Jim Atkins, MD



Daniel Choo, MD

Daniel Choo, MD is the director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  Dr. Choo joined the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 1999 and is also currently a professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine   He obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY, and completed his otolaryngology residence training in Syracuse.

Over the past several years, Dr. Choo has earned an international reputation as one of the top physicians in his specialty.  He is recognized as the leading expert for the diagnosis and management of children with hearing loss, including: pediatric cochlear implantation and other hearing restoration procedures; the surgery for congenital ear abnormalities, and treatment of disorders of inner ear (e.g. Meniere’s disease).  He is also internationally recognized as a distinguished surgical scientist for his study of the genetics of hearing loss and the molecular mechanisms guiding development of the inner ear. His current research interests include identifying novel treatment strategies for children with hearing loss due to congenital CMV infections and defining the optimal management for children with unilateral hearing loss. He is an advocate for the Ohio state-wide hearing screening for infants and was instrumental at the state level in getting this legislation passed in Ohio. He is the co-founder and leading champion for CCHAT (Cincinnati Children’s Hearing Aid Trust) that assists in providing children under the age of 3 their first set of hearing aids at no cost.  Dr. Choo is the co-director of the CCHMC multi-disciplinary CHARGE program.  This program provides an integrated care model for children with CHARGE syndrome which seeks to optimize medical and developmental outcomes. 

Dr. Choo sees patients at CCHMC’s Main, Mason and Liberty locations. Nicknamed the “Ear Whisperer” by his nurses and staff for his gentle and calming effect on his pediatric patients, Dr. Choo treats each of his patients with tremendous compassion and care. In addition to medicine, Dr. Choo is a classically- trained pianist who enjoys playing for his family, wife Kim and two daughters, Natalie and Alayna.


David Conley, MD




Dr. Peter D. Costantino is the Director of the New York Head & Neck Institute’s Center for Cranial Base Surgery and Senior Vice-President of the Head & Neck Surgery Service Line for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. He is one of the few surgeons in the U.S. experienced in virtually all aspects of cranial base surgery and capable of removing tumors by either an “open” approach involving an external incision on the scalp or face, or by minimally invasive endoscopic surgery. Dr. Costantino specializes in reconstruction of the face, facial nerve for facial paralysis and skull.


Julie Daugherty, PhD, NP-C

Julie Daugherty, NP-C, Ph.D.  began her nursing career in 1986 in critical care before entering the field of Otolaryngology in 1997 working for Dr. Silverstein. In 2006, she graduated from the University of South Florida as an adult nurse practitioner.  In 2011, she returned to USF to work on her Ph.D. in nursing science with an emphasis on the relationship between hearing and cognition. She graduated in May 2015 and returned full-time to the Silverstein Institute. She currently works part-time in our clinic seeing patients and part-time as the Ear Research Foundation's Assistant Director of Research.

Julie has a special clinical interest in tinnitus - both from a research and treatment perspective. She has a passion for providing education to her patients, peers, and the community about the prevalence, causes, and various treatment options for tinnitus.

She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International, Nursing Honor Society, Society of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Nurses, American Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Association, and the Sarasota Council for Advance Practice Nurses.


Amado Freire, MD



Max Ghaderi, DO



Dr. John Paul (J.P.) Gniady

Dr. John Paul (J.P.) Gniady Dr. Gniady attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate and medical school and then went on to complete his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Gniady accepted a Fellowship in Boston for a year of additional training in Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital with Dr. Steven Zeitels. Dr. Gniady joined the Silverstein Institute in Sarasota, Florida as an Associate in 2010. He specializes in treating patients with vocal cord paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia, and voice and swallowing disorders, especially those associated with Parkinson’s disease. 



Dr. Har-El is the Chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  He is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at the State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center, and an Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at New York University.

After graduating from Ben-Gurion University School of Medicine in Israel, Dr. Har-El obtained his Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery training at Beilinson Medical Center in Tel-Aviv, followed by otolaryngology residency as well as fellowship in head and neck and skull base surgery at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in New York.  

