Partners Online Second Opinions

For those with complex medical questions or concerns, looking for answers or alternatives, or simply peace of mind – we are here to help.

Partners Online Second Opinions has provided thousands of patients and physicians remote access to the many specialists affiliated with Partners HealthCare, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated healthcare delivery system, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Partners HealthCare network includes top hospitals in the United States, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Many of our specialists are world-renowned experts in their field, and are available to review medical history and related materials, and provide you with a written consultation report.

When you are faced with decisions regarding a new diagnosis or treatment plan, having another expert opinion is the first step towards getting the care you need.

For 200 years, patients have been traveling to Boston to get some of the best care in the world. Now you can access this expertise from the comfort of your home.

Featured Specialist

Steven Zeitels, MD

Steven M. Zeitels, MD, FACS, is the Eugene B. Casey Chair of Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). In addition, Dr. Zeitels serves as Laryngologist to the voice departments and theatres throughout Boston. Dr. Zeitels has been a productive surgical innovator designing more than 15 new laryngeal and pharyngeal procedures as well as two patented laryngoscopes. His major research interests include laryngeal microsurgery, especially as it relates to minimally-invasive surgical oncology; phonosurgery and voice disorders; medical and surgical management of performing artists; design and development of endoscopic instruments; and the history of laryngology and head and neck surgery. Dr. Zeitels has contributed more than 140 scientific articles, book chapters, exhibits, and videotapes in these areas as well as presenting over 300 papers and lectures. He serves or has served on the editorial board of 5 national and international journals. He has been the visiting professor at 20 departments, universities, and hospitals including, Memorial Sloan Kettering, University of Cincinnati, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, University of Navarra - Pamplona / Spain, Tel Aviv University / Israel, and Aukland University / New Zealand. Dr. Zeitels has received ~50 awards and honored lectureships for his achievements including the Casselberry Award from the American Laryngological Association. Among his many national and international lectureships, he has served as the Lewis H. Wright Memorial Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society of Anesthesiology, Sylvan Stool History of Medicine Lecturer - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the Arnold Grossman Lecturer in Laryngology - McGill University, as well as honored guest of the British Voice Association, the Spanish Head and Neck Society, the 1st annual meeting of the Brazilian Society of Laryngology and Voice, the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology, and the Chilean Head & Neck Society. Dr. Zeitels is a committed academic surgeon working locally, nationally and internationally to advance laryngology and head and neck surgery. His work has been featured in the Harvard Medical Alumni Journal, the Harvard Magazine and the BU Alumni Journal and discussed extensively in print media, radio, and television both nationally and internationally [i.e. Good Morning America, Boston Globe, NPR, BBC, Nightline, Boston – New York – LA television news] He conceived and directs the Voice Restoration Research Program, which is a collaborative effort of investigators at HMS, MGH, MIT. He is currently the President of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association. Dr. Zeitels recently re-established a Harvard Laryngeal Surgery service at the MGH, which had not been present since the 1920s. Dr. Zeitels was a member of the 1st class of Boston University (BU) Trustee Scholars, attended the BU 6-year medical program, and graduated from the BU School of Medicine in 1982. He completed the Boston University - Tufts University combined Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Program in 1987 as well as a Head & Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Boston University and the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 1988.

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