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

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

Contact Information

UR Medicine Otolaryngology
2365 South Clinton Ave., Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14618

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
601 Elmwood Ave., Box 704
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 758-5700
Appointment: (585) 275-5823

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  • Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Professional Bio

Dr. Newlands is an expert in head and neck oncologic surgery and an accomplished neuroscientist. He comes to Rochester from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, where he served as Harry Carothers Wiess Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology since 2003. Prior to joining the University of Texas in 1999, Dr. Newlands served for three years on the faculty of the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
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.

Dr. Newlands was among the first graduates of the combined M.D.-Ph.D. program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience along with his medical degree. He completed an internship in general surgery at Virginia-Mason Medical Center in Seattle, followed by a residency in otolaryngology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Newlands holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and also earned a master's in business administration from the University of Texas in Austin.

Patient Care Bio

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

Awards & Honors (National)

A.R.O. Travel award | The Association for Research in Otolaryngolgy 1995
Edmund Prince Fowler Award, Outstanding Basic Science Thesis | The Triological Society 2004
Merit Scholarship, University of Texas | Galveston, TX 1984

Awards & Honors (Local)

Kozmetsky Award, Academic Achievement in Option II Executive MBA | University of Texas 2002
James Beall Award for Outstanding Research in Anatomy and Neuroscience | University of Texas Medical Branch | Galveston, TX 1989
1st Place, Poster Competition | Galveston Chapter Society for Neuroscience 1988
Elias Hochman Research Award | University of Texas Medical Branch 1988
Dean's List, University of Texas Medical Branch | Galveston, TX 1985

Current Appointments

Chair - Department of Otolaryngology (SMD) - Primary Administrative
Professor - Department of Otolaryngology (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Neuroscience (SMD)


Otolaryngology - American Board of Otolaryngology


MBA | Business Or Commerce | Univ Texas-Austin2002
MD | Medicine | Univ Texas Med Br-Galveston1990
PhD | Neuroscience | Univ Texas-Med Br Galveston1990
MA | Chemistry | Univ of Cal Santa Barbara1983
BA | Biochemistry | Univ of Cal Santa Barbara1982

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Otolaryngology at University of Washington Medical Center07/01/1991 - 06/30/1995
Internship in Surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center07/01/1990 - 06/30/1991