Mihir R. Patel, MD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Transoral Robotic Surgery
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Head and Neck Surgeon
Head and Neck Cancer
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Mihir R. Patel, MD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Patel started practicing at Emory in 2014.

Dr. Patel focuses on minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat head and neck cancers. His interest in preserving functional outcomes for patients led to fellowship training in transoral robotic surgery (TORS) at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to receiving TORS training, Dr. Patel completed a fellowship in minimally invasive, endoscopic skull base surgery at The Ohio State University Skull Base Center.

Prior to his journey into the medical field, he was a chemistry teacher in Brooklyn, NY where he dedicated his time to a population with scarce resources and tried to support the community efforts towards education with after-school tutoring lessons. Dr. Patel's shift to medicine was triggered by a long standing memory of a student he tutored who died from cancer. He is dedicated to research efforts in head and neck cancer genomics. He was a member of the Winship team that participated in the ECOG 3311 human papilloma virus (HPV) oropharyngeal de-escalation trial.


Dr. Patel is a graduate of Duke University and received his Medical Degree from University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed a seven year surgical Residency at the University of North Carolina Department of Otolaryngology with a focus in translational research. Dr. Patel then pursued Fellowship training in Extended Endoscopic Approaches (EEA) to the skull base at The Ohio State University Wexner Center followed by a year of Fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania Head and Neck Oncology program.


Dr. Patel's area of interest is head and neck cancer. Specifically he is interested in clinical trials that advance personalized cancer care. Currently he works with Dr. Rafi Ahmed’s laboratory at the Emory Vaccine Center to better understand the immune system in the setting of human papilloma virus (HPV) induced oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. He believes public health outreach is a critical component to preventing head and neck cancers.

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Dr. Patel has received the following awards and honors:

  • William J. Grist, MD Teaching Award, 2018
  • Triological Society Research Career Development Award, 2017
  • The John E. Bordley Research Award, 2011 Triologic Society Combined Section
  • The Lloyd Storrs Resident Research Award, 2009 Triologic Society Southern Section
  • Young Investigator Award – Core Grant, American Academy of Otolaryngology/American Head & Neck Surgery, 2007

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