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Chair

Peter Costantino, MD, FACS
Chair

Peter Costantino, MD

Peter Costantino, MD is Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.  He is also the Director of the New York Head & Neck Institute’s Center for Cranial Base Surgery and Senior Vice President of the Head & Neck Surgery Service Line for Northwell Health. He specializes in reconstruction of the face, facial nerve for facial paralysis and skull.  

Dr. Costantino is one of the few surgeons in the United States experienced in virtually all aspects of cranial base surgery and capable of removing tumors by either an “open” approach involving an external incision on the scalp or face, or by minimally invasive endoscopic surgery.  He is considered an innovator and leader in cranial-based surgery and craniofacial reconstruction.  

In fact, Dr. Costantino is the first surgeon in the United States to have obtained New York State Department of Health approval for a facial tissue allograft transfer (face transplant); the first surgeon to regrow a missing segment of jawbone, utilizing distraction osteogenesis; and the first to remove skull base tumors through the nose without external incisions. He is also one of the few surgeons in the United States who routinely perform such endoscopic nasopharyngeal resections, which result in significantly less deformity and loss of function.

As a recognized researcher in biomaterials and tissue engineering for over 20 years, Dr. Costantino has been responsible for the development of several commercially successful reconstructive implants. He is the co-developer of hydroxyapatite cement, which has been used to reconstruct craniofacial skeleton in thousands of patients. Additionally he participated in defining and expanding the application of a cellular dermis for facial reconstruction.

Dr. Costantino received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, where he also completed residencies in otolaryngology and general surgery. His training continued with fellowships in cranial base surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and head and neck surgical oncology with the American Cancer Society.  He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology as well as the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

His numerous professional affiliations include as Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Diplomat of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.