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Meet Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon Bhuvanesh Singh

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Bhuvanesh Singh, MD, PhD, FACS

Surgeon

Titles

Director, Laboratory of Epithelial Cancer Biology; Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Management Program

Clinical Expertise

Surgery for Head & Neck Cancers; Mouth Cancer; Salivary Gland Cancer

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About Me

Education

MD, SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn

Residencies

General Surgery - SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn; Otolaryngology - SUNY Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn

Fellowships

Head and Neck Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

I am a surgeon who specializes in treating head and neck cancers. I have been practicing at MSK for more than two decades, and have performed over 6,000 procedures, including cancer removals and facial reconstructions. I have a particular focus on cancers of the mouth (tongue, floor of mouth, and buccal mucosa), skull base, and salivary and thyroid glands, as well as melanomas and skin cancers of the head and neck region. I provide my patients with comprehensive surgical care to effectively treat their cancer while also addressing any reconstruction needs. Once my team takes on the responsibility of your treatment, we will aggressively pursue all avenues to achieve a cure.

Treatment for head and neck cancer is constantly evolving. Once treated mainly with surgery, head and neck cancer treatment now involves cooperative, multidisciplinary teams to achieve the best possible outcome. Our treatment team includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, speech therapists, rehabilitative specialists, as well as additional support services. Our goal is to care for patients using the most effective tools.

As Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Management Program, I work to bring together MSK’s world-renowned experts from each treatment discipline necessary for effectively treating challenging skin cancers. We pool our skills and experience to develop personalized treatment plans for people with advanced, unusual, or aggressive skin cancers. We are able to offer many services in a single location to help make treatment more efficient for our patients. My philosophy to care for the whole patient, not just the cancer, serves as the basis for our team approach.

Over the course of my career, I have learned that even though our current treatment approaches are effective, they do not work for every person with head and neck cancers. My desire to improve patient cure rates and quality of life has led me to study cancer genetics, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of head and neck cancers. I obtained a PhD to supplement my clinical knowledge, and I am actively involved in clinical and laboratory research aimed at improving treatments for people with cancer. Our research has helped to establish treatment approaches that serve as cornerstones for modern management of head and neck cancers.

Given the effectiveness of our treatment approaches and research efforts, I was appointed Director of the Laboratory of Epithelial Cancer Biology, and I have been asked to share my expertise at numerous national and international meetings. I have authored more than 250 articles and 30 book chapters related to head and neck cancers. In addition, the American Joint Committee on Cancer has asked me to help develop a new staging system for head and neck cancers, which will serve as the basis for state-of-the-art therapeutic decision making.

Once my team takes on the responsibility of your treatment, we will aggressively pursue all avenues to achieve a cure.

Dr. Singh

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2010-2018)

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Research and Publications

Selected Books and Book Chapters
“Quality of life and rehabilitation.” Singh B. In: Cancer of the Head and Neck — American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology. Shah JP, Patel SG, eds. London: BC Decker; 2001.

“Skin cancers of the head and neck.” Singh B. In: Cancer of the Head and Neck — American Cancer Society Atlas of Clinical Oncology. Shah JP, Patel SG, eds. London: BC Decker; 2001.

“Cervical lymph nodes and unknown primary.” Singh B. In: The Practice of General Surgery. Bland KI, Shah JP, eds. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2002: 279-297.

“Surgical approached to the oral cavity.” Carew J, Singh B, Shah JP. In: Oral Cancer. Shah JP, Batsakis JG, Johnson NW, eds. London: Martin Dunitz; 2003: 249-296.

“Basic science of head and neck cancer.” Singh B. In: Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 3rd ed. Shah JP, Patel S, eds. St. Louis: Mosby; 2003: 679-694.

“Quality of life and functional outcome in head and neck cancer.” Singh B. In: Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 3rd ed. Shah JP, Patel S, eds. St. Louis: Mosby; 2003: 673-678.

“Thyroid cancer: oncogenes and tumor markers.” Patel KN, Singh B. In: Practical Manual of Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease. Arora A, Tuttle RM, Tolley N, eds. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell; 2010.

“What is the new concept of functional modified neck dissection?” Singh B. In: Pearls and Pitfalls in Head and Neck Surgery. Practical Tips to Minimize Complications. Cernea CR, et al.,  eds. Basel, Switzerland: Karger; 2008: 58-9.

“Nonepidermoid cancers of the head and neck.” Castro J, Kummer BR, Singh B. In: Plastic Surgery: Indications and Practice. Guyuron B, Eriksson E, Persing JA, Chung K, Disa J, Gosain A, Rubin JP, Kinney B, eds. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2009.

Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 4th ed. Shah JP, Patel S, Singh B, eds. St. Louis: Mosby; 2012.

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Singh’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.