About Andrea Vambutas MD, FACS

Dr. Andrea Vambutas is the Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital. She is also Director for the Center of Hearing & Balance at the New York Head & Neck Institute. She is also the Medical Director of the Apelian Cochlear Implant Program and Professor of Otolaryngology & Molecular Medicine. She was instrumental in developing the Apelian Cochlear Implant Center, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011. The center cares for infants and adults. The cochlear implant team is comprised of surgeons, audiologists, speech pathologists, social workers, sign language interpreters and deaf educators who provide all aspects of evaluation prior to, and rehabilitation following cochlear implantation. The center has been the recipient of many complicated otologic cases, and difficult clinical problems.

Dr. Vambutas is a clinician-scientist that studies immune responses and their effect on hearing.

There are three unique forms of hearing loss that may be amenable to medical therapy for recovery of natural hearing: Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss and Meniere s Disease. Timely treatment with steroids results in hearing recovery in about 60% of cases. Unfortunately, that response is lost over time with repetitive treatment. For those that fail to respond to corticosteroids, there are no alternate treatments. Deteriorating hearing is rehabilitated with hearing aids or cochlear implants. Despite how beneficial these devices are, they do not select for what we want to hear, unlike our brains that do it naturally and seamlessly.

Her research interests are in the restoration of natural hearing in these steroid resistant patients.

To this end, her laboratory has identified the critical role of an inflammatory protein, interleukin-1 (IL-1), in this disease. Her research group is running a NIH-sponsored phase I open-label clinical trial to determine if blockade of IL-1 can prevent further hearing loss in these steroid-resistant individuals (www.clinicaltrials.gov NCT01267994). Her laboratory is also trying to better understand the molecular mechanisms behind these diseases, specifically in distinguishing steroid sensitive and resistant hearing loss which would identify new biologic markers of disease.

Awards and Recognition:

Castle Connolley, Best Doctors

Best Doctors in America

Outstanding Teacher Awards, North Shore-LIJ Health System & Montefiore Medical Center

Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology HNS

Professional Affiliations:

Diplomat: American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Fellow: American College of Surgeons

Fellow, American Neurotology Society

Elected Member: New York Otologic Society

Elected Member: Henry Kunkel Society

Elected Member: American Association of Immunologists



  • Board certifications

    • Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology

  • Administrative titles

    • Chairman - Medical Dir Cochlear Implant Center of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Chief of Division - Otology/Neurotology of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Chief of Division - Research Otolaryngology of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Chairman - Medical Dir Cochlear Implant Center of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, North Shore University Hospital

