Dr. Cecelia E. Schmalbach

Cecelia Schmalbach-7 2Associate Professor of Surgery
Residency Program Director

Contact Information:
Phone: 205-934-9777   Fax: 205-934-3993   Email: cschmalbach@uabmc.edu

Administrative Support: 
Michelle Thrasher
205-934-9777  |  michellethrasher@uabmc.edu

Schedule Appointment: 205-934-9766


Physical Address:
563 Boshell Building
1808 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Mailing Address:
BDB 563
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0012
Clinic Address:
The Kirklin Clinic
2000 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35249

Board Certification

American Board of Otolaryngology, 2005

Areas of Expertise
Head and Neck Oncology
Microvascular Surgery
Cutaneous Head and Neck Cancer

Medical School
Jefferson Medical College, 1998

Residency Program
University of Michigan, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 1998-2004       

Vanderbilt University, Microvascular and Skull Base Surgery, 2004-2005

Awards & Honors
1993    Air Force Association ROTC National Cadet of the Year
            Awarded to the top Air Force Cadet in the United States
1994    Phi Beta Kappa
1997    Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society, (Junior ΑΩΑ)
            Elected President 1997-1998
1997    Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society
1998    William Potter Memorial Prize in Clinical Medicine
2002    Merle Lawrence Basic Science Research Award
            Molecular Analysis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Upper Aerodigestive Tract
2003    John L. Kemink Clinical Science Research Award
            Reliability of Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping with Biopsy of Head and Neck Melanoma
2003    Eugene Rontal Research Award
            Reliability of Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping in Head and Neck Merkel Cell Carcinoma
2007    Afghanistan Campaign Medal
2010    Star Reviewer, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery peer review journal
2011    Star Reviewer, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery peer review journal
2011    Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS
2012    Cochrane Scholar, American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS
2012    Selected as a “Top Otolaryngologist” San Antonio, Texas
2012    Patients’ Choice Doctor (awarded to 5% of 870,000 doctors by their patients)
2013    United States Air Force Meritorious Service Metal

1. Schmalbach CE, Nussenbaum B, Schwartz J, Rees R, Johnson TM, Bradford CR. Reliability of sentinel lymph node mapping with biopsy for head and neck cutaneous melanoma. Archives Otol. 2003; 129:61-65.

2. Myeong JN, Madoz-Gurpide J, Hong W, Lescure P, Schmalbach CE, Zhao R, Misek DE, Kuick R, Brenner DE, Hanash SM. Molecular profiling of the immune response in colon cancer using protein microarrays: Occurrence of autoantibodies to ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L3. Proteomics 2003; 3:2108-2115.

3. Schmalbach CE. Resident representation within the residency review committee (RRC). AA0-HNS Bulletin. February 2004.

4. Schmalbach CE, Chepeha DB, Giordano TJ, Rubin MA, Teknos TN, Bradford CR, Wolf GT, Kuick R, Misek DE, Trask DK, Hanash S. Molecular profiling identifies genes associated with metastatic oral cavity/oropharynx squamous cell carcinoma. Archives Otol. 2004; 130:295-302.

5. Marcus B, Arenber D, Lee J, Kleer C, Chepeha DB, Schmalbach CE, Islam M, Paul S, Pan Q, Hanash S, Kuick R, Merajver SD, Teknos TN. Prognostic factors in oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer. 2004; 101:2779-2787.

6. Schmalbach CE, Lowe, L, Teknos TN, Johnson TM, Bradford CR. Reliability of sentinel lymph node biopsy for regional staging of head and neck merkel cell carcinoma. Archives Otol. 2005; 131:610-614.

7. Schmalbach CE, Miller FR. Occult primary head and neck carcinoma. Curr Oncol Rep. 2007; Mar 9(2):139-146.

8. Schmalbach CE, Webb D, Weitzel EK. Anterior Skull Base Reconstruction. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2010; Aug 18(4):238-243.

9. Connor MP, Wells D, Schmalbach CE. Variables predictive of bilateral occult papillary microcarcinoma following total thyroidectomy. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2010; 144(2):210-215.

10. McCusker S, Schmalbach CE. The Otolaryngologist's Cost in Treating Trauma: American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery survey. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2012; 146(3):22-27.

11. Connor MP, Schmalbach CE. Maxillary Myoma. ENT Journal. In press.

12. Ahmed MM, Piper JM, Hanson NA, Sutton AJ, Schmalbach CE. Facial reconstruction implementing a novel adhesive based magnet-retention prosthetic system. Archives Facial Plastics. In press.

13. Taylor CB, Boone JL, Schmalbach CE, Miller FR. Intraoperative relationship of the spinal accessory nerve to the internal jugular vein; variation from cadaver studies. Am J Otolarynol. In press.