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Overview

Serving Long Island and Queens, our Department of Otolaryngology offers world-class care for conditions of the ear, nose and throat. We employ an expert multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, social workers and more—all working together to address your unique needs.

Areas of expertise

  • General otolaryngology
  • Rhinology and sinus surgery
  • Head and neck oncology
  • Otology/neurotology
  • Laryngology and voice disorders
  • Vestibular conditions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Facial and reconstructive plastic surgery
  • Pediatric conditions

Community

We provide the communities we serve with ongoing education through events, support groups/programs and educational forums.

Education

In collaboration with the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and through our otolaryngology residency program, we have the unique opportunity to train and develop the physicians of tomorrow.

Clinical trials

In conjunction with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and ENT and Allergy Associates, we provide our patients with access to innovative clinical trials.

Clinical affiliations

Not only do we have access to the wide range of resources that Northwell Health has to offer, but we are also affiliated with a number of other excellent organizations.

Long Island Hearing and Speech Society

In 1952, the Long Island Hearing and Speech Society, founded by Jean Leigh, opened its doors as a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the care of children with hearing and speech difficulties in metropolitan New York and Long Island. It was the first program of its kind to be offered in the area and was well received within the community. In order to expand its care, the Society established a medical affiliation with Long Island Jewish Medical Center, part of Northwell Health. Since the affiliation began more than 50 years ago, the Society has been instrumental in enhancing the patient experience at the Hearing and Speech Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, which is committed to providing the highest quality services to individuals of all ages with communication disorders. The Society aids the Center’s efforts to provide the most current and comprehensive evaluations, therapies and counseling through philanthropic efforts. Some key initiatives founded by the Society include development of the influential newborn hearing screening program and addition of the hearing aid dispensary, as well as providing state-of-the-art equipment to the Center throughout the years. 

The Society’s mission is to open the doors of communication for children and adults with hearing, speech, and swallowing difficulties through advocacy, treatment and research. Below are some key achievements since the Society’s inception.

1952 Long Island Hearing and Speech Society established
1955 Professional staff hired
1958 Professional diagnostic and treatment program established
1967 With a new affiliation with Long Island Jewish Medical Center, the Hearing and Speech Center opens
1985 The hearing aid dispensary opens (later becomes the Sandra Bass Hearing Aid Dispensary)
1992 Contributions made to the expansion of the Hearing and Speech building
1993 Establishment of the first newborn hearing screening program in New York state at then Schneider Children's Hospital (now Cohen Children’s Medical Center)
2000 Contributions were made for the expansion for where the Cochlear Implant Center is housed
2005 The Society assisted the impetus for the Cochlear Implant Center (later named the Apelian Cochlear Implant Center)
2014 The Resource Guide for Children was funded and published for patients of the Hearing and Speech Center
2017 New FEEs and replacement tympahogram equipment for the Center was funded to improve the patient experience
2017 The Resource Guide for Adults was funded and published for the patients of the Hearing and Speech Center

St. Mary's Healthcare System

St. Mary’s Healthcare System partners with Northwell Health to provide comprehensive pediatric otolaryngology and audiology services for their inpatients.

They are dedicated to providing intensive rehabilitation, specialized care and education to children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. Following hospitalizations in acute care facilities for complications from premature birth, illness and injury, or when special services are needed, children and their families come to St. Mary’s to receive care, learn to manage their illness or injury, and achieve a better quality of life.

As the largest provider of long-term care for children with complex medical conditions in New York state and one of the nation’s leading providers of pediatric post-acute care, St. Mary’s treats children throughout the metropolitan area through a network of inpatient, home care and community programs and services, setting a standard of excellence in pediatric healthcare. Learn more here.

ENT and Allergy Associates (ENTA)

Northwell Health formed a ‘first on Long Island’ clinical affiliation with ENT and Allergy Associates (ENTA) in 2015. The partnership provides a bridge between community-based and academically based medical care, ensuring a seamless flow from primary to tertiary pediatric ENT treatment. The agreement also includes plans to jointly pursue clinical research initiatives centered within a wide range of relevant areas of expertise.

ENTA has more than 170 physicians in 41 office locations in Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties in Long Island, New York City and northern/central New Jersey. The practice sees over 70,000 patients per month. Each ENTA clinical location provides access to a full complement of services, including:

  • General adult and pediatric ENT
  • Voice and swallowing
  • Facial plastics and reconstructive surgery
  • Disorders of the inner ear and dizziness
  • Asthma
  • Clinical immunology
  • Diagnostic audiology
  • Hearing aid dispensing
  • Sleep and CT services

ENTA has also partnered with Northwell Health to expand its clinical trial capacity. Learn more here.

Leadership

Andrea Vambutas, MD

Chairman - Medical Dir Cochlear Implant Center of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division - Otology/Neurotology of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chief of Division - Research Otolaryngology of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chairman - Medical Dir Cochlear Implant Center of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Otolaryngology, Neurotology

Mark Jay Shikowitz, MD, MBA

Director - The Zucker Sinus Center of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Vice Chairman of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Vice Chairman of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Otolaryngology

Douglas Keith Frank, MD

Director - Surgical Oncology, Northwell Health,

Associate Chairman of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders - Head and Neck Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Chief of Division of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders - Head and Neck Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Specialties: Otolaryngology, Head / Neck Surgery

Angelo Davide Reppucci, MD

Director - and Head & Neck Surgery of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Otolaryngology, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Lee Phillip Smith, MD

Chief of Division of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders - Pediatric Otolaryngology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Specialties: Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology

Joshua Benjamin Silverman, MD, PhD

Chief - Division of Laryngology, LIJMC of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders - Pediatric Otolaryngology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Specialties: Otolaryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Gerald Daniel Zahtz, MD

Director - Quality-Otolaryngology/Head&Neck Surg,

Specialties: Otolaryngology, Pediatric Otolaryngology
Leslie Rosenthal, AuD, CCC/A

Leslie Rosenthal, AuD, CCC/A

Director, Hearing and Speech

Specialties: Audiology
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