George B Wanna, MD
- SITE CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF OTOLARYNGOLOGY, NEW YORK EYE AND EAR INFIRMARY OF MOUNT SINAI | Mount Sinai Beth Israel
- PROFESSOR | Otolaryngology
- PROFESSOR | Neurosurgery
- Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) / Otolaryngology
- Hospital Affiliations
- The Mount Sinai Hospital
- New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
- Mount Sinai Beth Israel
- New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai 212-979-4200 212-979-4200
Dr. George Wanna serves as Professor and Site Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Union Square. He is also Professor of Neurosurgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief of Otology-Neurotology and Director of the Audiology, Hearing and Balance Program at the Ear Institute at the Mount Sinai Health System.
Dr. Wanna completed his residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai, which was followed by a two-year fellowship in Otology-Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the prestigious Otology Group of Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tennessee. After his fellowship, he joined the faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center and became the Program Co-Director of the Otology-Neurotology Fellowship.
A forerunner of advancing minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr. Wanna specializes in the endoscopic (through the ear) removal of complex ear and skull base tumors and growths. These include acoustic neuroma, cholesteatoma and glomus jugulare tumors. He is one of a few surgeons worldwide performing endoscopic removal of glomus jugulare tumors, drawing patients near and far for this procedure. Dr. Wanna is also widely recognized for his technological breakthroughs, having performed the world’s first mastoidectomy with an “exoscope” (robotic arm) featuring enhanced visualization of the surgical field.
Dr. Wanna’s professional activities include teaching, patient care and administration. His research interests include less invasive, safer, and more accurate access to surgical sites within the skull by combining image-guided surgical techniques and miniature parallel robots directly attached to the bone. Another area of his research focuses on the importance of hearing preservation in cochlear implantation utilizing image guidance and a force-based flexible path to improve the performance of non-traumatic cochlear implantation surgical techniques. All the aforementioned research studies are in collaboration with many other departments and are NIH funded.
Additionally, Dr Wanna serves as Director at Large for The North American Skull Base Society (NASBS), is a member of many professional societies, and was recently inducted into the distinguished Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amictiae Sacrum (CORLAS). He is also a frequent guest speaker at national and international conferences. A recipient of the Mosher Award from the Triological Society for his work on cochlear implants, Dr Wanna has published more than 150 manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is the editor of five books on tumors of the ears, jugular paraganglioma and cochlear implants. He is also Editor of the American Journal of Otolaryngology case reports and the Editor-in-Chief for Elsevier’s Otolaryngology Case reports. Dr. Wanna is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) and the American Board of Neurotology.
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Acoustic Neuroma Removal
- Bell's Palsy
- Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
- Cochlear Implants
- Facial Nerve Paralysis
- Hearing Loss
- Middle Ear Infection
- Skull Base Surgery
- Tympanic Membrane Perforation
- Vestibular Schwannoma
Auditory, Inner Ear, Otolaryngology (ENT)
MD, Lebanese University
Internship, General Surgery
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Hospital
Vanderbilt University Hospital
French, Arabic, Spanish, English
Real-Time Intracochlear Electrocochleography Obtained Directly through a Cochlear Implant.
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)
Inducted To Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum.
The Wesley Wilkerson MD Award for Clinical Excellence, Vanderbilt
Department of Otolaryngology.
Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award.
Distinguished Service Award from the Lebanese University for Leadership and Contribution to Lebanese Medical Education and Research Training.
ANS Award for “Correlation of Superior Canal Dehiscence Surface Area with Evoked Myogenic Potentials and Audiometric Thresholds.”
AOS Award for best clinical research “Analysis of 220 Cochlear Implants: Factors that Influence Intrascalar Electrode Translocation and Audiologic Outcomes”
First Prize, Best Oral Presentation
12th Annual European Symposium Pediatric Cochlear Implant (ESPCI), 2015, Toulouse, France.
Five Star Excellence Award for Overall Quality of Doctor Care.
“This designation is given annually by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC) to healthcare providers that score in the top ten percent of the PRC’s national client database for the prior calendar year. The award is based on the percentage of patients who rate the provider as “Excellent” for the Overall Quality of Care question.”
Harris P. Mosher Award from the Triological Society.
“This honor was created to perpetuate the ideals of the great teacher for whom it was named and to bestow upon a worthy recipient the responsibility of furthering the highest standards of perfection in the study, teaching and practice of Otolaryngology.”
1st Prize, First Metropolitan New York Resident Research Day Symposium, “Interleukin-12 Expression Enhances Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Oncolytic Therapy in Murine Squamous Cell Carcinoma” New York, New York
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Dr.Wanna did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2020 and/or 2021: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.
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