Ashok R. Shaha, MD, FACS

Jatin P. Shah Chair in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology
Ashok R. Shaha, MD, FACS -- Jatin P. Shah Chair in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology

Dr. Shaha specializes in head and neck surgery, with a particular interest in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He uses an algorithm of selective thyroid tumor criteria (the size, location, stage and type of cancer, along with the patient’s age), to tailor therapy to each individual’s circumstances. This can help thyroid cancer patients avoid unnecessary and potentially damaging over-treatment, while still providing the best option for control of their cancer and better quality of life after treatment. Dr. Shaha works very closely with Memorial Sloan Ketterings' endocrinologists to monitor the careful post-treatment hormone balancing necessary for thyroid cancer patients. Many academic hospitals and medical societies worldwide have invited Dr. Shaha to speak on the principles of targeted thyroid surgery and to share his expertise in the treatment of head and neck cancers.

His well-established authority in head and neck oncologic surgery has resulted in honors from the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons. He has been elected to top leadership positions in the American Head and Neck Society, the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the New York Head and Neck Society, the New York Cancer Society, the New York Surgical Society, the Brooklyn Surgical Society, and the American Society for Surgeons of Indian Origin.

Appointments for New Patients
Clinical Expertise

Head and Neck Surgery/Oncology; Thyroid Surgery

Languages Spoken

MD, Medical College, University of Baroda (India)


Maharaja Sayajirao University (Baroda, India); Tata Memorial Hospital (Bombay, India)


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications


Publications by Ashok R. Shaha

Proceedings of the Fifth International Head and Neck Oncology Meeting. Johnson J, Shaha AR. Los Angeles: American Head and Neck Society; 2000.

Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Shaha AR. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2003.

Operative Techniques in General Surgery. Shaha AR, van Heerden J, Farley DR, eds. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2004.

Proceedings of the Sixth International Head and Neck Meeting. Shaha AR, Weymueller E. Washington, DC: American Head and Neck Society; 2004.

Selected Book Chapters
“Differentiated thyroid carcinoma.” Shaha AR, Lim D. In: Prognosis and outcomes in surgical disease. McKellar DP, Reiling RB, Eiseman B, eds. St Louis: Quality Medical Publishing; 1999: 18-19.

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