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Peter D. Costantino, MD, FACS

Peter D. Costantino, MD, FACS

The Center for Cranial Base Surgery

The Center for Facial Reconstruction

The Center for Hearing & Balance Disorders

Head & Neck Oncology

Clinical Offices

130 East 77th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10075
Tel: (212) 434-4500 or (212) 787-4379
Fax: (212) 434-4580

Academic Appointments

Professor & Chairman:
Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Lenox Hill-Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital
The Hofstra-North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Executive Director & Senior Vice-President:
The New York Head & Neck Institute
The Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Service Line North Shore-LIJ Health System

About Peter Costantino MD, FACS

Dr. Peter Costantino is the Executive Director and Senior Vice President of the New York Head and Neck Institute and the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Service Line of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for Lenox Hill Hospital-Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and the North Shore-LIJ-Hofstra School of Medicine, and the Director of the New York Head & Neck Institute’s Center for Cranial Base Surgery. In these roles, Dr. Costantino leads clinical, academic and programmatic direction for Otolaryngology services across the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Within the clinical arena, he is one of the few surgeons in the United States experienced in virtually all aspects of cranial base surgery and capable of removing tumors by either an “open” approach involving an external incision on the scalp or face, or by minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. Dr. Costantino specializes in reconstruction of the face, facial nerve for facial paralysis and skull.

Dr. Costantino is an innovator and leader in his field of cranial based surgery and craniofacial reconstruction. He is the first surgeon in the United States to have obtained New York State Department of Health approval for a facial tissue allograft transfer (face transplant). Dr. Costantino was also the first surgeon to re-grow a missing segment of jawbone, utilizing distraction osteogenesis and to remove skull base tumors through the nose without external incisions. He is one of the few surgeons in the United States routinely performing such endoscopic nasopharyngeal resections, which result in significantly less deformity and loss of function compared to standard “open” methods of removing recurrent naso-pharyngeal cancers. As a recognized researcher in biomaterials and tissue engineering for over two decades, Dr. Costantino has been responsible for the development of several commercially successful reconstructive implants. He is the co-developer of hydroxyapatite cement, which has been used to reconstruct craniofacial skeleton in thousands of patients. Additionally he participated in defining and expanding the application of a cellular dermis for facial reconstruction.

Comprehensive Cranial Base Surgery Expertise:

  • Craniofacial / Sinus Tumors
  • Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
  • Neurosurgical Tumors
  • Cranial Defect Reconstructive Surgery
  • Facial Paralysis Rehabilitative Surgery
  • Facial Reconstructive Surgery


  • MD – Northwestern University Medical School


  • Otolaryngology – Northwestern University Medical School
  • General Surgery – Northwestern University Medical School


  • Cranial Base Surgery – University of Pittsburgh Medical School
  • American Cancer Society Fellowship – Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certification:

  • Otolaryngology – American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery – American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Awards and Recognition for Peter Costantino MD:

  • New York Super Doctors, New York Times Magazine
  • Top Doctor in New York Metro Area, Castle Connolly Medical LTD
  • Best Doctors in America, Better Living Magazine
  • Physician’s Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ira Tresley Award - The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Publications by Peter Costantino:

  • Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
  • Book Chapters – three

Professional Affiliations:

  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society
  • American Rhinologic Society
  • American Society For Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Fellow: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Diplomat: American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Fellow: American College of Surgeons
  • New York Facial Plastic Surgery Society
  • New York Head & Neck Society
  • North American Skull Base Society (former Board Member)
  • New York Laryngological Society
  • New York State Society of Otolaryngologists
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head & Neck Surgeons
  • The Triological Society (Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society)

Clinical Trials and Research Interests:

  • Co-Investigator on first defining endoscopic, minimally invasive surgical technique for the implantation of electrical stimulator leads at the skull base for the control of severe chronic headache and facial pain.
  • Co-Investigator for studies defining the growth of induced pluripotent stem cells produced by a single gene (SALL4) in culture. Cells grown include: cardiac, osteoblasts, pancreatic islet, and hepatic.
  • Achieved the first Institutional (IRB), NY Transplant Network, and NYS Department of Health approval for a facial tissue allograft transfer (face transplant) in the U.S.
  • Developed the composite 3-D CT generated acrylic cranial reconstruction implant coupled with a self-setting calcium cement.

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