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Kristen B Pytynia, MD, MPH

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

 Dr. Pytynia is an associate professor in the division of Head and Neck Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She specializes in surgical therapy of malignant lesions of the head and neck, including skin cancers, mucosal squamous cell cancers, salivary malignancies and thyroid cancer. Dr Pytynia has her MPH and is interested in outcomes research for patients with head and neck cancer.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Regional Care Center Katy
19770 Kingland Blvd.
Unit Number: 2050
Houston, TX 77094
Room Number: Suite 100
Phone: 713-563-9600
Fax: 281-647-2802

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2004 The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, MPH, Public Health
1997 Rush University, Chicago, IL, MD, Doctor of Medicine
1993 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, BS, Biochemistry & Biology

Postgraduate Training

7/2002-6/2004 Clinical Fellowship, Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
7/1997-6/2002 Clinical Residency, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Vance KK, Pytynia KB, Antony AK, Krunic AL. Mohs moat: Peripheral cutaneous margin clearance in a collaborative approach for aggressive and deeply invasive basal cell carcinoma. Australas J Dermatol 55(3):198-200, 8/2014. e-Pub 7/19/2013. PMID: 23866002.
2. Kolokythas A, Bosman MJ, Pytynia KB, Panda S, Sroussi HY, Dai Y, Schwartz JL, Adami GR. A prototype tobacco-associated oral squamous cell carcinoma classifier using RNA from brush cytology. J Oral Pathol Med 42(9):663-9, 10/2013. e-Pub 4/17/2013. PMCID: PMC3740027.
3. Alaraj A, Pytynia K, Carlson AP, Krishna PH, Charbel FT, Amin-Hanjani S, Aletich V. Combined preoperative onyx embolization and protective internal carotid artery covered stent placement for treatment of glomus vagale tumor: review of literature and illustrative case. Neurol Res 34(6):523-9, 7/2012. e-Pub 5/30/2012. PMID: 22642870.
4. Kolokythas A, Schwartz JL, Pytynia KB, Panda S, Yao M, Homann B, Sroussi HY, Epstein JB, Gordon SC, Adami GR. Analysis of RNA from brush cytology detects changes in B2M, CYP1B1 and KRT17 levels with OSCC in tobacco users. Oral Oncol 47(6):532-6, 6/2011. e-Pub 5/5/2011. PMID: 21549635.
5. Rubinstein PG, Lindgren V, Setty S, Yao M, Pytynia KB, Radosevich JA, Kadkol SS, Feldman LE. Durable complete remission induced by cetuximab monotherapy in a patient infected with HIV and diagnosed with recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. J Clin Oncol 29(9):e222-5, 3/20/2011. e-Pub 12/28/2010. PMID: 21189379.
6. Lugakingira M, Pytynia K, Kolokythas A, Miloro M. Primary intraosseous carcinoma of the mandible: case report and review of the literature. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 68(10):2623-9, 10/2010. e-Pub 7/2010. PMID: 20598418.
7. Williamson RA, Pytynia K, Oghalai JS, Vrabec JT. Auditory performance after cochlear implantation in late septuagenarians and octogenarians. Otol Neurotol 30(7):916-20, 10/2009. PMCID: PMC3607509.
8. Chen LM, Li G, Reitzel LR, Pytynia KB, Zafereo ME, Wei Q, Sturgis EM. Matched-pair analysis of race or ethnicity in outcomes of head and neck cancer patients receiving similar multidisciplinary care. Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 2(9):782-91, 9/2009. e-Pub 9/2009. PMCID: PMC2774765.
9. Mohyuddin N, Langerman A, LeHew C, Kaste L, Pytynia K. Knowledge of head and neck cancer among medical students at 2 Chicago universities. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 134(12):1294-8, 12/2008. PMID: 19075125.
10. Pytynia K, Warso M. Treatment of the parotid gland in cutaneous melanoma. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 19(4):230-33, 12/2008.
11. Marin VP, Pytynia KB, Langstein HN, Dahlstrom KR, Wei Q, Sturgis EM. Serum cotinine concentration and wound complications in head and neck reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 121(2):451-7, 2/2008. PMID: 18300961.
12. Rehl RM, Balla AA, Cabay RJ, Hearp ML, Pytynia KB, Joe SA. Mucosal remodeling in chronic rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol 21(6):651-7, Nov-Dec, 11/2007. PMID: 18201442.
13. Yao M, Epstein JB, Modi BJ, Pytynia KB, Mundt AJ, Feldman LE. Current surgical treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Oral Oncol 43(3):213-23, 3/2007. e-Pub 9/2006. PMID: 16978911.
14. Modi BJ, Knab B, Feldman LE, Mundt AJ, Yao M, Pytynia KB, Epstein J. Review of current treatment practices for carcinoma of the head and neck. Expert Opin Pharmacother 6(7):1143-55, 6/2005. PMID: 15957968.
15. Sturgis EM, Pytynia KB. After the smoke clears: environmental and occupational risks for carcinoma of the upper aerodigestive tract. Cancer J 11(2):96-103, Mar-Apr, 3/2005. PMID: 15969982.
16. Pytynia KB, Grant JR, Etzel CJ, Roberts DB, Wei Q, Sturgis EM. Matched-pair analysis of survival of never smokers and ever smokers with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. J Clin Oncol 22(19):3981-8, 10/2004. PMID: 15459221.

Invited Articles

1. Pytynia KB, Dahlstrom KR, Sturgis EM. Epidemiology of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer. Oral Oncol 50(5):380-6, 5/2014. e-Pub 1/22/2014. PMCID: PMC4444216.

Last updated: 4/27/2016