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Steven Marc (Steve) Zeitels, MD

Chief, Center for Laryngeal Surgery & Voice Rehabilitation

Dr. Steven Zeitels is a preeminent Laryngeal Surgeon & has pioneered many of the state-of-the-art operative techniques to restore human voice for benign and malignant lesions and diseases. He has published & lectured extensively on this subject.

  • Phone: 617-726-1444
Laryngeal Surgery
Department of Surgery


  • Cancer Center
  • Head & Neck Cancers
Clinical Interests
Cancer of the throat and vocal cords
Performing and Professional Voice
Laryngeal stenosis
Vocal cord paralysis
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Boston University School of Medicine
Residency, Boston Medical Center
Fellowship, Boston Medical Center
Board Certifications
Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients

BiographySteven M. Zeitels is the Eugene B. Casey Profesor of Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard&Director of the MGH Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation. He has contributed >200 publications & videos, >300 papers & lectures & has been a visiting professor at >30 institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering, Columbia Univ. Medical School, & Univ. of Pittsburgh.  He has served on the editorial board of 5 journals, has designed >20 new laryngeal & pharyngeal procedures & holds 3 laryngoscope patents. Dr. Zeitels has received >50 awards & honored lectureships including the Casselberry Award of the American Laryngological Association, which was only awarded 24 times in the 20th century.  His work has been featured in the Harvard Medical Alumni Journal, Harvard Magazine, & the BU Alumni Journal. It has also been discussed extensively in the other print, radio and televsion media: [e.g. Good Morning America, Today SHow, ABC World News, Wall Street Journal, NY & London Times, NPR, BBC, National Geographic, Boston Globe, Boston Magazine]. Dr. Zeitels conceived and directs the Voice Restoration Research Program, which is a collaborative effort of investigators at HMS, MGH, MIT and Julie Andrews.  He has served as President of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association.  In 2004, the first endowed Chair in Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard Medical was created for him whil he re-established a Laryngeal Surgery service at the MGH, which had not been present since the 1920's.  Dr. Zeitels was a member of the 1st class of BU Trustee Scholars, attended the BU 6-year medical program and graduated the BU Medical School in 1982.  He completed the BU-Tufts Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery Residency in 1987 and a Head & Neck Cancer Fellowship at BU & VAMC in 1988.  He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the BU School of Medicine in 2007. 

Donor aortic graft improves reconstruction after partial laryngectomy

MGH surgeons have developed a new technique for reconstructing the larynx after surgery for advanced cancer. The approach uses cryopreserved aortas from deceased donors to replace removed larynx tissue and allows some patients to avoid a permanent tracheotomy and maintain voice and swallowing function.

Center for Laryngeal Surgery
One Bowdoin Square
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2927

Phone: 617-726-1444
Phone 2: 617-726-0218
Fax: 617-726-0222

Center for Laryngeal Surgery
One Bowdoin Square
11th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2927

Phone: 617-726-1444
Phone 2: 617-726-0218
Fax: 617-726-0222

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