Philosophy of Care
I feel honored to take part in my patients' cancer treatment and aim to provide them with the best treatment for their individual case. I strongly believe in a team-based approach, with the patient being an integral part of that team. Whether the patient needs a simple procedure or a more complex cancer surgery and reconstruction, we will work together towards achieving the best possible outcome.
Dr. Abouyared is a fellowship-trained otolaryngologist who specializes in treating patients with both benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. She believes in helping her patients achieve the best possible outcome by tailoring her care to each individual patient's needs. She has specific interests in complex microvascular reconstruction and robotic surgery.
Dr. Abouyared's research focus has primarily been on evaluating which factors influence head and neck cancer outcomes, and she is particularly interested in examining novel cancer treatments such as immunotherapy or checkpoint inhibitors. She also has an interest in investigating how to improve wound healing outcomes in her patients, specifically after complex surgery or chemotherapy and radiation.
Head and Neck Surgery
M.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami FL 2013
B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston IL 2009
Internship: Otolaryngology, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami FL 2013-2014
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami FL 2014-2018
Head and Neck Cancer and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle WA 2018-2019
American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery,
Alpha Omega Alpha
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
American Head and Neck Society
American Medical Association
Select Recent Publications
Abouyared M, Katz A, Ein L, Ketner J, Sargi Z, Nicolli E, Leibowitz J. Controversies in Free Tissue Transfer for Head and Neck Cancer: A Review of the Literature. Head Neck. 2019 Jun 14.
Weed DT, Zilio S, Reis IM, Sargi Z, Abouyared M, Gomez CR, Civantos FJ, Rodriguez CP, Serafini P. The reversal of immune exclusion mediated by Tadalfil and an anti-tumor vaccine also induces PDL1 upregulation in recurrent head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: interim analysis of a phase I clinical trial. Front Immunol. 2019 May 31.
Qureshi HA, Abouyared M, Barber B, Houlton JJ. Surgical Options for Locally Advanced Oropharyngeal Cancer. Curr Treat Options Oncol. 2019 Apr 1;20(5):36.
Abouyared M, Kerr D, Burroway B, Sabra J, Sargi Z, Nicolli E, Leibowitz J. Abnormal microvasculature in laryngectomy mucosal margins may be associated with increased risk of fistula. Head Neck Pathol. 2018 Oct 8.
Rivera A, Raymond M, Grobman A, Abouyared M, Angeli S. The Effect of N-Acetyl-Cysteine on Recovery of the Facial Nerve After Crush injury. Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2017 Apr 10;2(3):109-112.
Abouyared M, Sczcupak M, Barbarite E, Sargi Z, Rosow D. Open Airway Reconstruction in Adults: Outcomes and Prognostic Factors. Am J Otolaryngol. 2017 Jan – Feb;38(1):7-12.
Lechner SC, Pereira L, Reategui E, Gordon C, Byrne M, Hooper MW, Lee DJ, Abouyared M, Franzmann E. Acceptability of a Rinse Screening Test for Diagnosing Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Among Black Americans. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2015 2(1);62-67.
Abouyared M, Ojo R, Fundakowski C, Lo K, Sargi Z. Transoral laser microsurgery in previously irradiated patients with laryngeal cancer. Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 May-Jun;35(3):279-85.
Leibowitz JM, Fundakowski CE, Abouyared M, Rivera A, Rudman J, Lo K, Weed D, Civantos F. Surgical Techniques for Zenker’s Diverticulum: A Comparative Analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Apr 4;151(1):52-58.
Fundakowski C, Castaño J, Abouyared M, Rivera A, Ojo R, Sargi Z. The Role of Non-Diagnostic Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy in Clinical Decision-Making for Parotid Masses. Laryngoscope, 2014 Mar;124(3):678-81.