Dr. Larry Shemen, MD

Dr. Larry Shemen, MD

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 64
Dr. Larry Shemen, MD is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery specialist in New York, NY and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine in 1978 and specializes in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, head & neck surgical oncology, and more.Read his story

233 E 69th St Ste 1D

New York, NY 10021

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Health Net
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana
  • MagnaCare
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 99% of peers
Earwax Buildup
very high
more than 96% of peers
Trigeminal Neuralgia
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Dr. Shemen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Shemen "Since my childhood, I have always enjoyed working with my hands. Working on model airplanes ultimately developed into operating on patients. The goal of providing the best surgical care has translated into achieving the best possible results. Throughout my training and practice, I have associated with experts in the fields of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, vascular and thoracic surgery and together we have culled our talents in order to tackle the most challenging cases. I graduated medical school with honors and earned honors from our national society. My hobbies include cycling, skiing, scuba diving and working out. "

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Shemen "Our goal is to provide the very best and current surgical care for patients with thyroid, parathyroid, salivary gland tumors or head and neck tumors. While removing the entire tumor, our aim is to maintain or restore form and function to patients with these conditions."

3  Specialties

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Head & Neck Surgical Oncology

2  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*
  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Accredited by: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

117  Conditions Treated


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50  Procedures

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Caldwell-Luc Procedure
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Excision of Neck Mass
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision of Tracheal Tumor or Stenosis
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Glossectomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngectomy and Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Laser Microsurgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Paracentesis
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sphenoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Thyroid Cancer Surgery With or Without Radical Neck Dissection
  • Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New York.

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.


  • University of Toronto
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • University Of Toronto Faculty Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Mt Sinai Toronto Genl Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Cedars Sinai Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • St Michaels Weilesley Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Toronto West Mt Sinai Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1981
  • Meml Sloan Kettering Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Harvard Medical School
    Other Education | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Certificate of Honor, AAOHNS, 1998
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Shemen's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Shemen to family and friends
51 total reviews (9 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (51)

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Dr. Shemen's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Shemen Says:

I thank all my patients for the privilege of working with them to solve their head and neck problems.

I also thank those patients who have spent valuable time providing feedback which is invaluable in improving our services. I also appreciate your feedback regarding the radiology facilities or hospitals where your procedure was performed. 

If you have any concerns or questions, please call my office at 212-472-8882


Patient Comments (9)

Dr Shemen advised me to have surgery to remove part of my thyroid because of a benign nodule. He said it was because it was over 2 centimeters. I had three second opinions including one endocrinologist who have all said not to remove it and to monitor it every six months. It is not causing any...more
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Dr Shemen does amazing work. However patients are never able to be ongoing witnesses to this work because they're anesthetized. All we can see is the great result. You may find his personality slightly abrasive, but don't let that fool you. He's as caring as they come.
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I saw this doctor because I had impacted wax and was experiencing discomfort. I've been to an ENT before and never experienced pain like I did with this guy. Not only was he gruff, unpleasant, unapologetic and dismissive, but to top it off he told me I needed an audiology test which I thought was...more
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I was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in August of 2016. I was referred to Dr. Shemen for my care and that was the greatest thing to happen to me. The best review I can possibly give is that I trusted and continue to trust Dr. Shemen with my life!!! His level of knowledge, compassion and...more
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He is a talented surgeon and I highly recommend him. I rarely wait long in his office
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