Dr. Har-El served as the President of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, President of the New York Head and Neck Society and President of the New York Laryngological Society.  He is currently the President-Elect of the American Laryngological Association and the Vice-President Elect of the Triological Society. He has been on the Council/Executive Boards of national organizations such as the Triological Society and the North American Skull Base Society.  Dr. Har-El chaired numerous committees including the Committee on Skull Base Surgery in the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and both the Finance and the Prevention and Early Detection Committees of the American Head and Neck Society.  

Dr. Har-El authored and co-authored more than 270 scientific papers and book chapters and published 8 books and monographs on otolaryngology in general and skull base surgery and sinus surgery in particular.  He made more than 430 scientific presentations, invited lectures, and invited panel presentations.  

Dr. Har-El is among the first otolaryngologists to receive two Distinguished Service Awards from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  Among other awards, Dr. Har-El received five teaching and education awards from the State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center 5 times, as well as the Stanley M. Blaugrund, MD Award for Excellence in Teaching from New York University 5 times.  Dr. Har-El has been listed in the “Best Doctors of New York”, “America’s Top Doctors”, and “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer” for the last 20 years.  



Michael Hoffer,MD

Michael Hoffer, MD, FACS is currently serving as a Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami.  Dr. Hoffer assumed these roles after an over twenty year military career in which he studied mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) on active duty service members. Dr. Hoffer is a clinician-scientist who performs both basic and clinical research along with his otology/Neurotology clinical practice.  Dr. Hoffer’s lab focuses on traumatic damage to the inner ear and brain.  He is authored over sixty papers and has a particular expertise in dizziness and balance disorders as well as neurosensory consequences after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).   

Dr. Hoffer and his collaborators have done pioneering work on pharmaceutical countermeasures for mTBI  as well as optimized diagnosis and management of neurosensory disorders seen after mTBI. Dr. Hoffer graduated from UCSD Medical School, was a resident at the University of Pennsylvania, and did a Neurotology Fellowship at the Ear Research Foundation.  He has an active clinical practice in otology/Neurotology and is very active in the University of Miami’s cochlear implant and hearing restoration services.


Marty Hopp, MD, PhD

Martin L. Hopp, MD, PhD is the  Medical Director of the Cedars-Sinai Sinus Center, Director of the Sleep Apnea Treatment Center, and the Administrative Director of Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Hopp is a pioneer in sinus surgery. He was the first surgeon in the Western United States to perform Image Guided (computer) Sinus Surgery, generally accepted as the safest technique for sinus repair. He is a leader in the field of balloon sinuplasty, the tissue sparing, minimally invasive surgical option for treating chronic sinusitis. He is a course lecturer and teacher of the technique throughout the United States.

Dr. Hopp’s research interests include computer-directed and other sinus surgery techniques, obstructive sleep apnea surgery, chemical carcinogenesis and chemotherapy for head and neck tumors.

A much sought after speaker, Dr. Hopp lectures across the country on sinus disease and sinus surgery. He has authored many articles and book chapters on these and other subjects in peer reviewed publications such as Archives of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Laryngoscope and others.

In 2006, Dr. Hopp received the prestigious Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery for distinguished service in Scientific Programs, Exhibits, Instructional Courses, including the Chairmanship of the Sleep Disorders Committee.

He is a member of numerous professional societies such as American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy, the American College of Physician Executives, and the American College of Managed Care Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery . In 2004, Dr. Hopp was appointed by the governor of California to be a member of the State of California Science Advisory Board, Carcinogen Identification Committee, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

Dr. Hopp earned his bachelor’s degree at Millikin University in Illinois and both his PhD in experimental pathology (cancer research) and his MD at Northwestern University Medical School. He performed a research fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at Millikin University and a fellowship in experimental pathology and chemical carcinogenesis at the Medical Scientist Training Program through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Dr. Hopp completed an internship and general surgery year at Huntington Memorial Hospital/University of Southern California followed by a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. He was full time Assistant Professor of Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the Stanford University Medical School before going into private practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.




Dennis Kraus MD is the Director of the Center for Head and Neck Oncology within the New York Head & Neck Institute and the Northwell Health Cancer Institute.  He is Chair of the Lenox Hill Hospital Cancer Committee, Member of the Cancer Oversight Committee for the Northwell Health System, Professor of Otolaryngology at Northwell Health Hofstra School of Medicine and a Member of the Admissions Committee for the Hofstra School of Medicine.  He has served in a number of administrative positions within the otolaryngology and head and neck surgery communities.  He has served in multiple roles within the AHNS, including program chair of the annual meeting and Secretary.

