Nicole C. Schmitt, M.D., is a head and neck cancer surgeon with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as an assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Schmitt has been integral in building Johns Hopkins' head and neck oncology multidisciplinary program and multidisciplinary sleep apnea program in the National Capital Region, and is a member and alternate surgical representative for the Suburban Hospital Cancer Committee. She is board certified in head and neck surgery by the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Schmitt has an expertise in surgical treatment and surveillance of patients with benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck; robotic surgery; benign and malignant thyroid and parathyroid disease; melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers of the head and neck; squamous cell carcinoma of the upper aerodigestive tract; salivary tumors; and surgery for obstructive sleep apneas.
Dr. Schmitt earned her medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed a residency in otolaryngology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, where she also completed a research fellowship that studied toxicities of cisplatin chemotherapy in the mouse inner ear and kidney. Dr. Schmitt continued her studies with a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology and tumor biology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she went on to serve as a clinical instructor for their Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Schmitt is a special volunteer in the Head and Neck Surgery Branch of the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders for the National Institutes of Health (NIDCD/NIH). She is also a member of the Endocrine Committee, Head and Neck Surgery Committee and the Head and Neck Surgery Education Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as well as a member of the Women's Committee and the Research Committee for the American Head and Neck Society.
Dr. Schmitt is the principal investigator for the Otolaryngology Surgeon Scientist Program for the Head and Neck Surgery Branch of NIDCD/NIH. Her research interests include the use of platinum-based chemotherapy drugs and immunotherapy for the treatment of head and neck cancer. She has contributed to numerous publications, presentations, posters and book chapters. Dr. Schmitt has received research funding from the Johns Hopkins University Department of Otolaryngology, the NIDCD/NIH, the American Hearing Research Foundation and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is an ad hoc reviewer for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Head and Neck, JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Oral Oncology, where she also serves as an editorial board member. Dr. Schmitt is also a clinical mentor of otolaryngology for residents from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.