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Department of Otolaryngology - Service Chief Reports

Division of Laryngology, Voice and Swallowing Disorders

Boris L. Bentsianov MD

The Division of Laryngology has been providing our patients with the latest and most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for the care of voice and swallowing pathology.  Office procedures include videostroboscopy, laryngeal EMG and EMG guided injection, endoscopic swallowing evaluation, as well as percutaneous medialization thyroplasty and awake, in- office, laryngeal biopsy techniques. The practice has expanded over the last decade to meet the growing demand for high quality voice and laryngeal care throughout the community and borough with referral for tertiary care from a catchment area including Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The division also includes a laryngology clinic in collaboration with the residency program, in which resident physicians, and their patients, also benefit from the full complement of laryngologic instruments and procedures. The clinic allows all patients access to the highest level of laryngologic care in the private setting, and allows the residents an exciting opportunity to learn and contribute in a hands on fashion.


The Division of Laryngology, Voice and Swallowing Disorders is also excited to deliver services at our new practice site in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This effort is primarily spearheaded by Dr. Joshua Silverman MD, PhD who has unique training in both adult and pediatric laryngology care, and who will serve as site director. This location and our new ambulatory surgical site in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn has further expanded our surgical capabilities and our relationships throughout the borough.


The division is further enhanced by its affiliation with the Brooklyn VA Hospital where we have a full operating room session and clinic hours specifically dedicated to the needs of laryngologic patients. This clinic is served jointly by the otolaryngology and Speech and language departments. This collaborative evaluation of the patient allows for optimal team based care for the VA patients and allows the residents insight into the voice evaluation and therapy aspects within the subspecialty. The division is also active within the grand rounds curriculum for resident education and continuing medical education for our faculty, as well as the resident basic science course.

The Division of Laryngology has also been greatly benefited by its interaction with the Communicative Disorders Group at Brooklyn Hospital were we have collaborated with their voice trained speech and language pathologists for non-invasive therapeutic techniques for care of professional voice performers, patients with high vocal demand and neurolaryngology patients with excellent results. The program has also allowed us to build our relationship with the Parkinsons program at SUNY Downstate and deliver the highest level of LSVT trained therapy to this challenging population. This aspect of our Division also has facilitated the care of post laryngectomy patients by providing this patient group with a host of rehabilitative options from esophageal speech teaching, to TEP care and counseling. 

The Division has also become more active in the operating room setting with higher case volume over each of the last several years, including new microlaryngologic instruments to facilitate microsurgical vocal cord surgery and a new laser technology allowing us to expand our endoscopic options.  This improved precision and reliability allows us to perform less invasive procedures with shorter recovery times and improved results.


Contributing to education of medical students at SUNY Downstate medical center continues to be a core mission within the Division of Laryngology.

We are active in the basic science years with supervision in the anatomy labs and preparation for clinical medicine curriculum. As students progress through their clinical years they can participate in our office hours and surgical block-time in either a 2 week surgical rotation or more advanced 4 week sub-internship designed to prepare students for a possible career in otolaryngology.

As always, our goal is continued growth, and to expand our current scope of care providing the highest level of laryngologic care to our patients and our community.