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Hilary McCrary
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Hilary McCrary, MD, MPH

Languages spoken: English

Clinical Locations

Huntsman Cancer Institute - Cancer Hospital South

Clinic 1A, Head and Neck
Salt Lake City
801-585-0193

Primary Children's Hospital

Pediatric Otolaryngology/ENT
Salt Lake City
801-213-3599

University of Utah Hospital

Otolaryngology/ENT, Area E
Salt Lake City
801-581-7514
  • Hilary McCrary, MD, MPH is a surgeon at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Utah. She is board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and fellowship trained in head and neck surgical oncology, microvascular reconstruction, and advanced robotic surgery by the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS).

    Originally from rural Castle Valley, Utah (near Moab, Utah), Dr. McCrary graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona. After her undergraduate degree, she worked abroad in Tanzania for a non-profit organization focused on increasing access to HIV testing and education in rural villages. This is where her love for public health was sparked, and she subsequently pursued a Master of Public Health, followed by a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Arizona. During medical school she was inducted into both the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society.

    Following medical school, she opted to return home to Utah, where she completed her residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. It was here where she gained a passion for caring for head and neck cancer patients under the guidance of her head and neck surgical mentors. She also saw first-hand the direct impact that the Huntsman Cancer Institute had on the mountain west states. Her interest in head and neck cancer care drove her to pursue a head and neck fellowship at one of the busiest clinical fellowships in the country at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. During fellowship, she was trained in the full gamut head and neck cancer care, including complex ablation, head and neck microvascular reconstruction, and robotic surgery with 10 influential leaders within the field of head and neck surgical oncology.

    Dr. McCrary’s clinical interests within head and neck cancer span the full breadth of the field, but has a special interest in oropharyngeal carcinoma, paragangliomas, and complex microvascular reconstruction. Given her background in public health and biostatistical analysis, her research interests are primarily focused on the utilization of large state-wide (Utah Populations Database) and national datasets to help further elucidate trends in head and neck cancer. Dr. McCrary also has a special interest in surgical education, and completed a Surgical Education Research Fellowship during residency. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters. She currently holds positions on national committees focus on improving head and neck cancer care and education through the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She looks forward to giving back to the state she was raised in as a head and neck surgeon.

    Board Certification

    American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Patient Rating

    5.0 /5
    ( out of 16 reviews )

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    May 31, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Dr McCrary is an excellent physician

    May 20, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Dr McCrary is a great Doctor!!! Thank you!!

    May 05, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    I love her. She is knowledgeable, understanding, and kind. She gave me options and then went forward with the information about my decision. She will be talking to the best people about how to help treat my cancer and it can¿t get any better than that.

    May 05, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Made me comfortable, when I was very nervous

    May 04, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Very professional. Great at working with ASD individuals:)

    April 07, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Dr. Hilary and her staff were very attentive, and clearly the most knowledgeable in their Specialty in the USA. Certainly a Center of Excellence.

    March 10, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    Dr. Hillary McCarey is one of the most compassionate doctors we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. she explains everything very compassionate, but complete. Feel like you¿re safe under her guidance.

    February 27, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    We are very impressed with the results of the surgery. He looks and feels so much better only a few weeks post-surgery. Dr. Mccrary and her team treated him so well. We are grateful...

    February 25, 2024
    HUNTSMAN CANCER CENTER

    I have only had one conversation with this Dr., but it was positive and she seemed like she was very interested in my well being.

  • Hilary McCrary, MD, MPH is a surgeon at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Utah. She is board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and fellowship trained in head and neck surgical oncology, microvascular reconstruction, and advanced robotic surgery by the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS).

    Originally from rural Castle Valley, Utah (near Moab, Utah), Dr. McCrary graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona. After her undergraduate degree, she worked abroad in Tanzania for a non-profit organization focused on increasing access to HIV testing and education in rural villages. This is where her love for public health was sparked, and she subsequently pursued a Master of Public Health, followed by a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Arizona. During medical school she was inducted into both the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society.

