Dr Valauri is committed to deliver compassionate, high quality care with the most advanced and up-to-date surgical techniques available.   To fulfill this commitment and to achieve these goals for you requires that we remain free from the constraints that in-network insurance policies can place on both you and the doctor when deciding your treatment plan.  

It is important for patients to know that in-network surgeons are contractually obligated to adhere to the HMOs’ stringent rules regarding where, when, and by whom a surgery is authorized to be performed – sometimes right down to the specifics of what particular procedure can be performed! 

Dr. Valauri chooses to stay out-of-network with insurance companies to maintain his own flexibility in order to optimize your treatment. By remaining out-of-network, Dr. Valauri can tailor your treatment to best suit his patients. 

Insurance carriers refer to Dr. Valauri as an out-of-network provider. He is not alone, as most high quality surgical specialists in Manhattan have made the same choice to be out-of-network providers.

This does not mean that we do not accept your insurance, but rather, it means that we do not currently have a contract with your health insurance provider.  However, if you have an insurance policy with out-of-network benefits (i.e., a PPO policy), you have the additional benefit of visiting physicians and surgical facilities that are outside of your insurance carrier’s network.

Many individuals and their families choose a more comprehensive health insurance policy because it provides more flexibility and freedom to make optimal healthcare choices as compared to strict HMO policies.  The extra premium you are paying for your healthcare insurance grants you and your dependents greater freedom of choice.

Out of Network Insurance 

Out of Town Patients

Our out of town patients may be eligible for discounted hotel rates with the Surrey hotel and Affinia Gardens listed below. When booking your stay please advise the hotel that you are having surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, or at Manhattan Eye Ear & Throat Hospital for more information.


For those patients who wish to have a private nurse we offer several very reputable skilled nurses who will come care for you after your procedure in the comfort of your hotel room.


For more information call our surgical coordinator at (212) 439-0080

The Surrey Hotel 
Affinia Gardens
The Carlyle Hotel
Click on the images to book your stay