Blake C. Alkire, M.D., MPH

Instructor in Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School


General Otolaryngology (Adults and Kids)

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

800 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-936-6100
Fax: 617-936-6170



Dr. Blake Alkire is a general otolaryngologist at Mass. Eye and Ear, Longwood, who specializes in comprehensive adult and pediatric otolaryngology and sinus disease. Dr. Alkire earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, along with a Masters in Public Health (Global Health concentration) from the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health. Following an internship in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Alkire completed his surgical training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School residency program. Now, Dr. Alkire is an Instructor in Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and, given his interests in global health initiatives, he also works with the Program in Global Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Alkire provides care to adult and pediatric patients for all ear, nose, and throat conditions. His clinical interests include acute and chronic sinusitis, nasal obstruction, hearing loss, and voice disorders (hoarseness). 

His research interests include developing economic models to understand the costs and benefits of expanding surgical capacity in low- and middle-income countries.

Select Publications

Global access to surgical care: A modelling study. Alkire BC*, Raykar NP*, Shrime MG, Weiser TG, Bickler SW, Rose JA, Nutt CT, Greenberg SL, Kotagal M, Riesel JN, Esquivel M, Uribe-Leitz T, Molina G, Roy N, Meara JG, Farmer PE. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Jun;3(6):e316–23. 
 *Authors contributed equally.

Global economic consequences of selected surgical diseases: A modelling study. Alkire BC, Shrime MG, Dare AJ, Vincent JR, Meara JG. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Apr 27;3 Suppl 2:S21–7.

Head and neck cancer in South Asia: Macroeconomic consequences and the role of the head and neck surgeon. Alkire BC, Bergmark R, Chambers K, Lin DT, Deschler DG, Cheney ML, Meara JG. Head Neck. 2016 Mar 30.

Benefit-cost analysis for selected surgical interventions in low- and middle-income countries. Alkire BC, Vincent JR, Meara JG. Disease Control Priorities (Third Edition): Essential Surgery. Editors: Haile Debas, Peter Donkor, Margaret Kruk, Charles Mock, Atul Gawande, Dean Jamison. World Bank. 2015.

An assessment of sinonasal anatomic variants potentially associated with recurrent acute rhinosinusitis. Alkire BC, Bhattacharyya N. Laryngoscope. 2010 Mar;120(3):631–4.

Obstructed labor and caesarean delivery: The cost and benefit of surgical intervention. Alkire BC, Vincent JR, Burns CT, Metzler IS, Farmer PE, Meara JG. PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34595.

Potential economic benefit of cleft lip and palate repair in Sub-Saharan Africa. Alkire BC, Hughes CD, Nash K, Vincent JR, Meara JG. World J Surg. 2011 Jun;35(6):1194–201.

Global Surgery 2030: Evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development. Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Lundeg G, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W. Lancet. 2015 Aug 8;386(9993):569–624.

Timing and cost of scaling up surgical services in low-income and middle-income countries from 2012 to 2030: A modelling study. Verguet S, Alkire BC, Bickler SW, Lauer JA, Uribe-Leitz T, Molina G, Weiser TG, Yamey G, Shrime MG. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Apr 27;3 Suppl 2:S28–37.

Neck mass in an adolescent male. Bilateral branchial anomalies of the pyriform sinus. Alkire BC, Juliano AF, Hartnick CJ. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Mar;140(3):275–6.

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  • Harvard Medical School, M.D.
  • T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health, MPH


  • Brigham and Women's Hospital (General Surgery)


  • Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School (Otolaryngology)