Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon Valeria Silva Merea

Valeria Silva Merea, MD

Laryngologist, Surgeon

Titles

Director, Speech and Hearing Center

Clinical Expertise

Vocal Cord Cancer; Vocal Cord Leukoplakia; Vocal Cord Paralysis; Benign Vocal Cord Lesions; Spasmodic Dysphonia; Voice Disorders; Swallowing Disorders; Zenker’s Diverticulum; Airway Disorders; Subglottic Stenosis

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Mon–Fri, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., (Eastern time)
Accepted Insurance Providers

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

Aetna

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Aetna HMO, POS, and PPO plans. Aetna does not include us in any of the plans you can purchase through the insurance exchanges or through Medicare. Please ask your insurance if you need a one-time referral. MSK has an agreement with the Aetna Transplant Program for all Aetna's commercial products.

Blue Distinction Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Blue Distinction Center for bone marrow transplant and CAR-T.

Health Insurance Exchanges

We understand that there may be many complexities involved with insurance coverage purchased through the health exchange network of the Affordable Care Act. We’re here to help. If you have questions about how your care will be covered by an insurance provider, or need help navigating a change in coverage, please call us at 646-227-3378; if you are not a resident of New York, you can call us at 866-248-1274. Our team is here to listen to your concerns and assist you in any way we can. We want our care to be as accessible and affordable for as many people as possible.

CIGNA

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with CIGNA's HMO, POS, and PPO plans. CIGNA does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

  • If you are a New York State resident: Please ask your insurance if you need a one-time referral.
  • If you live outside of New York State: Please ask your insurance if you have in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.
EmblemHealth (including GHI, HIP, ConnectiCare, and Vytra)

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with EmblemHealth’s PPO, EPO, POS, HMO plans. EmblemHealth includes GHI, HIP, Vytra, and ConnecticCare (in NYS Only). You must bring a referral from your Emblem primary care doctor to your first appointment. In-network participation exceptions include:

  • Emblem’s HIP Commercial Millennium, Select Care and Enhanced Care Prime networks is not in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
  • Please call Emblem to confirm if your specific plan is in-network.

For information regarding Memorial Sloan Kettering’s participation with Emblem’s Medicare Advantage Plans, please refer to the Medicare & Medicaid page

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint) of New York Indemnity, HMO, EPO, PPO, POS and Medicare Advantage plans, with the following exceptions:

  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.
  • Please call Empire BCBS to confirm if your specific plan is in-network with Memorial Sloan Kettering.
HealthFirst

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthFirst’s commercial products; these commercial products are not purchased on the insurance exchanges.

HealthSmart

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with HealthSmart’s Accel, HSPC, and HPO networks.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

For our NJ locations, Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with most Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey plans for individuals, families, and small businesses. Horizon members with Blue Card Access (there would be a suitcase logo on the front of the card) may have access to our NY locations.  Please call Horizon to confirm if your plan is in-network in NY. 

Humana

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Humana.

Interlink Health Services

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Interlink Health Services.

Lifetrac

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Lifetrac.

MagnaCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for all MagnaCare health plans except those products you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

Medicare & Medicaid

For information about Medicare and Medicaid, please visit this page

Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some Multiplan/Beech Street/PHCS plans. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Multiplan.

Multiple Insurance Plans

If you are covered by more than one insurance plan, you will want to determine your benefits from both plans. First, you need to determine which one is your primary insurance provider by contacting your employee benefits office or your insurance carriers. After you find out which is your primary insurance provider, you should then contact your insurance carrier to determine if you have access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

MVP

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with some MVP plans. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if your plan provides in-network access to Memorial Sloan Kettering.

New York State Employee Health Insurance Plan (Empire Plan)

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider for New York State employees who have enrolled in UnitedHealthcare's Cancer Resource Services. If you have the Empire Plan, you should call Cancer Resources Services at 866-936-6002 to verify and enroll in this coverage.

Oscar

Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network with Oscar’s Circle Plus Network, a part of its Small Group Broad line that is offered only to select small business groups. Oscar does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider for any of its individual plans. Please confirm eligibility with your insurance carrier. 

Other Blue Cross Blue Shield plans

Most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Contact your insurance company to confirm if Memorial Sloan Kettering is in-network.

Other Coverage Options

We have agreements with several insurance companies that may provide additional coverage for cancer patients. These benefit programs include:

  • AXA Assistance USA
  • Beech Street
  • Integrated Health Plans
  • National Health Administrators
  • National Preferred Provider Network
  • UnitedHealthcare's Cancer Resource Services
  • United Resource Network
  • Veterans Choice Program
Oxford

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with Oxford’s Freedom and Liberty plans as well as the Metro Plan (which is only offered to small business groups and no longer offered as individual plans). Please confirm with your insurance if you need a one-time referral. Note: Oxford’s Medicare Managed Care plan — Secure Horizon — does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider. Oxford does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

World Trade Center Health Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the World Trade Center Health Program.

QualCare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with QualCare's PPO and HMO/POS network.

