Ryan H. Belcher, M.D., received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Arkansas and his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He completed his otolaryngology surgery residency at Emory University with global health honors. During his residency, he participated in a year-long Global Health Scholars Program that included spending a month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, working alongside and teaching their otolaryngology staff and residents. He then completed his pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and subsequently joined the faculty as an assistant professor.
Belcher is a specialist in pediatric otolaryngology and facial plastic surgery. His clinical interests are craniofacial syndromes including cleft lip and palate, pediatric head and neck cancer, and others. He has published several book chapters and journal articles in these areas. His passion for global health has led to performing surgery internationally for cleft lip and palate among other craniofacial syndromes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Cameroon, Philippines, and Mexico.