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Baran D. Sumer, M.D., is Professor and Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Oncology in UT Southwestern Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology, where he has served on the faculty since 2007. A specialist in head and neck cancer surgery and reconstruction, Dr. Sumer is also Director of the Head and Neck Oncology Disease Oriented Team at the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds the T.C. Lupton Family Professorship in Patient Care.

 Dr. Sumer earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He then completed an internship in general surgery, a residency in otolaryngology, and a fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery with a focus on transoral laser surgery and microvascular reconstruction at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Dr. Sumer is on the clinical staff at the North Texas VA Medical Center, the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Parkland Health & Hospital System, all in Dallas, Texas.

He has participated in a wide variety of research studies devoted to advancing diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and technologies for head and neck cancer such as fluorescent imaging, biosensing, photodynamic therapy, multimodal therapies, and oral cancer surgical reconstruction techniques.

He serves as a reviewer for multiple peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Biomedical Engineering, Head and Neck, Laryngoscope, Experimental Biology and Medicine, International Journal of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and is an editor for the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Among numerous recognitions, honors, and awards, Dr. Sumer has been recognized as among the best otolaryngology physicians in North Texas by D Magazine, is the recipient of a Texas Instruments Corporate Award for Research, the Triological Society Francis Lederer Award,  the FUSION Grant for Nanotechnology Research, and the SEBM Best Paper Award in the Alan MacDiarmid Interdisciplinary Research Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. He serves as principal investigator on several research projects funded by R01 awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), and biotechnology companies such as OncoNano Medicine. He is also co-PI on the UT Southwestern Immuno-Oncology Translational Network (IOTN) i3 Center as part of the Cancer Moonshot from the National Cancer Institute.


Medical School
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2001)
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2002), General Surgery
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2006), Otolaryngology
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2007), Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery

Research Interest

  • Cancer Imaging
  • Cancer Immunology
  • Cancer Metabolism
  • Image Guided Surgery
  • Molecular Imaging
  • Optical Imaging
  • Precision Surgery


