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Katherine K. Rieth, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Professional Background

University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Master of Public Health candidate

University of Rochester Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology
Resident Physician

University of Hawaii at Manoa
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Medical Degree
Dean's Certificate of Distinction in Social Justice

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Master of Arts, Anthropology
Concentrations: medical anthropology and political economy theory

University of California, San Diego
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
Minor: Chinese Studies


Research interests include health disparities, global health/surgery, and mixed methods research. Regions of interest include Upstate New York and the Pacific Islands (Micronesia, Polynesia). Dr. Rieth has an academic background in cultural and medical anthropology, with a specific interest in marginalized populations and the theoretical framework of political economy applied to surgical care and otolaryngologic issues, such as head and neck cancer. Current projects include GIS mapping of social determinants of head and neck cancer outcomes in Upstate New York, dental health care utilization in the Republic of Palau, and developing an oral cancer screening tool with optical coherence microscopy.



  • Otolaryngology, Head And Neck Surgery - American Board of Otolaryngology


MD | University of Hawaii at Manoa

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2014 - 06/30/2018
Residency in Otolaryngology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/18/2013 - 06/25/2014
Internship in Otolaryngology at University of Rochester Medical Center


Journal Articles

Ravikumar S.; Casellas N.J.; Shah S.; Rieth K.K.S. "Geographic Disparities in Head and Neck Cancer Survival in Upstate New York. Published online ahead of print Nov. 29, 2021. DOI" Head & Neck. 2022; 44(2): 472-482.

Rieth KKS, Gill SR, Lott-Limbach AA, Merkley MA, Botero N, Allen PD, Miller MC. "Prevalence of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus in Tonsil Tissue in Healthy Adults and Colocalization in Biofilm of Tonsillar Crypts." JAMA otolaryngology-- head & neck surgery.. 2018 Mar 1; 144(3):231-237.

Ruhl DS, Cable BB, Rieth KK. "Emergent treatment of button batteries in the esophagus: evolution of management and need for close second-look esophagoscopy." The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology.. 2014 Mar; 123(3):206-13.