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Zachary Schwam, MD

Head and Neck Surgery

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About Me

Dr. Zachary Schwam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the Mount Sinai Health System and a Neurotologist at Mount Sinai West and the Ear Institute of Mount Sinai. He received his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine and completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT) at the Mount Sinai Hospital and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. Dr. Schwam then stayed on to receive two-year subspecialty training in neurotology and lateral skull base surgery, working closely with the Department of Neurosurgery to manage complex pathology and achieve excellent patient outcomes.  

Dr. Schwam’s expertise includes the surgical management of hearing loss and vertigo, with a special focus on acoustic neuroma (also known as vestibular schwannoma), glomus tumors (head and neck paragangliomas), cerebrospinal fluid (brain fluid) leaks, and facial nerve disorders. He has received funding from the Acoustic Neuroma Association to investigate the use of 7T MRI in planning safer surgery and was part of an international group of experts writing management guidelines for head and neck paragangliomas, or glomus tumors. In addition, Dr. Schwam has extensive experience in removing cancers of the ear and performing minimally invasive endoscopic surgery for tympanoplasty (ear drum repair), ossicular chain reconstruction (rebuilding the bones of hearing), stapedectomy for otosclerosis, and removal of cholesteatomas. Dr. Schwam works extensively with the department audiology team to restore hearing via cochlear implant and bone anchored implant surgery.

As an author of numerous textbook chapters and research articles, Dr. Schwam has been invited to lecture at various local, national, and international courses and conferences. He has received several awards for teaching as voted on by the medical students, residents, and department faculty. He is also an associate editor for the journal Otolaryngology Case Reports and the founder of the Mount Sinai Otolaryngology Surgical Video Series.

View Dr. Schwam's research here

Watch Dr. Schwam's surgical video series on YouTube here

Hospital Affiliations
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel
  • Mount Sinai Morningside
  • Mount Sinai Brooklyn
  • Mount Sinai Queens
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital
  • New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
  • Mount Sinai West