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Eleni Rettig, MD

Brigham And Women's Hospital

Brigham And Women's Hospital

Eleni Rettig, MD

Brigham And Women's Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Instructor, Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Surgeon, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Brigham And Women's Hospital
  • Associate Surgeon, Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

I am a head and neck cancer surgeon with research interests in human papillomavirus-positive oropharynx cancers including epidemiology, natural history, screening, risk stratification, and surveillance; as well as other epidemiologic and clinical aspects of head and neck cancer. I trained in epidemiologic and clinical research methods during a two-year T32 research training fellowship that I completed as part of my surgical residency. My clinical activity includes the surgical treatment of head and neck tumors, transoral robotic surgery for oropharynx tumors, and microvascular reconstruction of the head and neck. I am involved in the clinical education of the Harvard Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residents.

Publications

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  • Hanna GJ, Rettig EM, Park JC, Varvares MA, Lorch JH, Margalit DN, Schoenfeld JD, Tishler RB, Goguen LA, Annino DJ, Haddad RI, Uppaluri R. Hospitalization rates and 30-day all-cause mortality among head and neck cancer patients and survivors with COVID-19. Oral Oncol 2021; 112:105087. PubMed
  • Faraji F, Rettig EM, Tsai HL, El Asmar M, Fung N, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. The prevalence of human papillomavirus in oropharyngeal cancer is increasing regardless of sex or race, and the influence of sex and race on survival is modified by human papillomavirus tumor status. Cancer 2019; 125:761-769. PubMed
  • Rettig EM, Fakhry C, Khararjian A, Westra WH. Age Profile of Patients With Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2019; 144:538-539. PubMed
  • Windon MJ, D'Souza G, Rettig EM, Westra WH, van Zante A, Wang SJ, Ryan WR, Mydlarz WK, Ha PK, Miles BA, Koch W, Gourin C, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. Increasing prevalence of human papillomavirus-positive oropharyngeal cancers among older adults. Cancer 2019; 124:2993-2999. PubMed
  • Rettig EM, Zaidi M, Faraji F, Eisele DW, El Asmar M, Fung N, D'Souza G, Fakhry C. Oropharyngeal cancer is no longer a disease of younger patients and the prognostic advantage of Human Papillomavirus is attenuated among older patients: Analysis of the National Cancer Database. Oral Oncol 2019; 83:147-153. PubMed
  • D'Souza G, Westra WH, Wang SJ, van Zante A, Wentz A, Kluz N, Rettig E, Ryan WR, Ha PK, Kang H, Bishop J, Quon H, Kiess AP, Richmon JD, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. Differences in the Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancers by Sex, Race, Anatomic Tumor Site, and HPV Detection Method. JAMA Oncol 2019; 3:169-177. PubMed
  • Rettig EM, D'Souza G, Thompson CB, Koch WM, Eisele DW, Fakhry C. Health-related quality of life before and after head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare Health Outcomes Survey linkage. Cancer 2019; 122:1861-70. PubMed
  • Rettig EM, Wentz A, Posner MR, Gross ND, Haddad RI, Gillison ML, Fakhry C, Quon H, Sikora AG, Stott WJ, Lorch JH, Gourin CG, Guo Y, Xiao W, Miles BA, Richmon JD, Andersen PE, Misiukiewicz KJ, Chung CH, Gerber JE, Rajan SD, D'Souza G. Prognostic Implication of Persistent Human Papillomavirus Type 16 DNA Detection in Oral Rinses for Human Papillomavirus-Related Oropharyngeal Carcinoma. JAMA Oncol 2015; 1:907-15. PubMed
  • Wang Y, Springer S, Mulvey CL, Silliman N, Schaefer J, Sausen M, James N, Rettig EM, Guo T, Pickering CR, Bishop JA, Chung CH, Califano JA, Eisele DW, Fakhry C, Gourin CG, Ha PK, Kang H, Kiess A, Koch WM, Myers JN, Quon H, Richmon JD, Sidransky D, Tufano RP, Westra WH, Bettegowda C, Diaz LA, Papadopoulos N, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B, Agrawal N. Detection of somatic mutations and HPV in the saliva and plasma of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Sci Transl Med 2018; 7:293ra104. PubMed
  • Rettig E, Kiess AP, Fakhry C. The role of sexual behavior in head and neck cancer: implications for prevention and therapy. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 2018; 15:35-49. PubMed
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