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Neerav Goyal, MD, MPH

Neerav Goyal, MD, MPH

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Chief, Division of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
Disease Teams:
Cancer Institute, Head and Neck Cancer Team
Cancer Institute, Melanoma and Skin Cancer Team
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Research Interests

Dr. Neerav Goyal's research interests include translational and clinical research of head & neck and thyroid cancers. He also has specific interests in looking at patient reported outcomes as they relate to head and neck cancers. He is actively involved in surgical innovation. He has specific interests in evaluating post-treatment patient outcomes and modalities to help patients restore normalcy after cancer treatment. He is also interested in surgical robotics. 

Dr. Goyal has presented nationally and internationally with more than 60 peer reviewed manuscripts and presentations as well as several book chapters and has edited a book on robotic surgery in the head and neck.

  • Neck
  • Head
  • Neoplasms
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms
  • Robotics
  • Databases
  • Surgical Flaps
  • Free Tissue Flaps
  • Population
  • Thyroid Neoplasms
  • Incidence
  • Surgical Wound Infection

Clinical Trials

Dysgeusia and Anosmia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: Long Term Outcomes

Recent Publications


Meci, A, Goyal, N & Slonimsky, G 2024, 'Mechanisms of Resistance and Therapeutic Perspectives in Immunotherapy for Advanced Head and Neck Cancers', Cancers, vol. 16, no. 4, 703.
Alden, NA, Yeingst, TJ, Pfeiffer, HM, Celik, N, Arrizabalaga, JH, Helton, AM, Liu, Y, Stairs, DB, Glick, AB, Goyal, N & Hayes, DJ 2024, 'Near-Infrared Induced miR-34a Delivery from Nanoparticles in Esophageal Cancer Treatment', Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 13, no. 10, 2303593.
Sciscent, BY, Eberly, HW, Lorenz, FJ, Truong, N, Goldenberg, D & Goyal, N 2024, 'Preoperative Serum Albumin as Predictor of Outcomes After Thyroidectomy', OTO Open, vol. 8, no. 1, e114.
Lane, C, Wright, M, Linton, J & Goyal, N 2024, 'Surgical closure of enlarged tracheoesophageal fistula after laryngectomy: A systematic review of techniques', American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, vol. 45, no. 1, 104023.


Patel, A, LaBarge, B, King, T, Pradhan, S, Warrick, J & Goyal, N 2023, 'Defining the clinical characteristics of mammary analog secretory carcinoma of the salivary gland: Analysis of the National Cancer Database', SAGE Open Medicine, vol. 11.
Yingst, JM, Carrillo, M, Chan, KH, Choi, K, Dao, J, Kulkarni, P, Bordner, C, Goyal, N, Foulds, J & Bascom, R 2023, 'Effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions among persons with cancer: A systematic review', Psycho-Oncology, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 1147-1162.
Truong, N, Sciscent, B, Lorenz, FJ, Goldrich, D & Goyal, N 2023, 'Erratum to: Risk of diabetes in patients with sleep apnea: comparison of surgery versus CPAP in a long-term follow-up study (Journal of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, (2023), 52, 1, (16), 10.1186/s40463-022-00616-3)', Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 52, no. 1, 61.
Eberly, HW, Sciscent, BY, Jeffrey Lorenz, F, Goyal, N & Goldenberg, D 2024, 'History of Bariatric Surgery Before Thyroid Surgery: Recommendations for Prevention and Management of Postoperative Hypocalcemia', Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States), vol. 170, no. 3, pp. 989-991.
Chan, K, Keane, A, Pradhan, S, King, T, Moroco, A, Goyal, N & Choi, KY 2024, 'Postoperative Urinary Complications in Head and Neck Free Flap Reconstructive Surgery', Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, vol. 133, no. 3, pp. 284-291.
Lorenz, FJ, King, TS, Engle, L, Beauchamp-Perez, F & Goyal, N 2023, 'Predictors of Quality of Life for Head and Neck Cancer Patients at an Academic Institution', OTO Open, vol. 7, no. 4, e82.
Lane, C, Higgins, RC & Goyal, N 2023, 'Psychological Survivorship in Head and Neck Cancer', Seminars in Plastic Surgery, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 46-52.
Lane, C, Lin, A & Goyal, N 2023, 'Scalp and Calvarium Reconstruction', Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 741-755.
N95 Taskforce 2023, 'The need for systematic quality controls in implementing N95 reprocessing and sterilization', Journal of Hospital Infection, vol. 133, pp. 38-45.
Rosi-Schumacher, M, Patel, S, Phan, C & Goyal, N 2023, 'Understanding Financial Toxicity in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: A Systematic Review', Clinical Medicine Insights: Oncology, vol. 17.
Lorenz, FJ, Mahase, SS, Miccio, J, King, TS, Pradhan, S & Goyal, N 2023, 'Update on adherence to guidelines for time to initiation of postoperative radiation for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma', Head and Neck, vol. 45, no. 7, pp. 1676-1691.


