CONTACT INFORMATIONBIOGRAPHYCREDENTIALSAWARDSPUBLICATIONSSveta A. Karelsky, M.D.Contact InformationPhone NumbersAppointment: (585) 758-5700A member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty GroupgroupAn Accountable Health PartnerassignmentAccepting New PatientsLocationsUR Medicine OtolaryngologyProfessional Office Building at Highland Hospital990 South AveSuite 207Rochester, NY 14620Faculty AppointmentsAssociate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology - Department of Otolaryngology (SMD) Patient Care SettingOtolaryngologyBiographyDr. 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.Professional BackgroundDr. Karelsky treats patients with a broad range of ear, nose and throat problems and specializes in treating people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who do not benefit from treatment with positive airway pressure devices (CPAP). Patients undergo a procedure known as sleep endoscopy to help determine the cause of their OSA, and a thorough and personalized “CPAP-alternative” treatment approach is planned together with the patient after this procedure. Treatment may include surgery, referral for a dental device to help keep the airway open, or other interventions. Dr. Karelsky works with a multidisciplinary group at the University of Rochester which includes sleep medicine doctors, dentists and others as well as community partners to achieve the best possible treatment for people with sleep apnea. She offers a wide range of surgical procedures to treat OSA and is the only surgeon in Rochester performing Inspire® upper airway stimulation implant surgery. She is one of the most experienced Inspire® surgeons in the country, having performed over 100 implant operations. Dr. Karelsky often lectures about Inspire and other OSA treatments and has been featured in news and other television segments about this topic. She performs clinical research on the sleep endoscopy procedure and has published articles on this topic. Patients may volunteer for research studies during their care. Dr. Karelsky is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, where she serves on committees and develops educational materials for ENT doctors around the country. Dr. Karelsky practices primarily at Highland Hospital, where she is the Chief of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She is also the director of quality improvement for the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at UR Medicine, and is involved in multiple quality and patient satisfaction initiatives in this role.CredentialsSpecialtiesEducationPost-doctoral Training & Residency07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/2006 - 06/24/2011Residency in Otolaryngology at University of Rochester Medical CenterAwards2009Annual Research AwardSponsor: University of RochesterPublicationsJournal Articles9/2021Porterfield L.; Bacak B.; Karelsky, S. "Sleep Endoscopy Patterns in Six Adults with Trisomy 21 and Obstructive Sleep Apnea." Laryngoscope. 2021; .1/2021Wong SJ; Luitje ME; Karelsky S. "Patterns of Obstruction on DISE in Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Change With BMI". Laryngoscope. 2021; 131(1): 224-229.11/2020Lookabaugh S; McKenna M; Karelsky S; Davis M; Didas A; Allen P; Faria J. "Drug-induced sleep endoscopy findings in surgically-naïve obese vs non-obese children". Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020; 138: 110289.VIEW ALL PUBLICATIONSClose WindowSchedule an appointment with Sveta A. Karelsky, M.D.Please answer the following questions to help us find the right appointment for you.Important: If you believe that you have a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. This website is not intended for emergency care.Have you seen this provider in the last 2 years?YesNoExisting Patient Schedule or request a follow up appointment online through MyChart. If you do not have a MyChart account, please close this window and call the appointment phone number. Sveta A. Karelsky, M.D. is currently scheduling for the following appointment type(s): Our policy does not permit patients to establish care with multiple providers within the same practice or specialty without prior approval. If you choose a new provider in the same office, we will cancel the appointment. Please contact the office directly with questions on this policy.