The Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, under the leadership of Dr. Walter Ralph, Jr., Acting Chairman, performs highly complex and advanced procedures for diseases of the ears, nose, and throat. This past year, the ENT team provided 15,000 outpatient visits and performed 1,000 surgeries.
With extensive experience in the field, Dr. Ralph treats all types of ENT problems and specializes in head, neck, endocrine, and voice disorders. The ENT department is also fortunate to have Dr. Srinivasan Krishna, Vice Chairman of the ENT Department, and Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Krishna is achieving successful cosmetic and functional results for his patients.
Dr. Hwa Jung Son, Director of Otology/Neurotology, removes tumors of the brain and auditory nerve, through approaches that preserve hearing and balance. She brings the latest advances in surgery, including bone anchored implants and ear bone reconstruction. Lisa Predmore, AuD, Director, Audiology, and Brenda Guerra, AuD, provide important assistance in programming the bone anchored hearing aids and other types of testing for patients with hearing and balance issues.
Another key member of the team, Dr. Dinesh Mehta, Attending, ENT, is a world-renowned expert in the management of sinus disease and Rhinology who brings more than 50 years of experience to the department. Dr. Robert Wong, Attending, ENT, specializes in head and neck oncology.
When premature infants have swallowing, hearing, or breathing issues that can threaten their development, BronxCare Health System’s team of physicians, audiologists, and speech language pathologists work closely with neonatologists in developing treatment plans and therapies. The Audiology Division supervises universal hearing screening on all infants born at BronxCare Health System. Pediatric feeding assessments and interventions are also implemented to facilitate safe eating and swallowing skills in medically fragile babies.
Swallowing and speech are essential functions of the oral cavity and the ENT department excels in helping patients perform these tasks better. The team uses specialized fiberoptic cameras and radiologic tests to accurately diagnose and treat patients with swallowing disorders. Video-stroboscopy, the use of rapid pulses of light to view vocal cord movement, enables the team to diagnose even the most subtle derangements of the voice. Gena Scrivano, Director, Speech and Language Pathology, brings her expertise in this area to BronxCare Health System.
“We are succeeding in improving patient outcomes, and that is certainly a source of satisfaction for our ENT team.”