- Fellowship - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2006-2007), Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery
- Residency - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2002-2006), Otolaryngology
- Internship - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2001-2002), General Surgery
- Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1997-2001)
Baran Sumer, M.D.
- T.C. Lupton Family Professorship in Patient Care, in Honor of Dr. John Dowling McConnell and Dr. David Andrew Pistenmaa
- Surgical Treatment of Head & Neck Cancers
- Skull Based Surgery
Baran Sumer, M.D., is an Associate 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 Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center.
After receiving a B.A. at Rutgers University, Dr. Sumer earned his medical degree at 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 several peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Biomedical Engineering, Head and Neck, Laryngoscope, Experimental Biology and Medicine, International Journal of Otolaryngology, and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is also 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. He is also the recipient of a Texas Instruments Corporate Award Research Gift, the Triological Society Francis Lederer FUSION Grant for Nanotechnology Research, and the SEBM Best Paper Award in the Alan MacDiarmid Interdisciplinary Research Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.
Dr. Sumer serves as principal investigator on several research projects funded by R01 and U01 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 including OncoNano Medicine.
Meet Dr. Sumer
Head and Neck Cancer Specialist in Dallas
The head and neck have many critical blood vessels, nerves, and structures that affect appearance as well as key functions such as speaking and swallowing. Because of the skill required to treat cancers in this area, patients with head and neck cancer should seek experts with mastery of the most recent treatments.
Otolaryngologist Baran Sumer, M.D., leads a team of head and neck cancer experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center offering the latest therapies, including minimally invasive surgical techniques and targeted radiation and chemotherapy.
Thanks to the latest advances in robotic surgery, many head and neck cancers can be removed with minimal damage to healthy tissues.
“These procedures tend to be much better tolerated by patients than surgery in the past, which would often result in problems with swallowing and speech,” Dr. Sumer says. “We perform endoscopic and robotic procedures that allow us to go through the mouth, requiring no incisions on the outside of a patient’s neck or face.”
A D Magazine Best Doctor in 2015, Dr. Sumer has a special focus on transoral robotic procedures (TORS) and laser procedures. Dr. Sumer made medical history in North Texas when he became the first surgeon in the region to perform a TORS procedure to remove a throat malignancy.
Comprehensive, multidisciplinary care
In addition to surgical, radiation, and medical oncologists, UT Southwestern’s head and neck cancer team includes plastic reconstructive surgeons, speech pathologists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, nutritionists, and physical and occupational therapists.
“Physicians do play an important role in the treatment of head and neck cancer,” Dr. Sumer says, “but it’s the multidisciplinary care, counseling, and rehabilitation our team offers that ultimately allow patients to achieve the best quality of life.”
The benefits of this collaborative approach to treatment of these complex cancers are seen every day at UT Southwestern.
“We’ve had patients who were told by other physicians that they would need their entire tongues removed, or that they would need a hole in their neck to breathe through for the rest of their lives,” Dr. Sumer says. “We were able to cure their malignancies and preserve their swallowing and speech. You can imagine how important that is, not only for people whose livelihoods involve speaking, but for everyday activities that we otherwise tend to take for granted.
“I have had many patients return to thank me, saying, ‘I can go out to restaurants and enjoy eating dinner in public with my family and friends.’ That's a very rewarding feeling.”
- Texas Medical Association
- American Head and Neck Society
- American College of Surgeons
- American Association for Cancer Research
- American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Clinical Sciences 2008, Research Grant
- Texas Instruments Corporate Award 2008, Research Grant
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2008, Research Award
- Triological Society Francis Lederer 2011, FUSION Grant for Nanotechnology Research
- Alan MacDiarmid Interdisciplinary Research- Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine 2014
- Winner Lloyd Storrs Resident Award (Mentor) 2015, Teaching
- D-Magazine Best Doctors 2015
Oral Cavity Cancer in Decision-Making in Plastic Surgery
Sumer BD, Myers LL (2010), Quality Medical Publishing
Goebel JA, Sumer BD (2006), New York, Theme Publishers
Theranostic Polymeric Micelles for Cancer Imaging and Therapy, in Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery Applications
Huang G, Khemtong C, Bey EA, Boothman DA, Sumer BD, Gao J. (257-276 (2012).), Svenson S, Prod?homme R.K. Springer Science & Business Media, Inc
Clinical Applications of Heme Biosynthetic Pathway: Photodynamic Therapy with Protoporphyrin IX in Heme Biology: The Secret Life of Heme in Regulating Diverse Biological Processes
Ding H, Sumer BD, Gao J (2011)
- Oral Cavity Cancer in Decision-Making in Plastic Surgery
Optical molecular imaging for tumor detection and image-guided surgery.
