Meet Head and Neck Surgeon Ian Ganly

Ian Ganly, MD, PhD

Surgeon

Titles

Attending Surgeon

Clinical Expertise

Head and Neck Surgery for Tumors of the Mouth; Soft Tissue Tumors; Bone Tumors; Tumors of the Dentoalveolar Structures, Nasal Cavity, Ear Canal and Temporal Bone; Skin Cancers

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Accepted Insurance Providers

Dr. Ganly accepts the following list of insurance providers. Select your insurance provider to see more details.

Aetna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS, Transplant

Aetna Medicare Advantage (City of NY retirees only, starting 7/1/23)

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Blue Cross Blue Shield New York

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Blue Cross Blue Shield states outside of NY/NJ

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO PPO, POS

Blue Cross Health Plus

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Carrum Health

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

Cigna

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Connecticare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

Emblem Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Emblem Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Empire Blue Cross Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO, DSN

Empire Essential

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Empire Plan / NYSHIP (Blue Cross/UnitedHealthcare split plan)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Fidelis

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, EPO

Fidelis Managed Medicaid & HARP

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Fidelis Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

First Health

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Healthfirst

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO, HMO, PPO, POS

Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO, PPO

Healthsmart

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (HMO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (PPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier I (EPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey Omnia Tier II (EPO)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): EPO

Horizon Medicare Advantage

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

Husky CT Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Magnacare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO

Medicare Part A&B (traditional Medicare)

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): Federal Government

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): Supplemental

MVP

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO/OAP

Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

Payor Type: Other
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, EPO, HMO

NYC Medicare Advantage Plus for City Employees

Payor Type:
In Network Coverage Type(s): TBD

Oscar

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): HMO/EPO

Oxford

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, EPO

Qualcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

Straight NJ Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Straight NY Medicaid

Payor Type: Medicaid/Managed Medicaid
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

Tricare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, HMO

UMR

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS

United Healthcare

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): PPO, POS, HMO

World Trade Center Health Program (WTC)

Payor Type: Commercial
In Network Coverage Type(s): State Government

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About Me

Education

MBBS, University of Glasgow

Residencies

Surgery - West of Scotland Teaching Hospital; Surgery - West of Scotland Teaching Hospital

Fellowships

Surgery - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

General Surgery, Otolaryngology (UK)

Dr. Ganly has special expertise in the surgical treatment of benign and malignant tumors in the head and neck area including tumors of the mouth, throat, larynx (voicebox), esophagus, sinuses, thyroid gland, salivary glands, head and neck skin cancer and melanoma. His surgical expertise has been developed with his training in otolaryngology, general surgery, and plastic surgery, giving him the full repertoire of skills necessary to treat head and neck tumors.

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In addition to traditional, open surgery, Dr. Ganly has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. One area of expertise is using transoral endoscopic laser surgery to remove tumors of the larynx and pharynx. This type of surgery is performed through an endoscope inserted in a patient’s mouth; the tumor is then removed using a special laser. This technique has several advantages over traditional open surgery. It involves no incisions on the neck, meaning that speech and swallowing function are preserved. In many cases these procedures can be done as an outpatient.

Recently Dr. Ganly developed minimally invasive video assisted thyroid (MIVAT) and parathyroid surgery (MIVAP) after spending time training with Professor Paulo Miccoli in Pisa, Italy. In this operation the thyroid gland is removed through a small skin incision (1.5cm) with the assistance of endoscopic techniques. This operation is perfectly suited for patients with small thyroid nodules or cancers. It is also perfect for the removal of parathyroid adenomas in patients with hyperparathyroidism.

Dr. Ganly is also interested in head and neck cancer research, and his dedicated three years of full-time head and neck cancer laboratory research resulted in his earning a PhD degree in 1999. He has two principal areas of research: a) molecular therapeutics, which involves developing new therapies/agents which selectively kill cancer cells but not normal cells; b) gene expression profiling, which involves identification of genes which predict a poor outcome, so that patients who have these genes can be targeted for more-aggressive treatments to cure their cancer.

His interest in both surgery and research was recognized by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center with the conferring of the prestigious Michael E. Burt Fellow of the Year award in 2004 for outstanding surgical excellence. Dr. Ganly’s award, granted by the surgical staff at Memorial Hospital, resulted from competitive consideration of more than 60 outstanding fellows in surgery.

Dr. Ganly has published more than 30 scientific articles and written several book chapters in the field of head and neck cancer. He has presented at more than 40 national and international meetings and is an active reviewer for several journals, including Head and Neck, Clinical Otolaryngology, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors (2023)
  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2018-2020)

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Research and Publications

Selected Book Chapters
Ganly I, Shah JP. In: Mastery of Surgery. 5th ed. Fischer JE, Bland KI, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2006.

“Management of oral cavity cancer.” Ganly I, Patel SG, Shah JP. In: Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Montgomery PQ, Rhys Evans PH, Gullane PJ, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2009.

 “Management of the neck.” Ganly I, Patel SG, Shah JP. In: Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Montgomery PQ, Rhys Evans PH, Gullane PJ, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2009.

 “Management of laryngeal cancer.” Ganly I, Patel SG, Shah JP. In: Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Montgomery PQ, Rhys Evans PH, Gullane PJ, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2009.

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 “Management of thyroid cancer.” Ganly I, Patel SG, Shah JP. In: Principles and Practice of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Montgomery PQ, Rhys Evans PH, Gullane PJ, eds. New York: Informa Healthcare; 2009.

Neck dissection” Ganly I, Shah JP. In: Fischer’s Mastery of Surgery. 6th ed. Fischer JE, Jones DB, Pomposelli FB, Upchurch GR, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011.

“Epidemiology of head and neck cancer.” Ganly I, Patel SG. In: Stell and Maran’s Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 5th ed. Watkinson J, Gilbert RW, eds. London: Hodder Arnold; 2012.

“Principles of conservation surgery.” Ganly I, Shah JP. In: Stell and Maran’s Textbook of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. 5th ed. Watkinson J, Gilbert RW, eds. London: Hodder Arnold; 2012.

 

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Ganly’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.

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

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Ian Ganly discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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