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UR Medicine Otolaryngologists (ENT physicians) at the University of Rochester Medical Center are trained in non-surgical and surgical treatment of diseases of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck. Our specialists perform hundreds of procedures and surgeries every year, so patient care is always in the hands of well-practiced experts.

In fact, as part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, our physicians are exposed to more complex conditions and unusual complications than most physicians in the area.

Many physicians are also involved in research to find new treatments for ENT-related diseases. All of our doctors are board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Shawn NewlandsShawn D. Newlands, MD, PhD, MBA
Department Chair
Specialties: Head and Neck Oncology, Thyroid/Parathyroid, General Otolaryngology


Eric Anson PT, MPT, PhDEric Anson PT, PhD
Specialties: Vestibular Rehabilitation




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

Specialties: Otology, Neurotology, Cochlear Implants




BrooksJennifer Brooks Fontanarosa, MD, MPH                                                                                                                                          Specialties: Thyroid/Parathyroid, Head and Neck Reconstruction, Pediatric Otolaryngology

Michael DeCicco, MDMichael DeCicco, MD
Specialties: General Otolaryngology and Otolaryngic Allergy

Timothy DoerrTimothy Doerr, MD
Specialties: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Facial Trauma

Paul O. DutcherPaul O. Dutcher, MD
Specialties: Otology/Neurotology, Vertigo/Meniere's, Acoustic Neuroma, Cochlear Implant

John Faria, MDJohn J. Faria, MD
Specialties: Pediatric Otolaryngology and Vascular Malformations

FontanarosaJoel B. Fontanarosa, MD, PhD
Specialties: Head and Neck Oncology, Thyroid/Parathyroid, Head and Neck Reconstruction

Sveta KarelskySveta Karelsky, MD
Specialties: General Otolaryngology, Sleep Surgery

Li-Xing ManLi-Xing Man, MSc, MD, MPA
Specialties: Rhinology, Nasal and Sinus Surgery

Alexander K. Mandych, M.D.Alexander K. Mandych, MD
Specialties: General Otolaryngology





MamikogluBulent Mamikoglu, MD
Specialties: General Otolaryngology

Margo McKenna BenoitMargo McKenna, MD
Specialties: Pediatric Otolaryngology

Chase H. MillerChase H. Miller, MD
Specialties: Rhinology, Nasal and Sinus Surgery, ENT Allergies, Pediatric Otolaryngology, General Otolaryngology

Matthew C. MillerMatthew C. Miller, MD
Specialties: Head and Neck Oncology, Thyroid/Parathyroid, Head and Neck Reconstruction

O'Connell FersterAshley P. O'Connell Ferster, MD
Specialties: Laryngology 

Ronald S. PulliRonald S. Pulli, MD
Specialties: General Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Rieth Katherine K. Rieth, MD, MA
Specialties: General Otolaryngology                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Sakano Hitomi Sakano, MD, PhD
Specialties: Otology/Neurotology                                                                                                                                                                                            

Glen SchneiderG. Todd Schneider, MD, MS
Specialties: Larynx Disorders, Including Voice Disorders in Singers and Other Professional Voice Users, Dysphagia, Upper Airway Issues

SchmaleIsaac L. Schmale, MD
Specialties: Rhinology, Nasal and Sinus Surgery


Alexis StrohlAlexis Strohl-Bryan, MD
Specialties: Otolaryngology/Facial Plastic Surgery

Vandjelovic Nathan D. Vandjelovic, DO
Specialties: Pediatric Otolaryngology   

WangWeitao Wang, MD
Specialties: Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Facial Trauma                                                                                                                                                                           

John W. WaymanJohn W. Wayman, MD
Specialties: Otology/Neurotology, Vertigo/Meniere's, Cochlear Implant, Pediatric Otolaryngology, General Otolaryngology


Advanced Practice Providers:

Our Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA) have been trained by board certified and fellowship-trained physicians in diagnosing and treating ear, nose and throat diseases, and work collaboratively with our specialists to provide excellent care.

Emma M. Brixen, PA-CEmma M. Brixen, PA-C

Emma is a graduate of the physician assistant program of SUNY Upstate Medical University where she earned her M.S. degree in 2015. Prior to this, she earned her B.S. at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Prior to joining our team in 2018, she worked in both outpatient Psychiatry and Urgent Care in the FInger Lakes region. Emma now works at the Geneva location specializing in general ENT.

Lauren CramerLauren A. Cramer, PA-C

Lauren is a graduate of SUNY Cortland College where she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology, Exercise Science and is also a graduate of Daemen College where she earned her M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. She has worked as a PA-C in an Allergy, Immunology and Asthma office, prior to joining URMC. Lauren now works in the Otolaryngology department at our Clinton Woods Location.


DidasAmanda E. Didas, PA-C

Amanda is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. Amanda brings with her 10 years of experience working in the Otolaryngology department at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Amanda now works the pediatric division of our Otolaryngology department seeing a variety of ear, nose and throat disorders. 

Laine DiNotoLaine E. DiNoto, MS, RN, PNP-C

Laine received her BS in Biology from the University at Albany and her BSN from Binghamton University. After being a pediatric staff nurse at Golisano Children’s Hospital, she went on to pursue her MS degree. She graduated from University of Rochester School of Nursing with her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree in 2014. She has prior experience as a pediatric primary care provider in the greater Rochester community and is part of our pediatric otolaryngology team.

EduardoLeanna S. Eduardo, PA-C

Leanna is a graduate of Daemen College where she earned her B.S. in Health Science and M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. She has over 5 years of experience as an Ears, Nose and Throat Physician Assistant prior to joining our team in 2018. Leanna now works in the Clinton Woods location seeing a variety of patients primarily in the Urgent Care Center.