Daher, GS, Choi, KY, Wells, JW & Goyal, N 2022, 'A Systematic Review of Oral Nutritional Supplement and Wound Healing', Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, vol. 131, no. 12, pp. 1358-1368.
Higgins, RC, Hennessy, M, Aynardi, JT, Goldenberg, D & Goyal, N 2022, 'An invasive tracheal paraganglioma: A rare cause of a thyroid mass', Ear, Nose and Throat Journal.
Lorenz, FJ, Beauchamp-Perez, F, Manni, A, Chung, T, Goldenberg, D & Goyal, N 2022, 'Analysis of Time to Diagnosis and Outcomes among Adults with Primary Hyperparathyroidism', JAMA network open, vol. 5, no. 12, pp. E2248332.
Tucker, J, Milici, J, Alam, S, Ferster, APOC, Goldenberg, D, Meyers, C & Goyal, N 2022, 'Assessing nonsexual transmission of the human papillomavirus (HPV): Do our current cleaning methods work?', Journal of Medical Virology, vol. 94, no. 8, pp. 3956-3961.
Goyal, N, Goldenberg, D, Ruszkay, N, Tucker, J, May, J & Wilson, MN 2022, 'Can a flexible surgical robot be used in the pediatric population: A feasibility study', International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, vol. 159, 111206.
Tucker, J, Patel, S, Benyo, S, Wilson, MN, Goyal, N & McGinn, J 2022, 'Descriptive Analysis of Otolaryngology Program Directors with a Focus on Gender Disparity', Ear, Nose and Throat Journal.
Tucker, J, Hollenbeak, CS & Goyal, N 2022, 'Discharge destination and readmissions among patients with head and neck cancer', Laryngoscope investigative otolaryngology, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 1407-1429.
Goyal, N, Day, A, Epstein, J, Goodman, J, Graboyes, E, Jalisi, S, Kiess, AP, Ku, JA, Miller, MC, Panwar, A, Patel, VA, Sacco, A, Sandulache, V, Williams, AM, Deschler, D, Farwell, DG, Nathan, CA, Fakhry, C & Agrawal, N 2022, 'Head and neck cancer survivorship consensus statement from the American Head and Neck Society', Laryngoscope investigative otolaryngology, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 70-92.
Benyo, S, Phan, C & Goyal, N 2023, 'Health and Well-Being Needs Among Head and Neck Cancer Caregivers – A Systematic Review', Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, vol. 132, no. 4, pp. 449-459.
Lorenz, FJ & Goyal, N 2023, 'Iatrogenic Pneumothorax During Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator Implantation: A Large Database Analysis', Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States), vol. 168, no. 4, pp. 876-880.
Heatherington, EB, Zhao, X, Goyal, N, Ounaies, Z & Frecker, M 2022, 'On the Design and Testing of an Origami Inspired Nasal Cover: Mitigating Aerosol Risks During Endoscopic Sinus Procedures', Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, vol. 16, no. 4, 041011.
Beydoun, AS, Koss, K, Nielsen, T, Holcomb, AJ, Pichardo, P, Purdy, N, Zebolsky, AL, Heaton, CM, Mcmullen, CP, Yesensky, JA, Moore, MG, Goyal, N, Kohan, J, Sajisevi, M, Tan, K, Petrisor, D, Wax, MK, Kejner, AE, Hassan, Z, Trott, S, Larson, A, Richmon, JD, Graboyes, EM, Wood, CB, Jackson, RS, Pipkorn, P, Bruening, J, Massey, B, Puram, SV & Zenga, J 2022, 'Perioperative Topical Antisepsis and Surgical Site Infection in Patients Undergoing Upper Aerodigestive Tract Reconstruction', JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 148, no. 6, pp. 547-554.
Tucker, J, Ruszkay, N, Goyal, N, Gniady, JP & Goldenberg, D 2022, 'Quality tracheotomy care can be maintained for non-COVID patients during the COVID-19 pandemic', Laryngoscope investigative otolaryngology, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 1337-1342.
Saleh, S, Sullivan, SE, Bellile, E, Roxbury, C, Das, P, Hachem, RA, Ackall, F, Jang, D, Celtikci, E, Sahin, MM, D'Souza, G, Evans, JJ, Nyquist, G, Khalafallah, A, Mukherjee, D, Rowan, NR, Camp, S, Choby, G, Gompel, JJV, Ghiam, MK, Levine, CG, Field, M, Adappa, N, Locke, TB, Rassekh, C, Sweis, AM, Goyal, N, Zacharia, B, Wilson, MN, Patel, S, Gardner, PA, Snyderman, CH, Wang, EW, Glancz, LJ, Bagchi, A, Dow, G, Robertson, I, Rangarajan, SV, Michael, LM & McKean, EL 2022, 'Retrospective Review of Surgical Site Infections after Endoscopic Endonasal Sellar and Parasellar Surgery: Multicenter Quality Data from the North American Skull Base Society', Journal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base, vol. 83, no. 6, pp. 579-588.
Goyal, N, Hennessy, M, Lehman, E, Lin, W, Agudo, A, Ahrens, W, Boccia, S, Brennan, P, Brenner, H, Cadoni, G, Canova, C, Chen, C, Conway, D, Curado, MP, Dal Maso, L, Daudt, AW, Edefonti, V, Fabianova, E, Fernandez, L, Franceschi, S, Garavello, W, Gillison, M, Hayes, RB, Healy, C, Herrero, R, Holcatova, I, Kanda, JL, Kelsey, K, Hansen, BT, Koifman, R, Lagiou, P, La Vecchia, C, Levi, F, Li, G, Lissowska, J, Mendoza López, R, Luce, D, Macfarlane, G, Mates, D, Matsuo, K, McClean, M, Menezes, A, Menvielle, G, Morgenstern, H, Moysich, K, Negri, E, Olshan, AF, Pandics, T, Polesel, J, Purdue, M, Radoi, L, Ramroth, H, Richiardi, L, Schantz, S, Schwartz, SM, Serraino, D, Shangina, O, Smith, E, Sturgis, EM, Świątkowska, B, Thomson, P, Vaughan, TL, Vilensky, M, Winn, DM, Wunsch-Filho, V, Yu, GP, Zevallos, JP, Zhang, ZF, Zheng, T, Znaor, A, Boffetta, P, Hashibe, M, Lee, YCA & Muscat, JE 2023, 'Risk factors for head and neck cancer in more and less developed countries: Analysis from the INHANCE consortium', Oral Diseases, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 1565-1578.
Benyo, S, Benn, DV, Saadi, RA, Gangai, L, Kasmire, KE, Isildak, H & Goyal, N 2022, 'Utility of Temporal Bone Computed Tomography in Pediatric Emergency Medicine', Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 238-246.


