Neil M. Sperling, MD, FACS

Dr. Neil Sperling

Dr. Sperling specializes in surgery for hearing restoration. He is involved in research to improve hearing health care, for patients with otosclerosis and other ear conditions.

Dr. Sperling is on the clinical faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is the part president of the New York Otological Society. He served as the Director of Otology (Ear Surgery) at SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine from 1991-2010.  He also serves on the teaching faculty at the Causse Ear Hospital in France, one of the most innovative and experienced centers in the world for Ear surgery and Stapedectomy surgery.

Dr. Sperling graduated with honors from New York Medical College. He completed his post-graduate residency in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and a Fellowship in Otologic surgery and research at the Minnesota Ear Clinic and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Dr. Sperling is the author of numerous medical publications and has edited several textbooks.  He has been elected to the New York Otologic Society a group of New York ear experts.  He has served on local and national committees including the committee on applicants for the American College of Surgeons, and the implantable devices sub-committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Sperling’s textbook on Otosclerosis:


NYOG proudly announces the publication of a new textbook by Dr. Neil Sperling.
Otosclerosis: Diagnosis, Evaluation, Pathology, Surgical Techniques, and Outcomes
by Chris de Souza, Marcos V. Goycoolea, Neil M. Sperling


Routine Miracles book“If you want a physician of intensely high skill who can operate through a keyhole slit a few millimeters across and replace the minute ossicles of the ear with titanium parts, then you go see Dr Sperling.” p. 132

In the words of the author Dr. Conrad Fischer: “His patients call Dr. Sperling a miracle worker. I interviewed a dozen of them, and far more than one, even the calmest among them, say the same thing in the same words.” p. 132

With respect to otosclerosis surgery, one patient is quoted in the book as follows:  “…in an hour, fifteen years of misery were stopped. I came off the table, and my life was restored back to me. It was instantaneous. I went into the hospital cut off and separate….I left the hospital on the same day happy. I felt like I rejoined the world, but I guess it is better to say that world rejoined me.”  p.137

“…  I gave away my hearing aids.”  p. 137

Another patient who underwent hearing restoration surgery for congenital hearing loss surgery is quoted: “When I came off the table, I could hear everything. It is like living your whole life thinking there was only one dimension, then you find out all of a sudden there are three dimensions that everyone knew about but you did not. In an instant, my entire concept of normal changed.” p.142


Dr. Sperling’s Awards

Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2018


Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2017


Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2016 NYC

Castle Connolly Top Doctor 2016



Dr. Neil Sperling has been selected by Castle Connolly as one of New York Metro Area’s Top Doctors in 1997, 1999, 2001-2016



Dr. Neil Sperling has been selected by Castle Connolly as a New York Metro Area Top Doctor in 1997, 1999, 2001—2016


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Dr. Sperling has been selected to New York Super Doctor for 2008—2016.

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Selected by New York Magazine Best Doctors in NY: 2007, 2008, 2016

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society


Dr. Sperling’s Radio Interviews:

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“Ear Wars: Tinnitus” on WNYC radio:

Ear Wars Tinnitus Lecture

“The How of Hearing Loops” on WNYC radio:

Looped in to Listening Lecture


Dr. Sperling’s Publications

Download Dr. Sperling’s PDF brochure developed for Stapedotomy surgery patients

List of Dr. Sperling’s Lectures and Podcasts

Download:  Surgery for Hearing Restoration, by Dr. Neil Sperling

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Voted into ‘Best Doctors’ in America: 2003 – 2014

Neil Sperling best doctor award

Selected to New York’s Top Doctors: 1997, 1999, 2001 – 2012

Neil Sperling best doctor award

Selected by New York Magazine Best Doctors in NY: 2007, 2008
Selected to New York Super Doctors: 2008 – 2013


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Sheli Lipson, Au.D.

Dr. Sheli LipsonDr. Sheli Lipson graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then earned her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She completed her audiology residency at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Lipson’s clinical experience includes performing complete audiological evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and evaluation, and Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing. In addition, she has gained extensive research experience while working for three years at a cochlear implant and hearing loss research lab at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Lipson is a licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser in the State of New York.

Dr. Marc D’Aprile, Sc.D.

Marc-D'Aprile-MD-NY-AudiologistDirector of Audiology

Dr. Marc D’Aprile, Sc.D. received a scientific doctorate in audiology from Seton Hall University in 2004. He completed his audiology residency at the Manhattan, Brooklyn and St.Albans veterans hospitals. Dr.D’Aprile then went on to work at a major hearing aid manufacturer, where he furthered his knowledge in audiology and advanced hearing aid technology. More recently, Dr. D’Aprile served as Assistant Professor of Audiology at Columbia University.

He is a fellow of the American Speech-language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a current holder of a Certificate of Clinical Competence in audiology (CCC-A), a NY state licensed Audiologist, and hearing aid dispenser.Dr. D’Aprile’s main areas of interest and expertise lie in the fitting and dispensing of state-of-the-art hearing aids, tinnitus management and custom hearing protection. His knowledge base has been maintained through regular attendance in continuing education seminars, national and state conventions, and through the direction of scholarly literature.

Dr. D’Aprile is committed to the success of each patient, which is achieved through the most up-to-date evidence based care. In addition, each of Dr. D’Aprile’s patients are provided custom aural rehabilitation plans which further their understanding of hearing loss and better helps in the acceptance of amplification devices.

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Dr. Scott Yerdon, Au.D., CCC-A

Audiologist NYC

Dr. Scott Yerdon graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He went on to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Audiology and a Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Yerdon completed doctoral internships in an audiology  practice in northern Virginia and the The River School, a model program serving children with hearing loss in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He finished  his training with his residency at Columbia University Medical Center in 2012.

Before starting at New York Otolaryngology, Dr. Yerdon worked at several neighborhood medical centers throughout Brooklyn and Queens performing diognostic testing and dispensing hearing aids with adult populations.

Dr. Yerdon’s clinical experience includes performing complete audiological evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and evaluation, and comprehensive aural rehabilitation. Dr. Yerdon is a licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser in the State of New York.

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Rachel Marcus, Au.D./CCC-A/FAAA

Audiologist NYCDr. Rachel Marcus received her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from The Graduate Center; City University of New York (CUNY) in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University in 2004. She completed her residency at The Ear Center of Greensboro in Greensboro, NC. She is a New York State licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser. Dr. Marcus is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (F-AAA) and currently holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Dr. Marcus has worked in both hospital and private practice settings, performing audiological testing including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) and Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) on patients of all ages. She is also experienced in hearing aid services (evaluations, fittings, and adjustments) for all types of devices: hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHA, Ponto, Soundbite), and alternative implantable hearing devices (Maxum™; Esteem®). Dr. Marcus is fluent in Spanish.

Her interests include unilateral hearing loss, congenital conductive hearing losses (microtia and atresia), technologically advanced hearing aids, and assistive listening devices.

Kendall Shaw, Au.D.

Kendall Shaw, Au.D.Dr. Kendall Shaw graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in communication sciences and disorders from James Madison University in Virginia. She then earned her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Dr. Shaw completed her fourth-year residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where she focused on a variety of diagnostic testing for adults and pediatric populations and led the program for newborn hearing screenings in the well baby nursery and NICU. She most recently practiced at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute during which she gained extensive experience in vestibular/balance testing, complete audiological evaluations, and hearing aid selection, fitting, and verification. Dr. Shaw is currently a licensed Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser in the State of New York.