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Kenneth  Byrd, PhD - Augusta University. Augusta , GA, US

Kenneth Byrd, PhD

Associate Professor in the Dept. of Otolaryngology & Dept. of Neurosurgery | Augusta University


A respected leader in head and neck cancers with specialties in skull base surgery, otolaryngology, and transoral robotic surgery.


Byrd is a highly-acclaimed expert in head and neck cancers whose research interests include functional outcomes of surgical and nonsurgical treatment of head and neck cancer, cost-effectiveness analysis and quality of life in head and neck cancer.

He attended the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate education, where he graduated with honors. He also attended the Medical University of South Carolina where he earned his medical degree and completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Additionally, he completed a two-year fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in Head and Neck Oncology and Skull Base Surgery, and he holds a certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Transoral Laser Microsurgery

Skull Base Surgery

Head and Neck Surgery

Head and Neck Surgery

Quality of life in head and neck cancer


Transoral Robotic Surgery

Anterior Skull Base Surgery

Accomplishments (3)

Dean’s Physician Leadership Academy (professional)

Augusta University , 2019

1st Place, Resident Research Presentation (professional)

Magnolia Conference, Magnolia Conference, 2012

Henry Tracy Ivy Award (professional)

Medical University of South Carolina, 2007

Education (5)

Medical University of South Carolina: Doctor of Medicine

University of South Carolina: Bachelor's Degree, Chemistry

American College of Surgeons: Fellow

Georgia Composite Medical Board: Physician license #72220

American Board of Otolaryngology: Certification

Affiliations (5)

  • American Head and Neck Society Publications Committee
  • Georgia Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • North American Skull Base Society Value Based Healthcare Committee
  • American Head and Neck Society Education Committee
  • Georgia Society of Otolarynglogy - Head and Neck Surgery: Southeast GA Area Trustee

Media Appearances (1)

Cause For The Cure: Head and Neck Cancer Awareness



Local Living sits down with Dr. Ken Byrd from the Georgia Cancer Center to discuss the risk factors, symptoms, and screening options for head and neck cancers.

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Articles (3)

Preoperative Stellate Ganglion Block for Perioperative Pain in Lateralized Head and Neck Cancer: Preliminary Results

PubMed Central

Daniel Sharbel, Paramvir Singh, Daniel Blumenthal, James Sullivan, Anterpreet Dua , W Greer Albergotti, Michael Groves, J Kenneth Byrd

2020 Patients with head and neck cancer represent a vulnerable population at particular risk of opioid dependence due to frequent histories of substance abuse, requirement of extensive surgery, and the synergistic toxicity of multimodal therapy. Regional anesthetic techniques have been used by other surgical disciplines to facilitate early recovery after surgery and decrease postoperative patient narcotic requirements. This pilot study investigates the efficacy of a preoperative regional analgesia using stellate ganglion block in lateralized head and neck cancer surgery. From our early results, stellate ganglion blockade may hold promise as an effective preoperative intervention for controlling early postoperative pain, lessening narcotic requirements, and improving quality of life.

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Conversion to Chronic Invasive Fungal Sinusitis From Allergic Fungal Sinusitis in Immunocompetence

PubMed Central

Luke Edelmayer, Christopher Ito, Won Sok Lee, James Kimbrough, Stilianos E Kountakis, J Kenneth Byrd

2019 A review of the treatment of allergic and invasive fungal sinusitis, as well as a presentation of the first recorded case of a conversion from allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) to chronic granulomatous invasive sinusitis and the fourth case of invasive fungal sinusitis associated with Curvularia. This immunocompetent patient suffering from chronic AFS converted after repeated high-dose steroid tapers and noncompliance. AFS may present atypically and should be suspected even in immunocompetent patients with sinus disease who report new onset pain and neurologic symptoms. Clinicians should consider the potential complications associated with repeated systemic steroid administration. Laryngoscope, 129:2447-2450, 2019.

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Predictors of clinical outcome after tracheotomy in critically ill obese patients

The Laryngoscope

J. Kenneth Byrd MD Viran J. Ranasinghe BS Kristine E. Day MD, Bethany J. Wolf PhD Eric J. Lentsch MD

2013 Presented as an oral presentation at the Triological Society Annual Meeting at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., April 12–13, 2013. This work was performed in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (j.k.b., k.e.d., v.j.r., e.j.l. ), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Department of Public Health Sciences (b.j.w. ), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A. Dr. Byrd is currently enrolled in a Head and Neck Oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that was awarded the Clinical Robotics Research Grant from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Intuitive Surgical has no direct financial relationship with any of the authors and does not censor any research performed.

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