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Shawn D. Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.
Shawn D. Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Shawn D. Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Otolaryngology — Otolaryngology

Accepting New Patients

Shawn D. Newlands, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Otolaryngology — Otolaryngology

Accepting New Patients


UR Medicine Otolaryngology
2365 South Clinton Ave., Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14618
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James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 704
Rochester, NY 14642
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(585) 758-5700

(585) 275-5823

About Me

When prescribing treatment for head and neck cancers, the physician has to consider not only biology and anatomy, but also the particular circumstances in the patient's life. We use a multidisciplinary team approach with the goal of treatment that provides the best oncologic and functional outcome possible.

I have always found dealing with serious and difficult disease most rewarding. Head and neck cancer care presents exceptional challenges for the patient and our team, but working with these patients facing great challenges is rewarding to me personally. To help put patients at ease, I try to inject humor into difficult situations whenever possible. My areas of expertise include salivary gland and thyroid cancers.

Conditions I Treat

- Head and neck cancers
- Salivary gland cancer
- Thyroid cancer



MD | University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston — 1990

Post-doctoral Training & Residency:

Internship in Surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center — 1990 - 1991
Residency in Otolaryngology at University of Washington Medical Center — 1991 - 1995


Dr Newlands primary research interest is in the physiology of the vestibular system, particularly in recovery from injuries to the inner ear. Anatomic, behavioral, and physiologic methods are used to investigate mechanisms of recovery that may lead to medical intervention.


Newlands SD, Wei M, Morgan D, Luan H. "Responses of non-eye-movement central vestibular neurons to sinusoidal yaw rotation in compensated macaques after unilateral semicircular canal plugging." Journal of neurophysiology.. 2016 Oct 1; 116(4):1871-1884. Epub 2016 Aug 03.

Bice TC, Tran V, Merkley MA, Newlands SD, van der Sloot PG, Wu S, Miller MC. "Disease-Specific Survival with Spindle Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck." Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.. 2015 Dec 0; 153(6):973-80. Epub 2015 Jul 22.

Yu XJ, Thomassen JS, Dickman JD, Newlands SD, Angelaki DE. "Long-term deficits in motion detection thresholds and spike count variability after unilateral vestibular lesion." Journal of neurophysiology.. 2014 Aug 15; 112(4):870-89. Epub 2014 May 21.

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