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Emily Boss, M.D., M.P.H.

Emily Frances Boss, M.D., M.P.H.

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4.6out of 5
42 Ratings
  • Physician Advisor, Clinical Resource Management and Care Coordination, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Diseases of the Ear and Nose, Diseases of the Throat in Children, Ear infections, Head and Neck Tumors, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pediatric Airway Disorders, Pediatric Chronic Sinonasal Infection and Ear Disease, Pediatric Ear Disease, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Pediatric Sinus Problems, Pediatric Sinusitis, Speech and Swallowing Disorders in Children more

Research Interests

Patient and family experience of care, provider-family communication, healthcare disparities, and surgical healthcare quality and utilization. more

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Dr. Emily Boss, MD, MPH, FACS, is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She has an active clinical practice in pediatric otolaryngology. Boss's expertise includes pediatric sinus, ear, nose and throat conditions such as sinusitus and ear infections. She serves as the Director of Pediatric Surgical Quality and Safety in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and is a core faculty member in the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.  Dr. Boss trained at the University of California Los Angeles, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Boss is a nationally known leader of research and activities pertaining to quality, patient experience, health disparities, and outcomes in pediatric surgical care. She has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and is a K08 grantee of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for research evaluating communication, decision-making, and outcomes in pediatric sleep and tonsillectomy.  She is the Chair or member of several major national quality committees for which she has developed quality improvement programs, research agendas, and process and outcome measures for use in clinical health systems. She is a national lecturer on quality of care in pediatrics and surgery. more


  • Physician Advisor, Clinical Resource Management and Care Coordination, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Professor of Pediatrics

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  • MD; Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (2002)


  • Otolaryngology; Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (2007)


  • Pediatric Otolaryngology; Seattle Children's Hospital (2008)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) (2008)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Boss's research focus is on patient experience, health disparities, and surgical outcomes and utilization.  She is a K08 Grantee of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for patient-centered outcomes research evaluating quality of care and decision-making for elective pediatric surgery.

Selected Publications

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Puttgen KB, Summerer B, Schneider J, Cohen BA, Boss EF, Bauman N. Cardiovascular and Blood Glucose Parameters in Infants During Propranolol Initiation for Treatment of Symptomatic Infantile Hemangiomas. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol, accepted 2/2012, in press.

Smith DF, Benke JR, Yaster S, Boss EF, Ishman SL. A pilot staging system to predict persistent OSA in children following adenotonsillectomy. Laryngoscope, 2013 Mar 27.

Cassamasima M, Osuna JS, Fackler J, Rousher CH, Boss EF, Abdullah F. Use of risk stratification indices to predict mortality in critically ill children. Eur J Pediatr. 2013 Mar 23.

Boss EF, Shah RK. An Overview of Administrative and National Survey Databases for Use in Otolaryngology Research. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Feb 27.

Smith DW, Vikani AR, Benke JR, Boss EF, Ishman SL. Weight gain after adenotonsillectomy is more common in young children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2013 Mar; 148(3):488-93.

Lin SY, Melvin TA, Boss EF, Ishman SL. The association between allergic rhinitis and sleep-disordered breathing in children: a systematic review. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2013 Jan 10.

Elliott R, Vallera C, Heitmiller ES, Isaac G, Lee M, Crino J, Boss EF, Ishman SL. Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment Procedure for Management of Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome in a Vertex/Breech Twin Gestation. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 2013 Mar; 77(3):439-42.

Boss EF, Thompson RE. Patient experience in the pediatric otolaryngology clinic: Does the teaching setting influence parent satisfaction? Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 2013 Jan;77(1):59-64. Epub 2012 Oct 23.

Boss EF. Tonsillectomy variation in the U.S.: The evidence is catching up, but are the payers aware of the evidence? J Pediatr, 2012 Sep 10. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds 2012.07.065.

Boss EF, Thompson RE. Patient Experience in Outpatient Pediatric Otolaryngology. Laryngoscope, 2012 May 30. doi: 10.1002/lary.23364. [Epub ahead of print]

Boss EF, Marsteller J, Simon AE. Outpatient Tonsillectomy in Children: Sociodemographic and Geographic Variation in the United States, 2006. J Pediatr 2012 May;160(5):814-9. Epub 2011 Dec 17.

Boss EF, Thompson RE. Patient Satisfaction in Otolaryngology: Can Academic Institutions Compete? Laryngoscope. 2012 May;122(5):1000-9. Epub 2012 Mar 27

Rajan R, Benke JR, Kline AD, Levy HP, Kimball A, Mettel TL, Boss EF, Ishman SL. Insomnia in Cornelia De Lange Syndrome. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2012 Apr 13 [Epub ahead of print]

Chen EY, Lim J, Boss EF, Inglis AF, Ou H, Sie KC, Manning SC, Perkins JA. Transoral approach for direct and complete excision of vallecular cysts in children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2011 Sep;75(9):1147-51.

Kovell LA, Wang, J, Ishman SL, Zeitlin PL, Boss EF. Cystic Fibrosis and Sinusitis in Children: Outcomes and Socioeconomic Status. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2011 Jul;145(1):146-53.

Boss EF, Gaskin DJ, Niparko JK, Levinson KL. Socioeconomic Disparities for Hearing-Impaired Children in the United States. Laryngoscope, 2011 Apr;121(4):860-6

Boss EF, Ishman SL, Smith DF. Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the evaluation and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing in children. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2011 Mar;75(3):299-307.

Activities & Honors


  • Cochrane Scholar, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, 2014
  • Career Development Award, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2014


  • Academys 3P Physician Payment Policy workgroup
    Quality Liaison
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Professional Activities

  • Chair, American College of Surgeon's National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric Otolaryngology taskforce
  • Member, National Steering Committee, NSQIP-P, representing pediatric otolaryngology
  • Member, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement committee, AAO-HNSF
  • Member, ASPO Safety and Quality and Research committees, Guidelines Taskforce, and a quality liaison to the AAO-HNSF Physician, Payment, and Policy advisory workgroup.

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Kids get Uneven Tonsil Care, Study Finds, NBC News (01/20/2014)

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

  • 4.7 Provider Explained Things Clearly
  • 4.5 Provider Listened Carefully
  • 4.6 Provider Knew Medical History
  • 4.7 Provider Showed Respect
  • 4.4 Provider Spent Enough Time
  • 4.5 Overall Rating by Patient


4.6 out of 5 (42 Ratings, 12 Comments)
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