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Departmental Affiliations

School of Medicine

Contact Info

601 N. Caroline Street, 6th Floor

Research Interests

health disparities; family-centered care; patient-provider communication; shared decision-making; surgical utilization; pediatrics

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Virginia Commonwealth University

Emily F. Boss, MD, MPH, FACS (nee Rudnick) is a Professor of Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, and Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Boss's clinical expertise includes pediatric sinus, ear, nose, neck, and throat conditions. Dr. Boss trained at the University of California Los Angeles, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Boss is dedicated to improving health outcomes through enhanced doctor-patient communication and organizational change.  She is the Medical Director for Revenue Cycle Performance Improvement for Johns Hopkins Medicine and a Physician Advisor for Care Coordination and Clinical Resource Management at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Boss is also a clinician scientist with federally funded research focused on patient and family-centered communication, health disparities, and surgical utilization and outcomes.  An established surgeon, physician leader, and researcher, she is passionate about performance improvement in healthcare delivery. 

Select Publications

Selected publications

  • Leu GR, Links AR, Park J, Beach MC, Boss EF. Parental Expression of Emotions and Surgeon Responses During Consultations for Obstructive Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2022 Feb 1;148(2):145-154. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2021.3530. PMID: 34882170; PMCID: PMC8662534.

  • Claus LE, Links AR, Amos J, DiCarlo H, Jelin E, Koka R, Beach MC, Boss EF. Parent Experience of Communication about Children's Surgery: A Qualitative Analysis. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2021 May 19;6(3):e403. doi: 10.1097/pq9.0000000000000403. PMID: 34046536; PMCID: PMC8143772.

  • 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

  • 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, 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

Project CONNECTS: Communication and Outcomes that eNhaNce Equity in Childhood Tonsillectomy and Sleep (PI), 1R01HL166504-01
Understanding Clinician-Parent Interaction to Reduce Disparities and Improve Quality of Pediatric Surgical Care (PI), 1R21HD108565-01A1
Hidden in Plain Sight: Stigmatizing Language in Patient Medical Records (Co-I), R01 MD017048-01
Racial/ethnic and geographic differences in pediatric tonsillectomy use: a multilevel investigation (Co-I), R01
HomeVENT (Home Values and Experiences Navigation Track) (Co-I), R01 HD110414-01A1
Shared Decision-Making and Outcomes in Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing (PI), 1K08HS022932-01