Steven M. Zeitels, MD, FACS
Director, Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital
The Who’s lead singer Roger Daltrey and Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton are among the grateful patients of Steven Zeitels, MD, FACS, director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at Mass General.
Dr. Zeitels has pioneered surgical techniques that treat cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract that optimize breathing, swallowing and vocal functions. “Throughout his inventive and illustrious career, Dr. Zeitels has created breakthroughs in laryngeal surgery that preserve or restore functions essential to the patient’s quality of life,” writes Keith Lillemoe, MD, surgeon-in-chief at Mass General.
Dr. Zeitels directs the most comprehensive post-residency fellowship in laryngeal surgery in the world focused attention on preservation of function in the patients with laryngeal cancer.
Tom Hamilton turned to Dr. Zeitels after a relapse of throat cancer. “My doctors planned major surgery with the probable loss of my voice and ability to eat.”
Dr. Zeitels proposed a simpler method. “A week later, I was on the gurney, terrified. Dr. Zeitels reassured me. He said that I would wake up cancer free. Three hours later I woke and made a noise with my voice. He had preserved my ability to talk — something I will never again take for granted.
Dr. Zeitels stopped by and said, ‘It couldn’t have gone better!’ Many mornings, I wake up with those words in my head.”
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Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.