    Following medical school, she opted to return home to Utah, where she completed her residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. It was here where she gained a passion for caring for head and neck cancer patients under the guidance of her head and neck surgical mentors. She also saw first-hand the direct impact that the Huntsman Cancer Institute had on the mountain west states. Her interest in head and neck cancer care drove her to pursue a head and neck fellowship at one of the busiest clinical fellowships in the country at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. During fellowship, she was trained in the full gamut head and neck cancer care, including complex ablation, head and neck microvascular reconstruction, and robotic surgery with 10 influential leaders within the field of head and neck surgical oncology.

    Dr. McCrary’s clinical interests within head and neck cancer span the full breadth of the field, but has a special interest in oropharyngeal carcinoma, paragangliomas, and complex microvascular reconstruction. Given her background in public health and biostatistical analysis, her research interests are primarily focused on the utilization of large state-wide (Utah Populations Database) and national datasets to help further elucidate trends in head and neck cancer. Dr. McCrary also has a special interest in surgical education, and completed a Surgical Education Research Fellowship during residency. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and numerous book chapters. She currently holds positions on national committees focus on improving head and neck cancer care and education through the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She looks forward to giving back to the state she was raised in as a head and neck surgeon.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Otolaryngology -Primary
    Board Certification
    American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Education history

    Fellowship Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction - Ohio State University College of Medicine Fellow
    Otolaryngology - University of Utah Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine Resident
    Professional Medical Medicine - University of Arizona College of Medicine M.D.
    Global Family and Child Health - University of Arizona M.P.H.
    Undergraduate Study Abroad - University of Newcastle, Australia
    Undergraduate Health Sciences, Community Health Education - University of Arizona B.S.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Bellamkonda N, Highland J, McCrary HC, Slattery L, King B, Teames C, LeBaron K, Wiggins RH, Abraham D, Hunt JP (2024). Four-Dimensional Computed Tomography for Parathyroid Adenoma Localization: A Pre-Operative Imaging Protocol. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol, 133(4), 441-448. (Read full article)
    2. Judd RT, McCrary HC, Farlow JL, Li M, Godsell J, Kneuertz PJ, Ozer E (2023). Pedicled osteomyocutaneous pectoralis major flap with osseous rib harvest for salvage mandibular reconstruction: Case and technique. Head Neck, 46(2), 447-451. (Read full article)
    3. McCrary HC, Seim NB, Old MO (2023). History, Innovation, Pearls, and Pitfalls in Complex Midface Reconstruction. Otolaryngol Clin North Am, 56(4), 703-713. (Read full article)
    4. Khurana N, Babajanian E, McCrary H, Pulsipher A, Ghandehari H, Alt JA, Cannon RB (2023). Vascular permeability in HPV+ oropharyngeal cancers aids in fluorescent image-guided transoral robotic surgery using indocyanine green. Head Neck, 45(7), 1728-1740. (Read full article)
    5. Nyirjesy SC, Zhao S, Judd R, McCrary H, Kuhar HN, Farlow JL, Seim NB, Rocco JW, Kang SY, Haring CT (2023). Hypothyroidism as an Independent Predictor of 30-day Readmission in Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Laryngoscope. (Read full article)
    6. Yu Y, Geffen B, McCrary H, Dunya G, Rampton J, Zhang C, Presson AP, Poe D, Park AH (2022). Measurements of The Pediatric Cartilaginous Eustachian Tube: Implications for Balloon Dilation. Laryngoscope, 133(2), 396-402. (Read full article)
