Nose & Throat
Effective, and Compassionate Care
|Dr. David M. Jakubowicz,
Chairman, Ear, Nose, and
|Dr. David Jakubowicz, Chairman, Ear, Nose, and Throat, is
proud of the outstanding staff he has assembled to serve
the Bronx community. “Our world class physicians and allied
audiology and speech language pathology staff are the
strength of the department. Increasingly, medical providers
that have a choice to practice anywhere and academic
medical centers are choosing to align with us to optimize
treatment for diseases of the head and neck,” stated
premature infants have swallowing, hearing,
or breathing issues that can threaten
their growth and development. Bronx-Lebanon’s
team of physicians, audiologists, and
speech language pathologists work closely
with neonatologists in developing
treatment plans and therapies that optimize
The Audiology Division, under
the direction of Carmen Santiago, AuD,
supervises universal hearing screening
on all infants born at Bronx-Lebanon. If a newborn fails, she enlists the
aide of the newest member of the department,
Dr. Hwa Jung Son.
plan is then developed
that assures that the newest members of
the Bronx community can hear their loved
ones and develop language skills. Aside
from rendering care to Neonates, Dr. Son
is an expert in the treatment of hearing
and balance disorders in people of all
ages. She brings the latest techniques
in surgical treatment, including bone
anchored implants and ear bone reconstruction.
|Dr. Hwa Jung Son, Attending, Ear, Nose, and Throat, examining patient.
||Carmen Santiago, AuD, checking hearing of infant.
Andrea Leone, Director, Speech Language Pathology, revolutionized the role of speech language pathologists in the NICU. Pediatric feeding assessments and interventions were implemented in the NICU to facilitate safe feeding and swallowing skills in medically fragile babies, enabling them to leave the hospital eating and growing well.
Joining her in the care of these neonates,
Stephanie Carambia brings her expertise
and training at Columbia University and
Manhattan Eye and Ear Infirmary. Both
these staff members are instrumental
in training family and caregivers to
develop safe feeding practices for their
newborns and ensuring that these babies
continue to grow in their first year
|Dr. Walter Ralph, Attending, Head and Neck Surgery, Ear, Nose, and Throat, examining patient.
||Dr. Srinivasan Krishna, Director, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery, Ear, Nose, and Throat, examining patient.
Swallowing and speech
are essential functions of the
oral cavity, and the ENT Department excels
in helping patients perform these tasks
better. Ms. Leone and her team use specialized
fiber optic cameras and radiologic
tests to accurately diagnose and treat
patients with swallowing disorders. Newly
added videostroboscopy, the use of rapid
pulses of light to virtually slow the
movement of the vocal cords, allows for
the diagnosis of the most subtle derangements
of the voice.
To help assure patients
receive proper therapy for speech
and swallowing problems, the Speech
Language Pathology area has added
two new therapists, Danielle Lipman and
Yelena Sandigursky. New outpatient services
will also be provided for patients
suffering from disorders and diseases
that have resulted in speech, language,
swallowing, voice, and cognitive-linguistic
Should neonates have difficulty breathing
or have neonatal masses, otolaryngologists
are there to assist. Should the
patient suffer from a cosmetic
issue, the skilled hand of Dr. Srinivasan
Krishna, Director, Facial Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery, is available
to assure optimal outcomes.
expertise in reconstructive and facial
plastic surgery brings in many satisfied
patients from the community. Should the
patient have a neck mass, Dr. Jakubowicz
is one of the few head and neck surgeons
credentialed in ultrasound. Sonography
offers the benefit of minimally invasive
office based needle biopsies for neck
masses, possibly eliminating the need
for invasive surgery.
|Andrea Leone, Director, Speech Pathology, examining patient.
||Dr. Dinesh Mehta, Attending, Ear, Nose, and Throat, examining patient.
The ENT Department is fortunate to have Dr. Dinesh Mehta, Attending, Ear, Nose, Throat, a world renowned expert on the management of sinus disease and rhinology. His considerable experience allows for a more focused approach in this area. If the diagnosis is cancer, patients are also fortunate to have a dedicated, caring physician, Dr. Walter Ralph, as Cancer Committee Physician Liaison.
In this capacity, he advises the organization relative to improving care
and outcomes for patients with oral, head, and neck tumors.
The ultimate goal is to provide the right care for the right tumor
while offering the emotional and logistical supports necessary to achieve optimal
Working in conjunction with pulmonary and thoracic surgery colleagues,
the ENT department has the skills necessary to diagnose and treat
masses and tumors of the lungs and upper airway. With its neurosurgical colleagues,
this year has seen the department offer groundbreaking minimally invasive treatment
of advanced brain and spinal disease, rivaling and even surpassing
care offered elsewhere.
|Dr. Jakubowicz examining pediatric patient.
|The ENT Department now provides 15,000 outpatient visits and performs 1000 surgeries annually, more than tripling its outpatient volume and doubling its surgical volume since 2010. “Our success comes from the ENT team’s professional expertise and focus on comprehensive medical and surgical care, with a human touch. Every patient, no matter how young or fragile, deserves our compassionate and skillful care,” stated Dr. Jakubowicz.