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Lanny Garth Close, MD

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

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 326-8475

Lanny Garth Close, MD

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.

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology

Areas of 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


  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown

    51 West 51st Street
    Suite: 385
    New York, NY 10019
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 326-8475
    (212) 326-8585
  • Harkness Pavilion

    180 Fort Washington Avenue
    Floor: 7
    New York, NY 10032
    (212) 305-6130
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-8555
    (212) 305-3975
  • ColumbiaDoctors Riverdale

    3050 Corlear Avenue
    Floor: 2, Suite: 202
    Bronx, NY 10463
    (212) 305-8555
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-8555
    (212) 305-3975

Practices and Centers

  • ColumbiaDoctors Midtown
  • ColumbiaDoctors Riverdale

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

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

  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare 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, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Multiplan [Multiplan]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [Medicare Managed Care, SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]