 He currently is a member of the Board of Governor for the American College of Surgeons and the Otolaryngology Advisory Council.  He serves on the American Joint Commission of Cancer.  He is the past president of the North American Skull Base Society, the New York Head and Neck Society and the New York Laryngological Society.  He is currently co-editor in chief of the Skull Base Journal and associate editor of Head and Neck Surgery.  He is chair of the Subspecialty Advisory Council for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is past chair of the Head and Neck Educational committee and the Home Study Course.

His clinical interest focuses on all aspects of head and neck oncology and his research efforts have paralled his clinical initiatives.  He has particular expertise as it relates to minimally invasive thyroid surgery, robotic surgery of the head and neck and sentinel node biopsy for cutaneous malignancies.  He has been a strong advocate for the use of minimally invasive surgery in the sinonasal region and skull base.  Each of these developments has been associated with decreased morbidity with improved cosmetic and functional outcomes for patients with head and neck neoplasms.  He has been fortunate to lecture across both the USA and around the world in a number of venues.  On a personal level, he is married to his wife of 29 years Daryl and lives with all 3 of his adult children; Devon, Cameron and Collin, in New York City.  He continues to enjoy golf, skiing and travel.



Dr. Yosef Krespi, MD, FACS, is the Director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at the New York Head and Neck Institute and is a board certified Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeon at North Shore-LIJ and Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is one of the world’s leading experts in laser surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, surgery to relieve snoring and sleep apnea and oral malodor. Dr. Krespi is nationally and internationally recognized and respected.


Lee Mandel, MD

Lee M. Mandel, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the Director of the  South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center and the South Florida Snoring and Sleep Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and a member of ENT Associates of South Florida, P.A.. He is a nationally recognized leader in the field of allergy, minimally invasive, in-office procedures for sinus disorders, snoring and sleep apnea and receives weekly visiting surgeons from around the country to learn his techniques. 

Dr. Mandel graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida with acceptance into Phi Beta Kappa his junior year. He went on to graduate in the top 5 of his medical school class, earning acceptance into Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society a year early, as well as being named President of that prestigious organization.

Dr. Mandel completed his residency training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City after which he was chosen for a coveted Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Ferdinand F. Becker, a pioneer in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery.

Dr. Mandel has earned numerous awards and distinctions and is Board Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Mandel is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, the American Rhinologic Society, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Voice Foundation. Most recently, Dr. Mandel was named President of the Florida Society of Otolaryngolgoy-Head and Neck Surgery, after serving as Secretary and Treasurer over the previous 2 years.

Dr. Mandel has distinguished himself as a thought leader in his specialty, and currently sits on the planning committee of the Open Forum alongside some of the country’s most respected surgeons. Dr. Mandel is also a co-founder and executive member of the board of directors for the Society for Innovation and Technology in Otolaryngology (SITO).

South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center and South Florida Snoring and Sleep Center encompass a state-of-the-art facility located in Broward County, Florida, providing comprehensive evaluation and management of all sinus, allergy, snoring and sleep disorders using cutting edge techniques, equipment and facilities. South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center has been named a Center Of Excellence for sinus care, using minimally invasive procedures in the office with little discomfort or downtime. Dr. Mandel currently co-hosts South Florida Health Today, heard weekly on 610 AM WIOD (iHeart Radio) Sundays at 9 a.m.


Spencer Payne, MD




Dr Dennis Poe is an otologist, neurotologist, a full-time member of the faculty at BostonChildren’s Hospital and a Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. He attendedmedical school at State University of NY Upstate, residency at University of Chicago, fellowshipwith Michael Glasscock in Nashville and did a doctorate in pathophysiology of Eustachian tubedysfunction in Tampere, Finland. He has been investigating disorders of the Eustachian tube ichildren and adults, leads an international study group and was the PI for a recent multicenter,randomized controlled, clinical trial of balloon dilation.


