Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon Valeria Silva Merea

Valeria Silva Merea, MD


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

About Me


MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons


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


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.

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)


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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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.

Research and Publications

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.

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)