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Our Team

Benjamin T. Crane, M.D., Ph.D.

Benjamin CraneDirector

Dr. Crane is an expert in otology and neurotology who also has a research background in disorders of the vestibular system. His research aims to better understand human motion perception and spatial orientation using psychophysical and engineering techniques to study head motion and its interaction with visual stimuli. Current studies involve healthy individuals, patients with vestibular hypofunction, and patients with dizziness symptoms related to common central integration disorders such as migraine associated vertigo.

Dr. Crane's Areas of Expertise:

  • Single sided deafness
  • Cochlear implants
  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Otosclerosis
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
  • Facial nerve disorders

Paul O. Dutcher, M.D.

Paul Dutcher

Dr. Dutcher has specialized in otology/neurotology since he joined the University of Rochester Medical Center's faculty in 1983, where he serves as Director of the Otology Center of Western New York. His particular areas of expertise include disorders of the ear and hearing, disorders of balance and dizziness, malformations of the ear, hearing and hearing loss and cochlear implantation, and management of tumors involving the ear, including acoustic neuroma, glomus tumors, and other skull base tumors.

 

Dr. Dutcher's Areas of Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Congenital Aural Atresia
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Hearing and Hearing Loss
  • Laser Surgery
  • Neurotologic Skull Base Surgery
  • Pediatric Otology
  • Vertigo/ Meniere's

Hitomi Sakano, M.D., Ph.D.

Headshot of Dr. Hitomi Sakano in white shirt and black jacketDr. Sakano specializes Otology and Neurotology, treating the disorders of the ear and lateral skull base. She also has a research interest in the activity dependent changes of the auditory neural pathways.

She is a graduate of the M.D.-Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. She completed her internship in General Surgery and residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Washington. She completed additional training at University of California San Diego ACGME accredited Neurotology fellowship. She is board certified both in Otolaryngology and in Neurotology through the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Clinical Expertise:

  • Hearing loss and Cochlear Implantation
  • Cholesteatoma and chronic ear disease
  • Tumors of the ear
  • Tumors of the lateral skull base (e.g. acoustic neuromas, glomus tumors)
  • Vestibular disorders including Meniere's
  • Facial nerve disorders

John W. Wayman, M.D.

John Wayman

Dr. Wayman specializes in otology/neurotology with a special interest in hearing and hearing loss, as well as dizziness and balance disorders. A native of Ithaca, New York, Dr. Wayman is a graduate of Hamilton College and received his medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook. He completed his residency training in otolaryngology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He completed his fellowship training in otology/neurotology at the Michigan Ear Institute before returning to Rochester in 1992 to establish his practice.

 

Dr. Wayman's Areas of Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Congenital Aural Atresia
  • Facial Nerve Disorders
  • Hearing and Hearing Loss
  • Laser Surgery
  • Neurotologic Skull Base Surgery
  • Pediatric Otology
  • Vertigo/ Meniere's

Additional providers

Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

 

 

Eric Anson, PT, PhD

AnsonDr. Anson is an expert in vestibular rehabilitation with a research background in disorders of the vestibular system and other causes of balance problems.  He received a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Science Center in 2003, his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, and he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research interests include perception of self-motion and the effects of vestibular disorders on gaze and postural control problems during balance and walking. 

Dr. Anson’s Areas of Expertise:

  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Multisensory Balance Problems