Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat

Stony Brook Medicine

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    Overview The Division of Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive and highly specialized care for all pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions — with an even more specialized focus on some of the most common ENT issues in children: sleep apnea, airway problems and hearing problems. The Division also excels at management of congenital malformations of the head and neck. As a result, it has the largest comprehensive, multidisciplinary cleft lip and palate team, caring for the majority of Long Island’s population of children with cleft lip and cleft palate malformations. Because pediatric ENT physicians deal with the communicative senses — interacting with children with how they interact with the world — the Division often serves as a hub for coordination of services, ensuring that every child receives individualized and seamless care across a wide spectrum of specialties. Even better, because this high level of care is available in their own community, Long Islanders no longer need to travel far for specialty pediatric ENT services.

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    CONTACT US The Division of Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat
    Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital
    37 Research Way
    East Setauket, NY  11733

    Main office: (631) 444-8410
    For consults and appointments: (631) 444-4121
    For physicians: (631) 444-4929
    Fax: (631) 444-7635

    Office hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday


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    Our Team The pediatric ENT team works closely with many other divisions at Stony Brook Children’s including pediatric pulmonology, pediatric anesthesiology, the PICU, genetics, endocrinology and others as needed.

    The Cleft Lip and Palate Team

    This multidisciplinary team includes pediatric ENTs, plastic surgeons, audiologists, orthodontists, feeding and lactation consultants, geneticists/genetic counselors, oral maxillofacial surgeons, pediatric dentists, pediatric anesthesiologists, pediatric pulmonologists, social workers and speech pathologists.  Because children with these conditions need multiple appointments with a variety of experts, all of these specialties come together twice a month to see patients. Together, they put a plan of care into place. Children who have had cleft lip and palate surgery need to be followed through adulthood, as a growing and changing face often requires additional adjustments and surgeries.

    Abbas Younes, MD, Division Chief
    Elliot Regenbogen, MD

    Melissa Mortensen, MD
    Ghassan Samara, MD
    David A. Schessel, MD, PhD

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    Services The pediatric ENT team specializes in diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions of the ear, nose and throat for infants, children and teens. They treat everything from minor issues to chronic conditions, as well as perform surgery and long-term medical management for the most complex acquired and congenital disorders.

    Diagnostics typically are performed surgically, although the team utilizes the entirety of Stony Brook’s diagnostic expertise including CT, MRI and ultrasound.

    The Division also treats the full spectrum of hearing loss, and Dr. Schessel is the only surgeon on Long Island to perform cochlear implant surgery on children.

    In addition, the Division is often approached by manufacturers to evaluate new technology. This means that children have access to the latest equipment for diagnosis and treatment of airway problems six months to a year before it is available anywhere else.

    Some of the most common ENT conditions treated at Stony Brook Children’s include:

    • Allergies
    • Bronchial cleft cysts
    • Chronic ear infections
    • Conditions associated with Down syndrome
    • Congenital cysts
    • Congenital malformations, including cleft lip and palate
    • Facial paralysis
    • Hearing loss (cochlear implants)
    • Reflux
    • Sinusitis
    • Sleep apnea
    • Speech and voice issues
    • Thyroglessal duct cysts
    • Thyroid cancer
    • Vocal chord issues


    Note that patients are typically followed by the pediatric ENT team until age 21, when then, if they still need medical management, they are transitioned to an adult team at Stony Brook Medicine. This helps ensure a seamless delivery of services and highly coordinated care—plus the piece of mind knowing that all patient needs can be taken care of at one place.

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    Patient Resources The pediatric ENT team connects children and families with appropriate support, including local chapters of national organizations and community-based groups.

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    Research and Education
    As an academic medical institution, research is core to Stony Brook's mission because it helps to advance the practice of medicine and raises the standard of care in the community. Current projects in the Division include two multi-center research studies on the treatment of draining ears.

    As a teaching hospital, Stony Brook Children’s takes pride in training the next generation of physicians. For patients and families, this means that Stony Brook remains on the leading edge of medicine, continually invigorating its program with fresh viewpoints, a lively exchange of ideas, and the region's next top doctors.

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    Advances and Recognitions All physicians in the Division of Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat are board-certified or board-eligible.  Some are double board-certified and fellowship-trained, which represents additional years of specialized training.

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