Wang C, Wang Z, Zhao T, Li Y, Huang G, Sumer BD, Gao J Biomaterials 2018 Mar 157 62-75
Treatment Deintensification for Human Papillomavirus-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer.
Arnaoutakis D, Sumer BD Annals of surgical oncology 2017 Aug
Clinical Practice in PET/CT for the Management of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer.
Goel R, Moore W, Sumer B, Khan S, Sher D, Subramaniam RM AJR. American journal of roentgenology 2017 Aug 209 2 289-303
A Transistor-like pH Nanoprobe for Tumour Detection and Image-guided Surgery.
Zhao T, Huang G, Li Y, Yang S, Ramezani S, Lin Z, Wang Y, Ma X, Zeng Z, Luo M, de Boer E, Xie XJ, Thibodeaux J, Brekken RA, Sun X, Sumer BD, Gao J Nature biomedical engineering 2016 1
Ultra-pH-Sensitive Nanoprobe Library with Broad pH Tunability and Fluorescence Emissions.
Ma X, Wang Y, Zhao T, Li Y, Su LC, Wang Z, Huang G, Sumer BD, Gao J Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014 Jul
Phantom-to-clinic development of hypofractionated stereotactic body radiotherapy for early-stage glottic laryngeal cancer.
Ding C, Chun SG, Sumer BD, Nedzi LA, Abdulrahman RE, Yordy JS, Lee P, Hrycushko B, Solberg TD, Ahn C, Timmerman RD, Schwartz DL Medical dosimetry : official journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists 2017 Apr
Non-covalent interactions in controlling pH-responsive behaviors of self-assembled nanosystems.
Li Y, Wang Z, Wei Q, Luo M, Huang G, Sumer BD, Gao J Polymer chemistry 2016 Oct 7 38 5949-5956
NQO1-mediated tumor-selective lethality and radiosensitization for head and neck cancer.
Li LS, Reddy S, Lin ZH, Liu S, Park H, Chun SG, Bornmann WG, Thibodeaux J, Yan J, Chakrabarti G, Xie XJ, Sumer BD, Boothman DA, Yordy JS Molecular cancer therapeutics 2016 Apr
Successful Translation of Fluorescence Navigation During Oncologic Surgery: A Consensus Report.
Rosenthal EL, Warram JM, de Boer E, Basilion JP, Biel MA, Bogyo M, Bouvet M, Brigman BE, Colson YL, DeMeester SR, Gurtner GC, Ishizawa T, Jacobs PM, Keereweer S, Liao JC, Nguyen QT, Olson JM, Paulsen KD, Rieves D, Sumer BD, Tweedle MF, Vahrmeijer AL, Weichert JP, Wilson BC, Zenn MR, Zinn KR, van Dam GM Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine 2015 Oct
En Bloc Resection of the Temporal Bone and Temporomandibular Joint for Advanced Temporal Bone Carcinoma.
Kutz JW, Mitchell D, Isaacson B, Roland PS, Allen KP, Sumer BD, Barnett S, Truelson JM, Myers LL Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2015 Jan
In Vivo optical imaging of folate receptor-ß in Head and Neck squamous cell carcinoma.
Sun JY, Shen J, Thibodeaux J, Huang G, Wang Y, Gao J, Low PS, Dimitrov DS, Sumer BD The Laryngoscope 2014 Jan
Transoral Robotic Surgery: Simulation-Based Standardized Training.
Zhang N, Sumer BD JAMA otolaryngology-- head & neck surgery 2013 Sep
Multi-Chromatic pH-Activatable (19) F-MRI Nanoprobes with Binary ON/OFF pH Transitions and Chemical-Shift Barcodes.
