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R. Alex Harbison, M.D., M.S.

Richard Alexander Harbison, M.D., M.S.

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4.9out of 5
74 Ratings
  • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Benign Thyroid Disorders, Benign Tumors of the Head and Neck, Endocrinology, Goiter, Head and Neck Cancers, Hoarseness, Hyperparathyroidism, Minimally Invasive Radiofrequency Ablation, Neck Masses, Oncology, Otolaryngology, Paraganglioma, Parathyroid Diseases, Parathyroid Surgery, Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Radiofrequency Ablation for Thyroid Nodules, Scarless Thyroidectomy, Thyroglossal Cysts, Thyroid, Thyroid and Parathyroid, Thyroid Cancer, Thyroid Diseases, Thyroid Masses, Thyroid Surgery, Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) more

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
601 N. Caroline St.
6th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Medical Arts Building

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6467
11085 Little Patuxent Parkway
Suite 101
Columbia, MD 21044 map


Richard (Alex) Harbison, M.D., M.S. is a fellowship-trained otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon specializing in thyroid and parathyroid surgical pathology including benign thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, Graves’ disease and hyperparathyroidism. He has special interest across the spectrum of benign thyroid and parathyroid disease, leveraging state-of-the-art technology including scarless thyroidectomy and minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Of notable interest to Dr. Harbison is the treatment of advanced thyroid cancer in the setting of a multidisciplinary team including endocrinologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and speech and language pathologists. 

Dr. Harbison obtained his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed his residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and pursued fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he completed a research fellowship in immunology followed by a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology. 

Dr. Harbison’s research interests include leveraging metabolism to regulate immune responses. Specifically, he seeks to improve anti-tumor immune responses in thyroid and other head and neck cancers. more


  • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology

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Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology) (2022)

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.

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


4.9 out of 5 (74 Ratings, 32 Comments)
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