    7. McCrary H, Torrecillas V, Pollard SH, Collingridge DS, Yamashiro D, Skirko JR (2022). Risk of Malocclusion Among Patients Undergoing Single-Stage Versus Two-Stage Cleft Palate Repair. Cleft Palate Craniofac J, 59(10), 1271-1278. (Read full article)
    8. Miller RH, Gurgel RK, McCrary HC (2022). Graduating Otolaryngology Residents' Ideal Practice Expectations: A Longitudinal Analysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 167(3), 472-478. (Read full article)
    9. Dunklebarger MF, McCrary H, King B, Carpenter P, Buchmann L, Hunt J, Cannon R (2022). Success of Implantable Doppler Probes for Monitoring Buried Free Flaps. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 167(3), 452-456. (Read full article)
    10. McCrary HC, Aoki J, Huang Y, Chadwick B, Kerrigan K, Witt B, Hunt JP, Abraham D (2022). Mutation based approaches to the treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf), 96(5), 734-742. (Read full article)
    11. Neuberger K, McCrary H, Beckstrom J, Darelli-Anderson AM, Farrell TW, Brooke BS, Smith BK, Brownson KE (2022). Improving healthcare transitions of surgical care through an interprofessional education elective. J Am Geriatr Soc, 70(3), E11-E14. (Read full article)
    12. Carpenter P, McCrary HC, Aylward A, Cerrati E, Hunt JP, Buchmann LO, Cannon RB (2021). Penetrating Trauma Rapid Estimated Disability Scale: Assessing Facial Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wounds. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med, 23(6), 455-459. (Read full article)
    13. Nguyen S, Johnston T, McCrary HC, Chow C, Babcock C, Richards B, Smith BK (2021). Medical student attitudes and actions that encourage teaching on surgery clerkships. Am J Surg, 222(6), 1066-1071. (Read full article)
    14. Miller RH, McCrary HC, Gurgel RK (2021). Assessing Trends in Fellowship Training Among Otolaryngology Residents: A National Survey Study. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 165(5), 655-661. (Read full article)
    15. McCrary HC, Babajanian E, Patel N, Yang S, Kircher M, Carlson ML, Gurgel RK (2021). Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome Following Head Trauma: A Multi-institutional Review. Laryngoscope, 131(11), E2810-E2818. (Read full article)
    16. McCrary HC, McLean SR, Luman A, OSullivan P, Smith B, Cannon RB (2021). A National Survey of Robotic Surgery Training Among Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residents. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol, 130(9), 1085-1092. (Read full article)
    17. Casazza GC, Gurgel RK, McCrary HC, Ramirez AS, Krakovitz PR, Shelton C, Meier JD (2021). Are Opioids Necessary in Middle Ear Surgery? Comparing the Transcanal and Postauricular Approach. Otol Neurotol, 42(6), 851-857. (Read full article)
    18. McCrary H, Skirko JR (2021). Bone Grafting of Alveolar Clefts. Oral Maxillofac Surg Clin North Am, 33(2), 231-238. (Read full article)
    19. McCrary HC, Newberry CI, Casazza GC, Cannon RB, Ramirez AL, Meier JD (2020). Evaluation of opioid prescription patterns among patients undergoing thyroid surgery. Head Neck, 43(3), 903-908. (Read full article)
    20. Casazza GC, McIntyre MK, Gurgel RK, McCrary HC, Shelton C, Couldwell WT, Bowers CA (2020). Increasing Frailty, Not Increasing Age, Results in Increased Length of Stay Following Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery. Otol Neurotol, 41(10), e1243-e1249. (Read full article)
    21. Newberry CI, Carpenter P, McCrary H, Casazza G, Skirko J, Meier J (2020). Inter-rater reliability in diagnosis and treatment of type one laryngeal cleft: A blinded observational study. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 139, 110475. (Read full article)
    22. McCrary H, Pollard SH, Torrecillas V, Khong L, Taylor HM, Meier J, Muntz H, Skirko J (2020). Increased Risk of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency in Patients Undergoing Staged Palate Repair. Cleft Palate Craniofac J, 57(8), 975-983. (Read full article)
