Saral Mehra MD, MBA

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)

Biographical Info

Dr. Saral Mehra earned his Medical Degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School. He then completed a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital / Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During residency Dr. Mehra was awarded the Department’s research award twice, the Department’s teaching award at his graduation, and the Distinguished House Staff award from New York Hospital.

Subsequently, he pursued advanced Fellowship training in Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer at Beth Israel Medical Center with a special emphasis on Reconstructive Surgery including the use of free tissue transfer through state-of the art microvascular surgical techniques.

Currently, Dr. Mehra’s clinical practice focuses on treating patients with Head and Neck and Thyroid diseases, particularly cancer, including advanced reconstruction and rehabilitation. While trained in treating advanced and recurrent cancers, he also has special training in minimally invasive techniques such as salivary endoscopy, laser surgery, and robotic surgery.

His primary research interests are in measuring and improving the quality of life in patients being treated for head and neck cancers, as well as leveraging his Business education to perform Health Services research with the goal of improving the quality of care delivered to such patients.

Dr. Mehra has presented original research at many National and International meetings, has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has a number of book chapters and research articles soon to be published. He is an active Member of the American Head and Neck Society.

Education & Training

Queen's University (2002)
Columbia Medical School (2007)
Columbia Business School (2007)
New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia/Cornell), Surgery (2007 - 2008)
New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia/Cornell) and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (2008 - 2012)
Beth Israel Medical Center, Institute for Head, Neck, and Thyroid Cancer (2012 - 2013)
Board Certification
Otolaryngology, Board Certified  (2013)
Board Certification
Otolaryngology, Board Certified 

Honors & Recognition

  • Chief Resident Teaching Award
    Department of Otolaryngology (Columbia/Cornell) (2012)
  • Chancellor's Scholarship
    Queen's University (1999)
  • Distinguished House Staff Award
    New York Presbyterian Hospital (2011)
  • Coakley Memorial Prize for Excellence in Otolaryngology
    Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (2007)

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