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Carole Fakhry

CAROLE FAKHRY, MD, MPH, serves as Executive Vice Director of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, and Director of the Head and Neck Cancer Center. She is a Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Oncology and the Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology.

Her research interest focuses on the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in head and neck squamous cell cancer. She has demonstrated that the presence of HPV confers a prognostic advantage to individuals with oropharyngeal cancer and that HPV is associated with unique clinical characteristics. In addition to the clinical implications of HPV in head and neck cancer, she is co-principal investigator of a large study to understand screening individuals at “high-risk” of malignancy and evaluating imaging modalities to improve diagnostics and early detection of HPV-related head and neck cancer.

After an undergraduate degree at Stanford University, Dr. Fakhry completed medical school, residency in otolaryngology head and neck surgery, and a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins. She also received a master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

A dedicated educator and mentor, Dr. Fakhry has mentored many trainees. Her clinical teaching was recognized by receipt of the George Nager Teaching Award. Dr. Fakhry serves in leadership roles for the department, the institution, and regional and national professional societies. She is director of the head and neck group in the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, and the head and neck surgical oncology fellowship. She is associate editor for Oral Oncology and Cancer and serves on several editorial boards. She is currently the co-chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Head and Neck Steering Committee.