Specialty Care Management

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by Specialty Care Management.

TRICARE

Hospital and physician services may be covered by TRICARE. Please call your TRICARE plan to confirm coverage at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

UnitedHealthcare

Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with UnitedHealthCare's HMO, POS, and PPO plans. Please confirm with your insurance if a one-time referral is needed.

UnitedHealthCare's Medicare Managed Care plan does not include Memorial Sloan Kettering as an in-network provider.

United does not include us in any of the plans you can buy through the insurance exchanges.

Memorial Sloan Kettering is a designated Center of Excellence by UnitedHealthcare.

Contact and Location

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Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offer many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.

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About Me

Education

MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Residencies

Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery – NewYork-Presbyterian at Columbia Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Fellowships

Laryngology – Cleveland Clinic

Board Certifications

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

I am a surgeon who specializes in caring for people with early laryngeal cancer, and voice, airway, and swallowing disorders. Managing these conditions requires a multidisciplinary approach, so I work closely with speech-language pathologists, head and neck surgeons, interventional pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, thoracic surgeons, and radiation oncologists to provide the best care possible.

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Treatments for head and neck cancer can cause complications and side effects that impact essential functions, like breathing, swallowing, and speaking. As a laryngologist, I can treat these problems and help improve my patients’ quality of life.

I am experienced in both minimally invasive endoscopic and open procedures, mostly performed with general anesthesia in the operating room. In addition, I have a special interest in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. This means that patients are awake for the procedure and go home after the office visit.

The concept of being awake for a surgical procedure may lead to questions and concerns for some patients. Before the procedure, I thoroughly explain what is involved and spend as much time as necessary to address any questions. My goal is to help patients and their families feel fully confident in their care plan. During the procedure itself, patients are made as comfortable as possible and I walk them through each step in real-time.

Awards and Honors

  • The Coakley Memorial Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Otolaryngology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (2012)

Colleagues

Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.

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Clinical Trials

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Find a Clinical Trial for You

Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

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Research and Publications

Silva Merea V, Lee AHY, Peron DL, Waldman EH, Grunstein E. CPAS: Surgicalapproach with combined sublabial bone resection and inferior turbinate reduction without stents. Laryngoscope. 2015; 125(6):1460-1464.

Cai Y, Merea VS, Lee AH, Su GH, CaruanaSM. Nasopharyngeal papillomas treated with CO2 laser and human papillomavirus vaccination. Laryngoscope. 2017; 127:2279–2281.

Silva Merea V, Husain S, SulicaL. Medialization laryngoplasty after injection augmentation. J Voice. 2018; 32:249-255.

Silva Merea V, Bryson PC. Office-based retrograde transtracheal application of mitomycin C. Am J Otolaryngol. 2018; 39:704-706.

Verma S, Yetzke M, Silva Merea V, Heye R, Clary M, Lott D, Bryson P. Are perioperative antibiotics necessary during direct microlaryngoscopy? Laryngoscope. 2018; 128:2838-2843.

Nelson R, Bryson P, Silva Merea V, Milstein C, Benninger M, Tierney W. Laryngeal botulinum toxin injection for vocal tremor: Utility of concurrent strap muscle injection. Laryngoscope. 2019; 129:1433-1437.

Lehman B, Procop GW, Silva Merea V, Harrington SM, Mawhorter S, Benninger MS. Chronic laryngitis caused by Mycobacterium kansasii in a traveler. Laryngoscope. 2019; 129:2534-2535.

Silva Merea V, Sadoughi B. Type I Posterior glottic stenosis: Natural history and in-office management. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2019; 128:1073-1077.

Silva Merea V, Kacker A. Nasal Neoplasms. In: Kacker, A. RhinologyHandbook. 1st ed. New Delhi, India: Jaypee BrothersMedical Publishers (P) Ltd; 2015.

Silva Merea V, Kacker A. Electronic cigarettes. In: LalwaniAK, Pfister MHF, eds. Recent Advances in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery:Volume 5. 1st ed. New Delhi, India: Jaypee BrothersMedical Publishers (P) Ltd; 2016.

Awad MI, Silva Merea V, Stachler RJ, Shibuya TY, Golub JS, Pasha R. General Otolaryngology. In: Pasha R, Golub JS, eds. Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Clinical ReferenceGuide. 5thed. San Diego,CA, USA: PluralPublishing Inc; 2017.

Silva Merea V, Pitman MJ. Anatomy and Physiology of the Upper Esophageal Sphincter. In: Chhetri D, Dewan K, eds. Dysphagia Evaluation and Management in Otolaryngology. 1st ed. St. Louis, MO, USA: Elsevier; 2018

Silva Merea V, Nelson RC, Benninger MS. Laryngeal Dysplasia and Early Glottic Cancer. In: Allen J, Nouraei SAR, Sandhu GS, eds. Laryngology: A Case-Based Approach. 1st ed. San Diego, CA, USA: Plural Publishing Inc; 2019.

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.

MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.

Valeria Silva Merea discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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