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Sanjay Athavale, M.D.

After completion of his residency, Dr. Athavale spent six months in Melbourne, Australia completing a Head and Neck Oncology apprenticeship at one of the busiest hospitals in the country, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Dr. Athavale’s interests include all aspects of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. His main focuses include General ENT, thyroid surgery, sleep surgery, ear surgery, neck mass surgery, and head and neck cancer surgery.

Dr. Athavale has hospital privileges at Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Chestatee Hospital. In his spare time Dr. Athavale enjoys exercising, playing golf and spending time with his wife, Kimberly.

Thyroid and Head and Neck Cancer Surgery

Dr. Athavale has a special interest in head and neck surgical oncology.

Head and Neck Oncologic SurgeryWith certification and extensive experience in Head and Neck in-office ultrasound, Dr. Athavale enjoys caring for adults and children with any type of neck masses including, but not limited to, thyroid nodules and masses, salivary gland lesions, and neck lesions.

He is also one of the most experienced Transoral Robotic Surgeon (TORS) specialists in the Atlanta area, having performed well over 100 cases. Dr. Athavale has experience in both traditional Da Vinci robotic surgery as well as newer more flexible robots created specifically for the narrow anatomy of the throat. Robotic surgery for head and neck cancers allows for minimally invasive resection of select tumors of the upper aerodigestive tract, including, but not limited to the tonsils, tongue, base of tongue, pharynx, and larynx.

Sleep Apnea and Sleep Surgery

Sleep Apnea is a complex disease that involves both medical and surgical management. Dr. Athavale enjoys caring for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

When patients fail CPAP use, Dr. Athavale has the ability to offer both in-office procedures and procedures under general anesthesia to help improve and/or cure their OSA. With extensive experience in drug-induced sleep endoscopy and robotic and traditional sleep apnea surgeries, Dr. Athavale is able to provide comprehensive surgical care for patients with CPAP intolerance. Additonally, Dr. Athavale is one of only 4 surgeons in the greater Atlanta area who offer the newest surgery for OSA, the Inspire Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator.

Otology and Otologic Surgery

Having trained at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Athavale was trained in advanced otologic surgery through Vanderbilt’s Otology Group. Dr. Athavale has extensive experience in the medical and surgical management of all otologic conditions in adults and children.

Dr. Athavale enjoys treating patient with all ear conditions including dizziness, chronic ear disease, and deafness. Dr. Athavale has privileges at both Northside and The Children’s Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA) to help patients with the full spectrum of ear conditions.

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