Dr. Kamran Jafri is a double board-certified Ear, Nose & Throat physician and Facial Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Jafri is a diplomat of both boards and has also completed a fellowship in complicated surgeries of the skull base and craniofacial areas. This extensive training has allowed him to attain a highly unique expertise in treating all medical and surgical problems of the head and neck area with special expertise in: Chronic Sinusitis (Sinus Surgery, Balloon Sinuplasty), Acute Sinusitis (medical treatment), Nasal Airway Obstruction (Septoplasty, Turbinoplasty, Nasal Valve Collapse), Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Facelift Surgery, Facial Reconstructive Surgery, Facial and Nasal Cosmetic treatments, Chronic Cough and nasal drip from GERD /Acid Reflux.
After graduating with honors from Wayne State University School of Medicine in his home state of Michigan, Dr. Jafri moved to New York City to seek out the best and most intensive training that was available in his chosen field by completing his internship, residency and fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mt. Sinai and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital of Mt Sinai. During this time, he gained wide exposure to all aspects of head and neck medicine and surgery while directly working with nationally recognized leaders in the field.
In 2003, Dr Jafri completed a prestigious Fellowship in Craniofacial / Skull Base Surgery at the Center for Cranial Base Surgery at the New York Head & Neck Institute. This Fellowship focused on highly complex and difficult surgeries on the delicate structures of the skull base and deeper facial structures. Patients were referred to the Center from around the country and the World to receive the most advanced care available for their difficult to manage problems and diagnoses.
From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Jafri was a surgical director for Lifestyle Lift in Manhattan where he helped further develop and implement minimally invasive approaches for Facelift Surgery. Performing thousands of surgeries during this time allowed him to gain a nuanced understanding of what works and doesn’t work for each patient’s unique anatomy and highlighted the need for a customized approach for each patient.
In 2008 Dr. Jafri started travelling to India with his father (Dr MS Jafri) to help oversee the charity medical clinic that his father had set up there. This clinic provides advanced medical care to the poorest members of the local community at no fee to them. After seeing the incredible work his father was doing there, Dr Jafri came to the realization that while he enjoyed doing cosmetic surgery the greater satisfaction was to be found in helping patients with medical problems. Since then Dr Jafri has continued to go to India to oversee the clinic with his mother. Dr. Jafri has also limited his cosmetic work since then and has devoted his full efforts to helping those with medical issues – carrying on the traditions that his father exemplified for him.
From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Jafri worked in an ENT practice with a fully dedicated sleep lab center, treating patients with all types of sleep apnea and snoring problems. He was involved with the sleep disorder diagnostic tests and implemented the latest and technologically advanced sleep apnea treatments for the patients that were under his care. Seeing some of the difficulties that patients were having with In Lab sleep studies, Dr. Jafri realized the importance of Home Sleep Studies in ensuring that all patients could easily be screened for sleep apnea. Dr. Jafri has been developing a novel approach to treating Sleep Apnea and Snoring without using CPAP. This approach utilizes a combination of Nasal Airway Surgery (Septoplasty, Turbinoplasty) with Oral Airway Appliances to help patients treat their problems when CPAP does not work for them or they cannot tolerate using it. Referring to it as “Dual Airway Therapy” many patients who otherwise were not being treated for Sleep Apnea have seen their problems improve dramatically.
From 2014 to 2018, Dr. Jafri established and organized the Ear, Nose & Throat Division at Murray Hill Medical Group in Manhattan. During this time, he developed and implemented a comprehensive program that provided all aspects of care to the patients of the practice from minimally invasive sinus procedures to sleep apnea solutions to facelift surgery – all in one convenient setting.
