Neerav Goyal, MD, MPH, FACS

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Neerav Goyal, MD,  MPH,  FACS
Employed by Penn State Health
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Head and Neck

Academic Appointments

Chief, Division Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery
Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Disease Team Leader
Professor and Vice Chair for Quality and Safety, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Surgery

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About Me

Neerav Goyal, MD, MPH is a head and neck surgical oncologist, microvascular reconstructive surgeon and an open and endoscopic skull base surgeon. He is a professor in the Department with joint appointments in Neurosurgery, Surgery and Public Health Sciences. He is the Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Oncology and Surgery.

He completed his medical school training at Jefferson Medical College followed by a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School.

His clinical focus and expertise are in the surgical management of patients with head and neck (oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, paranasal sinuses, neck) cancers, thyroid cancers, salivary gland tumors and skull base tumors. This interest extends to advocating for and evaluating new technologies to make surgery safer, more efficient and with better outcomes. To this end, Dr. Goyal has additional training in the use of surgical robots to assist with transoral surgery. He also has a strong focus in the reconstructive management of patients with these diseases through the use of local, regional, or free tissue to help restore form and function.

Dr. Goyal also received a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University with specific focuses on biostatistics, epidemiology and health economics. His research interests include translational and clinical research of head and neck and thyroid cancers. He also has specific interests in looking at patient reported outcomes as they relate to head and neck cancers. He is actively involved in surgical innovation.

Dr. Goyal has presented nationally and internationally with more than 60 peer reviewed manuscripts and presentations as well as several book chapters and has edited a book on robotic surgery of the head and neck.


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Professional Education


Medical School, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University - 2009


Fellowship, Head & Neck, Surgical Oncology Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School - 2015


Residency, Otolaryngology Milton S. Hershey Medical Center - 2014

Academic Interests

  • Adverse effects of head and neck cancer treatment, Surgical Robotics
  • Quality of life for cancer survivors
  • Surgical innovation
  • Thyroid Cancer


  • Best Doctors in America – 2019-2022
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors – 2020-2024
  • Child HCAHPS Dean’s List – Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching – 2019
  • HCAHPS Inpatient Dean’s List – Extraordinary Patient Satisfaction
  • Lion Care Award - 2017
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society Top Physicians Under 40 – 2020


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society Member