Eskander, A, Sahovaler, A, Shin, J, Deutsch, K, Crowson, M, Goyal, N, Witsell, DL, Schulz, K, Gross, ND, Weber, R, Khariwala, SS, Cohen, S, CyrLee, DW & Mehta, V 2021, 'A preliminary assessment of guideline adherence and clinical variation in oral cancer treatment: a MarketScan database study', BMC Oral Health, vol. 21, no. 1, 270.
Rosi-Schumacher, M, Shah, SJ, Craig, T & Goyal, N 2021, 'Clinical manifestations of hereditary angioedema and a systematic review of treatment options', Laryngoscope investigative otolaryngology, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 394-403.
Pool, CD, Patel, VA, Hwang, G, Barr, J & Goyal, N 2021, 'Color Change of Intranasal Fluorescein Cannot Detect Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks', World neurosurgery, vol. 156, pp. e243-e248.
Tucker, J, Sarsfield, E, Choi, KY & Goyal, N 2021, 'Educating School Nurses about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Associated Cancers and the Importance of HPV Vaccination', Journal of Community Health Nursing, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 201-208.
Maurer, R, McNutt, S, Daggubati, LC, Ba, DM, Liu, G, Leslie, D, Goyal, N & Zacharia, BE 2022, 'Mental health disorders in newly diagnosed non-functional pitutary adenoma under initial observation: an observational cohort study using the nationwide MarketScan database', Pituitary, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 85-91.
Pool, C, Goyal, N & Lighthall, JG 2022, 'Novel Use of the Buccal Fat Pad for Sinocutaneous Fistulae Closure and a Review of Reconstructive Options', Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, vol. 131, no. 3, pp. 295-302.
Tjoa, T, Rathi, VK, Goyal, N, Yarlagadda, BB, Barshak, MB, Rich, DL, Emerick, KS, Lin, DT, Deschler, DG & Durand, ML 2021, 'Pneumonia, urinary tract infection, bacteremia, and Clostridioides difficile infection following major head and neck free and pedicled flap surgeries', Oral Oncology, vol. 122, 105541.
Parikh, AS, Fuller, JC, Lehmann, AE, Goyal, N, Gray, ST & Lin, DT 2021, 'Prognostic Impact of Adverse Pathologic Features in Sinonasal Squamous Cell Carcinoma', Journal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base, vol. 82, pp. E114-E119.
Berger, D, Gundermann, G, Sinha, A, Moroi, M, Goyal, N & Tsai, A 2022, 'Review of aerosolized hydrogen peroxide, vaporized hydrogen peroxide, and hydrogen peroxide gas plasma in the decontamination of filtering facepiece respirators', American journal of infection control, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 203-213.
Keane, A, Goyal, N & Goldenberg, D 2021, 'Review of the Pathologies of the Nasopharynx', Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 3-7.
Pool, C, Weaver, T, Zhu, J, Goldenberg, D & Goyal, N 2021, 'Surgical Margin Determination in the Era of HPV-Positive Oropharyngeal Cancer', Laryngoscope, vol. 131, no. 10, pp. E2650-E2654.