    23. Fuller AK, McCrary HC, Graham ME, Skirko JR (2020). The Case of the Missing Nose: Congenital Arhinia Case Presentation and Management Recommendations. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol, 129(7), 645-648. (Read full article)
    24. Newberry CI, McCrary HC, Cerrati EW (2020). The Efficacy of Oral Celecoxib Following Surgical Rhinoplasty. Facial Plast Surg Aesthet Med, 22(2), 100-104. (Read full article)
    25. Newberry CI, Mccrary H, Thomas JR, Cerrati EW (2019). Updated Management of Malar Edema, Mounds, and Festoons: A Systematic Review. Aesthet Surg J, 40(3), 246-258. (Read full article)
    26. McCrary HC, Cannon RB, Buchmann LO (2019). Some Considerations in Treating Malignant Head and Neck Paragangliomas-Reply. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 146(2), 210-211. (Read full article)
    27. Rosas A, McCrary HC, Meier JD, Muntz HR, Park AH (2019). Proposal for the surgical management of children with laryngeal saccular Cysts: A case series. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 126, 109604. (Read full article)
    28. McCrary HC, Babajanian E, Calquin M, Carpenter P, Casazza G, Naumer A, Greenberg S, Kohlmann W, Cannon R, Monroe MM, Hunt JP, Buchmann L (2019). Characterization of Malignant Head and Neck Paragangliomas at a Single Institution Across Multiple Decades. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 145(7), 641-646. (Read full article)
    29. Casazza GC, McCrary HC, Shelton C, Gurgel RK (2019). Primary Petrous Apex Epidermoids With Skull Base Erosion. Otol Neurotol, 40(5), e556-e561. (Read full article)
    30. McCrary H, Del Calvo V, Purser J, Casazza G, Park A (2019). The Role of Antioxidants in the Treatment of Congenital CMV-Related Hearing: A Case-Control Study. OTO Open, 3(2), 2473974X19841857. (Read full article)
    31. McCrary H, Sheng X, Greene T, Park A (2018). Long-term hearing outcomes of children with symptomatic congenital CMV treated with valganciclovir. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol, 118, 124-127. (Read full article)
    32. Sharma S, McCrary H, Romero E, Kim A, Chang E, Le CH (2018). A prospective, randomized, single-blinded trial for improving health outcomes in rhinology by the use of personalized video recordings. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol, 8(12), 1406-1411. (Read full article)
    33. Carpenter PS, Shepherd HM, McCrary H, Torrecillas V, Kull A, Hunt JP, Monroe MM, Buchmann LO, Cannon RB (2018). Association of Celecoxib Use With Decreased Opioid Requirements After Head and Neck Cancer Surgery With Free Tissue Reconstruction. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 144(11), 988-994. (Read full article)
    34. Cannon RB, Shepherd HM, McCrary H, Carpenter PS, Buchmann LO, Hunt JP, Houlton JJ, Monroe MM (2018). Association of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act With Insurance Coverage for Head and Neck Cancer in the SEER Database. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 144(11), 1052-1057. (Read full article)
    35. Christensen DN, Franks ZG, McCrary HC, Saleh AA, Chang EH (2018). A Systematic Review of the Association between Cigarette Smoke Exposure and Chronic Rhinosinusitis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 158(5), 801-816. (Read full article)
    36. Faucett EA, Barry JY, McCrary HC, Saleh AA, Erman AB, Ishman SL (2018). Otolaryngology Resident Education and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Core Competencies: A Systematic Review. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 144(4), 360-370. (Read full article)
    37. Teufel-Shone NI, Tippens JA, McCrary HC, Ehiri JE, Sanderson PR (2016). Resilience in American Indian and Alaska Native Public Health: An Underexplored Framework. Am J Health Promot, 32(2), 274-281. (Read full article)
    38. Faucett EA, McCrary HC, Barry JY, Saleh AA, Erman AB, Ishman SL (2017). High-Quality Feedback Regarding Professionalism and Communication Skills in Otolaryngology Resident Education. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 158(1), 36-42. (Read full article)