Huang X, Huang G, Zhang S, Sagiyama K, Togao O, Ma X, Wang Y, Li Y, Soesbe TC, Sumer BD, Takahashi M, Sherry AD, Gao J Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) 2013 Jun
Transoral robotic surgery and transoral laser microsurgery for oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer.
Sumer BD, Goyal V, Truelson JM, Myers LL Journal of robotic surgery 2013 Dec 7 4 377-83
Multicolored pH-Tunable and Activatable Fluorescence Nanoplatform Responsive to Physiologic pH Stimuli.
Zhou K, Liu H, Zhang S, Huang X, Wang Y, Huang G, Sumer BD, Gao J Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012 May 134 18 7803-11
Nanoscopic micelle delivery improves the photophysical properties and efficacy of photodynamic therapy of protoporphyrin IX.
Ding H, Sumer BD, Kessinger CW, Dong Y, Huang G, Boothman DA, Gao J Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society 2011 May 151 3 271-7
Characterization and Optimization of mTHPP Nanoparticles for Photodynamic Therapy of Head and Neck Cancer.
Ding H, Mora R, Gao J, Sumer BD Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2011 Jul 612-7
Impact of Treatment Sequence of Multimodal Therapy for Advanced Oral Cavity Cancer with Mandible Invasion.
Myers LL, Sumer BD, Truelson JM, Nedzi L, Perkins S, Hughes RS, Ahn C Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2011 Aug
Photoactivation switch from type II to type I reactions by electron-rich micelles for improved photodynamic therapy of cancer cells under hypoxia.
Ding H, Yu H, Dong Y, Tian R, Huang G, Boothman DA, Sumer BD, Gao J Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society 2011 Aug
Interdigitating dendritic cell sarcoma of the parotid gland: case report and literature review.
Efune G, Sumer BD, Sarode VR, Wang HY, Myers LL American journal of otolaryngology 2009 Jul-Aug 30 4 264-8
Multifunctional micellar nanomedicine for cancer therapy.
Blanco E, Kessinger CW, Sumer BD, Gao J Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.) 2009 Feb 234 2 123-31
SBRT for early-stage glottic larynx cancer-Initial clinical outcomes from a phase I clinical trial.
Schwartz DL, Sosa A, Chun SG, Ding C, Xie XJ, Nedzi LA, Timmerman RD, Sumer BD PloS one 2017 12 3 e0172055
Molecular basis of cooperativity in pH-triggered supramolecular self-assembly.
Li Y, Zhao T, Wang C, Lin Z, Huang G, Sumer BD, Gao J Nature communications 2016 Oct 7 13214
A Phase I/II Study of Nab-Paclitaxel, Cisplatin, and Cetuximab With Concurrent Radiation Therapy for Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Cancer of the Head and Neck.
Chun SG, Hughes R, Sumer BD, Myers LL, Truelson JM, Khan SA, Ma TW, Xie Y, Yordy JS, Cooley S, Wu J, Choy H, Nedzi LA Cancer investigation 2016 Nov 1-9
Digitization of Endocytic pH by Hybrid Ultra-pH-Sensitive Nanoprobes at Single-Organelle Resolution.
Wang Y, Wang C, Li Y, Huang G, Zhao T, Ma X, Wang Z, Sumer BD, White MA, Gao J Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) 2016 Nov
Patterns of Care and Comparative Effectiveness of Intensified Adjuvant Therapy for Resected Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the Human Papillomavirus Era.
Sher DJ, Nedzi L, Khan S, Hughes R, Sumer BD, Myers LL, Truelson JM, Koshy M JAMA otolaryngology-- head & neck surgery 2016 Jun
Erratum: Molecular basis of cooperativity in pH-triggered supramolecular self-assembly.
Li Y, Zhao T, Wang C, Lin Z, Huang G, Sumer BD, Gao J Nature communications 2016 Dec 7 13777
A nanoparticle-based strategy for the imaging of a broad range of tumours by nonlinear amplification of microenvironment signals.
Wang Y, Zhou K, Huang G, Hensley C, Huang X, Ma X, Zhao T, Sumer BD, Deberardinis RJ, Gao J Nature materials 2014 Feb 13 2 204-12
Tunable, Ultrasensitive pH-Responsive Nanoparticles Targeting Specific Endocytic Organelles in Living Cells.