Comparison of da Vinci Single Port vs Si Systems for Transoral Robotic-Assisted Surgery A Review With Technical Insights
Oberhelman N, Bruening J, Jackson RS, Van Abel KM, Sumer B, Holsinger FC, Chan JY, Gross ND, Clayburgh DR, Andersen PE, Li RJ JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2024 Feb 150 165-171
International Consensus Statement on Allergy and Rhinology: Sinonasal Tumors
Kuan EC, Wang EW, Adappa ND, Beswick DM, London NR, Su SY, Wang MB, Abuzeid WM, Alexiev B, Alt JA, Antognoni P, Alonso-Basanta M, Batra PS, Bhayani M, Bell D, Bernal-Sprekelsen M, Betz CS, Blay JY, Bleier BS, Bonilla-Velez J, Callejas C, Carrau RL, Casiano RR, Castelnuovo P, Chandra RK, Chatzinakis V, Chen SB, Chiu AG, Choby G, Chowdhury NI, Citardi MJ, Cohen MA, Dagan R, Dalfino G, Dallan I, Dassi CS, de Almeida J, Dei Tos AP, DelGaudio JM, Ebert CS, El-Sayed IH, Eloy JA, Evans JJ, Fang CH, Farrell NF, Ferrari M, Fischbein N, Folbe A, Fokkens WJ, Fox MG, Lund VJ, Gallia GL, Gardner PA, Geltzeiler M, Georgalas C, Getz AE, Govindaraj S, Gray ST, Grayson JW, Gross BA, Grube JG, Guo R, Ha PK, Halderman AA, Hanna EY, Harvey RJ, Hernandez SC, Holtzman AL, Hopkins C, Huang Z, Huang Z, Humphreys IM, Hwang PH, Iloreta AM, Ishii M, Ivan ME, Jafari A, Kennedy DW, Khan M, Kimple AJ, Kingdom TT, Knisely A, Kuo YJ, Lal D, Lamarre ED, Lan MY, Le H, Lechner M, Lee NY, Lee JK, Lee VH, Levine CG, Lin JC, Lin DT, Lobo BC, Locke T, Luong AU, Magliocca KR, Markovic SN, Matnjani G, McKean EL, Meço C, Mendenhall WM, Michel L, Na'ara S, Nicolai P, Nuss DW, Nyquist GG, Oakley GM, Omura K, Orlandi RR, Otori N, Papagiannopoulos P, Patel ZM, Pfister DG, Phan J, Psaltis AJ, Rabinowitz MR, Ramanathan M, Rimmer R, Rosen MR, Sanusi O, Sargi ZB, Schafhausen P, Schlosser RJ, Sedaghat AR, Senior BA, Shrivastava R, Sindwani R, Smith TL, Smith KA, Snyderman CH, Solares CA, Sreenath SB, Stamm A, Stölzel K, Sumer B, Surda P, Tajudeen BA, Thompson LD, Thorp BD, Tong CC, Tsang RK, Turner JH, Turri-Zanoni M, Udager AM, van Zele T, VanKoevering K, Welch KC, Wise SK, Witterick IJ, Won TB, Wong SN, Woodworth BA, Wormald PJ, Yao WC, Yeh CF, Zhou B, Palmer JN International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology 2024 Feb 14 149-608
STING licensing of type I dendritic cells potentiates antitumor immunity
Wang J, Li S, Wang M, Wang X, Chen S, Sun Z, Ren X, Huang G, Sumer BD, Yan N, Fu YX, Gao J Science Immunology 2024 Feb 9
HYPORT: Phase 1 Study of 3-Week Hypofractionated Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Moon DH, Avkshtol V, Vo D, Ahn C, Sumer B, Day AT, Tillman B, Myers L, Truelson J, Sher DJ International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 2024 Jan 118 157-164
Polarized hyperspectral microscopic imaging system for enhancing the visualization of collagen fibers and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Zhou X, Ma L, Mubarak HK, Palsgrove D, Sumer BD, Chen AY, Fei B Journal of biomedical optics 2024 Jan 29
An Ensemble Learning Method for Detection of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Using Polarized Hyperspectral Microscopic Imaging
Mubarak HK, Zhou X, Palsgrove D, Sumer BD, Chen AY, Fei B 2024
Severely polarized extracellular acidity around tumour cells
Feng Q, Bennett Z, Grichuk A, Pantoja R, Huang T, Faubert B, Huang G, Chen M, DeBerardinis RJ, Sumer BD, Gao J Nature Biomedical Engineering 2024
Efficacy and Quality-of-Life Following Involved Nodal Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The INRT-AIR Phase II Clinical Trial
Sher DJ, Moon DH, Vo D, Wang J, Chen L, Dohopolski M, Hughes R, Sumer BD, Ahn C, Avkshtol V Clinical Cancer Research 2023 Sep 29 3284-3291
Long-term Patient-Reported Outcomes in a Population-Based Cohort Following Radiotherapy vs Surgery for Oropharyngeal Cancer
Dohopolski MJ, Diao K, Hutcheson KA, Akhave NS, Goepfert RP, He W, Lei XJ, Peterson SK, Shen Y, Sumer BD, Smith BD, Sher DJ JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2023 Aug 149 697-707
Patient-Reported Financial Toxicity in a Population-Based Cohort of Oropharynx Cancer Survivors
Diao K, Lei X, Smith GL, Jagsi R, Peterson SE, Sumer BD, Smith BD, Sher DJ International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 2023 May 116 142-153


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Honors & Awards

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
    Neel Distinguished Research Lecturer (2019)
  • D-Magazine Best Doctors
  • Winner Lloyd Storrs Resident Award (Mentor)
    Teaching (2015)
  • Alan MacDiarmid Interdisciplinary Research- Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
  • Triological Society Francis Lederer
    FUSION Grant for Nanotechnology Research (2011)
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Research Award (2008)
  • Texas Instruments Corporate Award
    Research Grant (2008)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Clinical Sciences
    Research Grant (2008)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Board of Otolaryngology (ABO) (2007)
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Head and Neck Society (2007)
  • American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) (2011)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS) (2007)
  • Fellow Triological Society (2018)
  • Harold C. Simmons NCI Designated Cancer Center (2007)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2020)
  • Texas Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (TAO) (2007)
  • Texas Medical Association