Associate Professor of Surgery David A. Schessel has been named chief of the Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, known as the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Service at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Appointed by Todd K. Rosengart, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Schessel has served as acting chief since 2008 and continues in his new permanent role to lead a five-faculty ENT Service Division.
Otolaryngology involves the medical and surgical management of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat, as well as related structures of the head and neck. The ENT Service at SBUMC provides a full range of care for both adults and children with disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. In addition to the management of routine ENT problems, the Division provides expertise in laryngology (voice and swallowing disorders), complex nasal/sinus problems, minimally invasive and endoscopic approaches to the treatment of tumors of the head and neck, salivary glands, pituitary tumors, as well as endocrine disorders. Specialists in neurotology (diseases of the ear) treat a myriad of conditions, including inner ear disease, dizziness, balance disorders, as well as acoustic neuroma and skull base tumors.
“Dr. Schessel has been instrumental in recruiting new faculty to the Division, and with his expertise and experience, will continue to lead in expanding our ENT and related patient services,” said Rosengart, noting that the Department’s successful 2010 faculty recruitment initiative resulted in the completion of the ENT team with the arrival of two new physicians.
Board certified in otolaryngology and neurotology, Schessel came to Stony Brook in 2007 after 16 years practicing adult and pediatric otology and neurotology at George Washington University Medical Center, Children’s National Medical Center, and Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C.
His practice and expertise encompass the management of adult and pediatric ear and skull base problems. He has special interest in the management of problems with dizziness, imbalance, and vertigo, including diseases such as Ménière’s disease; the treatment of ear and mastoid infections and cholesteatoma; hearing loss and its management, including cochlear implants and the newest bone-anchored technologies, as well as reconstructive ear surgery and laser ear surgery. Schessel also has extensive experience in the treatment of skull base disease, such as acoustic neuromas, glomus tumors, and facial nerve problems. As such, he is active in the Skull Base Surgery Center, part of Stony Brook’s Institute for Advanced Neurosciences.