Craig H. Zalvan, MD, FACS

Chief, Otolaryngology, Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health

Medical Director, Phelps Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders,
Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health

Phone: (914) 366-3636

About the Investigator
Dr. Zalvan is the medical director of the Phelps Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders as well as Chief of Otolaryngology at Phelps Hopsital, Northwell Health in Sleepy Hollow New York. He is a board certified otolaryngologist and his focus is laryngology with extensive experience in the treatment of voice, swallowing, and cough disorders. His primary interests include research in the fields of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, chronic cough, dysphagia, laryngeal cancer, and neurolaryngology. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally and is a member of numerous professional voice and swallow societies.

Research Focus

Dr. Zalvan’s research focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and mechanisms related to laryngopharyngeal reflux disease, chronic cough, dysphagia, laryngeal cancer, and neurolaryngology.  This includes the following: Incidental oropharyngeal papillomas; Identification of symptoms to predict response to amitryptiline in patients with chronic neurogenic cough; Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal reflux: PPI and diet vs. Plant based diet with alkaline water; Treatment of T1 SCC of the larynx based on proximity to a Laryngologist – KTP laser surgery vs. Radiation therapy; Ultrasound measurement of the cricoid – implications in endotracheal intubation and management; Tonsillolith experience; Base of tongue cysts – diagnosis and management; Topical anesthetic comparison for office based laryngeal procedures; Centrally mediated post-viral vagal neuropathic cough syndrome; Incidence of Cough among Patients with Laryngopharyngeal Reflux; Office based KTP laser and voice outcome analysis; Office-based flexible laryngoscopic biopsy of laryngeal and pharyngeal lesions; and Cadaveric Standardization of Endotracheal Tube Size via Ultrasound and Direct Measurement.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Degree: MD
Field of Study: Medicine

Brandeis University, Waltham MA
Degree: BA
Field of Study: Biology

Awards & Honors

2015 The Legends of Phelps Award, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center
2015 Doctors of Distinction Humanitarian Award, Westchester County
2011-2016 Best Doctors – Castle Connolly (Otolaryngology), New York Magazine
2007-2017 Top Doctors – Castle Connolly (Otolaryngology), Westchester Magazine
2005 Westchester Healthcare hero, Westchester Magazine
2006 Featured Physician, Top Doctors, Westchester Magazine

  1. Zalvan CH, Hu S, Greenberg B, Geliebter J. “A Comparison of Alkaline Water and Mediterranean Diet vs Proton Pump Inhibition for Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux.” JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Sep 7. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2017.1454.
  2. Robert J. Chouake, BS; William E. Karle, MD; Craig H. Zalvan, MD. “An Unusual Laryngeal Foreign Body—A Bee Stinger in the Epiglottis.” JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. July 2017.
  3. Zalvan CH, Reilly E. “Symptomatic vallecular cysts: diagnosis and management with the KTP laser.” Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol (2016) DOI 10.1007/s00405-016-4026-1
  4. Zalvan CH, Brown DJ, Oiseth SJ, Roark RM. “Comparison of trans-nasal laryngoscopic office based biopsy of laryngopharyngeal lesions with traditional operative biopsy”. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol (2013) 270:2509-2513
  5. Total Otolaryngology. Scalfani A. et al. Zalvan CH. Chapters written: Laryngitis, Electromyography, Diagnostic procedures for Dysphagia, Bilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis. 2015.
  6. Botulinum Neurotoxin management of Head and Neck Disorders. Dr. Andrew Blitzer. Thieme Publishers. “The Use of Botulinum Toxin in the Laryngopharynx”. Thieme. New York. 2012.
  7. Zalvan CH, Weisbrod P Differential Diagnosis of Aspiration in Differential Diagnosis in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Michael G. Stewart, MD, MPH and Samuel H. Selesnick, MD Thieme Medical Publishers. Spring 2008.
  8. Roark RM, Adam A, Zalvan CH, Manto MU, De Luca CJ. “Multiple Motor Unit Recordings of Intra-Laryngeal Muscles”, Neuroscience, San Diego, California, October 2004.
  9. Zalvan CH, Bentsianov B, Gonzalez-Yanes O, Blitzer A. “Noncosmetic uses of Botulinum Toxin”. Dermatologic Clinics 22:2;187-196, 2004.
  10. Bentsianov B, Zalvan CH, Blitzer A. “Noncosmetic uses of Botulinum Toxin”. Clinics in Dermatology. 22:1;82-88, Jan-Feb.
  11. Zalvan CH, Sulica L, Wolf S, Cohen J, Gonzalez-Yanes O, Blitzer A. “Laryngopharyngeal Dysfunction from the Implantable Vagal Nerve Stimulator”, Laryngoscope. 2003 Feb;113(2):221-5

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