tonsils removed. After the procedure, I talked with my doctor about the benefits of specializing in otolaryngology. I realized that this specialty would allow me to care for a broad range of patients with complex medical issues; by focusing on the head and neck, I would have the opportunity to save patients’ lives and really impact them in a positive, meaningful way. That instantly appealed to me.”
As a member of the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Richmon offers surgical treatment for patients with tumors in the head and neck region, such as the tongue, larynx, skull base (area that separates the brain from the rest of the head), salivary glands and nasal cavity. He also performs microvascular reconstruction (rebuilding parts of the head and neck using blood vessels, bone and tissue from other parts of the body), with a special focus on minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery.
“Robotic surgery within the head and neck has become quite popular over the last ten years,” Dr. Richmon notes. “I’ve been offering robotic procedures for head and neck cancer patients since 2009 at Johns Hopkins, and I’m currently developing a robotic surgery program at Mass. Eye and Ear to offer a less invasive alternative for patients suffering from head and neck cancer,” he says. "We recently acquired a robot, which positions us to be a leader of head and neck robotic surgery in New England."
Robotic surgery is used primarily to treat patients who have relatively small tumors in the back of the tongue and the tonsils, although it can also be used for other tumors in the neck, including thyroid surgery, to prevent visible scars. During robotic surgery, tumors are reached through the mouth with an endoscope, rather than through invasive, large neck incisions. This often leads to shorter recovery times, faster returns to normal speech and swallowing and less visible scarring for patients.
Dr. Richmon receives a significant number of patient referrals from area physicians. As a pioneer in minimally invasive robotic surgery, patients also find him directly online. If a potential patient is not a good candidate for robotic surgery, Dr. Richmon is able to offer more conventional surgical treatment, collaborating with colleagues at Mass. Eye and Ear and at surrounding institutions such as Mass General Hospital.
He explains, “Collaborating with a team of medical professionals who each specialize in a different area of patient care, allows us to offer the best possible treatments for our patients. I work directly with the medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses and speech and language pathologists to ensure that each patient is receiving compassionate, integrated care, throughout his or her entire treatment process.” He concludes, “I strive to be my patients’ advocates from day one, throughout their course of treatment and far beyond, to ensure that they live healthy, meaningful lives.”
Contact Dr. Richmon’s office at 617-573-3669.
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