Vikash K. Modi, M.D.

Pediatric Otolaryngology
Vikash Modi

Vikash K. Modi, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified Pediatric Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgeon. Dr. Modi's areas of clinical interest include the management of pediatric airway disease, pediatric head and neck masses, pediatric sinus disease, pediatric sleep disorders, tonsil and adenoid disease, ear infections, and cleft palate disorders.

After receiving his medical degree from the Rutgers Medical School, Dr. Modi completed his residency in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Southern California - Keck School of Medicine. He spent a considerable amount of time in his residency training in pediatric otolaryngology at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Following residency, Dr. Modi completed a fellowship at Northwestern University - Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago pursuing advanced training in complex issues in pediatric otolaryngology. During this time he studied under Lauren Holinger, M.D. a world-renowned pediatric otolaryngologist.

In addition to managing common pediatric problems such as ear infections, sleep apnea, adenoid and tonsil disease, Dr. Modi has particular expertise in several more complicated areas. He has advanced training in airway reconstructive procedures (laryngotracheal reconstruction). Further, as co-director of the Cornell Craniofacial team and the Cornell Velopharyngeal Center, Dr. Modi is also particularly interested in the management of speech and language disorders caused by cleft palate or velopharyngeal insufficiency.

Dr. Modi is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO), Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC) and the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association(ACPA). He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

He has made numerous presentations at the national meeting of ASPO and SENTAC.  In addition he has also presented his work on endoscopic airway reconstructive surgery, internationally at the European Society of Pediatric Otolarynoglogy(ESPO)

Dr. Modi has been on the faculty of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

He has been selected as a Top Doctor in America by Castle Connoly and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Family Magazine and New York Daily News for his work with children.  

Dr. Modi has a commitment to those less fortunate in developing countries and participates in medical trips to treat head and neck anomalies including cleft lip and cleft palate.

If you are scheduled to see Dr. Modi as a new patient, please print and complete the Patient Packet (under age 12) (over age 12) and bring it with you on the day of your appointment. Thank you.
 

Insurances

Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

  • AETNA [PPO]
  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • AETNA [HMO]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • CIGNA
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare [Medicare]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • POMCO
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]

Publications

Publications 

1.     Modi V, Monforte HM, Geller KG, Koempel JK.  Histologic Assessment of Thermal Injury to Tonsillectomy Specimens: A Comparison of Electrocautery, Coblation, Harmonic Scalpel, and Tonsillotome. Laryngoscope. Nov 2009. 119:2248-2251

 

2.     Maddallozzo J, Modi V, Alderfer J. Posterior Hyoid Space as Related to Excision of the Thyroglossal Duct Cyst. Laryngoscope. Sep 2010. 120:1773-78

 

3.     Ang A, Modi V, Raithatha R, April MM, Ward RF.  A Pilot Study of Balloon Dilation in an Animal Model Resulting in Cricoid Cartilage Fracture: Implications for the Stenotic Pediatric Airway. Laryngoscope. Oct 2010. 120:2094-97

 

4.     Kier C, Balluz R, Modi V, Chandran L. Visual Diagnosis : Respiratory Distress: A Great Masquerader. Pediatrics in Review.  Oct 2011.32: e95-101

 

5.     Hom S, Modi V, Chandran L, Kier C. Stridor in the neonate. Contemporary Pediatrics. Feb 2012. 42-47

 

6.     Modi, VK. Vocal Cordotomy. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2012;73:123-6

 

7.     Modi, VK. Vocal Fold Injection Medialization Laryngoplasty. Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2012;73:90-4

 

8.     Modi, VK. Endoscopic Posterior Cricoid Split with Rib Grafting.  Adv Otorhinolaryngol. 2012;73:116-22

 

9.     Oomen KP, Modi VK, Stewart MG. Evidence-Based Practice: Pediatric Tonsillectomy. Otol Clin of North America. Oct 2012. 45:1071-81

 

10.  Gerber ME, Modi VK, Ward RF, Gower VM, Thomsen J. Endoscopic posterior cricoid split and costal cartilage graft placement in children. Otol Head Neck Surg. Mar 2013. 148:494-502

 

11.  Oomen K, Modi VK. Occult Laryngomalacia Resulting in Sleep Apnea in a Neonate. Int J of Ped Otol. Sep 2013. 77:1617-19

 

12.  Schwanke T, Oomen K, April M, Ward RF Modi VK.  Floor of Mouth Masses in Children: Proposal of a New Algorithm. Int J of Ped Otol. Sep 2013. 77:1489-94

 

13.  Stucken EZ, Grunsetin E, Haddad J, Modi VK, Waldman EH, Ward RF, Stewart MG, April MM.  Factors contributing to cost in partial versus total tonsillectomy.  Laryngoscope. Nov 2013;123(11):2868-72

 

14.  Visaya J, Ward RF, Modi VK. Feasibility and Mortality of Balloon Dilation in a Live Rabbit Model. JAMA Otolaryngol-- Head Neck Surg. Mar 2014; 140(3):215-9

 

15.  Oomen K, Modi VK. Epiglottopexy with and without Lingual Tonsillectomy.  Laryngoscope. April 2014; 124(4):1019-22

 

16.  Oomen PQ, Modi VK, Maddalozzo J. Thyroglossal Duct Cyst and Ectopic Thyroid: Surgical Management. Otol Clin of North America.  (Accepted-In Press)

 

17.  Stater, Oomen PQ, Modi VK. Tracheal Cartilaginous Sleeve is associated with syndromic midface hypoplasia.  JAMA-Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. (Accepted-In Press)

 

Book Chapters

1.     Modi V, Ward R. Foreign Bodies in Otolaryngology; In: Lee KJ. Health Care Reform Through Practical Guidelines: Ear Nose Throat. Plural Publishing. 2010

 

2.     Modi VK, Ward RF, April MM. Congenital Malformations of the Nose, Nasopharynx, and Sinuses. In: Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ, eds. Pediatric Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Thieme. 2012. p. 410-421

 

3.     Maresh A, Modi VK, Stewart MG. Research and publication in pediatric otolaryngology. “Research and publication in pediatric otolaryngology,” in Paparella M, deCosta SS, Singh B (eds): Paparella International Textbook of Otolaryngology: Principles and Practice, Philadelphia: Jaypee Publishers, in press.

 

International Presentations

1.     Modi VK, Visaya J, Ward RF.  Balloon Dilation in a Live Animal Model Resulting in Cricoid Cartilage Fracture: Implications for the Infant Airway.  Presented at the European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Amsterdam, Netherlands. May 2012

2.     Stater BJ, Oomen PQ, Spigland N, Modi VK. Intraoperative Localization of Type III (C) Tracheoesophageal Fistula Using Bronchoscopic Cannulation. Presented at the European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Dublin, Ireland. May 2014

  

National Presentations 

1.     Youssef JS, Modi VK, Quraishi HA. Cervicofacial hemangiomas and associated cerebrovascular anomalies. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.  Denver, Colorado.  September 2001 

2.     Kim J, Modi VK, Wax M.   Minimally invasive transoral excision of the submandibular gland.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.  Los Angeles, California. September 2005

3.     Modi VK, Crockett D. Endoscopic excision of a nasal schwannoma in an 11 year old child.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children. Baltimore, Maryland.   December 2005

4.     Modi VK,  Monforte H, Geller K, Koempel J. Assessment of injury to the tonsillar fossa after tonsillectomy: A comparison of electrosurgery, coblation, harmonic scalpel & tonsillotome.         Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Award Winner. Chicago, Illinois.  May 2006

5.     Modi VK, Maceri D. Lipoblastoma presenting with acute respiratory distress in a 9 month old infant. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Chicago, Illinois. May 2006

6.     Modi VK, Barbara A, Koempel J.  Use of the Ex-utero Intrapartum Treatment procedure in a neonate with laryngeal atresia.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. San Diego, California. May 2007

7.     Ang A, Modi VK, Raithatha R, April M, Ward RF.  Balloon Dilation in a rabbit airway model resulting in cricoid fracture. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children.  Award Winner. Salt Lake City, Utah. December 2009

8.     Modi VK, Liotta D, Lehman J, Ward RF. Simultaneous Intracapsular Tonsillectomy and Surgery for Correction of Velopharyngeal Insufficency.   Presented at the Society of Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children. Cincinnati, Ohio.  December 2010

9.     Rickert S, Modi VK, Ward RF, Sulica L. Membranous vocal fold granuloma after traumatic intubation. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Laryngological Association. Chicago, Illinois. April 2011

10.  Modi VK, Ward RF. Endoscopic posterior cricoid grafting for bilateral vocal fold immobility with and without laryngeal stenosis. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Chicago, Illinois. April 2011

11.  Gerber M, Modi VK, Ward RF, Gower VM, Thomsen J. Endoscopic posterior cricoid split and costal cartilage graft placement in children. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.  Washington DC.  September 2012

12.  Schwanke T, Oomen K, April M, Ward RF, Modi VK.  Floor of Mouth Lesions Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children. Charleston, South Carolina. December 2012

13.  Modi VK, Visaya J, Ward RF. Histopathologic effects and Mortality of Laryngeal Balloon Dilation in a Live Rabbit Model. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Arlington, Virginia. April 2013

14.  Stater, Oomen PQ, Modi VK. Tracheal Cartilaginous Sleeve: A Systematic Review and a New Syndromic Association.  Award Winner. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children. Long Beach, California. December 2013

 

Invited Lectures International 

1.     Modi VK. Ward RF. Cutting Edge Management of the Stenotic airway: Update on Posterior Cricoid Grafting. European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Pamplona, Spain. June 2010

3.     Modi VK. The Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment Procedure for Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome and Congenital Neck Masses. Salzburg, Austria.  November 2010

4.     Modi VK. Cutting Edge Management of Congenital Airway Lesions.  Salzburg, Austria.  November 2010

5.     Modi VK. Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery 2010. Salzburg, Austria. November 2010

6.     Modi VK.  A multi-institutional experience for endoscopic posterior cricoid grafting in 25 children.  European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. Amsterdam, Netherlands. May 2012

7.     Modi VK. The Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment Procedure. Salzburg, Austria.  April 2014

8.     Modi VK. Congenital Laryngeal Lesions.  Salzburg, Austria.  April 2014

9.     Modi VK. Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery 2014. Salzburg, Austria. April 2014

 

Invited Lectures National   

1.     Modi VK. Management of Pediatric Subglottis Stenosis. Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Grand Rounds. University of Southern California. Los Angeles, California. July 2006

2.     Modi VK, Meyer A. The Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment Procedure for Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome and Congenital Neck Masses. Grand Rounds. Department of Surgery. Northwestern University-Children’s Memorial Hospital. Chicago, Illinois. June 2008

3.     Modi VK. Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Management of Congenital Airway Lesions. Grand Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. Stony Brook University- School of Medicine. New York. August 2009

4.     Modi VK. Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Management of Congenital Airway Lesions. Grand Rounds. Department of Otolaryngology. University of Southern California-Keck School of Medicine. Los Angeles, California. October 2009

5.     Modi VK. New Trends in the Management of Pediatric Airway Disorders. Grand Rounds. Department of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery. University of Southern California.  Los Angeles, California. March 2013

6.     Modi VK. New Trends in the Management of Pediatric Airway Disorders. Los Angeles Society of Otolaryngology. House Ear Institute. Los Angeles, California. March 2013

7.     Modi VK. Technical Innovations/General. Moderator. Annual meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.  Las Vegas, Nevada.  May 2014

 

Invited Lectures Regional

1.     Modi VK. Endoscopic Posterior Cricoid Grafting. Presented at the 2nd Annual New York Airway Symposium. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. October 2008

2.     Modi VK. Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Management of Congenital Airway Lesions. Grand Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. Richmond University Hospital. Staten Island, New York. February 2009

3.     Modi VK. The Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment.  The EXIT Procedure.  Neonatal Grand Rounds. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, NY. February 2009

4.     Modi VK. Cutting Edge Management of the Neonatal Airway. Grand Rounds. Department of Otolaryngology. New Jersey Medical School. Newark, New Jersey. March 2009

5.     Modi VK. Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Management of Congenital Airway Lesions. Grand Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. Bronx Lebanon Hospital. Bronx, New York. March 2009

6.     Modi VK. The Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment Procedure for Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome and Congenital Neck Masses. Grand Rounds. Department of Otorhinolaryngology. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. March 2009. 

7.     Modi VK. Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Management of Congenital Airway Lesions. Grand Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. June 2009 

8.     Modi VK. The Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment.  The EXIT Procedure.  Advances in In-utero Diagnosis of Fetal Abnormalities: Impact on Postnatal Neonatal Management. Weill Cornell Medical College.  New York, New York. June 2009 

9.  Modi VK. Airway Disease Management. Part 1: Upper Airway. 3rd Annual Symposium Otolaryngology Update in New York City. New York, New York. October 2009 

10.  Modi VK. Advanced Endoscopic Airway Management. Grand Rounds. Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Department of Otolaryngology.  Bronx, New York. November 2009 

11.  Modi VK.  The Pediatric Emergent Airway. Grand Rounds. Department of Emergency Medicine. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. November 2009 

12.  Modi VK. Velopharyngeal Insufficiency and Ear management in the Cleft palate patient. Professor’s Rounds. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. November 2009 

13.  Modi VK. Pediatric Laryngopharyngeal Reflux and the Airway.  5th Annual Update in Pediatric Gastroenterology.  New York, New York. April 2010 

14.  Modi VK. Management of the Neonatal and Fetal Airway. Grand Rounds. Department of Anesthesiology. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. April 2010 

15.  Modi VK. Ward RF. Medical and Surgical Management of the Child with Cleft Palate and/or Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. May 2010 

16.  Modi VK. Congenital Airway Lesions and the Neonatal Airway. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Grand Rounds. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. September 2010 

17.  Modi VK. The Ex-Utero Intrapartum Treatment Procedure for a Congenital Neck Teratoma. Professor’s Rounds. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. February 2011 

18.  Modi VK, Jones J, Bent J, Rickert S. Panel on Pediatric Rhinosinusitis. 10th Annual New York Rhinology Update. New York University Medical Center, New York, New York. May 2011 

19.  Fan R, Modi VK, Muensterer O, Stein D. Lung isolation techniques in pediatric patients.  Grand Rounds. Department of Anesthesiology. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. June 2011 

20.  Modi VK. Ward RF. The EXIT Procedure 5th Annual Symposium Otolaryngology Update in New York City. New York, New York. October 2011 

21.  Modi VK. Evaluation of the Child with Stridor. 5th Annual Symposium Otolaryngology Update in New York City. New York, New York. October 2011 

22.  Modi VK. Pharyngeal Flap and Palatoplasty for the Management of velopharyngeal Insufficiency. Presented at the 4th Annual New York Airway Symposium. Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Department of Otolaryngology.  Bronx, New York. October 2011 

23.  Modi VK. Pediatric otolaryngology and gastroenterology: Crossroads. Pediatric Gastroenterology Rounds. Weil Cornell Medical College.  New York, New York . January 2012 

24.  Modi VK. Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Management of Congenital Airway Lesions. Grand Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Livingston, New Jersey. March 2012 

25.  Modi VK. Neonatal Airway Lesions. Grand Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. Richmond University Hospital. Staten Island, New York. October 2012 

26.  Modi VK. State of the Art: Pediatric Endoscopic Airway Surgery. Grand Rounds. Department of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery. State University of New York- Downstate. Brooklyn, New York. November 2012 

27.  Modi VK, MCarn K, Souweidane M, Davis J. Craniofacial Disorders: An Introduction to a Multidisciplinary Approach. Grand Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. New York Hospital Queens. Queens, New York. March 2013 

28.  Modi VK, Souweidane M, Davis J. Craniofacial Disorders: An Introduction to a Multidisciplinary Approach. Grand Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. March 2013 

29.  Modi VK. Surgical Management of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. Long Island Society of Speech Pathologists. Hauppauge, New York. April 2013 

30.  Modi VK. Intubational Injury and Subglottic Stenosis. PICU Rounds. Department of Pediatrics. Weill Cornell Medical College. New York, New York. May 2013 

31.  Modi VK. Endoscopic Pediatric Airway Surgery. New York Otolaryngology Update. New York, New York. October 2013 

32.  Modi VK. Moderator General & Pediatric Otolaryngology Section. New York Otolaryngology Update. New York, New York. October 2013 

33.  Modi VK. Moderator 6th Annual New York Airway Symposium. Albert Einstein- Montefiore Medical Center. Bronx, New York. November 2013 

34.  Modi VK. Pediatric Voice & Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. Long Island Society of Speech Pathologists. Stony Brook, New York. April 2014

Honors and Awards

 

 

 

§  Graduated with High Honors. Illinois Institute of Technology

§  Old Crow Scholar (highest GPA in Computer Science Dept) Illinois Institute of Technology

§  Annual Meeting of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology – Research Award Winner . May 2006

§  Annual Meeting of the Society of Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children – Research Award Winner. December 2009

§  The Malcolm Shvey Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching .  Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Residents at New York Presbyterian-Columbia and Cornell Campus program. June 2012

§  Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Pediatric Otolaryngology: April 2013- current

§  New York Family Magazine Top Doctor: October 2013- current

§  Annual Meeting of the Society of Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children –  Research Award Winner. December 2013

§  Castle Connolly Top Doctor New York Metro Area: January 2014- current