Mark L Urken, MD
- PROFESSOR | Otolaryngology
Specialty:Ear, Nose, Throat / Otolaryngology
Dr. Urken is the former chairman of the department of otolaryngology, Mt Sinai Medical Center, 1995 to 2004, and has served as the director of the head and neck surgery fellowship program from 1993 to the present. The head and neck surgery fellowship program is one of the most coveted advanced training programs in the world. Numerous graduates of this fellowship have assumed leadership positions in head and neck surgery in major medical centers in this country and around the world. He is also the medical director of the newly created functional outcomes research center at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, which is the only United States medical center to be selected as a core member of the international Head and Neck Research Network. Dr. Urken has authored two books: Atlas of Regional and Free Flaps for Head and Neck Reconstruction, Raven Press, 1995 and Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Reconstruction: A Defect-Oriented Approach, Lippincott, 2009. He has also authored more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 20 chapters. Considered one of the pioneers in head and neck microvascular surgery, Dr. Urken has also been responsible for numerous innovations in head and neck and thyroid surgery. His groundbreaking work in head and neck microsurgery has resulted in numerous improvements in the function and quality of life of patients treated for head and neck cancer. He has lectured in more than 20 different countries on topics related to head and neck cancer, head and neck reconstruction, and thyroid and parathyroid diseases. Dr. Urken is the program director of an annual course on head and neck surgery and thyroid and parathyroid surgery – a program that is now in its 18th year. He also serves as president and medical director of the THANC Foundation (Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer) and is consistently listed among New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors.” The New York Magazine list is excerpted from Castle Connolly’s annual guidebook, “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area.” He is listed in the national registry of “Top Cancer Doctors.”
MD, University of Virginia
BA, Williams College
Fellowship, Head & Neck Surgery, Mercy Hospital (Program of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
Internship, St. Elizabeth's Hospital
MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency, Otolaryngology, The Mount Sinai Hospital
Residency, Surgery, Tufts Medical School
Residency, Surgery, St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Boston
Residency, Otolaryngology, Mount Sinai Hospital
Fellowship, Head & Neck Surgery, Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh
Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery
Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery
Urken ML, Biller HF. A new bilobed design for the sensate radial forearm flap to preserve tongue mobility following significant glossectomy. Archives of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 1994; 120: 26-31.
Urken ML, Moscoso J, Lawson W, Biller H. A systematic approach to functional reconstruction of the oral cavity following partial and total glossectomy. Archives of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 1994; 120: 589-601.
Urken ML, Cheney ML, Sullivan MJ, Biller HF, editors. Atlas of Regional and Free Flaps for Head and Neck Reconstruction. Raven Press, Ltd; 1995.
Urken ML, Blackwell K, Biller HF. : Reconstruction of the Laryngopharynx after Hemicricoid/Hemithyroid Cartilage Resection: Preliminary Functional Results. Arch Otolaryngol H N Surg 1997; 123(11): 1213-1222.
Urken ML, Buchbinder D, Costantino PD, Sinha U, Okay D, Lawson W, Biller HF. Oromandibular Reconstruction Using Microvascular Composite Flaps: Report of 210 Cases. Arch Otolaryngol H N Surg 1998; 124(1): 46-55.
Mandell D, Genden E, Mechanick J, Bergman DA, Diamond EJ, Urken ML. The influence of Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Monitoring on the Surgical Management of Hyperparathyroidism. Arch Oto 2001; 127: 821-827.
Genden EM, Okay D, Buchbinder D, Urken ML. Iliac Crest Internal Oblique Osteomusculocutaneous Free-Flap Reconstruction of the Post-Ablative Palatomaxillary Defect. Otolaryngology - Head and Neck 2001; 127: 854-861.
Urken ML, Bridger A, Zur KB, Genden EM. The Scapular Osteocutaneous Flap: A 12-year Experience. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2001; 127: 862-869.
Okay D, Genden EM, Buchbinder D, Urken ML. Prosthodontic Guidelines for Surgical Reconstruction of the Maxilla: A Classification System of Defects. J Prosthet Dent 2001; 86: 352-363.
Fliegelman LJ, Genden EM, Brandwein M, Urken ML. Significance and Management of Thyroid Lesions in Lymph Nodes as an Incidental Finding During Neck Dissection. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2001; 23(10): 885-891.
Smith SR, Genden EM, Urken ML. Endoscopic stapling technique for the treatment of Zenker diverticulum vs standard open-neck technique: a direct comparison and charge analysis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2002; 128(2): 141-144.