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Lanny Garth Close, MD

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Expertise in: 
Cancer Care
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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology

Clinical Expertise

  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Cancer Care
  • Head and Neck Cancers
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Sinusitis
  • Sinus Disease
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Snoring
  • Laser Surgery
  • Disorder of Nasal Sinus
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Cancer

Education & Training

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins Hopital
  • Residency: Baylor Affiliated Hospitals
  • Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center

About Lanny Garth Close

Surgery for Head and Neck Cancer - Drs. Close and Caruana

Lanny Garth Close, M.D. is Professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served as the Howard W. Smith Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center from 1994 to 2013.

Dr. Close received his medical degree with honors (AOA) from Baylor College of Medicine in 1972 and trained in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by specialty training in Otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine affiliated hospitals. He completed fellowship training in Head and Neck Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in 1979.

Dr. Close is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, over 25 book chapters and 2 textbooks. He has served as president of several prestigious academic societies, including the Society of University Otolaryngologists and the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology. He served as president of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Medical Board from 1999-2000. He has lectured at over 50 international academic institutions and has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including The Laryngoscope, Head and Neck, and Cancer. He is a lifetime member of the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars and has received both the Presidential Citation and the Vice-Presidential Citation of the Triological Society. Dr. Close has been listed as one of New York City's best doctors for the past 15 years. He is a Professor of Neurology (in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer's Disease and the Aging Brain) at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Academic Titles

  • Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery

Administrative Positions

  • Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Co-Program Director, Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Residency Training

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia


  • Male

Insurance Accepted


  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health


  • Access (Exchange)
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan


  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Priority
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare (Mediblue)
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care


  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Local 1199




Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty



  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • POS
  • PPO


  • SelectHealth

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Contact & Locations

51 West 51st Street
Suite 385
New York, New York 10019
Phone: (212) 326-8475
(212) 326-8585
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
(212) 305-6130
(212) 305-3975
3050 Corlear Avenue
Suite 202
Bronx, New York 10463
(212) 305-8555
(212) 305-3975