Jordan Pritikin, MD

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He completed his pre-medical education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology as well as a Master of Science degree in Neurobiology and Physiology. He attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. His residency training was also completed at Rush and he served on the academic staff from 1995 to 2003. Since 2003, he has been the Physician-Director of Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice in downtown Chicago that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the nose and sinuses. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has participated in clinical research exploring innovative treatment of nasal obstruction and chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has worked with industry partners to develop and refine instruments designed for nasal and sinus surgery.



Michael Redman, MD




Dr. Seth I. Rosenberg, MD, FACS is Board Certified in Otolaryngology specializing in ear disease and sinus disorders at the Florida Ear and Sinus Center, a division of the Silverstein Institute. He serves as Vice President and Education Director for the Ear Research Foundation, collaborated in many productive research endeavors and has co-authored over 70 scientific publications. Dr. Rosenberg is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School’s Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor at USF Medical School, Division of Otolaryngology.


Ira Sanders, MD




Dr. Steven D. Schaefer, MD, FACS is an internationally recognized Otolaryngologist who has trained and lectured to more than 30,000 physicians world wide on the therapy and treatment of acute/chronic sinusitis. He is also the Director of both the Center for Sino-Nasal Disorders and the Academic Programs and Development at the New York Head and Neck Institute as well as a Professor of Otolaryngology at the New York Medical College. Dr. Schaefer was among the first American physicians to train in Europe in minimally invasive or functional endoscopic sinus surgery, leading him to authoring textbooks and reports introducing a variety of surgical techniques.


Reuben Setliff, MD



Lee Shangold, MD



Michael Siedman, MD

Michael D. Seidman, MD, FACS attained both his B.S. in Human Nutrition and M.D. from the School of Public Health and the Medical School at the University of Michigan. After a five-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) he completed a fellowship in Otologic/Neurotologic and Skull Base. At HFHS, he led skull base surgery, wellness and integrative medicine and secured millions of dollars in philanthropy to build the first Center for Integrative Medicine, the first organic hydroponic green house to grow herbs and greenery for patients and employees and he was one of the lead architects for the new
370 million dollar hospital based upon the concepts of wellness.

Seidman was recruited in 2016 to be the Director of Otologic/Neurotologic Surgery and the
Medical Director of Wellness for FHCH and Professor of Oto-HNS for University of Central
Florida. He served as Director of Research for 28 years for HFHS and is the Director of the Scientific Advisory Board for ViSalus Sciences. Seidman is a past President of the Michigan
Otolaryngology Society, was elected as the Chair-Board of Governors for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) in 2010-12, and elected in 2013 to the Board of Directors. He works on matters of Governmental and regulatory concerns, including several presentations to Congress and the FDA. He was appointed to the medical board for the
State of Michigan by the Governor and has the privilege of serving in numerous leadership roles locally, nationally and internationally, and serves as an editor, associate editor, and on the review board of eight national or international journals including the American Journal of Chinese

Seidman is an active scientist and has extramural funding from the National Institute of Health and other major institutions to study Maintenance of Certification and Licensure, hearing loss, NIHL and alternative therapies. He is considered an expert on the molecular basis of ageing, noise induced hearing loss, otologic/neurotologic-skull base surgery, all aspects of ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgery, tinnitus, herbal therapies, nutrition/antioxidants and their relationship to health, sports and aging and complementary/integrative medicine. He has mentored more than 250 high school, medical students, residents, post-docs and junior colleagues over the past 30 years. Additionally, he has developed two new surgical procedures; one for reconstructing the ear bones and the other, a brain surgery to manage tinnitus. Lastly, he is one of several investigators in N. America selected to work on Clinical trials with the Envoy
Corporation (Fully Implantable hearing devices), Auris Medical (AM-101 and 111), and Microtransponder which is evaluating the Vagal Nerve Stimulator to manage chronic tinnitus. Seidman lectures internationally on such topics; has more than 130 publications; 25 book chapters, a book published by Time Warner “Save Your Hearing Now” and another book

“Complementary and Integrative Therapies for ENT Disorders”. He has received numerous awards including being honored as one of the top Doctors in the USA since 1996 and was honored by the AAO-HNS with the Clinical Practitioner Excellence Award (given to one Otolaryngologist each year). He has been awarded seven patents in the nutritional/aging and surgical fields. Additionally, he has several more patents pending on, aging, mitochondrial function endurance enhancement, and surgical tools and techniques. Seidman has been interviewed on Good Morning America, CNN and other national news venues and has been quoted nationally and internationally in such magazines as “O”, “Shape”, Women’s World, Prevention, Men’s Health, The Wall Street Journal, New York and the London Times.