In 2019, after 16 years of clinical practice, Dr. Jafri made the decision to further develop and progress his career by establishing Jafri Sinus Surgery, PC. The goal of this practice is to take what we has learned from his years of experience in varied health care settings (Private practices, Hospitals, Managed Care and Multi-Specialty Groups) to provide personalized health care for his patients by applying the techniques, strategies and technology that works well and removing those that do not. By taking a direct and hands on approach to every detail of the practice, Dr. Jafri has brought to fruition his goal of how medicine can be and should be practiced – with the patient coming first and a full embrace of the latest and most advanced tools available to offer health care for the future and beyond.
Dr. Jafri is a Clinical Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center and is actively involved in the clinical and surgical education of medical students, physician assistants and residents. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Rhinologic Society, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the International Surgical Sleep Society, the New York Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Society, and the New York Medical Reserve Corp.
Dr Jafri has received numerous patient care awards including being named a New York and Regional Top Doctor by Castle & Connolly in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.
“I think the decision to become a Doctor was an early and an easy one for me. Certainly, growing up seeing the amazing work my Father was doing as a Cardiologist and how much he enjoyed it was very influential on me. Being part of a large immigrant family from India where there were many Doctors around also provided me with great exposure to the medical field. The running joke was that our extended family could start our own hospital. What was very impactful though was my parents’ clear decision to let us (me and my two sisters) decide for ourselves what we wanted to be when we grew up. They knew full well that we needed to do what we enjoyed in order to be happy and fruitful in our careers and all the untold promise that America has to offer. Their only directive has always been that if we are ever in the position to help someone, we need to make sure that we do it no matter what.
What I enjoyed was working with my hands and creating things. Whether it was drawing sketches, playing video games (Atari 2600) or making things out of Legos and Clay, I was always happy doing it. As I got older this developed into playing sports where eye hand coordination was needed – ice hockey, goalie in soccer and pitcher in baseball. It was in my wiring.
I also have always enjoyed being in nature and around animals. Certain environments just feel right to me – mountains and oceans have a special draw for me. Studying Biology and Chemistry was exactly what I wanted to do. Learning about cell structure, DNA synthesis, human anatomy…it all kept me happy and engaged. Numbers and mathematics, not so much.
As I was deciding about going to medical school or not, watching shows like “ER”, “St Elsewhere” and “M*A*S*H” (Hawkeye Pierce was my idol) probably helped romanticize things enough for me to go for it. I still remember my first day in Gross Anatomy lab. I was anxious, nervous and questioning why I thought I could be a surgeon. But when our instructor explained the great sacrifice that individuals and families had made to provide us with the privilege to learn from them, everything focused in and I knew I was in the right place. It was during the dissection of facial and head anatomy that I found a rhythm and fascination that hasn’t left me 25 years later. The intricate nerves and the balanced interplay of each muscle, the efficient structuring of facial bones, the delicate tissues lining the eyes, nose and ears all came together at once and I knew this would be my calling. My Father was a little disappointed that I would not follow my initial goal of Cardiac Surgery but he always supported that I found what I loved to do.
I am very fortunate and blessed to have the career and profession that I find myself in. I have seen a lot and done a lot over the many years. I have been in practice long enough to see the rapid and drastic changes in how we practice medicine and the tools we have available for helping our patients have evolved. Some changes have been good, and others have been bad. We are now in a time where patients are struggling with health care costs and a corporate takeover of medical practices is occurring on a regular basis. Running a medical practice is a business whether we like it or not as physicians and that has changed in how we approach our daily practice. That fact however should not change how we as individual physicians take care of our patients. The doctor-patient relationship is a special thing and to make it impersonal or treated like a commodity is not something I want to do. Many of my colleagues were surprised that I decided to head out on my own to start my own practice in this environment and stage in my career. For me there was no choice but do it. I want to practice my profession where every patient feels like they are being listened to, respected and cared for directly by their doctor. A smaller practice with people that I trust and like working with was the only way to go for me. Being able to make the final decision on what technologies, equipment and procedures I will provide for my patients has made things very exciting for me again. The future is bright and it starts today – both for me and my patients.”