Zhou K, Wang Y, Huang X, Luby-Phelps K, Sumer BD, Gao J Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English) 2011 Jun 50 27 6109-14
Resection and free tissue reconstruction of locally advanced oral cancer: avoidance of lip split.
Myers LL, Sumer BD, Truelson JM, Ahn C, Leach JL Microsurgery 2011 Jul 31 5 347-52
Shape-specific polymeric nanomedicine: emerging opportunities and challenges.
Tao L, Hu W, Liu Y, Huang G, Sumer BD, Gao J Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.) 2011 Jan 236 1 20-9
Patterns of regional metastasis in advanced stage cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma of the auricle.
Peiffer N, Kutz JW, Myers LL, Isaacson B, Sumer BD, Truelson JM, Ahn C, Roland PS Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2011 Jan 144 1 36-42
Head and neck cancer.
Crozier E, Sumer BD The Medical clinics of North America 2010 Sep 94 5 1031-46
Polymeric micelle nanoparticles for photodynamic treatment of head and neck cancer cells.
Cohen EM, Ding H, Kessinger CW, Khemtong C, Gao J, Sumer BD Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2010 Jul 143 1 109-15
In vivo angiogenesis imaging of solid tumors by alpha(v)beta(3)-targeted, dual-modality micellar nanoprobes.
Kessinger CW, Khemtong C, Togao O, Takahashi M, Sumer BD, Gao J Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.) 2010 Aug 235 8 957-65
Changing patterns of tracheotomy use in anterior skull base surgery with free tissue reconstruction.
Myers LL, Sumer BD, Lowery JE, Truelson JM, Leach JL, Sinard RJ The Laryngoscope 2009 Mar 119 3 453-8
Correlation between intraoperative hypothermia and perioperative morbidity in patients with head and neck cancer.
Sumer BD, Myers LL, Leach J, Truelson JM Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery 2009 Jul 135 7 682-6
Microvascular flap reconstruction of major pharyngeal resections with the intent of laryngeal preservation.
Sumer BD, Gastman BR, Nussenbaum B, Gao F, Haughey BH Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery 2009 Aug 135 8 801-6
Free tissue transfer reconstruction of the head and neck at a Veterans Affairs hospital.
Myers LL, Sumer BD, Defatta RJ, Minhajuddin A Head & neck 2008 Aug 30 8 1007-11
Theranostic nanomedicine for cancer.
Sumer B, Gao J Nanomedicine (London, England) 2008 Apr 3 2 137-40
Characteristics of sensorineural hearing loss in children with inner ear anomalies.
Coticchia JM, Gokhale A, Waltonen J, Sumer B American journal of otolaryngology 2006 Jan-Feb 27 1 33-8
Caspase inhibition enhances ischemic tolerance of fasciocutaneous flaps.
Sumer BD, Gastman BR, Gao F, Haughey BH, Paniello RC, Nussenbaum B The Laryngoscope 2005 Aug 115 8 1358-61
Model to Predict Cause-Specific Mortality in Patients with Head and Neck Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma: A Competing Risk Analysis.
Imanguli M, Sumer BD Annals of surgical oncology 2017 May
Translational Research: Bridging the Gap between Fundamental Research and the Clinic.
Dai Z, Man NK, Parak WJ, Smith B, Sumer BD, Tang BZ, van Hest J, Rotello VM, Bioconjugate chemistry 2019 Dec 30 12 2989-2990
Metabolism to Enhance Radiation Therapy Responses.
Lewis JE, Singh N, Holmila RJ, Sumer BD, Williams NS, Furdui CM, Kemp ML, Boothman DA Seminars in radiation oncology 2019 01 29 1 6-15
Hyperspectral imaging for head and neck cancer detection: specular glare and variance of the tumor margin in surgical specimens.
Halicek M, Fabelo H, Ortega S, Little JV, Wang X, Chen AY, Callico GM, Myers L, Sumer BD, Fei B, Journal of medical imaging (Bellingham, Wash.) 2019 Jul 6 3 035004
Final Results of a Multi-institutional Phase II Trial of Re-Irradiation with Concurrent Weekly Cisplatin and Cetuximab for Recurrent or Second Primary Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck.
