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Posts by David A. Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS

  • Based on a systematic review, Mass Eye and Ear otolaryngologists determined only 3% of the top U.S. commercial insurance companies provide coverage for gender-affirming voice therapy/voice surgery, and only 18% cover facial feminization surgery, despite the established medical benefits of these procedures.

  • David A. Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS, of Mass Eye and Ear, partnered with the Cleft and Burn Center in Kathmandu to rethink how surgical care is distributed in Nepal. The use of surgical scouts might just bring the world a step closer to solving a global surgical crisis.

Biography

Dr. David Shaye specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck. This includes aesthetic procedures such as a facelift, blepharoplasty, or browlift. Dr. Shaye is experienced in rebuilding all parts of the face from skin cancer (Moh's) surgery to birth deformities of the lips, nose, and ears. He offers a wide range of options for facial reconstruction after car accidents and injuries of the bones of the face, which include the spectrum from free tissue transfer to scar management. Rhinoplasty and improvement of the appearance and function of the nose are also important aspects of his practice.

A U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Shaye earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Hamilton College and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed residency training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the University of California at Davis and fellowship training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Shaye focuses his research on global surgery or the delivery of surgical services to areas with limited resources. Specific research interests include cleft lip and palate, the burden of disease assessment, and mobile phone technology to improve surgical follow-up. Dr. Shaye regularly performs surgery for children with cleft lip and palate deformities in Zimbabwe, serves as a surgical team leader with Doctors Without Borders, and participates in a teaching partnership with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda. He has volunteered extensively in Malawi, Bhutan, Dominica, Guatemala, Nigeria, and Nepal.

Watch this video of Dr. Shaye's participation with Operation of Hope, an all-volunteer surgical team that provides surgeries to children in developing countries who are born with facial deformities.

Mass Eye and Ear/Mass General Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Mass Eye and Ear/Massachusetts General Hospital combines the expertise of highly specialized ear, nose, and throat physicians, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and auxiliary health care professionals to provide care for patients with problems affecting the ear, nose, throat, head and neck areas. The department, which is led by Chief and Chair Mark A. Varvares, MD, FACS, is one of the largest otolaryngology–head and neck surgery (OHNS) departments in the country, with more than 70 physicians staffed at 15 locations in the greater Boston area.