• Portrait of Paul Kerr.
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    GB 421, 820 Sherbrook Street
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1R9

    Phone: 204-787-3093
    Fax: 204-787-1727

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Research summary

Functional outcomes and late effects of treatment following management of head and neck cancer: CancerCare MB is home to one of the most comprehensive, prospectively collected, population-based, functional outcome data bases available.

Head and neck endocrine surgery outcomes: Management of hyperparathyroidism and thyroid cancer


Dr. Paul Kerr is a professor of otolaryngology at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Kerr is an accomplished researcher:

First to demonstrate OSAS induced reflux is reduced by CPAP: Kerr P, Shoenut JP, Millar T, Buckle P, Kryger MH:

  • Nasal CPAP reduces gastroesophageal reflux in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. CHEST 101(6): 1539-¬1544, 1992 (179 citations)

Amongst the first (*PI and resident supervisor), and most cited publications on utility of 1-hour post-thyroidectomy PTH level as clinically useful predictor of surgically induced hypoparathyroidism:

  • Lam A, Kerr PD*: Parathyroid hormone: an early predictor of postthyroidectomy hypocalcemia. LARYNGOSCOPE. 2003 Dec; 113(12):2196-2003 (81 citations)

First in Canada (PI*) to publish a multi-institutional review of transoral laser microsurgery (TOLM), confirming TOLM as a successful alternative to radiotherapy in management of laryngeal cancer:

  • Kerr PD*, Taylor SM, Fung K et al: Oncologic and Voice Outcomes After Transoral Laser Microsurgery for Early Glottic Cancer – a Multicenter Canadian Review. J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2012; 41 (6): 381-8

Pioneer (*PI and resident supervisor) in more cost-effective parathyroidectomy by selective vs routine use of intraoperative PTH measurements as supported by our own validation study:

  • Thielman A, Kerr PD*, Sutherland D, Viallet N: Validation of Selective Use of Intraoperative PTH Monitoring in Parathyroidectomy. J Oto HNS, 46:10, https://dx.doi.org/10.1186%2Fs40463-017-0188-0, 2017

Invited author on multinational consensus paper re: optimized perioperative care for patients undergoing major H&N ablative surgery:

  • Dort J, Farwell G, Finlay M, Huber G, Kerr PD, et al: Consensus Review of Optimal Perioperative Care in Major Head and Neck Surgery with Free Flap Reconstruction – Multidisciplinary Approaches to Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. JAMA OHNS, Mar 1;143(3):292-303. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2016.2981. 2017

Regional Lead, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Surgery Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority 2007-2019

Head, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2007-2019

Residency Program Director, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Manitoba (1995 – 2005


  • Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (1993)
  • Fellow, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1992)
  • MD, University of Manitoba (1987)
  • BSc (Med) (1987)


  • Nominated by Provincial Association of Residents and Interns of Manitoba (PARIM) for “Postgraduate Educator of the year”, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba (2002, 2003 & 2004)
  • Awarded “postgraduate Educator of the year”, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba (2004)
  • Nominated by University of Manitoba medical students for “Most Outstanding Clinician in Clerkship” (2014)
  • Award for “Outstanding Reviewer”, Journal of Otolaryngology (2014)

Contact us

Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Max Rady College of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre GB421 - 820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada