Dr. Larry Shemen, MD

Dr. Larry Shemen, MD

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 63
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Dr. Larry Shemen, MD is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery doctor who practices in New York, NY. He is 63 years old and has been practicing for 39 years.

233 E 69th St Ste 1D

New York, NY 10021

Contact Information

(212) 472-8882

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana
  • MagnaCare
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • Oxford Health Plans
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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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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."


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

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Abscess
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Laryngitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • All Lymphoma
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Broken Nose
  • Cancer
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Chronic Adenoid Infection
  • Chronic Laryngitis
  • Chronic Sinusitis
  • Chronic Tonsillitis
  • Conductive Hearing Loss
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dizziness
  • Dysphagia
  • Ear Ache
  • Ear Cancer
  • Ear Disorders
  • Earwax Buildup
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Enlarged Turbinates
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Facial Fracture
  • Follicular Thyroid Cancer
  • Fracture
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Tumor
  • Head or Neck Lump or Swelling
  • Headache
  • Hoarse Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngitis
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukocytosis
  • Lip Cancer
  • Lymphoma, Large Cell, Anaplastic
  • Lymphoma, Large-Cell
  • Lymphosarcoma
  • Malignant Bone Cancer of the Skull, Face, and Jaw
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Nose Cancer
  • Nosebleed
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Otitis Media
  • Outer Ear Infection
  • Pancytopenia
  • Papillary Thyroid Cancer
  • Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Disease
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Pharyngeal Cancer
  • Pharyngitis
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Retina Diseases
  • Retropharyngeal Abscess
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Salivary Gland Stones and Inflammation
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Sinusitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Skin Cancer
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Snoring
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma of Head, Face, and Neck
  • Sore Throat
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • TMJ
  • Throat Cancer
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tinnitus
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trachea Cancer
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal Cord Carcinoma
  • Vocal Cord Nodule
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Cord Polyp


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  • 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
  • ENT Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus 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
based on 51 total reviews (9 with comments)
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,...

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
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 problems for me so I cancelled my surgery. I encourage everyone to obtain a second opinion for any type of surgery.
in NYC |
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.
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 included in the visit. Well, it turned out that it wasn't and no one warned me beforehand that there would be a fee. I left there w/ a painful ear and -$100 for the test. Never again! Beware!
in Queens, NY |
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 thoroughness are unparalleled!!! Dr. Shemen was there for me and continues to monitor my care to this day. I feel better than I have in 30 years. If you are diagnosed there is no better option!!!
in Vernon, NJ |
He is a talented surgeon and I highly recommend him. I rarely wait long in his office
in Long Island City, NY |
Dr. Shemen came highly recommended to me by my endocrinologist. After struggling with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (hypothyroidism & enlarged thyroid) for nearly 20 years, it was time for me to have my thyroid removed. Dr. Shemen did an evaluation, and quickly confirmed my thyroid needed to come out. My research revealed he is one of the top surgeons for this procedure in the area, and after meeting him and interacting with him, he gave me the confidence I needed to go forward with the surgery.
in Long Beach, NY |
The best oto diagnostician and surgeon. I was referred to him by several 'best' doctors after a few unhappy experiences with other ENT's who were not his equal. He performed a sinus endoscopy on me in 2007 and I've had no problem since. He's not a hand-holder but if you need a really top-level doctor he's the one. I seee him once a year now to make sure everything's copasetic.
in Shirley, NY |
One of the best doctors i have ever been too. I had my salivary gland taken out 2 weeks ago, Dr Sherman did an AMAZING JOB. Very professional and knowledge throughout process. I was very impress with his closure of incision mark (came out amazing barley any scar) couldn't be more Happy with results.Lexington hill hospital amazing staff . Office staff very helpful .
in Bronx, NY |
My experience with Dr Shemen was wonderful. He was to the point. He performed my thyroid surgery, and made me feel comfortable.
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Dr. Shemen accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • HealthFirst
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MagnaCare
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
    Freedom Plan
  • UniCare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    Oxford Liberty
    United Healthcare
  • WellPoint
  • Worker's Compensation
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Hospitals where Dr. Shemen has admitting privileges

Lenox Hill Hospital
100 E 77th St
New York, NY 10075
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56 45 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
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