Kevin S. Emerick, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


Head and Neck Surgery

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-4084
Fax: 617-573-4131
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.



Specializing in treating patients with head and neck tumors, Dr. Kevin Emerick is an accomplished head and neck surgeon in the Head and Neck Oncology Division at Mass. Eye and Ear. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine prior to completing his residency in otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and fellowship training in head and neck oncology and reconstruction at the University of Michigan, where he was also a lecturer in otolaryngology until 2007. Now, Dr. Emerick is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, the Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Oncology Center at Mass. Eye and Ear, the Associate Program Director for the Harvard Medical School Residency Program, and a member of the Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery.

Recently, Dr. Emerick has been involved in the creation of the Mass. Eye and Ear/Mass General Cutaneous Oncology Center. This is a multidisciplinary group focused on providing the highest level of clinical care for patients with advanced skin cancers. Additionally, it provides a foundation for important research and patient education.

Throughout his career, Dr. Emerick been an invited speaker at regional and national meetings and has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and several textbook chapters. He also dedicates a portion of his time to advising and mentoring residents and fellows.

Dr. Emerick’s clinical interests include head and neck cancer, advanced and high-risk cutaneous malignancy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, microvascular reconstruction, and Pedicled flap reconstruction.

His research interests include sentinel lymph node biopsy in the head and neck region, unique behaviors of head and neck cutaneous malignancies (melanoma and high risk squamous cell carcinoma), and supraclavicular flap reconstruction for head and neck defects.

Select Publications

Supraclavicular flap reconstruction following total laryngectomy. Emerick KS, Herr MA, Deschler DG. Laryngoscope. 2013 Nov 20.

The supraclavicular artery flap for head and neck reconstruction. Herr MW, Emerick KS, Deschler DG. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014 Mar 1;16(2):127–32.

Initial clinical findings of a mathematical model to predict survival of head and neck cancer. Emerick KS, Leavitt ER, Michaelson JS, Diephuis B, Clark JR, Deschler DG. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Oct;149(4):572–8.

Supraclavicular flap reconstruction of the lateral skull base and parotid. Emerick KS, Herr MW, Lin, DT, Santos F, Deschler DG. JAMA Otolaryngology. 2014.

Donor site function following supraclavicular flap. Herr MW, Bonnano A, L, Deschler DG, Emerick KS. Laryngoscope. 2014.

Free flap reconstruction in 1999 and 2009: Changing case characteristics and outcomes. Kakarala K, Emerick KS, Lin DT, Rocco JW, Deschler DG. Laryngoscope. 2012 Oct;122(10):2160–3.

State-of-the-art mandible reconstruction using revascularized free-tissue transfer. Emerick KS, Teknos TN. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2007 Dec;7(12):1781–8.

Primary versus secondary tracheoesophageal puncture in salvage total laryngectomy following chemoradiation. Emerick KS, Tomycz L, Bradford CR, Lyden TH, Chepeha DB, Wolf GT, Teknos TN. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009 Mar;140(3):386–90.

Nasofacial reconstruction with calvarial bone grafts in compromised defects. Emerick KS, Hadlock TA, Cheney ML. Laryngoscope. 2008 Sep;118(9):1534–8.

Chemoselection as a strategy for organ preservation in patients with T4 laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma with cartilage invasion. Worden FP, Moyer J, Lee JS, Taylor JM, Urba SG, Eisbruch A, Teknos TN, Chepeha DB, Prince ME, Hogikyan N, Lassig AA, Emerick K, Mukherji S, Hadjiski L, Tsien CI, Miller TH, Wallace NE, Mason HL, Bradford CR, Wolf GT. Laryngoscope. 2009 Aug;119(8):1510–7.

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  • Indiana University School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Harvard Medical School (General Surgery)


  • Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)


  • University of Michigan (Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstruction)