Samuel Helman, M.D.
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
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Samuel Helman, M.D.

Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

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Personal Statement

I am an Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon; the focus of my clinical practice is the medical and surgical management of complex sinus and skull base disorders in adults and children.  I emphasize a holistic approach to patient care, incorporating modern scientific advances and the most up-to-date medical and surgical research with consideration of the individual needs and issues of my patients. My goal is to deliver cutting-edge therapies and treatments. I embrace the central tenets of transparency, compassionate care, patient education, active dialogue, and shared decision making. By taking the time to listen to my patients and carefully explaining the medical and surgical options available, I am able to give personalized, patient-centered, and effective care. I am honored to work with you to navigate your medical and surgical care and I look forward to our visit.  If you are scheduled to see Dr. Helman as a new patient, please print and complete the Patient Packet and bring it with you on the day of your appointment. We encourage you to bring all prior imagining (CT, MRI) related to your problem on a CD-ROM to the initial consultation visit. You can typically obtain this from the site where you had your radiologic study performed. Thank you for choosing this office in the care of your ENT health. We look forward to working with you.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Rhinology
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Plastic Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat)
  • Otolaryngology


  • Sinus Disease
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Laryngology
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
  • Acid Reflux
  • Taste and Smell Disorders
  • Postnasal Drip
  • Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery
  • Endonasal Endoscopic Tumor Surgery
  • Endoscopic Chordoma Surgery
  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Benign Nasal Tumor
  • Malignant Nasal Tumors
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Disorder
  • Laser Surgery
  • Endoscopic Craniopharyngioma Surgery
  • Throat and Voice Problems
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Vocal Cord Anomaly
  • Vocal Cord Cyst
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Otolaryngology Consultation
  • Otolaryngology Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery


Samuel N. Helman is Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon with fellowship training in advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery (Rhinology). Dr. Helman is an expert in surgical approaches to treat complex diseases of the skull base, including infections of the sinus and skull base, inflammatory diseases, and tumors. Dr. Helman’s treatment philosophy focuses on patient advocacy, shared decision making, and incorporating individualized attention to planning patient care.

Dr. Helman grew up in Silverton, Oregon. He received his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from McGill University where he was inducted to the Dean’s List. He completed his research thesis at the renowned Montreal Neurological Institute. He attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City as a Dean Dominick Purpura Scholar where he graduated with distinction in Otorhinolaryngology. Dr. Helman then completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital – New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Program, where, as Chief Resident he was awarded the J. Swift Hanley Research Award for excellence in research. Dr. Helman finished his training at Emory University School of Medicine, completing a rigorous Rhinology (Sinus) and Skull Base Surgery fellowship.  

Dr. Helman has been recognized with numerous awards recognizing his clinical and research accomplishments. He has authored over thirty scientific publications, several book chapters, and has active patents in the area of 3-D printed personal protective equipment (PPE). Dr. Helman has presented at several national and international meetings, including podium presentations at the American Rhinologic Society Annual Meeting, the International Conference on Head and Neck Cancer, and the Metro Atlanta Research Symposium. He is a journal reviewer for journals in the field of Rhinology and works as an Associate Editor. Dr. Helman is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the American Rhinologic Society, and the North American Skull Base Society. He derives enormous satisfaction from global health, and most recently returned from a cleft lip and cleft palate surgical mission to Santa Marta, Colombia.


Dr. Helman’s clinical focus is in the use of minimally invasive endoscopic techniques to manage sinus and skull base disease and the use of open surgical approaches to the nose, sinus, and skull base where necessary. He specializes in the medical and surgical management of nasal and sinus disorders, stereotactic surgery, and skull base surgery. In addition, he treats general otolaryngology disorders including ear infections, ear drum perforations, hearing loss, thyroid and parathyroid problems (including cysts, tumors, and endocrine dysfunction), acid reflux, salivary gland disorders (stones, infections, tumors), neck masses, and cancers of the head and neck. 



Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Assistant Attending Otolaryngologist - Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
  • James A. Moore Clinical Scholar in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 2014
  • B.Sc., McGill University (Canada), 2010


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • * Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • * Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • * VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WorldWide Medical

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