Practice Locations

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


Brian Cervenka, MD

Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Board Certified


Practice Locations

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


UCHealth Thyroid Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
1635 Aurora Court Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion, 6th floor, Aurora, CO 80045


Provider Expertise

Clinical Interest for Patients

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.


  • Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Conditions & Treatments

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)

    Airway masses, Ear, nose and throat masses, Head and Neck Tumors, Hypopharyngeal cancer, Laryngeal cancer, Nasopharyngeal cancer, Oral and oropharyngeal cancer, Salivary Gland Diseases/Stones, Sinus Tumors, Skin cancer, Skull Base Tumors, Tumors of neck, Tumors of nose, Tumors of the orbit, Tumors of throat, Zenker’s diverticulum

Interests & Activities

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.

Education & Training

Medical Schools

MD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (2013)

Undergraduate Schools

BA, University of San Diego (CA) (2008)

Residency Program

University of California (Davis) Health System Program (2018)


Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program (2019)

Professional Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, Member

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Member

American Head and Neck Society, Member

American Medical Association, Member

AO Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, E-Member

information for referring providers

Referral Contact Phone

(720) 848-2820

Referral Contact Fax


Clinical Interests for Referring Providers

Head and neck mucosal cancer including oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, hypopharynx Cutaneous head and neck cancer including melanoma, merkel cell and squamous cell carcinoma Osteoradionecrosis and soft tissue necrosis secondary to radiation treatment Nasal cavity cancer and skull base cancer Endocrine cancer and thyroid disease Complex airway and pharyngeal reconstruction requiring free flap reconstruction.