Vikash K. Modi, MD, is an Associate Professor and the Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Medical Center.
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. In his residency he trained 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, particularly airway reconstruction. 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 founded the Cornell Aerodigestive Center and his area of expertise is endoscopic airway reconstructive surgery. Further, as co-director of the Cornell Cleft and 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 has also been inducted as a Fellow, as one of the youngest members, into the prestigious Triological Society for his thesis paper on airway balloon dilation.
He has made numerous presentations at national and international meetings. He has presented his work on endoscopic repair of laryngeal clefts at the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) and the Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology (CEORL-Spain). In addition, Dr. Modi has one of the largest pediatric series of endoscopic posterior cricoid split with rib grafting, which he presented at the European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ESPO-Netherlands)and the 1st World Congress of Pediatric Otolaryngology(Argentina).
He has been selected as a Top Doctor in America by Castle Connoly, Best Doctor in New York Family Magazine, and as Best Doctor in New York Magazine. He has also 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 and bring it with you on the day of your appointment. Thank you.
Specialties and Expertise
- Pediatric Otolaryngology
- Pediatric Head and Neck Surgery
- Pediatric Ear Disease
- Pediatric Tonsil and Adenoid Disease
- Pediatric Airway Disease
- Airway Reconstruction
- Cleft Palate Repair
- Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI)
- Pediatric Head and Neck Tumors
Medical School: Rutgers Medical School Class of 2002
General Surgery Internship: University of Southern California 2002-2003
Otolaryngology(ENT) Residency: University of Southern California 2003-2007
Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship: Childrens Memorial Hospital (Northwestern University) 2007-2008
Clinical Instructor: Northwestern University 2007-2008
Assistant Professor: Weill Cornell Medical College 2008-2015
Associate Professor: Weill Cornell Medical College 2015-current
Chief, Pediatric Otolaryngology: Weill Cornell Medical College 2015-current
Castle Connoly Top Doctor in Pediatric Otolaryngology: 2013-2019
Castle Connoly Top Doctor Metro Area: 2014-2019
New York Family Magazine Top Doctor: 2014-2016
New York Magazine Top Doctor: 2015-2019
Honors and Awards
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
§ Annual Meeting of the Society of Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children – Research Award Winner. December 2013
§ Triological Society Fellow: May 2015
§ Castle Connolly Top Doctor in Pediatric Otolaryngology: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
§ New York Family Magazine Top Doctor: 2013, 2014, 2015
§ Castle Connolly Top Doctor New York Metro Area: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
§ New York Magazine Top Doctor: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- American Board of Otolaryngology
Clinical and Academic Positions
- Associate Attending Otolaryngologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
- Associate Professor of Otolaryngology in Pediatrics - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education and Training
- M.D., New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2002
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 - HMO
- AETNA - Medicare
- AETNA - PPO
- Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
- Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
- Affinity Access
- Affinity Health Plan
- 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
- Health First
- Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
- Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
- Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
- Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
- Rockefeller University - Trustmark
- United Empire
- United Healthcare
- United Healthcare - Medicare
- United Healthcare Compass
- VNSNY CHOICE - HMO
- VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
- WorldWide Medical