Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat
Overview Featuring the only fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist in Suffolk County, 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.
Main office: (631) 444-8410
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.
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, Dr. Szeremeta has a specialized expertise in treating sleep apnea in children, so 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:
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.
Research and Education
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.