Valeria Silva Merea, MD

About Me

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.

  • 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
  • Awards and Honors: The Coakley Memorial Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Otolaryngology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons (2012)
  • Languages Spoken: English; German; Spanish
  • 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

See My Colleagues


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

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

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Verma S, Yetzke M, Silva Merea V, Heye R, Clary M, Lott D, Bryson P. Are perioperative antibiotics necessary during direct microlaryngoscopy? Laryngoscope. (IN PRESS)

Silva Merea V, Bryson PC. Office-based retrograde transtracheal application of mitomycin C. Am J Otolaryngol. (IN PRESS)

Clinical Trials

As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.

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Most major health insurers offer plans that include MSK as one of their in-network providers. If MSK is in-network, it means all our doctors are too. Medicaid and New York State Medicare also provide benefits for care at MSK.

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