Dennis Kraus, MD Appointed President of the American Head and Neck Society

Dennis Kraus, MD

            NEW YORK, NY –   Dennis Kraus, MD, one of the leading head and neck oncologic surgeons in the Unites States, has recently been elected to serve as President of the American Head and Neck Society (AHNS). Dr. Kraus is the Director of the Center for Head & Neck Oncology at the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute; Co-Director of the Center for Thyroid & Parathyroid Surgery at the New York Head and Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital; and Professor of Otolaryngology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

            The AHNS is one of the largest and most prestigious head and neck societies in the world. In his new role, Dr. Kraus will preside as Chairman of the AHNS Council, directing key initiatives set forth by him, as well as other AHNS leaders, that further foster the society’s mission of advancing education, research and quality of care for the head and neck cancer patient. He has served in multiple roles within the AHNS, including Secretary and Program Chair of the annual meeting. He is the second North Shore-LIJ physician to serve as the AHNS President since the society’s inception in 1998.

            Dr. Kraus has been with the North Shore-LIJ Health System – soon to become Northwell Health – since 2012 and oversees comprehensive multimodality cancer care in the head and neck throughout the System. He has been a long-standing innovator in the field of head and neck oncologic care and a strong advocate for the use of minimally invasive surgery in the sino-nasal region and skull base. Dr. Kraus has particular expertise in minimally-invasive thyroid surgery, robotic surgery of the head and neck, sentinel node biopsy for skin malignancies, including melanoma.

            Throughout his 30 year career, Dr. Kraus has held numerous leadership positions within various otolaryngology and oncology organizations. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governor for the American College of Surgeons and the Otolaryngology Advisory Council. Previously, he served as president of The North American Skull Base Society and The New York Laryngological Society. He was also a member of the Subspecialty Advisory Council for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is past Chair of the Head and Neck Educational Committee and Home Study Course.

            Dr. Kraus has published nearly 200 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has lectured across the United States and around the world. In addition, he has been honored with several awards, including the Public Service Award from the American Head and Neck Society, and the Distinguished Service Award and the Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

            Prior to his current roles within North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Kraus served as an attending surgeon on the Head and Neck Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and as professor of otolaryngology at Cornell University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.


About Lenox Hill Hospital:

Lenox Hill Hospital is a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, which is changing its name in January 2016 to Northwell Health. Lenox Hill is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. US News & World Report has ranked the hospital among the top 10 hospitals in the state of New York with a total of 6 “high performing” designations for its clinical performance in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics and Urology. It is also recognized nationally as a leader maternal/child health and offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties. 

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About The American Head and Neck Society:

The American Head and Neck Society (AHNS) is the single largest organization in North America for the advancement of research and education in head and neck oncology. Its goal is to “facilitate and advance knowledge relevant to surgical treatment of diseases of the head and neck, including reconstruction and rehabilitation; promote advancement of the highest professional and ethical standards as they pertain to the practice of major head and neck surgery; and to honor those who have made major contributions in the field of head and neck surgery, or have aided in its advancement.”

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