Peter David Costantino, MD

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Get to know Dr. Costantino

Dr. Peter D. Costantino is a nationally and internationally recognized Craniofacial and Cranial Base Tumor Surgeon practicing in New York City.  He specializes in both endoscopic (minimally invasive) and open cranial base surgery. He is one of the few surgeons in the country who routinely operates anywhere within the cranial base (posterior fossa, temporal bone, infratemporal fossa, endonasal, trans-orbital, and anterior cranial base).  In addition to cranial base surgery, he also specializes in adult craniofacial reconstruction and has performed over 500 cranioplasties primarily using implants that he designed.  He has also developed minimally invasive techniques for the endoscopic removal of recurrent nasopharyngeal cancer and has participated in one of the largest chordoma resection series in the world.


Dr. Costantino has published more than 170 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and abstracts, and delivered more than 300 lectures. His most notable past publications include the first reported use of distraction osteogenesis to regrow a missing segment of jawbone (mandible) in a human.  He has been the Principle Investigator or Co-Principle Investigator for a number of IRB studies, one of which resulted in the FDA clearance of a new category of implantable biomaterials (hydroxyapatite cement).  Additionally, he is the only surgeon to have twice won the Ben Shuster Basic Research Award and the Ira Tresley Research Awards from the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.  He is also the recipient of the Ralph Millard Award for outstanding basic research from the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.  He is dual board certified in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgery, and Joint Counsel Certified in Head & Neck Surgical Oncology. In 2007 he became the Founder & Executive Director of the New York Head & Neck Institute. Dr. Costantino graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine with highest honors, while his undergraduate education was achieved at the University of Notre Dame.


Dr. Costantino has been selected by Castle-Connolly as one of the nation’s top doctors within his specialty (Otolaryngology and Oncology), and in the field of Oncology every year for nearly 20 years.


Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology – American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Facial Plastic/Recon. Surgery – American Board Facial Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery


Medical School

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



  • Northwestern University Medical School



  • University Health Center, University of Pittsburgh
  • Northwestern University Medical School


Academic Titles

  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

 Professional Titles

  • Executive Director and Senior Vice President of the New York Head and Neck Institute and the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Service Line of the North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery for Lenox Hill Hospital-Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital
  • Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery for North Shore-LIJ-Hofstra School of Medicine
  • Director of the New York Head & Neck Institute Center for Cranial Base Surgery



  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • North Shore University Hospital
  • New York Head & Neck Institute
  • Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute
  • Northwell Health Cancer Institute

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