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Emily Boss, M.D.

Emily Frances Boss, M.D.

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Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Expertise: Diseases of the Ear and Nose, Diseases of the Throat in Children, Head and Neck Tumors, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Pediatric Airway Disorders, Pediatric Otolaryngology, 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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Emily Boss, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an associate professor of health policy and management in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In addition to her work as a pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Boss is an associate faculty member within the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality as well as the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research.

She completed her undergraduate education in Fine Arts at Northwestern University. She completed her general surgery internship at the University of California Los Angeles, her Otolaryngology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University, her pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Seattle Childrens Hospital, and her masters in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She maintains an active clinical practice focusing on general pediatric otolaryngology, pediatric airway and sleep disorders, complex pediatric sinusitis, nasal speech and velopharyngeal insufficiency, and head and neck vascular anomalies. Her research expertise, with which she has authored more than 50 publications and book chapters, relates to patient experience of care, healthcare equity and quality, and surgical outcomes and utilization.

Dr. Boss's research interests focus on patient and family experience of care, provider-family communication, healthcare disparities, and surgical healthcare quality and utilization. She is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Johns Hopkins Clinician-Scientist grant recipient for her project evaluating shared decision-making and outcomes for children with sleep-disordered breathing.  

Dr. Boss serves as the director for patient experience within the Department of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins. She is an invited participant and speaker for institutional and national initiatives focused on patient and family-centered care. more


  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery



  • MD, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia (2002)


  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System / Otolaryngology (2007)


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology / 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)

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