Schuyler N. Francis, MS, RN, FNP-C

Schuyler is a graduate of the Nurse Practitioner program at St. John Fisher College where she received a Family Nurse Practitioner degree. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from University at Buffalo. She works out of the Clinton Woods Location, and will be specializing in general ENT. Prior to coming to University Otolaryngology she worked in a Family Practice setting for two years and at the Wilmot Cancer Center caring for Head and Neck, Urology, and Surgical Oncology post-operative patients. As an RN she cared for post-operative thoracic and plastic patients.

HaralambidesKristina C. Haralambides, MS, RN, FNP-C

Kristina is a graduate of St. John Fisher College School of Nursing, where she earned both her B.S. in Nursing and M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner degrees. She joined our team in 2015 and works out of our Clinton Woods Location. She sees a variety of patients but works primarily with Dr. Chase Miller with a focus on rhinology and allergy. Prior to coming to University Otolaryngology she worked in a Family Practice Setting. As a RN she had a variety of roles including psychiatry, internal medicine and urgent care medicine.

KarlsenJacqueline E. Karlsen, RNFA, FNP-C

Jackie is a graduate of the Nurse Practitioner program at Community General Hospital in Syracuse, where she received a Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate. She received her Registered Nurse First Assistant degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Jackie has 17 years of experience working in general surgery at Finger Lakes Health. She has also worked in urology, as a hospitalist, and currently works per diem at an Urgent Care Center and per diem as an RNFA.  Jackie joined the URMC Otolaryngology practice in 2015. She sees patients in the Geneva Office. She treats general ENT problems, and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.​

MauroMatthew J. Mauro, PA-C 

Matt Mauro is a graduate of Daemen College where he earned his B.S. in Health Science and M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to joining our team, he completed clinical internships with the Otolaryngology and Oncology Departments of Strong Memorial Hospital. He works out of the Clinton Woods location primarily in the urgent care center. 


Tarek SialaTarek M. Siala, PA-C

Tarek received his B.S. degree from Oregon State University. He completed the Physician Assistant Program at Western Michigan University in 2009. He worked at Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants, an affiliate of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, for 2 years before joining our team in 2012. He works in the Clinton Woods and Highland Hospital offices with the primary responsibility of seeing patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are considering CPAP alternatives, in addition to general ear, nose and throat concerns. He is an assistant clinical professor at Rochester Institute of Technology’s physician assistant program. Tarek treats and prepares patients for CPAP alternatives including hypoglossal nerve stimulation like the Inspire implant. He helps patients fulfill requirements for sleep surgeries performed by Dr. Sveta Karelsky.




Our world-class audiologists, in association with field-leading doctors and surgeons at UR Medicine, provide patients with a complete range of services using the latest techniques and technologies.

Each member of our team holds a master’s degree or higher and is New York State-licensed and nationally certified in audiology. Dedicated to advancing knowledge, exploring and expanding treatment options and improving the quality of patient care, our practitioners are active in professional associations and engage in extensive research.

Photo of Christy Monczynski Hopson, Au.D., M.S.Christy Monczynski Hopson, AuD, MS
Program Administrator, Otolaryngology                                                                                                                               Director, Audiology & Speech Pathology




OrlandoMark S. Orlando, PhD, MBA
Director of Research and Education 




AshrafiounChristina Ashrafioun, AuD
Senior Audiologist 




AugustinKristin E. Augustin, AuD




BauerChristina A. Bauer, AuD
Senior Audiologist and Clinical Services & Dispensing Program Manager




DAgostinoDawn D'Agostino, MA
Senior Audiologist 




DaveyLauren C. Davey, AuD




NABrendan Fitzgerald, AuD




GerringerMichelle R. Gerringer, AuD




JoyceKatherine Joyce, AuD





Pamela T. Kruger, AuD




LeongU-Cheng Leong, PhD




MaloneStephanie Malone, AuD




Sierra Nye, AuDSierra Nye, AuD




WightmanMegan Wightman, AuD
Senior Audiologist 




Speech Pathologists:

UR Medicine Speech Pathology at Strong Memorial Hospital is part of UR Medicine Otolaryngology (ENT). We utilize a multidisciplinary approach to care – and offer evaluation and therapy to both in- and outpatient children and adults who have speech, language, cognition and/or swallowing problems. As our patient, you’ll benefit from a full range of services, including highly specialized diagnostic procedures for complex problems.

Our speech-pathologists are licensed by the New York State Department of Education and hold Certificates of Clinical Competence for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), in addition to postgraduate training and certifications in several clinical subspecialties.

AmodioAshley Amodio, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 




ArgentieriAshtin Argentieri, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist  




BrunelleKinga S. Brunelle, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist  




RosaJaime Rosa-Campeau, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 





Heather Coles, SLP, headshotHeather Coles, M.A. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist




FalconDeborah Falcon, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 




GrassoLiane C. Grasso, MM, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist and Singing Voice Specialist                                          




Headshot of SLP Gerriann JacksonGerriann Jackson, MS, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist




KennedyJudith Kennedy, MS, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist



MaierSheryl Maier, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist




MaruskaKatherine Maruska, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist




OBrienKelly Julian O'Brien, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 




PerkinsAndrea Perkins, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist 




TopelAmy Topel Platt, MS, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist 




RedeyeMelanie Redeye, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 




RossboroughElizabeth Rossborough, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 




Portrait of Lindsay Schwab, Speech pathologistLindsay R. Schwab, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 






Peter Sullivan, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist 




ValasekLisa Valasek, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist