J. Kenneth Byrd

Vice Chair Clinical Affairs, Otolaryngology-HNS

J. Kenneth Byrd

Vice Chair Clinical Affairs, Otolaryngology-HNS

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Otolaryngology

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Neurosurgery


Dr. Byrd, a native of Lexington, SC, attended the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate education, graduating with Honors from the Honors College and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the Medical University of South Carolina, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received the Henry Tracy Ivy Award. He then completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at MUSC before pursuing a 2-year fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in Head and Neck Oncology and Skull Base surgery.

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  • MD, Medicine Medical University of SC - Sch, 2007

  • BS, Chemistry, General University of South Carolina -, 2003


  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 2016

  • Member American Head and Neck Society, 2015

  • American Board of Otolaryngology 2013

  • PHY GA Composite Medical Board, 2014

  • Physician License #72220 GA Composite Medical Board, 2014

Awards & Honors

  • Clinical Science Education Award Augusta University , 2023

  • MCG Value Based Healthcare Competition: Mentor to First Place Team Augusta University, 2023

  • Dean’s Physician Leadership Academy Augusta University , 2019

  • 1st Place, Resident Research Presentation Magnolia Conference, Magnolia Conference, 2012

  • Henry Tracy Ivy Award Medical University of South Carolina, 2007

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • SURG 5254

    Otolaryngology Extn.
  • PHAS 5330

  • SURG 5000

    Basic Clkshp in SURG
  • RSUR 5002

  • SURG 5007

    Surgery Sub-I: Surgery Sub-I Otolarynoglogy
  • OBMP 8003

    Topics in Oral Biology 3
  • OBPR 8003

    Topics in Oral Biology III


Selected Recent Publications

  • HPV-associated oropharyngeal Adenosquamous carcinoma with early metastatic disease detected by ctDNA., 2023
  • Inhibitors of the CD73-adenosinergic checkpoint as promising combinatory agents for conventional and advanced cancer immunotherapy., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Base of tongue neuroendocrine carcinoma: A case report., 2022
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Surgical Robotics in Otolaryngology, 2020
  • Preoperative Stellate Ganglion Block for Perioperative Pain in Lateralized Head and Neck Cancer: Preliminary Results., 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Quality of life,
Minimally Invasive Head and Neck Surgery

Department Service

  • Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs 2022 - Present

  • Chief of Head and Neck Surgery 2017 - Present

  • Medical Director, Department of Otolaryngology 2016 - Present

  • Research Director, Department of Otolaryngology 2015 - Present

University Service

  • Credentials Committee 2022 - Present

  • OR Block Time Committee 2022 - Present

  • Curriculum Redesign Working Group 2019 - Present

    Role: Task Force Member
  • Department of Medicine Chair Search Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • AHNS 11th International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer, Program Committee 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Reviewer: Laryngoscope 2022 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • American Head and Neck Society Publications Committee 2017 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member
  • Georgia Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 2017 - 2017

    Role: Officer, Secretary
  • North American Skull Base Society Value Based Healthcare Committee 2017 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member

Public Service

  • AHNS National QI Project 2022 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Physician to Patient Communication in the ENT and Cancer Center Clinics 2022 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Development of Head and Neck Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Protocol 2018 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Eliminating tracheostomy tube-related pressure injuries in adult patients 2017 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Tracheostomy Care Protocol: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University 2015 - Present

    Role: Other