Slonimsky, G, McGinn, JD, Goyal, N, Crist, H, Hennessy, M, Gagnon, E & Slonimsky, E 2020, 'A model for classification of invasive fungal rhinosinusitis by computed tomography', Scientific reports, vol. 10, no. 1, 12591.
Bann, DV, Patel, VA, Saadi, R, Goyal, N, Gniady, JP, McGinn, JD, Goldenberg, D, Isildak, H, May, J & Wilson, MN 2020, 'Best Practice Recommendations for Pediatric Otolaryngology during the COVID-19 Pandemic', Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States), vol. 162, no. 6, pp. 783-794.
Hennessy, M, Bann, DV, Patel, VA, Saadi, R, Krempl, GA, Deschler, DG, Goyal, N & Choi, KY 2020, 'Commentary on the management of total laryngectomy patients during the COVID-19 pandemic', Head and Neck, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1137-1143.
Shokri, T, Saadi, RA, Liaw, J, Bann, DV, Patel, VA, Goyal, N & Lighthall, J 2020, 'Facial plastic and reconstructive surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic: Implications in craniomaxillofacial trauma and head and neck reconstruction', Annals of plastic surgery, vol. 85, no. 2S, pp. S166-S170.
Bann, DV, Patel, VA, Saadi, R, Gniady, JP, Goyal, N, McGinn, JD & Goldenberg, D 2020, 'Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on otolaryngologic surgery: Brief commentary', Head and Neck, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1227-1234.
Sarsfield, E, Montano, M, Choi, K & Goyal, N 2020, 'Laryngectomy Care in the COVID-19 Era', JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 146, no. 8, pp. 776.
Lee, JH, Zacharia, BE, Ba, D, Leslie, D, Liu, G & Goyal, N 2020, 'Mental Health Disorders Associated with Sinonasal and Skull Base Malignancies: A Large Cohort Study', Journal of Neurological Surgery, Part B: Skull Base, vol. 81, no. 2, pp. 187-192.
Maurer, R, Daggubati, L, Ba, DM, Liu, G, Leslie, D, Goyal, N & Zacharia, BE 2020, 'Mental health disorders in patients with untreated meningiomas: An observational cohort study using the nationwide marketscan database', Neuro-Oncology Practice, vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 507-513.
Patel, S, Goyal, N & Gniady, JP 2021, 'The role of ultrasound in various office-based laryngeal procedures', Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. e1-e5.
Barr, J, Ni, J, McGinn, J & Goyal, N 2020, 'Topical intranasal fluorescein to localize a cerebrospinal fluid leak: a demonstration', American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery, vol. 41, no. 6, 102413.
Patel, VA & Goyal, N 2020, 'Using a 4K-3D Exoscope for Upper Airway Stimulation Surgery: Proof-of-Concept', Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, vol. 129, no. 7, pp. 695-698.
Pearce, W, Barr, J, Ziai, K & Goyal, N 2020, '“Cannot Intubate, Cannot Oxygenate” (CICO) rescue by emergency Front of Neck Airway (eFONA)', Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 96-104.