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Advanced Practice Providers

The advanced practice providers at the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Otolaryngology are highly skilled health care professionals who are certified and state licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. Our Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician’s Assistant (PA) have been specifically trained by Board Certified and Fellowship-trained Physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of all ear, nose and throat diseases, and work hand in hand with our specialists to provide excellent care. They are creative, compassionate and uniquely placed to deliver preventive care through education and extend the care that our doctors provide by alleviating some of the routine work for physicians such as physical examination, diagnostic testing, prescribing medications and non-surgical treatment of diseases.

Keri ComerfordKeri Comerford, NP
Keri is a graduate of the St. John Fisher College School of Nursing, where she earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner degrees. She has worked as a nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital for the past 10 years in roles associated with Obstetrics and Gynecology. Keri now works at our Clinton Woods location, and the Wilmot Cancer Center facilitating care for a variety of patients.


Mary RiversMary Rivers, NP
Mary received B.S. in Nursing from Alfred University at St. John Fisher College. She then received M.S.N in Family Health and Nurse Practitioner degree from URMC School of Nursing. Upon graduation, she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Preoperative Center. For the past 13 years, she has worked in Otolaryngology at Clinton Woods location caring for variety of patients and specializing in Otology. Previously, she worked as an RN at Strong in the Burn Unit and the Strong Surgical Center and has been a Strong employee for over 30 years.

Tarek SialaTarek Siala, PA
Tarek received his B.S. degree from Oregon State University. He completed the Physician Assistant Program at Western Michigan University. Tarek brings two years of experience as a Physician’s Assistant from Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants in Woburn, MA . He works in the Clinton Woods office with the primary responsibility of seeing patients in the otolaryngology urgent care center.