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The mission of the New York Head and Neck Institute (NYHNI), part of North Shore-LIJ Health System, is to provide seamless, integrated care across the many specialty fields for people with disorders of the head and neck. We are committed to compassionate, patient-first treatment with trusted doctor-patient relationships. We firmly believe in completely sharing all available information with our patients, empowering every patient as an equal partner when it comes to decisions regarding their care. At NYHNI, our patients always come first.

The Finest Physicians, the Most Advanced Care in Head and Neck Disorders

The physicians and surgeons of the New York Head and Neck Institute (NYHNI) -- currently over 60 in number -- are some of the finest and internationally well-known practitioners in their specialties. The staff includes more than seven professors and associate professors with academic posts at some of the most highly regarded and ranked medical schools in America. The senior leaders of the Institute are all fellows of the Triological Society, which is the summit of achievement in the specialty field of Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat).

The physicians at NYHNI have collectively authored thousands of peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and abstracts that have been published in the nation's professional literature. They also have presented original research in the field of otolaryngology at thousands of international, national and regional professional meetings. Many have invented new operations and discovered new treatments for head and neck disorders. All of our physicians participate in the training of post-graduate doctors to perform the latest operations and treatments in the field of head and neck disorders, and many are engaged in basic scientific research into the causes and treatments of these diseases.

The New York Head and Neck Institute concentrates highly skilled and talented physicians and surgeons in one organization in order to deliver the most advanced diagnosis and care to patients with head and neck disorders. It is our firm belief that with the easy access to several specialists working closely together, the diagnosis and treatment of the patient is streamlined and enhanced. With this in mind, NYHNI is made up of nine centers, each focusing on a type of head and neck disorder or an anatomical area of the head and neck.

The centers of the New York Head and Neck Institute are:

Each center offers medical therapy and the newest minimally invasive surgical techniques to cure the condition or improve the patient's life in the shortest amount of time.

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    (212) 434-4500
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    (718) 470-7550
    (516) 470-7550
In Staten Island:
    (718) 226-6110
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Lee Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is a board certified otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon. His interests include endoscopic and open pediatric airway surgery and surgical management of lesions of the head and neck. Dr. Smith is the director of the Center for Pediatric Otolaryngology.