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Merry E. Sebelik, MD, FACS

Merry Sebelik, MD

Head and Neck and Endocrine Surgery


MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Residency: Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Fellowship: Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

State of Georgia Medical License


Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Emory University

Head & Neck Surgical Oncology, VAMC-Atlanta

Associate Professor, Research Director
Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2008-2016

Director, Site Training Director
Head & Neck Surgical Oncology, VAMC-Memphis, 1999-2016

Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 1999-2006

Assistant Professor
Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, University of South Alabama Department of Surgery, 1996-1999

Adjunct Professor
Clinical Speech Pathology, University of South Alabama College of Allied Health, 1997-1999


Distinguished Award for Humanitarian Service by the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, 2020

Emory University School of Medicine Educator Appreciation Day Recognition, "Educators who exemplify the outstanding faculty of Emory School of Medicine," 2019

Top Doctor Peer Recognition Award, Atlanta Magazine, 2017-2019

Platinum Provider Award for Top 10% Press-Ganey Patient Satisfaction Scores in the Nation, 2018-2019

Scholar of the Year for Best Scholarly Paper Published in 2017, Emory University Department of OTO-HNS, 2018

Appointment to Fulbright Specialist Roster as Specialist Instructor to Fulbright-participating Global Institutions, 2017-2020

University of Tennessee Service Award for Exceptional Service as Resident Research Director in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, 2009-2016

Top Doctor Peer Recognition Award, Memphis Magazine, 2015-2016


American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Fellow

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

American Board of Otolaryngology

American College of Surgeons, Fellow

American Head and Neck Society, Fellow

American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine

American Thyroid Association

International Association Endocrine Surgeons

International Society of Surgery

Society of University Otolaryngologists


Point-of-care ultrasound examination and guided procedures of the head and neck

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) and Percutaneous Ethanol Injection (PEI) of thyroid tumors

Thyroid and parathyroid tumors

Thyroid/head and neck surgery and teaching in low-resource settings

Multidisciplinary management of upper aerodigestive tract benign and malignant tumors

Vocal rehabilitation of the laryngectomy patient


Clinical: Quantification of national head and neck utilization/outcomes, novel applications of point-of-care ultrasound

Translational/Basic: High-frequency ultrasound, thyroid vascularity in the animal model

Surgical Education: Hand motion analysis, simulation-based learning, ultrasound performance competency

Global Health: Outcomes measures in low-resource surgery, point-of-care imaging in austere settings, goitrogenesis


Multiple authors, Sebelik ME, et al. "African Head and Neck Society Clinical Practice Guidelines for Thyroid Nodules and Cancer in Developing Countries and Limited Resource Settings." Head Neck 2020 Mar 7; Online ahead of print. DOI:10.1002/hed.26094.

Shires CB, Wilson C, Sebelik ME. "Thyroid Surgery YouTube Videos: Estimating Quality by Surgeon Characteristics and View Rate." Gland Surg 2019 Jun;8(3):207-211.

Smith A, Thimmappa V, Boughter JB, Vanison C, Shires CB, Sebelik ME. "The effect of intrathyroidal versus intraperitoneal bevacizumab on thyroid volume and vasculature flow in a rat model." Gland Surg 2019 Jun;8(3):212-217.

Dewan K, Sebelik ME, Boughter JB, Shires CB. "Validation of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool to assess vocal cord motion in an animal feasibility study." Gland Surg 2018 Oct;7(5):433-439. doi: 10.21037/gs.2018.07.09.

Jonas R, Bell EB, Sebelik ME, Dedhia R. "Ultrasound Guidance for Implantation of Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator in a Breast Implant Patient." Laryngoscope 2018 Sep 12;doi: 10.1002/lary.27511.

Thimmappa V, Smith A, Wood J, Shires CB, Langsdon S, Sebelik ME. "Management Protocol for Primary Hyperparathyroidism in a Single Institution: Utility of Surgeon Performed Ultrasound." Gland Surg 2018 Aug ;(7) Supplement 1.

Davis KS, Vila PM, Bonila-Velez J, Sebelik ME, Orloff LA. "Current Experience of Ultrasound Training in Otolaryngology Residency Programs." J of Ultrasound in Medicine, 2018 Aug 12;doi: 10.1002/jum.14700.

Wood J, Densky J, Boughter JB, Sebelik ME, Shires CB. "Anterior Skull Base Reconstruction: Does Fat Preparation Matter?" J Neurol Surg Rep 2018 Apr;79(2):e31-e35.

Smith A, Kortebein S, Eid A, Boughter JB, Cary N, Brooks J, Sebelik ME. "Comparing Cancellous Bone Volume of the Manubrium to Iliac Crest in Fresh Cadavers." OTO-HNS 2017 Jul; 157(1):36-41.

Shires CB, Smith A, Lee J, Boughter JB, Sebelik ME. "Classification System for Lateral Pharyngotomy: Systematic Study of Anatomic Exposure in a Human Cadaver Model." Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy Surg Radiol Anat 2017 Sep;39(9):975-979.

Shires CB, Smith A, Jones J, Sebelik ME. "The Use of Ultrasound for Sizing Tracheoesophageal Speech Prostheses." OTO-HNS Dec 2016;157(6):1075-1078.

Smith A, Grady A, Vieira F, Sebelik ME. "The Use of Ultrasound Guided Needle Biopsy for Diagnosis of Advanced Stage Upper Aerodigestive Tract Malignancy." OTO-HNS Open Access Dec 2016.

Smith A, Jain N, Wan J, Wang L, Sebelik ME. "The Effect of Resident Duty Hour Restrictions on Surgical Complications for Otolaryngology Head and Neck Key Indicator Procedures." Laryngoscope 2017 Aug;127(8):1797-1803.

Smith A, Braden L, Wan J, Sebelik ME. "The Effect of Resident Duty Hour Restrictions on Procedure Specific Outcomes in Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery." JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jun 1;143(6):549-554.

Smith A, Ray M, Jain N, Zhang H, Sebelik ME. "The Burden of Angioedema on United States Emergency Departments: 2006-2010." Laryngoscope 2017 Apr;127(4):828-834.

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