• Dr. Thomas joins our faculty after a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto. She received both her medical degree and PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine, and then completed her residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Thomas specializes in head and neck oncology and microvascular reconstruction. Her research interest includes the interaction between the microbiome and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Thomas is currently accepting new patients and her clinic opens mid-September 2019.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023 Effect of Perioperative Antithrombotics on Head and Neck Microvascular Free Flap Survival After Anastomotic Revision. 2023
    2023 Post-operative Outcomes in Pediatric Patients Following Facial Reconstruction With Fibula Free Flaps 2023
    2022 Impact of preoperative and intraoperative management on outcomes in osteoradionecrosis requiring free flap reconstruction 2022
    2022 Hyperintensity of integrin-targeted fluorescence agent IntegriSense750 accurately predicts flap necrosis compared to Indocyanine green 2022
    2021 Brush swab as a noninvasive surrogate for tissue biopsies in epigenomic profiling of oral cancerBiomarker Research.  9. 2021
    2021 The REASON score: an epigenetic and clinicopathologic score to predict risk of poor survival in patients with early stage oral squamous cell carcinomaBiomarker Research.  9. 2021
    2021 Microvascular Reconstruction of Osteonecrosis: Assessment of Long-term Quality of Life 2021
    2021 Longitudinal Assessment of Frailty and Quality of Life in Patients Undergoing Head and Neck Surgery 2021
    2021 Use of a sternocleidomastoid muscle flap to protect the carotid artery during laryngectomyJournal of Laryngology and Otology.  135:547-550. 2021
    2021 Evaluation of the Braden scale in predicting surgical outcomes in older patients undergoing major head and neck surgeryLaryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology.  6:103-108. 2021
    2020 Lymphatic mapping with SPECT-CT for evaluation of contralateral drainage in lateralized oropharyngeal cancers using an awake injection technique 2020
    2019 Evaluation of Older Age and Frailty as Factors Associated with Depression and Postoperative Decision Regret in Patients Undergoing Major Head and Neck SurgeryJAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  145:1170-1178. 2019
    2019 Navigation-guided osteotomies improve margin delineation in tumors involving the sinonasal area: A preclinical studyOral Oncology.  99. 2019
    2019 Leading edge or tumor core: Intratumor cancer stem cell niches in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma and their association with stem cell functionOral Oncology.  98:118-124. 2019
    2019 A primer on the genetics of medullary thyroid cancer 2019
    2019 Diagnosis and pathologic characteristics of medullary thyroid carcinoma-review of current guidelines 2019
    2017 Otolaryngology externships and the match: Productive or futile? 2017
    2017 Factors Associated with Infectious Laryngitis: A Retrospective Review of 15 Cases 2017
    2017 Reconstructing discontinuous facial defects with simultaneous ulnar perforator free flaps 2017
    2016 FolC2-mediated folate metabolism contributes to suppression of inflammation by probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri 2016
    2013 Lactobacillus reuteri-Specific immunoregulatory gene rsiR modulates histamine production and immunomodulation by lactobacillus reuteriJournal of Bacteriology.  195:5567-5576. 2013
    2012 Histamine derived from probiotic lactobacillus reuteri suppresses tnf via modulation of pka and erk signalingPLoS One.  7. 2012
    2011 Cyclopropane fatty acid synthase mutants of probiotic human-derived lactobacillus reuteri are defective in TNF inhibitionGut Microbes.  2:69-79. 2011
    2011 Mechanisms of immune enhancement by beneficial microbes and probiotics. 2011
    2010 Probiotics-host communication modulation of signaling pathways in the intestineGut Microbes.  1:1-16. 2010
    2010 Probiotics-host communication: Modulation of signaling pathways in the intestine.Gut Microbes.  1:148-163. 2010


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    2018 Case report of a massive retropharyngeal goiter resulting in laryngeal compression 2018

    Education And Training

  • University of Colorado Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Residency
  • Doctor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine 2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cell / Cellular and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine 2011
  • Full Name

  • Carissa Thomas