    39. Faucett EA, McCrary HC, Milinic T, Hassanzadeh T, Roward SG, Neumayer LA (2017). The role of same-sex mentorship and organizational support in encouraging women to pursue surgery. Am J Surg, 214(4), 640-644. (Read full article)
    40. Cervantes JA, Costello CM, Maarouf M, McCrary HC, Zeitouni NC (2017). The Use of a Fresh-Tissue Cadaver Model for the Instruction of Dermatological Procedures: A Laboratory Study for Training Medical Students. Dermatol Surg, 43(9), 1150-1156. (Read full article)
    41. McCrary HC, Faucett EA, Hurbon AN, Milinic T, Cervantes JA, Kent SL, Adamas-Rappaport WJ (2017). A Fresh Cadaver Model for the Instruction of Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration of Thyroid Nodules. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 157(1), 30-35. (Read full article)
    42. Chang EH, Willis AL, McCrary HC, Noutsios GT, Le CH, Chiu AG, Mansfield CJ, Reed DR, Brooks SG, Adappa ND, Palmer JN, Cohen NG, Stern DA, Guerra S, Martinez FD (2016). Association between the CDHR3 rs6967330 risk allele and chronic rhinosinusitis. J Allergy Clin Immunol, 139(6), 1990-1992.e2. (Read full article)
    43. Mudery JA, Francis R, McCrary H, Jacob A (2016). Older Individuals Meeting Medicare Cochlear Implant Candidacy Criteria in Noise but Not in Quiet: Are These Patients Improved by Surgery? Otol Neurotol, 38(2), 187-191. (Read full article)
    44. McCrary HC, Faucett EA, Reghunathan S, Aly FZ, Khan R, Carmody RF, Jacob A (2016). The First Reported Case of Recurrent Carcinoid Tumor in the External Auditory Canal. Otol Neurotol, 38(1), 114-117. (Read full article)
    45. McCrary HC, Krate J, Savilo CE, Tran MH, Ho HT, Adamas-Rappaport WJ, Viscusi RK (2016). Development of a fresh cadaver model for instruction of ultrasound-guided breast biopsy during the surgery clerkship: pre-test and post-test results among third-year medical students. Am J Surg, 212(5), 1020-1025. (Read full article)
    46. McCrary HC, Faucett EA, Erman AB (2016). Immunoglobulin G4-related sclerosing disease Mimicking sjogren's syndrome: A case report. Laryngoscope, 126(10), 2242-5. (Read full article)
    47. Barry JY, McCrary HC, Kent S, Saleh AA, Chang EH, Chiu AG (2016). The Triple Aim and its implications on the management of chronic rhinosinusitis. Am J Rhinol Allergy, 30(5), 344-50. (Read full article)
    48. McCrary HC, Nielsen TJ, Goldstein SA (2016). Penetrating Neck Trauma: An Unusual Case Presentation and Review of the Literature. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol, 125(8), 682-6. (Read full article)
    49. Rees HC, Meister E, Mohler MJ, Klotz SA (2014). HIV-Related Frailty Is Not Characterized by Sarcopenia. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care, 15(2), 131-4. (Read full article)
    50. Li Y, Marshall CM, Rees HC, Nunez A, Ezeanolue EE, Ehiri JE (2014). Intimate partner violence and HIV infection among women: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Int AIDS Soc, 17(1), 18845. (Read full article)
    51. Rees HC, Ianas V, McCracken P, Smith S, Georgescu A, Zangeneh T, Mohler J, Klotz SA (2013). Measuring frailty in HIV-infected individuals. Identification of frail patients is the first step to amelioration and reversal of frailty. J Vis Exp, (77). (Read full article)

    Review

    1. McCrary HC, Colbert-Getz JM, Poss WB, Smith BK (2020). A Systematic Review of the Relationship Between In-Training Examination Scores and Specialty Board Examination Scores. [Review]. J Grad Med Educ, 13(1), 43-57. (Read full article)

    Letter

    1. Farlow JL, McCrary HC, Sipos JA, Phay JE, Konda B, Agrawal A (2023). Neoadjuvant dabrafenib and trametinib for functional organ preservation in recurrent BRAF V600E-mutated papillary thyroid cancer. [Letter to the editor]. Oral Oncol, 147, 106625. (Read full article)
    2. Farlow JL, McCrary HC, Li M, Old MO (2023). Internal jugular vein reconstruction: An algorithm for reconstructive surgeons. [Letter to the editor]. Oral Oncol, 145, 106523. (Read full article)
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