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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Otolaryngology

Service Chief Reports

Division of Otology and Neurotology

Matthew B. Hanson, MD


The Division of Otology and Neurotology provides sub-specialized care for patients with diseases of the ear and temporal bone. In striving for optimal outcomes for our patients, their care is carefully coordinated with our colleagues in Audiology, where accurate diagnosis relies on advanced technology. Our Skull-Base team for treatment of neuro-otologic disorders includes colleagues in head and neck surgery and neurosurgery. We provide advanced care for the hearing impaired, including cochlear implantation, bone-anchored hearing implants, and early detection of hearing loss. Newborn hearing screening is routine at our participating hospitals and regularly identifies hearing loss at the youngest possible age. This enables early intervention to foster language development. Otology education is supplemented by the careful and precise study of the temporal bone anatomy. The Temporal Bone Laboratory provides intensive training for all residents during each of their four years. Our laboratory is also available for post-graduate training. Routine educational conferences in otology take place through the Grand Rounds schedule, as well as during weekly patient conferences, Vestibular conferences and weekly Case Review Conferences. We also benefit from our close affiliation with the Auditory Oral School of New York, which provides pre- and post-operative services for our cochlear implant patients of all ages.  

The past year has seen continued growth to the Otology Division.  In addition to Dr. Michal Preis, who has continued to bring state of the art otology to Maimonides Medical Center, we have benefitted greatly from our new affiliation with Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.  Dr. Preis has continued to advance endoscopic ear surgery and had served as an instructor at a course in EES at Columbia.  She also continues to participate in a yearly medical mission to the Philippines, wo which a resident usually accompanies her. At MEETH, our residents now get to work with Drs Ian Storper, Darius Kohan and Sujana Chandresekhar and have significantly increased the otologic experience of our residents.  Also, now at MEETH and again affiliated with our residency is Dr. Neil Sperling, who directed Otology and Neurotology at SUNY-Downstate for many years.   At University Hospital of Brooklyn, the Cochlear Implant Program under Dr Matthew Hanson and Dr. Hailey Morgan has continued to expand and we have also affiliated with Island Audiology in Staten Island to provide cochlear implant and BAHA services for their patients.