Awan MJ, Nedzi L, Wang D, Tumati V, Sumer B, Xie XJ, Smith I, Truelson J, Hughes R, Myers LL, Lavertu P, Wong S, Yao M Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology 2018 Jan
Risk of unplanned hospital encounters in patients treated with radiotherapy for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
Moore ZR, Pham NL, Shah JL, Nedzi L, Sumer BD, Day A, Khan SA, Sher DJ Journal of pain and symptom management 2019 Jan
Head and neck neuroendocrine tumors at a single institution over 15 years.
Bacalao M, Beg MS, Cavuoti D, Zhu H, Sumer B, Myers L, Truelson J, Nedzi L, Sher D, Hughes R, Khan SA, Clinical case reports 2019 Dec 7 12 2508-2512
Hyperspectral Imaging of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma for Cancer Margin Detection in Surgical Specimens from 102 Patients Using Deep Learning.
Halicek M, Dormer JD, Little JV, Chen AY, Myers L, Sumer BD, Fei B, Cancers 2019 Sep 11 9
Association between treatment delays and oncologic outcome in patients treated with surgery and radiotherapy for head and neck cancer.
Tumati V, Hoang L, Sumer BD, Truelson JM, Myers LL, Khan S, Hughes RS, Nedzi L, Sher DJ Head & neck 2019 Feb 41 2 315-321
Comparative effectiveness of primary radiotherapy versus surgery in elderly patients with locally advanced oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.
Sher DJ, Yan J, Day A, Sumer BD, Pham NL, Khan S, Zhu H Oral oncology 2019 Jan 88 18-26
Phase 1 Fractional Dose-Escalation Study of Equipotent Stereotactic Radiation Therapy Regimens for Early-Stage Glottic Larynx Cancer.
Sher DJ, Timmerman RD, Nedzi L, Ding C, Pham NL, Zhao B, Sumer BD, International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2019 Mar
Head and Neck Cancer Detection in Digitized Whole-Slide Histology Using Convolutional Neural Networks.
Halicek M, Shahedi M, Little JV, Chen AY, Myers LL, Sumer BD, Fei B, Scientific reports 2019 Oct 9 1 14043
Unique Patterns of Distant Metastases in HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancer.
Sacks R, Law JY, Zhu H, Beg MS, Gerber DE, Sumer BD, Myers LL, Truelson JM, Nedzi L, Sher D, Hughes RS, Khan SA, Oncology 2019 Dec 1-7
Detection of Lymph Node Metastases by Ultra-pH-Sensitive Polymeric Nanoparticles.
Bennett ZT, Feng Q, Bishop JA, Huang G, Sumer BD, Gao J, Theranostics 2020 10 7 3340-3350
Salvage laryngectomy and laryngopharyngectomy: Multicenter review of outcomes associated with a reconstructive approach.
Head & neck 2019 01 41 1 16-29
Head and neck oncology during the COVID-19 pandemic: Reconsidering traditional treatment paradigms in light of new surgical and other multilevel risks.
Day AT, Sher DJ, Lee RC, Truelson JM, Myers LL, Sumer BD, Stankova L, Tillman BN, Hughes RS, Khan SA, Gordin EA, Oral oncology 2020 Apr 105 104684
PET imaging of occult tumours by temporal integration of tumour-acidosis signals from pH-sensitive 64Cu-labelled polymers.
Huang G, Zhao T, Wang C, Nham K, Xiong Y, Gao X, Wang Y, Hao G, Ge WP, Sun X, Sumer BD, Gao J, Nature biomedical engineering 2019 Jun
Synergistic STING activation by PC7A nanovaccine and ionizing radiation improves cancer immunotherapy.
Luo M, Liu Z, Zhang X, Han C, Samandi LZ, Dong C, Sumer BD, Lea J, Fu YX, Gao J, Journal of controlled release : official journal of the Controlled Release Society 2019 Apr 300 154-160
- Optical molecular imaging for tumor detection and image-guided surgery.
- Machine Learning
- Surgical Treatment of Head & Neck Cancers
- Skull Based Surgery
- Surgical Treatment of Benign Head & Neck Conditions
- Medical Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer
- Transoral Laser Surgery
- Transoral Robotic Surgery
- Head & Neck Cancers
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