Sara Abu-Ghanem, MD

Program Editor, Laryngology

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University


Sara Abu-Ghanem MD MMedSc is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology with expertise in voice, airway, and swallowing disorders. She obtained Bachelor of Science, Master of Medicine in Microbiology and Immunology, and Doctor of Medicine degrees from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. She received her residency training in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center affiliated with Tel Aviv University Sackler Medical School, Israel.

She completed two years of clinical fellowship in Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology at Stanford University School of Medicine (California, USA) and New York University School of Medicine (New York, USA).  She is also a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center.

Dr. Abu-Ghanem has published numerous scientific articles and is active in research and medical education. Her clinical interests include the care of professional voice users; phonomicrosurgery; vocal fold paralysis; laryngeal movement disorders (Neurolaryngology); benign and malignant lesions of the larynx (voice box), recurrent respiratory papillomatosis; airway and swallowing disorders; rehabilitation after total laryngectomy; and the treatment of chronic cough and vocal fold dysfunction.

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Selected Research and Publications

A Novel Approach to Vocal Fold Mucous Retention Cysts: Awake KTP Laser-Assisted Marsupialization
J Voice. 2020 Aug 22:S0892-1997(20)30277-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2020.07.028. Online ahead of print.
Anterior Skull Base Surgery in the 21st Century: The Role of Open Approaches
Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2020;84:56-67. doi: 10.1159/000457925. Epub 2020 Jul 30.
Decreased Tongue Volume Post Radiation
Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2020 Aug;129(8):741-747. doi: 10.1177/0003489420911668. Epub 2020 Mar 4.
Surgical approaches for infratemporal fossa tumor resection: Fifteen years' experience of a single center
Head Neck. 2019 Nov;41(11):3755-3763. doi: 10.1002/hed.25906. Epub 2019 Aug 12.
Endoscopic Management of Postradiation Dysphagia in Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Systematic Review
Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2019 Aug;128(8):767-773. doi: 10.1177/0003489419837565. Epub 2019 Mar 21.
Long-term health-related quality of life after mandibular resection and reconstruction
Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2019 May;276(5):1501-1508. doi: 10.1007/s00405-019-05371-2. Epub 2019 Mar 16.
Outcomes in modified transoral resection of diverticula for Zenker's diverticulum
Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2019 May;276(5):1423-1429. doi: 10.1007/s00405-019-05374-z. Epub 2019 Mar 15.
Quality of life after mandibulectomy: the impact of the resected subsite
Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2019 Oct;48(10):1273-1278. doi: 10.1016/j.ijom.2019.02.013. Epub 2019 Mar 11.
The Clinical Course of Idiopathic Bilateral Vocal Fold Motion Impairment in Adults: Case Series and Review of the Literature
J Voice. 2020 May;34(3):465-470. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.11.012. Epub 2018 Dec 5.
Early Injection Laryngoplasty After Surgery: 30 Cases and Proposed Aspiration Assessment Protocol
J Voice. 2020 Jan;34(1):121-126. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2018.08.011. Epub 2018 Oct 16.
Nasopharyngeal biopsy in adults presenting with serous otitis media: Cross-sectional study
Head Neck. 2018 Jul;40(7):1565-1572. doi: 10.1002/hed.25135. Epub 2018 Mar 14.
The incidence of malignancy in clinically benign cystic lesions of the lateral neck: our experience and proposed diagnostic algorithm
Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2018 Mar;275(3):767-773. doi: 10.1007/s00405-017-4855-6. Epub 2017 Dec 27.
Validation of the Hebrew Version of the Eating Assessment Tool-10 (H-EAT-10)
Folia Phoniatr Logop. 2016;68(6):261-267. doi: 10.1159/000484557. Epub 2017 Dec 12.