Dr. Merry Sebelik
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
EMORY Healthcare - Midtown Campus
Dr. Sebelik, a native of Wisconsin, received her medical degree and Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery residency training at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Affiliated Hospitals, as well as fellowship training in Head & Neck Surgical Oncology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.
She is a professor in Emory University’s Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, serving in the Division of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology with the Winship Cancer Institute, a NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.
Dr. Sebelik's clinical practice has an emphasis on endocrine surgery of the head and neck, as well as comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment of skin and aerodigestive tumors of the head and neck.
She has incorporated surgeon-performed, point-of-care ultrasound into staging, treatment planning and preoperative surgical assessment of many of her patients. Additionally, she participates in research studies addressing expanded indications for ultrasound use in clinical care and employs ultrasound imaging in translational research.
She is an American College of Surgeons certified Ultrasound Instructor and has conducted resident training courses in head and neck ultrasound, and participated as a didactic and practical instructor in courses at AHNS, ACS, and AAO-HNS meetings. She recently directed Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasound Courses to Head and Neck Surgeons living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa, at the University of Cape Town, and at the African Head & Neck Society Annual Meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Dr. Sebelik has a strong interest in addressing deficits in surgical care in the developing world and has worked with the World Health Organization's Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care. She currently serves on the Global Surgical Education and Domestic Volunteerism Subcommittees of the Global Engagement Committee of the American College of Surgeons Operation Giving Back, as well as the Global Affairs Committee of the American Head and Neck Society. She serves as a faculty mentor in Emory University’s Global Health Resident Scholar Program, partnering with otolaryngology training in Ethiopia.
Through her interest in global surgical deficits, Dr. Sebelik has been privileged to collaborate with colleagues and trainees in many low and middle-income countries, and thus facilitate care to head & neck patients who would otherwise have little access to surgical care.
•American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery-Fellow, 1987
•American Board of Otolaryngology, 1992 •American Head and Neck Society-Fellow, 2000
•American College of Surgeons-Fellow, 2000
•American Thyroid Association, 2007
•Association for Surgical Education, 2008
•Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence, 2008
•Society of University Otolaryngologists, 2008
•American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 2008
•WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC), 2009
•American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine, 2010, Candidate for Senior Membership-2016
•International Association Endocrine Surgeons, 2012
•International Society of Surgery, 2012
•Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2012
•World Interactive Network Focused on Critical UltraSound (WINFOCUS), 2016
•Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), 2016
•Association for Women Surgeons, 2018
•American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 1992