Amy Y. Chen, MD, MPH, FACS

Specialty

A pioneer in the conceptualization of the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, Dr. Chen is a reputable surgical oncologist and professor.

Titles and Roles

Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Endocrine Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology
Emory University School of Medicine
Surgical Oncologist
Head and Neck Cancer
Thyroid Cancer
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control

Biography

Amy Y. Chen, MD, MPH, FACS, has been board certified in otolaryngology since 1999 and is an established researcher, surgeon, and professor. Dr. Chen completed her head and neck surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas from which she received the MD Anderson Cancer Center Fellow Award. Her clinical expertise is in parotid and thyroid tumors and advanced skin cancers. 

Instrumental in developing the team approach to patient care, Dr. Chen is the founder and director of both the Thyroid Multidisciplinary Tumor Conference and the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Tumor Conference. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Head and Neck Society.

Education

Dr. Chen earned her Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University in 1992 and her Master of Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1999.  She completed her residencies for general surgery and otolaryngology at the Baylor College of Medicine and completed her head and neck surgical oncology fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Awards

Dr. Chen has received numerous honors, among them the Percy Memorial Research Award, the Rande Lazar Health Services Research Award, the MD Anderson Cancer Center Fellow Award, the American Head and Neck Society Scholarship Award and Outstanding Research Award, and the Honor Award of the American Academy of Otolaryngology. In addition, she has presented to United States Senate Committees of Finance and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and has received an honorable grant for education and research from The Women's Fund for Health.

Research

Dr. Chen's primary research focus is the measurement of oncology treatment outcomes and determinants of successful care outcomes. Oncology care outcomes include quality of life, functional status, costs and treatment compliance. Success determinants include access to care, gender, race, and health literacy. Her secondary focus is translational research of upper aerodigestive tract malignancies.

Publications

Dr. Chen has publications in the journals Cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Laryngoscope, and HeadNeck, among others. She also holds editorial board positions for the journals Cancer and HeadNeck.

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