Practice Contact Information
1275 York Avenue
Web Site: https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/doctors/snehal-patel
Areas of Interest in Head and Neck Surgery
Head and Neck Surgeon
Dr. Snehal Patel is an Attending Surgeon in the Head and Neck Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Otolaryngology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York. He went to Medical School in Baroda followed by residency in General Surgery at the SSG Hospital, Baroda, India. He has formal training in head and neck surgical oncology and plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Tata Memorial Hospital (Bombay, India), Royal Marsden Hospital (London) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York).
Dr. Patel has particular expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of all tumors located in the head and neck area including tumors of the mouth, tongue, voice box, thyroid, salivary glands, skin and skull base. He is especially interested in minimally invasive endoscopic laser treatment for tumors of the larynx and pharynx, with the goal of preserving the patient’s ability to speak and swallow. He is an integral member of the Head and Neck Disease Management Team that strives to provide patients with top-quality cancer care, while also placing an emphasis on maintaining or enhancing quality of life. He collaborates closely with his colleagues in radiation and medical oncology, plastic surgery, dentistry and prosthetics, radiology, pathology, neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, endocrinology, nursing, and speech and swallowing rehabilitation to help his patients achieve this goal.
Dr. Patel has a special interest in developing novel technology for the treatment of patients with head and neck cancer. The overall goal of his research is to improve outcomes of treatment, patient satisfaction and post-therapy quality of life. He is working to achieve this goal based on a multi-pronged research program that includes development of new technology for in vivo imaging and minimally invasive treatment of tumors, evaluation of patient expectations and development of novel patient education techniques, development of statistical methods for predicting individualized outcomes, and assessment of quality of care, post-therapy patient satisfaction and quality of life. He holds a US patent for a novel endoscopic laser-steering device that is currently being developed for minimally invasive surgical applications. He is a member of several national and international societies and serves on scientific committees including the American Joint Committee on Cancer Head and Neck Task Force. His clinical research has resulted in over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications in addition to numerous book chapters and three textbooks on head and neck cancer.
- Targeted Silica Nanoparticles for Image-Guided Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping During Surgery in Patients with Melanoma of the Head and Neck
- Reflectance Confocal Microscopy of Oral Cancers in Vivo: a Preliminary Trial Comparing Intra-oral Imaging With Pathology
- Measuring Patient Expectations for Thyroid
Selected publications (10 of a total of over 200):
- A novel tumor:specimen index for assessing adequacy of resection in early stage oral tongue cancer. Montero PH, Palmer FL, Shuman AG, Patel PD, Boyle JO, Kraus DH, Morris LG, Shah JP, Shaha AR, Singh B, Wong RJ, Ganly I, Patel SG. Oral Oncology. 50(3): 213-220, 2014.
- Nomograms for Preoperative Prediction of Prognosis in Patients With Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma. Montero PH, Yu C, Palmer FL, Patel PD, Ganly I, Shah JP, Shaha AR, Boyle JO, Kraus DH, Singh B, Wong RJ, Morris LG, Kattan MW, Patel SG. Cancer 2013. DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28407, Published online.
- Clinically-Translated Silica Nanoparticles as Dual-Modality Cancer- Targeted Probes for Image-Guided Surgery and Interventions. Bradbury M, Phillips E, Montero Miranda P, Cheal S, Stambuk H, Durack J, Sofocleous C, Meester R, Wiesner U, Patel SG. Integr Biol (Camb). 5(1):74-86, 2013.
- Nomogram for predicting malignancy in thyroid nodules using clinical, biochemical, ultrasonographic, and cytologic features. Nixon IJ, Ganly I, Hann LE, Lin O, Yu C, Brandt S, Shah JP, Shaha A, Kattan MW, Patel SG. Surgery. 2010 Dec; 148(6):1120-7; discussion 1127-8.
- Lymph node density is a significant predictor of outcome in patients with oral cancer. Gil Z, Carlson DL, Boyle JO, Kraus DH, Shah JP, Shaha AR, Singh B, W ong RJ, Patel SG. Cancer. 2009 Dec 15;115(24):5700-10.
- TNM staging of cancers of the head and neck: Striving for Uniformity Among Diversity. Patel SG, Shah JP. CA Cancer J Clin 55: 242-258, 2005.
- Craniofacial surgery for malignant skull base tumors: report of an international collaborative study. Patel SG, Singh B, Polluri A, Bridger PG, Cantu G, Cheesman AD, deSa GM, Donald P, Fliss D, Gullane P, Janecka I, Kamata SE, Kowalski LP, Kraus DH, Levine PA, dos Santos LR, Pradhan S, Schramm V, Snyderman C, W ei WI, Shah JP. Cancer. 98:1179-87, 2003.
- Improved Outcomes in Osteogenic Sarcoma of the Head and Neck. Patel SG, Meyers P, Huvos AG, W olden S, Singh B, Shaha AR, Boyle JO, Pfister DG, Shah JP, Kraus DH. Cancer 95:1495-503, 2002.
- Primary Malignant Mucosal Melanoma of Head and Neck. Patel SG, Escrig M, Prasad M, Singh B, Shaha AR, Kraus DH, Huvos AG, Busam K, Shah JP. Head Neck 24: 247-257, 2002.
- Radiation Induced Sarcoma of the Head and Neck. Patel SG, See ACH, Williamson PA, Archer DJ, Rhys Evans PH. Head Neck 21: 346-354, 1999.