Otologist/neurotologist, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai - The Mount Sinai Hospital - New York, USA
Dr. Chandrasekhar is an otologist/neurotologist with a passion for ear and balance patient care and teaching, humanitarian work, and leadership/empowerment of others. She practices in New York City and Wayne, New Jersey, and speaks around the world.
She was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery as President-Elect of the 12,000 member organization in August 2014. She is the third woman and the first person of Indian descent to hold that office. She previously served as Chair of the AAO-HNS Board of Governors. She is Secretary-Treasurer of the American Otological Society.
Dr. Chandrasekhar attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, graduated at the age of 22, and completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at New York University Medical Center in New York. She then completed her fellowship in Otology and Neurotology at the House Ear Clinic and Institute in Los Angeles, California. She served on the full-time academic faculty of both UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and Mount Sinai School of Medicine before entering private practice in New York City in October 2004. She is currently Director of Neurotology at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center, Otologist/Neurotologist at the New York Head and Neck Institute, Clinical Professor at Hofstra-Northwell SOM, Clinical Associate Professor at Icahn SOM, and holds staff privileges at several NY/NJ hospitals.
She has also written on, and is funded for, gender research in otolaryngology. Dr. Chandrasekhar was honored with the AAO-HNS's Distinguished Service Award in September 2006 and 2012, with the Helen Krause Trailblazer Award from the AAO-HNS Women in Otolaryngology Section in 2012, and with the Physician Mentor Recognition Award, American Medical Association Women Physicians Section in 2013. She is a contributor to “Being a Woman Surgeon” (P John, ed.) (2015) and to KevinMD.com (2016). She has spoken extensively on Leadership.
Her other main interest is in humanitarian and international outreach. She has led five groups of practitioners on medical/surgical missions to Nicaragua, and has delivered lectures in India, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Italy, Nicaragua, Turkey, United Kingdom, Japan, the Philippines, Canada, Egypt, France, Dubai, and Bolivia.
Dr. Chandrasekhar is married and has four children.