Shai Shinhar, MD, Pediatric Otolaryngologist

Get to know Pediatric Otolaryngologist Dr. Shai Shinhar, who serves patients throughout the State of New York.

Recognized as one of the best pediatric otolaryngologists in New York, Dr. Shinhar specializes in treating children with conditions impacting their hearing and respiratory health. Operating from his private practice located in Midtown Manhattan, he provides expert care to his young patients.

As a seasoned medical professional, Dr. Shinhar possesses extensive expertise across various aspects of pediatric ENT care. His proficiency spans ear diseases and hearing loss, chronic ear infections, corrective procedures for protruding ears, management of sleep apnea, treatment of tonsil and adenoid issues, sinus disease and surgical interventions, management of head and neck masses and tumors, addressing congenital abnormalities of the head and neck, as well as managing airway disorders and abnormalities.

Dr. Shinhar was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he spent his formative years. Following his high school graduation, he pursued a medical education at the esteemed Sackler School of Medicine. Subsequently, he dedicated six years to serving as a medical officer in the Israeli Defense Forces, undertaking diverse field assignments alongside the troops, ultimately achieving the rank of captain. Upon completion of his military service, he embarked on a residency focused on otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.

During his residency, Dr. Shinhar developed an interest in pediatric ENT and decided to pursue it as his career. He was accepted to the acclaimed two-year fellowship program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where he graduated with honors.  

Following his fellowship, Dr. Shinhar joined the medical staff at Children’s Hospital, devoting four years to his practice at Memorial Hospital in Fremont, Ohio. There, he amassed extensive experience in pediatric ENT, conducting hundreds of surgical procedures and refining his technique, including his groundbreaking approach to Painless Tonsillectomy.

Relocating with his family to New York, Dr. Shinhar spent two years as part of a private practice group on Long Island affiliated with LIJ, further enriching his professional journey.

Currently, in addition to seeing patients at his private practice, he holds the prestigious position of Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at both Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. Dr. Shinhar also serves as a pediatric ENT surgeon at the renowned New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, is affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center as a pediatric ENT specialist, and plays a vital role at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center, where he focuses on addressing airway diseases in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) infants.

“During all the years of practicing my passion was and still is providing relief and state of the art medical care for children and their families. My guiding principle is to treat every child as if it were my own.”

Among his professional affiliations, Dr. Shinhar is an esteemed member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the New York State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, the Israeli Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and the Israeli Medical Association.

Holding an academic appointment, he serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. 

Pediatric otolaryngology is the specialty of medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose, and throat (ENT) issues in children from newborns to the age of 17. Pediatric otolaryngologists are primarily concerned with medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose, and throat diseases in children. They practice in a variety of medical institutions, including children’s hospitals, university medical centers, and large community hospitals. 

Honored to be listed in the 2009 Marquis Who’s Who in America edition, Dr. Shinhar boasts a rich publication history comprising numerous original articles in esteemed peer-reviewed journals. Beyond his scholarly contributions, he actively participates in resident training initiatives and spearheads research projects. Furthermore, he serves as a distinguished Reviewer for the Respiratory Medicine Journal.

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