Brian Cervenka, MD
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
UCHealth Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus1635 Aurora Ct 6th floor, Aurora, CO 80045
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
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
I enjoy distance running, skiing, and generally being outdoors. Most importantly, spending time and watching my two children grow up.
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
MD, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (2013)
BA, University of San Diego (CA) (2008)
University of California (Davis) Health System Program (2018)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program (2019)
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
Referral Contact Phone
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.