Snehal G. Patel, MD, FRCS

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When head and neck surgeon Snehal Patel meets with patients and their families, he walks them step-by-step through the treatment plan and ensures that they receive the most-effective surgery, when that is the best approach for the patient.


Dr. Patel is a surgeon who has particular expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of tumors located in the head and neck area. He is especially interested in minimally invasive endoscopic laser treatment for tumors of the voice box and pharynx, with the goal of preserving the ability to speak and swallow. At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he is an integral member of a team of professionals that strives to provide patients with top-quality cancer care, while also placing an emphasis on maintaining or enhancing quality of life. He recognizes that while curing cancer is the ultimate goal, issues such as the ability to speak and swallow and appearance after therapy are equally important to his patients' well-being. He collaborates closely with his colleagues in radiation and medical oncology, plastic surgery, dentistry and prosthetics, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, endocrinology, nursing, and speech and swallowing rehabilitation to help his patients achieve this goal.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Head and Neck Surgery/Oncology for Tumors of the Mouth, Voice Box (Larynx), Throat (Pharynx), Neck, Thyroid and Salivary Glands, Sinuses, and Base of the Skull

Languages Spoken

MD, Shree Sayaji General Hospital & Medical College, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (India)


Shree Sayaji General Hospital & Medical College (India)


Tata Memorial Hospital (India); The Royal Marsden Hospital (United Kingdom); Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications


Publications by Snehal G. Patel

American Cancer Society Atlas of Head and Neck Tumors. Shah JP, Patel SG. Hamilton, Ontario, CA: BC Decker Publishing; 2001.
Named a Top Ten Bestseller in Oncology by Lancet Oncology in November 2002.

Head and Neck Surgery. 3rd ed. Shah JP, Patel SG. London, UK: Elsevier Science, 2003.
Received the George Davey Howells Memorial Prize from the University of London for the “most distinguished published contribution to the advancement of otolaryngology during the preceding five years.”

Jatin Shah's Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 4th ed. Shah JP, Patel SG, Singh B. London, UK: Mosby 2012. 

Chapters in Textbooks
“Tumors of the oropharynx.” Shah JP, Patel SG. In: American Cancer Society Clinical Atlas on Cancer of the Head and Neck. Hamilton, Ontario, CA: BC Decker Inc., 2001.

“Sentinel lymph node biopsy for head and neck.” Patel SG, Kraus DH. In: Sentinel Node Biopsy. Cody H, ed. London, UK: Martin Dunitz Ltd., 2001

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