Dr. Donald Lanza, MD

Dr. Donald Lanza, MD

Rhinology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 59
Dr. Donald Lanza, MD is a rhinology specialist in Saint Petersburg, FL and has been practicing for 33 years. He graduated from Suny Downstate Medical Center in 1985 and specializes in rhinology.Read his story

550 94th Ave N

Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

Contact Information

(727) 573-0074

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • CoreSource
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Top Care Areas

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Allergic Rhinitis
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Lanza's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Lanza "Donald C. Lanza, MD, MS, is a board certified ears, nose, and throat physician who is internationally recognized as a subspecialist called a "Rhinologist & Skull Base Surgeon". Dr. Lanza sub-specializes in managing difficult health challenges affecting the nose, sinuses, orbits and the skull base. He is an innovator of minimally invasive surgical techniques and has introduced or aided in the development of nearly a dozen surgical techniques. Dr. Lanza has more than 25 years experience with refractory sinusitis and complicated frontal and sphenoid sinus disease. He is among the first in the nation to present work on minimally invasive trans-nasal management of cerebrospinal fluid fistulas, orbital problems, and sinus/skull base tumors such as inverted papilloma, sinus cancers, and other skull base tumors. Related to his educational background, clinical experience and innovation, Dr. Lanza was quoted by both the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal for his expert opinion on treatment of sinus diseases. He and one of his patients were the subject of a Tampa Tribune news article regarding curative minimally invasive surgery for a rare sinus cancer. Related to his success as a surgeon, Donald C. Lanza, MD has been listed in "Best Doctors in America" continually since 1994 and in "Top Doctors in America for Cancer" since 2006. In 2011 he was acknowledged by Castle & Connolly as being ranked nationally among the top 1% within his specialty according to his peers. His work on sinusitis has been referenced by the Food & Drug Administration. Dr. Lanza has over 125 publications with nearly 100 in the peer-reviewed literature. As an educator, Dr. Lanza has been invited to 6 continents and 24 countries to present hundreds of lectures. Dr. Lanza has been the course director for more than 30 continuing medical education programs including two held in St Petersburg, FL (2010, 2012) and he was the host for 2 international meetings on nasal and sinus disorders. He is a winner of the prestigious "Golden Head Mirror Award" for meritorious teaching and the "Life Time Achievement Award" for his contributions to the American Rhinologic Society. Additionally, he was awarded as the "Otolaryngology Teacher of the Year" by the residents in 1998 at the University of Pennsylvania and again at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2004. In 2009, he received the "Distinguished Service Award" from the AAO-HNS to acknowledge his commitment to that organization. In 2012 he was an invited speaker at the prestigious Annual Kennedy Lecture for the American Rhinologic Society. Administratively, Dr. Don Lanza is past-president of the American Rhinologic Society (2002-3) and sat on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery (2007-2011). He was an invited guest examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology in 2008 and 2015. Since establishing the Sinus & Nasal Institute of Florida in 2004, Dr. Lanza served on the Board of Directors for St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation and is currently the division head of otolaryngology for St. Anthony's Hospital (2010-2015)."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Lanza "To provide excellence in patient care, education and research."

1  Specialties

  • Rhinology

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

66  Conditions Treated

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26  Procedures

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Tear Duct Surgery
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Suny Downstate Medical Center
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Albany Memorial Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Albany Memorial Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Hospital Of The University Of Pennsylvania
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed
  • Johns Hopkins Med Inst
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Lanza has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Lanza's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lanza to family and friends
23 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (23)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Lanza's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes
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Patient Comments (5)

I have been considered a complex patient for many years. I wasn't doing well, Palliative Care gave me what I have called the gloom/doom report. My lead specialist known for taking complex cases didn't know what to do. My ENT sent me to Dr. Lanza. Multiple new specialists, with Dr. Lanza has been a...more
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Dr Donald Lanza MD has been my Sinus ENT my for many years. I fly from CT &or Stuart FL to his office in St. Pete, FL as he understands my unusual & complex ENT issues which requires scoping & draining both my sinuses & if needed he does cultures to determine the bacterial (currrent infection...more
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Best doctor ever , with a big heart. He saved my son's life from sinus cancer. He was the only doctor willing to do surgery on my 11 y/o son and took everything out thru his nose. Him and Dr. Alla Solyar really care for their patients. I can't thank them. I am truly blessed God put them in...more
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Dr. Lanza is the best doctor I have ever had. He is smart, funny, charming and good looking. I was really sick when I saw him and I was really sad and depressed....hopeless. He literally saved my life. He is the go to guy when you need his expertise. I would recommend him to everybody. I am a...more
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He is an amazing Doctor! He is not only smart in his field but the most compassionate Doctor I have been to in my life!
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