Since 1981 he has studied conventional and complementary/integrative methodology to promote health and wellness. Additionally, he is working on humanitarian efforts that include building an ENT hospital in Bangladesh and helping to solve the devastating problem of Rickets in more than 400,000 children.




Dr. Herbert Silverstein, MD, FACS is the President and founder of the Silverstein Institute and the Ear Research Foundation and has been consistently recognized since 1979 as one of the “Best Physicians in the USA.” Dr. Silverstein has been a leader in otology for more than 25 years, developing surgical and diagnostic procedures, teaching medical students, residents and fellows as well as helping people from all walks of life. He is also internationally regarded as a leading authority on Meniere’s disease. Dr. Silverstein serves as a Clinical Professor of Surgery on the teaching faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and at the University of South Florida, is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and is on the active staff at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and the Cape Surgery Center. As an active researcher, Dr. Silverstein speaks at many annual international medical meetings and is the author of over 240 scientific papers, several textbooks and videos.



DATUK DR. KULJIT SINGH An experienced speaker, he has presented many medical talks at both local and international level. His special interest has been in allergy research and has recently completed a research on the demographics of allergic rhinitis and its quality of life in 4 major towns in Malaysia. He initiated the first ENT teaching symposia and Balance disorder Workshop for general practitioners. Besides that, he is an experienced speaker on the radio and television and has 15 plus press write-ups and statements in the local dailies. He leads the way on minimal invasive sinus surgery and recently using Image Guidance System in navigating sinus surgery. He has organized 8 ENT regional meetings related to minimal invasive sinus surgery with the recent name on “ENT Summit”. Currently, he serves the position of Medical Director at Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Ewen Tseng, MD

Dr. Tseng was educated at Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX Medical School and completed internship and residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He is licensed in Texas and has practiced in both Plano and Frisco.  He has published papers in various journals and given several presentations at different levels: institutional, community, state and regional. Throughout the past two decades, Dr. Tseng has been a designated speaker for various pharmaceutical and equipment companies. He has been on the faculty for an international sinus meeting for three years (2009, 2011-12).  He is currently a principal investigator for – MERLOT – Clinical trial for Acclarent/Johnson & Johnson.

Dr. Tseng grew up in Houston, TX. He has been married to his wife, Anna, since 1992. He has two daughters, one in middle school and the other in elementary school. He remains involved in many of their extra-curricular activities.



John Walker, DDS




Dr. Jack Wazen, MD, FACS is a leading authority on hearing and balance disorders, pioneering new research that has expanded treatments for those with single-sided deafness and complex cases of hearing loss. An experienced otological/neurotological surgeon, he specializes in microsurgical procedures, acoustic neuromas, implantable hearing devices and treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. Dr. Wazen is currently a partner at the Silverstein Institute and the VP/Director of Research at the Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota, Florida.


Ray Weiss, MD



Tucker Woodson, MD

Dr. Woodson has dual board certification in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Sleep Medicine.  He is a nationally recognized expert in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.  He has lectured worldwide on issues related to surgery and sleep medicine.  He has served on the Standards of Practice Committee, and Quality and Outcomes working groups for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; the Program Advisory committee and Sleep Disorders Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology, and the exam committee of the Board of Sleep Medicine.  He is past president of the International Surgical Sleep Society and has served on many national and international leadership positions related to sleep and sleep surgery.  His research interest includes assessment of upper airway structure and ventilatory function and developing innovative methods to improve upper airway reconstructive techniques.  He has co-edited and co-authored books on sleep apnea, “Snoring and Sleep Apnea” and “Advanced Techniques in Surgery of Sleep Apnea” and authored over 130 articles, manuscripts, and book chapters related to sleep medicine. 



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