Susan Muller, DMD

Susan Muller, DMD

Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery


BA: Biology, Rutgers University, 1979
MS: Nutrition Science, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1983
DMD: Medical University of South Carolina School of Dental Medicine, Charleston, South Carolina, 1989
Fellowship: Research Fellow, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 1990
Residency: Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, 1993
Fellowship: Clinical Fellow, Head and Neck Pathology, Presbyterian University Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 1994


State of Georgia Medical License
State of South Carolina Medical License
American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology


Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine


Editor in Chief, Head and Neck Pathology
Editorial Review Board, Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Oral Radiology Endodontics
Director, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology


American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
North American Society of Head and Neck Pathology
The International Academy of Oral Oncology
International Association of Oral Pathology
Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Zeta Chapter, National Dental Honorary Society


Müller S.  Oral Melanin Pigmented Lesions:  Presentation, Differential Diagnosis, and Treatment. Dermatol Therapies 23: 220-229, 2010

Kang S, Elf S, Lythgoe K, Hitosugi T, Taunton J, Zhou W, Xiong L, Wang D, Muller S, Gu TL, Polakiewicz RD, Chen Z(G), Khuri FR, Shin DM, Chen J. RSK2 promotes head and neck cancer cell invasion and tumor metastasis.  JCI 120: 1165-1177, 2010

Beitler J, Müller S, Grist W, Corey A, Klein A, Johns M, Landry, Hudgins PA.Prognostic Accuracy of Radiologic Signs for Laryngeal Patients Undergoing Laryngectomy.  J Clin Oncol 28: 2318-2322, 2010.

Skalova A, Sima R, Vanecek T, Müller S, Korabecna M, Nemcova J, Elmberger G, Leivo I, Passador-Santos F, Walter J, Rousarova M, Jedlickova K, Geierova M, Michal M. Acinic Cell

Carcinoma with high-grade transformation.  A report of 9 cases with immunohistochemical study and analysis of TP53 and HER-2/neu genes.  Am J Surg Pathol 33:1137-1145, 2009.

Saba NF, Choi M, Müller S, Shin HJC, Tighiouart M, Papadimitrakopoulou VA, El-Naggar AK, Khuri FR, Chen Z, Shin DM. Role of Cyclooxygenase-2 in Tumor Progression and Survival of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma.  Cancer Prev Res 2: 823-829, 2009


As Pathology Core Director for the NIH Head and Neck SPORE, I work closely with researchers at Emory and other institutions to explore the biology of head and neck cancer.  I have developed an archival tissue data bank of 300 samples that are cross-referenced to treatment and outcome in order to elucidate metastatic factors in oral cancer.   In addition I have a 300 patient database of oropharyngeal carcinoma for future studies including HPV- positive tumors.  As Director of the Head & Neck Tissue Bank, I have also initiated collection of fresh frozen tissue from a variety of head and neck tumors to facilitate future collaborations and enable protocols that are inefficient or ineffective in formalin-fixed archival tissue.  I am also involved in a collaborative effort with Georgia Institute of Technology engineers developing computer modeling systems for the analysis of features in head and neck cancer. Working closely with Otolaryngologists, I am involved in the head and neck tumor pathology and how they relate to clinical outcomes.