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Department of Otolaryngology - Service Chief Reports

Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Joshua B. Silverman, MD, PhD

The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, now in its 22nd year of existence, has continued to achieve excellence in patient care, teaching, and research during the 2013-2014 academic year.


Continuing our expansion of clinical practices at multiple sites, the division has become active at SUNY Downstate Bay Ridge Hospital and New York Methodist Hospital. Dr. Silverman has lead the initiative to create an Advanced Pediatric Otolaryngology Center at New York Methodist Hospital, with programs in pediatric airway, voice and swallowing; head and neck masses; sleep disorders; cleft and craniofacial anomalies; and hearing and newborn screening. Each of these programs encourage faculty involvement from a wide variety of specialties to work together in a multi-disciplinary fashion to create system-based initiatives as well as individual treatment plans for patients. This year has also seen continued success for the multi-disciplinary Brooklyn Cleft and Craniofacial Center, led by Dr. Sydney Butts. The pediatric division has continued to be among the busiest groups at Bay Ridge Hospital, as Drs. Rosenfeld, Goldstein, Butts, and Silverman all operate regularly at this surgical center.


Academic pursuits remain strong priorities as the Division continues to forge a national reputation.  Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, continues as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and senior advisor for guidelines at quality for the AAO-HNS. Nira Goldstein, MD, MPH, continues to be extremely active in both the American Academy of Otolaryngology and SUNY Downstate Medical School, and has become a leading authority on sleep-disordered breathing in children, with numerous publications on the subject. Joshua Silverman, MD, PhD serves on two Academy Committees, and has been honored with induction into both the New York State Laryngological Society and  American Laryngological Association, as post-graduate fellow.  Peer-reviewed manuscripts were published in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, and Archives of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery.

The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology continues to grow clinically and academically. Five full-time pediatric otolaryngologists are active within our Department, maintaining the largest division in the New York metropolitan region.