Dr. Shai Shinhar Creates New Office Space Specifically Designed for Children
We are delighted to announce the opening of our new space, specifically designed for children. It allows much more comfortable space for our patients and their families, with ample room for play. There is a dedicated space for feeding, breastfeeding and changing for babies. We have separated the waiting area from the examination rooms to allow more privacy and reduce anxiety for our patients. Today, this is the biggest and newest pediatric ENT facility in the area. We hope you will enjoy our new space and that it will help make your visit with us more pleasant.
June 11, 2010 – American edition of the Israeli newspaper – Yediot Ahronot
Dr. Shai Shinhar hopes to alleviate pain to thousands of kids with a new technique that he developed for removing the tonsils.
Israeli parents living in the New York City would be delighted to hear that in the Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Department at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, is one of the pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Shai Shinhar, 44, an Israeli doctor who moved to the United States about 10 years ago . Beyond his Israeli attitude, Dr. Shinhar brings to the prestigious New York Hospital a unique and innovative technique for tonsillar surgery in children, which he investigated and developed himself. The technique which Dr. Shinhar is going to publish an article in one of the leading medical journals quickens the recovery process of the child and prevents unnecessary suffering after surgery.
About 600,000 surgeries to remove tonsils are being per formed on children annually in the United States says Dr. Shinhar and explains that today the main reason to remove tonsils are sleep breathing disorders and sleep apnea, “when the child suffers from obstruction in the upper airway, the symptoms are very loud snoring, cessation of breathing, poor sleep quality, restless sleep, and mouth breathing.” So far, the doctor explains that tonsillectomies have been done using an electric needle even though this device can cause significant burns in the mouth and the recovery process after surgery is long and painful. The reason the needle is used is that it prevents bleeding and so instead of performing a tonsillectomy that would take about an hour and a half, the surgery was reduced to about 20 to 30 minutes.
The idea to use a substance that was initially produced to prevent bleeding in open heart surgeries came to Dr. Shinhar in the middle of a lecture he has heard about cardiac surgery for children, which was performed at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, “they showed the material for prevention of bleeding and demonstrated how powerful it was,” said Dr. Shinhar, “and so I decided to try this innovative substance also in tonsillectomies.” The substance was developed a few years ago and it is mixed with thrombin, which is a natural clotting factor of the body which makes it turn into an applesauce-like mixture.
When you coat a surface with this mixture, it creates a clotting process and the bleeding stops. I used this material during my surgery and when I pasted it on the tonsillar bed for about two minutes, the bleeding completely stopped . When I saw that how successful it was, I started using this substance in
various other surgeries . I was delighted to find out that the children were recovering without the burn in their mouth and with very mild pain.
Q 1: How did you get to the medical profession?
I finished my medical studies in the Tel Aviv University and I did my residency in the Ear, Nose, and Throat Department in the Tel Aviv Medical Center. Then, I got an offer to go for subspecialty training in Pediatric Otolaryngology in Children’s Hosp ital of Michigan, which is ranked 6th in the United Stated. After I finished my Fellowship training, they offered me to stay. I saw that there were no good options of working in my profession in Israel and so I decided to stay . People come here because they wan t to see the fruit of their labor. You cannot compare the professional and financial success that can be achieved here to what could be done in Israel or anywhere else in the world .
Q 2: So talents will keep leaving Israel?
People come here to study to go to fellowships and when they look around they see that they can achieve a very high quality of life. It is hard to resist the temptation when you know that the conditions in Israel are very hard at this time . When you invest so many years in studying and training, you want to reap the fruits of your labor.
Q 3: How did you get to New York from Michigan?
My wife and I used to live in Te l Aviv, so living in Michigan was quite boring. Compared to the city, there is very little to do over there . We had two children here; one of them was born when I was doing my Fellowship. We decided to move to New York and then I found work in a practice affiliated with LIJ and New Hyde Park , Long Island . About half a year ago, I was invited to join the pediatric ear, nose, and throat division of the New York Eye & Ear
Infirmary in Manhattan and I have been doing my surgeries there since. I am now in the final stage of preparing a large study to investigate the advantages of this technique and this is going to be also published in one of the profession al ENT Journals.
Shai Shinhar, M.D.
As a Board Certified Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgery and fellowship trained in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Dr. Shai Shinhar has published many original articles in peer reviewed journals and am involved in resident training and research projects. Dr. Shinhar is very experienced in all the different aspects of pediatric ENT, including ear disease and hearing loss, chronic ear infections, correction of protruding ears, sleep apnea, tonsils and adenoids, sinus disease and surgery, head and neck masses and tumors, congenital abnormalities of the head and neck, and airway disorders and abnormalities. Dr. Shinhar was recently listed in the 2009 Marquise Who’s Who in America edition.
- Splenic Abscess As A Presenting Symptom Of Colonic Carcinoma/ S. Shinhar, M. Nobel/Digestive Surgery 1997, 14:426-428.
- Technetium-99m HIDA Scintigraphy Versus Endoscopic Retrograde CholangiopancreAtography In Demonstrating Bile Leaks After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy/ S. Shinhar, M. Nobel, M. Shimonov, E. Antebi/ The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 39, No. 10. Oct. 1998; 1802-1804.
- Evaluation Of The Vestibular “System In Cervical Whiplash Injuries/ S. Shinhar, M. Himelfarb/Harefuah, 2000, July; 138 (6):634-642.
- Chondrosarcoma Of The Larynx: A Therapeutic Challenge/ S. Shinhar, D. Zik, Y. Rapport/ENT Journal, Vol. 80, No. 10. August 2001, 568-574.
- Ultrasonic Harmonic Scalpel Tonsillectomy Versus Electrocautery And Cold Dissection – A Comparative Study Using Objective Parameters/ B. Scotch. S. Shinhar. W. Belenky. D. Madgy, M. Haupert – The Ear, Nose and Throat Journal 2004, Oct.; 83 (10): 712-5.
- Esophgoscopy For Foreign Body Removal In The Pediatric Population/ S. Shinhar, R. Strabbing, D. Madgy – Int. J. Pediatr, Otorhinolaryngol. 2003 Sept; 67 (9): 977-9.
- Airway Management In MPS Disorders/ S. Shinhar, D. Madgy- Archives of Otolaryngology Head Neck Surg. 2004 Feb; 130 (2): 233-7
- Pulmonary Involvement In A Case Of Juvenile-Onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis/ S. McKay, S. Shinhar, W. Belenky – The ENT Journal, June 2003, Vol. 82:6; PP 447-450.
- Guidelines For Audiometry After Tympanostomy Tubes/ S. Shinhar, M. Haupert, D. Madgy, W. Belenky – In Process.
10. A Simple Surgical Technique Using The Plasma Hook For Correcting Aquired Nasopharyngeal Stenosis/ Madgy DN,, Belenky W., Dunkley B., Shinhar S. – Laryngoscope. 2005 Feb; 115 (2): 370-2.
11. Ultrasonic Harmonic Scalpel Tonsillectomy Versus Electrocautery And Cold Dissection – A Comparative Study Using Objective Parameters/ B. Scotch, S. Shinhar, W. Belenky, D. Madgy, M, Haupert – Published on the British National Health Service’s Economic Evaluation Database as part of the Center for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD); 12/05
12. Andenosquamous Carcinoma Of The Nasal Cavity: A Case Report/ S. Shinhar, C. Hackethorn -ENT Journal November 2008; Vol 87, No 11, pp 612-614.
13. Sclerosing Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma Of The Parotid Gland/Shinhar S.- ENT Journal, November 2009; 88(11): E 29.