  • Academic titles

    • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Medical school

    • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Residencies

    • Long Island Jewish Medical Center

  • Internships

    • Long Island Jewish Medical Center

  • Fellowships

    • Minnesota Ear Head and Neck Clinic

  • Affiliations

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"DR. Vambutas is top notch which is why I wanted to see her in the first place"
"Dr. Vambutas is an exceptional doctor. Not only is she superbly knowledgeable in her understanding of medicine, she is also an amazing person. She goes above and beyond for me as a patient, is truly caring, empathetic & interesting listener. I cannot recommend her higher or say enough positive about her."
"Went to 3 different EMTs who just had me come in for a hearing tests and follow up without solving my problem. Dr Vambutas solved my problem on the first visit for which I'm forever grateful."
"Dr. Vambutas is an excellent physician - knowledgeable - caring - Kind - compassionate - "
"Always great to see her, very caring and helpful with all questions and concerns"
"Always a caring love - no matter how behind she always has time to talk."
"love Dr Vambutas. she's kind, friendly and approachable"
"Dr. Vambutas will spent as much time with you, to answer our questions and is sure that we understand the what she told us."
"Dr Vambutas takes as much time as needed with each of my appointments. I never feel rushed and always have my questions answered. Her nursing staff is wonderful and always calls me back quickly and also takes the time to explain things to me."
"Dr Vambutas is the best of the best."
"100% recommend her"
"Dr. Vambutas is an outstanding physician who takes the time a patient needs. Never feel rushed with her."
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"Dr. Vambutas is an excellent physician and has a wonderful bedside manner. My son had his first set of ear tubes placed in his ears when he was 3 years old. She was excellent at making him feel at ease before and after the procedure and also helped to ease my worries by her thorough explanation of what would occur during surgery, how the surgery went and her post-op care. I would recommend her to others in a heartbeat."
"Dr. Vambutas is a very caring, thorough physician. Of all the ear doctors I have had, Dr. Vambutas is so gentle & very caring as not to cause any undo pain when caring for my ear. Dr. Vambutas is an exceptional physician - knowledge & caring wise. "
"Dr. Vam Butas is a wonderful, knowledgable Doctor. She is very interested in trying everything possible to help me with my suffering with my Menieres. she never makes me feel rushed, or that she gave up. she constantly tries new methods & options & is always kind."
"Professional, but brusque and somewhat dismissive."
"Dr. Vambutas is a professional with an amazing bedside manner. She is patient, kind, and caring. She is a great surgeon."
"Did not feel rushed by doctor or other providers."
"Dr. V is very confident and thorough I couldn't ask for more"
"Dr. Vambutas has been & remains a tmp. source of medical assistance & guidance thru a period spanning 7 yrs."
"I find Dr. Vambutas to be an excellent ENT and a kind, understanding, and professional individual. That's why she has been my ENT for years, even after we moved off Long Island to New Rochelle in Westchester. That's also why I recommended her to our daughter, who also lives in New Rochelle."
"Dr. Vanbumtas has been taking care of my children for many years and she is an excellent and caring physician."
"Dr. Vambutas is always very helpful w/any issues. Her knowledge is very impressive."
"Dr. Vambutas is extremely knowledgeable and caring"
"Extremely understanding of patients condition and took time to explain such as well as options, etc"
"One of my best medical experiences. From 'the provider' to her nurse assistant and the hearing technician...EXCELLENT!"
"Dr. Vambutas is always thoughtful in her analysis of my hearing problems."
"If I can I will definitely vote for this provider for best 10 doctors in the US! Best doctors list!"
"I Trust Dr Vambutas with my Life."
"Dr. Vambutas is a wonderful and caring doctor and her knowledge is exceptional."
"Doctor Vambutas is an excellent surgeon whom I've been visiting for years. I have the highest regard for doctor Vambutas as an ENT surgeon."
"Love Dr. Vambutas."
"Dr. Vambutas is an incredibly caring, responsive doctor. She answers all emails immediately. She is very intelligent and I trust her with my daughters hearing loss 100%."
"Dr. Vambutas was very straight-forward, helpful, knowledgeable & personable."
"Good experience."
"She is awesome. #1. Andrea Vambutas. #8. As much as I need. #9. Undescribeable. #10. Sure."
"Sometimes doctor seems a little overwhelmed (though she does not let it get to her.)"
"Dr. Vambutas is responsive to all concerns, answers email immediately & is working to protect my hearing - She never seems rushed during visits."
"Been to many doctors. Dr. Vambutas is the best so far, shortest wait and easiest to talk to."
"when I first started going to Dr Vambutas, it was a result of my first doctor who did three surgeries in my ear and he gave up on me and told me to go to a specialist in NYC not in my plan. I then went to an ENT in Garden City and he said I had a cholesteatoma and told me to go to Dr Vambutas. She also diagnosed it as a cholesteatoma and performed surgery - I had immediate relief. Wonderful doctor."
"they care provider discussed anesthesia told me she was confident she could do it with out general anesthesia after my surgery was completed she said that we had worked together very well and stayed with me until she was confident than I was comfortable I can't speak highly enough about this doctor"
"Dr. Vambutas was a confident and knowledgeable professional who answered all my questions with consideration and understanding I would highly recommend her to anyone suffering from issues related to the ear."
"Dr. Vambutas is a wonderful physician. Not only is she an extremely competent physician, but she is also very easy to speak with and made my 3.5 year old son feel at ease during his examination."
"Dr. Vambutas is an excellent provider and her nurse Ginny is caring and helpful."
"I am grateful to have such an excellent provider available through my Northwell employee health plan."
"Excellent experience."
"My confidence in this provider is beyond my imagination (has 100% + confidence in HER). Recommend this provider without thinking for a second!!"
"I only hesitate to refer her because of difficulty in getting an appointment without waiting 2-3 months."
"compassionate, explains everything, patient, concerned for my welfare,"
"Dr Vambutas is the best!"
"Dr. Vambutas is a very caring, kind doctor and very intelligent concerning this medical condition. Am very secure with her medical care."
"Dr. Vambutas is my 5th ENT in the last 3 years. She is by far the best and is solving my problem. I live in Long Beach, and it is a trip to see her but worth it -"
"Dr Andrea Vambutas is the most incredible doctor. She is at the forefront of the research being conducted on my specific medical condition. She is caring and responsive and truly invested in my wellbeing. Everytime I have an appointment, she acts as if I am her only patient and takes the time to answer all my questions. I feel that she cares about my health just as much as my own parents do. Her office is incredibly responsive to any phone calls or emails."
"I would recommend her more but it's hard to get an appointment."
"Dr Vambutus is the best."
"Would not recommend this provider due to difficulty of getting an appt."
"Dr. Andrea Vambutas is extraordinary physician: Caring, talented and generous with her time."
"Dr. Vambutas and staff are knowledgeable and thorough."
"My experience with Dr. Vambutas was nothing less than excellent! Her care, compassion & treatment is second to none!"
"Dr. Vambutas is the FIRST otolaryngologist (out of 4-5) that I felt confident in and really helped me with my Meniere's disease."
"Good treatment. No other comments."
"Very good."
"One of the best, if not THE BEST providers I have ever had to know."
"#10. Excellent! Already have."
"Good experience."
"Dr. Andrea Vambutas is the absolute best!! We love her!!"
"I would & have recommended friends to this office."
"Dr. Vambutas is a "top notch" doctor. She shows passion for her patients. She makes you understand and helps you not to worry I have full confidence & admiration."
"Good exp."
"Dr. Vambutas was wonderful in explaining everything and answered all questions."

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