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Saral Mehra

Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology); Section Chief, Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology Surgery; Director, Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Surgery

Contact Information

Saral Mehra, MD, MBA, FACS

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Otolaryngology Surgery

    PO Box 208041

    New Haven, CT 06520-8041

    United States



Dr. Saral Mehra earned his Medical Degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School. He then went on to a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital / Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He completed his training at Mt Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center with a highly coveted Fellowship in Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer surgery, with further sub-specialization in complex reconstructive surgery including the use of free tissue transfer through state-of the art microvascular surgical techniques. During training, Dr. Mehra was awarded the Department’s research award twice, the Department’s teaching award at his graduation, and the Distinguished House Staff award from New York Hospital.

Now at Yale, he currently serves as Chief of the Section of Head and Neck Surgery, Director of the Head and Neck Tumor Board, and the Fellowship Director for our Internationally renowned Advanced Training Program in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has continued to receive teaching and clinical accolades from within the Institution and beyond. He is proud to be part of an incredible Head and Neck Disease team at Yale delivering cutting edge multi-disciplinary care to patients far and wide.

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Dr. Mehra’s clinical practice focuses on treating patients with Head and Neck, Salivary, and Thyroid diseases, particularly cancer including advanced reconstruction and rehabilitation. He sees patients with all stages of cancer, from early stage to far advanced and recurrent cancers of the head and neck. He makes use of the latest in minimally invasive techniques such as transoral laser and robotic surgery. He also has special interest in minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of salivary disease with use of salivary endoscopy.

His primary research interests are in measuring and improving the quality of life in patients being treated for head and neck cancers, as well as leveraging his Business education to perform Health Services research with the goal of measuring and thus improving the quality of care delivered to such patients.

Dr. Mehra has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, a number of book chapters, and regularly presents original research at National and International meetings. He is an active Member of the American Head and Neck Society.

Education & Training

  • Fellowship
    Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center (2013)
  • Residency
    New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia/Cornell) and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2012)
  • Internship
    New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia/Cornell) (2008)
  • MBA
    Columbia Business School (2007)
  • MD
    Columbia Medical School (2007)
  • BS
    Queen's University (2002)


  • Striving for a New and Improved National Thyroid Cancer Database
    Toronto, ON, Canada 2013
    World Congress on Thyroid Cancer
  • Improving the Quality of Thyroid Cancer Care: How Does the Thyroid Cancer Care Collaborative Cross the Institute of Medicine’s Quality Chasm?
    Toronto, ON, Canada 2013
    World Congress on Thyroid Cancer
  • Facial Nerve Monitoring in Resection of Complex Vascular Malformations of the Head and Neck: Description and outcomes of a new methodology.
    San Diego, CA, United States 2012
    Combined Sections Meeting
  • The role of otolaryngologists in anterior approaches to the cervical spine: a review of 193 consecutive cases.
    Miami, FL, United States 2012
    Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting
  • Case Series with Endoscopic Findings of a Novel Nasal Irrigation Protocol
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2011
    Annual Meeting

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Faculty Teaching AwardDivision of Otolaryngology2022
Extra Mile AwardDepartment of Surgery2020
Faculty Teaching AwardDivision of Otolaryngology2019
Chief Resident Teaching AwardDepartment of Otolaryngology (Columbia/Cornell)2012
Distinguished House Staff AwardNew York Presbyterian Hospital2011
Coakley Memorial Prize for Excellence in OtolaryngologyColumbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons2007
Chancellor's ScholarshipQueen's University1999

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