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SUNY Downstate Cancer Institute

Centers of Excellence

Head and Neck Center of Excellence

The SUNY Downstate Cancer Institute's Head and Neck Center of Excellence is comprised of fellowship-trained otolaryngologists specializing in the treatment of complex head and neck pathologies. We are committed to providing early cancer detection and state of the art treatment to our community of patients in Brooklyn. In addition to treating each patient in the manner that best ensures cancer-free survivorship, we also strive to provide a patient-centered path to recovery by minimizing recovery time, improving functional outcomes such as speech and swallowing, and maximizing the path to wellness and excellent quality of life. At SUNY Downstate, our patients' priorities always come first.

Each month, the Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology runs two head and neck tumor boards. Using an interdisciplinary approach, experts from across disciplines come together to discuss appropriate management for our patients. From there, we formulate an evidence-based treatment plan that, when possible, incorporates minimally invasive surgical techniques to best ensure the preservation of the structures of the head and neck.

Our surgeons treat all benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck, including tumors of the tongue and oral cavity, tonsils, paranasal sinuses, skull base, throat, larynx, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, salivary glands, and skin of the head and neck. Several of our surgeons also specialize in reconstruction of complex head and neck defects using microvascular free tissue transfer. Please refer to the information below for details.


Department of Otolaryngology – Division of Head and Neck Surgery

Faculty

Natalya Chernichenko, MD, Division Director

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology / Chief of Head and Neck Surgery

Expertise in: Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Salivary Gland Surgery, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery, Transoral Laser Microsurgery, Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery

Eli Gordin, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

Expertise in: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery, Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery

Stefan Mlot, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology / Chief of Robotic and Microvascular Surgery

Expertise in: Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, Salivary Gland Surgery, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery, Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery, Transoral Laser Microsurgery, Transoral Robotic Surgery

Krishnamurthi Sundaram, MD

Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology

Expertise in: Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery, Transoral Laser Microsurgery, Transoral Robotic Surgery, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery, Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery

Affiliated Faculty

Marina Boruk, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

Expertise in: Sinus and Skull Base Surgery

Sydney C. Butts, MD

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology / Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Expertise in: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Matthew Hanson, MD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology / Chief of Otology and Neurotology

Expertise in: Lateral Skull Base Surgery




Appointment and Contact Information:

Department of Otolaryngology
Phone: (718) 270-1638 | Fax: (718) 270-3924

Central Brooklyn Office:
470 Clarkson Avenue, Suite H
Brooklyn, NY 11203
For appointments call: (718) 270-4701

Brooklyn Heights Office:
185 Montague Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
For appointments call: (718) 780-1498

Park Slope Office:
376 6th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11219
For appointments call: (718) 499-0940

For more information on Otolaryngology Centers of Excellence please visit us at:
http://www.downstate.edu/otolaryngology/faculty.html