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Sveta A. Karelsky, M.D.

Sveta A. Karelsky, M.D.

Otolaryngology (ENT)

4.9 out of 5 stars
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Accepting New Patients


Appointment (585) 758-5700


Ear, Nose, & Throat - Rochester

Highland Professional Office Building
990 South Avenue, Suite 207
Rochester, NY 14620

Geriatrics and Medicine Associates (GAMA) - Rochester

Highland Professional Office Building
990 South Avenue, Suite 207
Rochester, NY 14620

About Me

Dr. Karelsky is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Karelsky is a native of Russia who has lived in the United States since childhood. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkel...
Dr. Karelsky is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Karelsky is a native of Russia who has lived in the United States since childhood. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a BA in molecular and cell biology. Her seminal undergraduate research work on short interfering RNA was published in the journal Nature. She subsequently completed medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and graduated from the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery residency program at the University of Rochester.

Certified Specialties

Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology

Faculty Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Otolaryngology (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), University of Rochester Medical Center. 2006 - 2007

Residency, Otolaryngology, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2006 - 2011


Annual Research Award. 2009


Journal Articles

Sleep Endoscopy Patterns in Six Adults with Trisomy 21 and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Porterfield L.; Bacak B.; Karelsky, S.

Laryngoscope. 2021; .

Patterns of Obstruction on DISE in Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Change With BMI

Wong SJ; Luitje ME; Karelsky S.

Laryngoscope. 2021; 131(1): 224-229.

Drug-induced sleep endoscopy findings in surgically-naïve obese vs non-obese children

Lookabaugh S; McKenna M; Karelsky S; Davis M; Didas A; Allen P; Faria J.

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020; 138: 110289.

Manganese-dependent polioviruses caused by mutations within the viral polymerase

Crotty S.; Gohara D.; Gilligan DK.; Karelsky S.; Cameron CE.; Andino R.

Journal of Virology. 2003; 77(9): 5378-5388.

Short interfering RNA confers intracellular antiviral immunity in human cells

Gitlin L.; Karelsky S.; Andino R.

Nature. 2002; 418(6896): 430-434.

Ratings & Comments

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During this visit, did this provider spend enough time with you?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider show respect for what you had to say?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider give you easy to understand information about these health questions or concerns?

4.9 stars

During this visit, did this provider listen carefully to you?

4.8 stars

During this visit, did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?

4.9 stars

Patient Comments

5.0 stars

Had record of my prior appointments and results. Referred to them and discussed how to proceed if results continue

Mar 29, 2024

5.0 stars

I found this provider to be an exceptional provider: Pleasant, thorough, detailed, addressing my concerns.

Mar 20, 2024

5.0 stars

Really a good experience.

Jan 17, 2024

3.8 stars

No question about my confidence in the skill of my provider, but, I did not get a real friendly feeling. A tad too business-like. On the other hand if she was smiling I couldn't tell because she had a mask on. I like a kind of fun exchange. This was a little cold but that's probably more on me. The resident that saw me first was terrific in this regard. Very friendly and caring. She was in awe of the provider!

Jan 13, 2024

5.0 stars

The provider listened to my questions and in all cases responded in a way that I could understand.I went to the provider for a quality of life issue, not a serious medical problem. Never the less the provider didn't brush me off and hurry me out of her office. She treated my issue with respect and dealt with it in a professional manner.

Dec 30, 2023

Excellent experienc!

Dec 12, 2023

Dr was very kind and seemed more consciousness online than an in person meeting

Dec 10, 2023

Dr. Karelsky has been great so far !!!!

Nov 12, 2023

5.0 stars

Good explanations of procedures, give extra care to make sure I understand how to use prescribed medication and what over the counter meds to help as well.

Nov 05, 2023

5.0 stars

This doctor is excellent!

Sep 24, 2023


Very thorough, kind and concerned.

Aug 04, 2023


I have recommended Dr Karelsky to others

Aug 03, 2023


Provider showed excellent analysis of the reason for visiting. Her observations and experience with sleep apnea conditions were extremely helpful, and pleasantly surprising. She is open to further consultation if better data is forthcoming, and completely at my choice.

Jul 07, 2023


Dt. Karelsky and Dr. Wey (sp?) were very informative and great in their explanations. They gave me pros and cons and I was really in control of my decisions.

May 13, 2023


Dr. Karelsky is AWESOME.

Apr 16, 2023


The doctor was great, she talked to me in a way that I could understand and had great explanations for my questions. We were not able to diagnose the Issue for what I was experiencing, but she made me feel hopeful that we'd get to the bottom off it together.

Feb 27, 2023


Very good experience. [...]

Jan 25, 2023


Dec 21, 2022


Dr. Karelsky and I together/collegial discussed the next options and jointly arrived at a decision of what to do next.

Dec 05, 2022


She is a good doctor. I wish that she seemed like she cares more for her patients. It is a very distant vibe.

Nov 21, 2022


Per usual, the explanations are dumbed down, which is to make it easy to understand but I am a biomedical engineer with expertise in neuroscience and immunology. I would prefer to be talked to as such.

Oct 28, 2022


Dr K has always been very thorough, caring, knowledgeable & performing procedures par excellance!

Oct 09, 2022


The provider here is absolutely top notch. She will address any concern with effective treatment, and discuss the options, risks and benefits available for said treatments. Her and the staff at this facility are a shining example of what healthcare should be, when functioning at its best. She explains things clearly and has provided serious relief to many issues I've had for a long time.

Sep 28, 2022


Discussed potential problem with my throat. Initiated contact for me to have tests done on my throat

Sep 22, 2022

Very professional

Sep 22, 2022


Dr. Karelsky is a wonderful doctor and there is no one else I would go to with this particular issue. Best!!!!!

Jul 30, 2022


Dr. Karelsky was patient, thorough and informative.

Jul 14, 2022


No concerns

Jun 30, 2022


She is good, a little cold/stand offish. She seems to do her job well, but she lacks in the department of the caring aspect. For me and my health of my children, that really matters.

May 25, 2022


I appreciated Dr. Karelsky's calm, professional manner. She made me feel confident in her care.

Mar 31, 2022



Mar 24, 2022


Dr Karelsky is superb

Mar 19, 2022


It's was good

Feb 22, 2022


Dr. Karelsky, in addition to showing deep concern for my condition, took it upon herself to contact Epic and get my pronouns changed after she noticed them and asked me if they were correct.

Feb 12, 2022