Brian Cervenka, MD
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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Medical School:
  • MD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (2013)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of San Diego (CA) (2008)
Residency:
  • University of California (Davis) Health System Program, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (2018)
Fellowships:
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program, Head & Neck Surgery (2019)
Languages: English
Department: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Grant Recipient, AAO-HNSF (2019)
  • UC Davis Otolaryngology Research Day Award, UC Davis (2018)
  • UC Davis Excellence in ENT Dentistry Award, UC Davis (2018)
  • UC Davis Gordon McCoy Scholarship Recipient, UC Davis (2017)
    For the Uganda Cancer Institute Head and Neck Oncology trip October 21st-October 28th 2017. UC Davis Department of Otolaryngology Clinical Teamwork Award

Professional Memberships

  • American Head and Neck Society, Member
  • American Medical Association, Member
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Member
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Member
  • AO Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, E-Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Ct
6th floor
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-2820

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Denver Health Medical Center
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Board Certification
  • BLS, Certificate (2021)
  • Colorado Medical, License (2021)
  • DEA, License (2021)
  • American Board ot Otolaryngology, Board Certification (2019)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Airway masses
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Ear, nose and throat masses
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Head and Neck Tumors
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Hypopharyngeal cancer
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Laryngeal cancer
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Salivary Gland Diseases/Stones
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Sinus Tumors
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Skull Base Tumors
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Skin cancer
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Tumors of neck
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Tumors of nose
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Tumors of the orbit
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Tumors of throat
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) - Zenker’s diverticulum
Clinical Interests
Treatment or oral cavity, pharyngeal and larynx cancers Complex reconstructions in the head and neck requiring local and free flap reconstruction Treatment of nasal cavity and skull base cancers Treatment of thyroid cancer Airway reconstruction

Care Philosophy
I chose to specialize in head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery because of the opportunity to develop strong relationships with patients and families as they navigate through the treatment process. Being able to follow an individual closely for five years or more is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my career and is what drew me to this field. In addition, I strive to utilize techniques to minimize patient side effects from cancer treatment. By using minimally invasive techniques such as robotic surgery, patients can be spared from major surgeries with greater recovery time and postoperative functional deficits. These surgeries can allow our medical and radiation colleagues to limit the need for radiation and chemotherapy. Our microvascular reconstructions allow patients to achieve highly functional outcomes not possible without free tissue transfer. I also strongly believe in a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care. At the University of Colorado Cancer Center, there is a wonderful group of surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, speech therapists and navigators that work together to ensure every patient has a comprehensive cancer care experience.

Personal Interests
I enjoy distance running, skiing, and generally being outdoors. Most importantly, spending time and watching my two children grow up.

Volunteer Activities
Most of my volunteer time has been spent in Mbarara, Uganda. My wife and I spent 9 months in Uganda in 2009 assisting with the opening of the Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital. I have since returned multiple times to Kampala, Uganda working with the Uganda Cancer Institute performing head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery with an emphasis on resident education. We work with residents from Uganda, Kenya, Congo and Malawi. I have also spent time working with the Kijabe residency in Kenya performing mandibular reconstruction for patients with ameloblastoma.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (2013)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of San Diego (CA) (2008)
Residency Programs:
  • University of California (Davis) Health System Program, Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (2018)
Fellowships:
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program, Head & Neck Surgery (2019)
Languages: English
Department: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Contact Us
CU Anschutz
Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box C290
Aurora, CO 80045

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