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Evan Graboyes MD

Evan Michael Graboyes MD

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Academic Focus
  • Healthcare delivery interventions to improve the timeliness and racial equity of head and neck cancer care
  • Epidemiology, measurement, and preventative and therapeutic interventions for head and neck cancer patients at-risk for, or suffering from, body image disturbance
  • Technology-enhanced healthcare delivery to improve access to care for rural cancer patients
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Evan M. Graboyes, M.D., M.P.H, a head and neck oncologic surgeon-scientist, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and a member of the Cancer Control Program at the Hollings Cancer Center.  As a fellowship-trained head and neck microvascular reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Graboyes' clinical practice focuses on the removal and reconstruction of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. Specific areas of expertise include regional and microvascular free flap reconstruction for tumors of the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx; advanced melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers; and lesions of the salivary glands. Dr. Graboyes is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery.


He uses his advanced scientific training as a behavioral scientist and health services researcher to investigate innovative healthcare delivery and behavioral interventions to improve the timeliness and equity of care for patients with head and neck cancer as well as minimize late and long term psychosocial toxicity for head and neck cancer survivors. His research, which is funded through the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, relies on a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team approach. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications related to head and neck cancer care delivery and head and neck cancer survivorship.


Dr. Graboyes has leadership roles in numerous regional and national organizations. He is the Director of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance Head and Neck Cancer Workgroup, a member of Ethics and Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Committees of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and a member of the Survivorship, Reconstruction, and Quality and Value Committees of the American Head and Neck Society. He serves on the editorial board for JAMA-Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology.


Dr. Graboyes was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Wisconsin. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with degrees in philosophy and public policy. He then moved to St. Louis where he completed his medical degree and residency from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2017. He received his Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2020.