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Emily Frances Boss, MD

  • Associate Professor

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601 N. Caroline Street
6th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21287


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MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2002


Dr. Emily Boss, MD, MPH, FACS, is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She has an active clinical practice in pediatric otolaryngology. She serves as the Director of Pediatric Surgical Quality and Safety in the Bloomberg Children’s Center, and is a core faculty member in the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She trained at the University of California Los Angeles, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Boss is a nationally known leader of research and activities pertaining to quality, patient experience, health disparities, and outcomes in pediatric surgical care. She has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and is a K08 grantee of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for research evaluating communication, decision-making, and outcomes in pediatric sleep and tonsillectomy. She is the Chair or member of several major national quality committees for which she has developed quality improvement programs, research agendas, and process and outcome measures for use in clinical health systems. She is a national lecturer on quality of care in pediatrics and surgery.

  • health disparities
  • family-centered care
  • patient-provider communication
  • shared decision-making
  • surgery
  • pediatrics

Selected publications

  • Callon W, Beach MC, Wasserman C, Links AR, Boss EF. An Expanded Framework to Define and Measure Shared Decision-Making in Dialogue: A ‘Top-down’ and ‘Bottom-up’ Approach. Patient Educ Couns, 2018 Mar 11, doi: 10.1016/j.ped.2018.03.014 PMID: 29550295
  • Boss EF, Links AL, Saxton R, Cheng TC, Beach MC. Parent Experience of Care and Decision-Making for Children Who Snore. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2016 Aug 25. Doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2016.2400. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27560831
  • Boss EF, Mehta N, Nagarajan N, Links A, Benke JR, Berger Z, Espinel AG, Meier J, Lipstein E. Shared decision-making and choice for elective surgical care: A systematic review. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Mar;154(3):405-20. doi: 10.1177/0194599815620558. Epub 2015 Dec 8. Review. PMID: 26645531
  • Harris VC, Links AR, Kim JM, Walsh J, Tunkel DE, Boss EF. Follow-up and time to treatment in an urban cohort of children with sleep-disordered breathing. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018 Apr 1: 194599818772035. Doi: 10.1177/0194599818772035 PMID: 29685083
  • Boss EF, Marsteller J, Simon AE. Outpatient Tonsillectomy in Children: Sociodemographic and Geographic Variation in the United States, 2006. J Pediatr 2012 May;160(5):814-9. Epub 2011 Dec 17. PMID: 22183449