02/04/2013 in press release
ENT and Allergy Associates®, LLP Greatly Enhances its Presence on Long Island
Brings its Brand of Superior Medical Care to Port Jefferson and Patchogue, Welcomes Seven New Partners to the Practice
Tarrytown, NY –February 4th, 2013, ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA) continues to grow in Long Island by leaps and bounds. More importantly, so does its corresponding ability to comprehensively serve the healthcare needs of a deserving Nassau/Suffolk patient population that continues to grow as well.
Today, in a blockbuster merger that will literally reshape the ear, nose, throat, allergy and audiology medical landscape on Long Island, ENTA announced that it has added the seven superb physicians, and the Port Jefferson and Patchogue offices, of Otolaryngology Associates of Long Island to its current roster of 36 clinical locations and 130+ physicians throughout New York and New Jersey. The merger is expected to be effective as of June 1st, 2013.
Joining ENTA as full partners are Richard S. Litman, MD (current physician president of Otolaryngology Associates of Long Island), William H. Sher, MD, Lee M. Shangold, MD, John P. Sugrue, MD, Ajay E. Chitkara, MD, and Craig Litman, MD. Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD comes on board as an associate partner. Each of these well-trained physicians is Board Certified in Otolaryngology and skilled in all aspects of ENT including Otology, Head and Neck surgery, Sinus Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Laryngology, and Sleep Medicine. All of these physicians are and will continue to be affiliated with the Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Richard Litman has been recognized every year since 1996 in the Castle Connolly Guide to Best Doctors in New York. Dr. Craig Litman received the Patient’s Choice Award in 2012. In addition, Dr. Lee Shangold is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, and Dr. Ajay Chitkara is fellowship-trained in Laryngology.
As a result of this joinder, the existing offices of this well-established private practice—which has been serving patients on the North and South Shores of Long Island for over 30 years—will become ENTA’s 37th and 38th locations. Those offices, situated at 251 East Oakland Avenue, Port Jefferson, NY and 475 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY—will complement ENTA’s current Long Island clinical sites; in Nassau County’s Garden City and Lake Success as well as Suffolk County’s Riverhead, Southampton and East Hampton.
To ensure that the entire needs of patients in surrounding communities are met, ENTA plans to further staff these offices with an additional otolaryngology associate, as well as a board-certified Allergist—offering Adult and Pediatric Allergy care, and a licensed Audiologist—offering complete hearing services and dispensing hearing aids.
“Our number one focus has always been the care of our patients and their families”, commented Richard S. Litman, MD, “so when my colleagues and I were presented with the opportunity to become a significant part of ENT and Allergy Associates, with their array of clinical and technological breadth, depth, and expertise, we recognized that this would insure to our patients’ benefit since ENT and Allergy Associates is well respected and well known throughout the New York/ New Jersey area. We are very much looking forward to continuing our tradition of offering our patients in Eastern Long Island the best ENT care available for the future with this merger.”
“My partners and I are completely delighted to welcome Richard and his Partners into our family”, noted ENT and Allergy Associates President Wayne Eisman, MD. “It is gratifying indeed to be adding seven superb ENT physicians; each one gifted with superior skills and the highest academic training. They, like all of our clinicians, will absolutely provide the highest level of patient care…and nothing is more important to us.”
Added Robert Glazer, CEO of ENTA, “Our overall Practice strategy of carefully and selectively adding medical sites and expertise continues to bear fruit and benefit more and more communities. We began serving the patient population of Nassau and Suffolk a couple of years ago with mergers and subsequent expansions/renovations in Garden City and Lake Success, then did the same in Riverhead and the Hamptons. Now, bringing the seven physicians and two locations of Otolaryngology Associates of Long Island on board is a powerful next step. We are extremely pleased.”
Richard S. Litman, MD is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He completed his medical school education at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of WakeForestUniversity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1971. After his medical school he did one year of surgery training at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, New York, and a second year of surgery training at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, Long Island. He then returned to Albert Einstein where he completed his Otolaryngology Residency in 1976. He is the Chief of Otolaryngology at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, in Port Jefferson, New York, from 1984 until the present. Dr. Litman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, NY, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery/Otolaryngology at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Stony Brook University. He has been listed in the Castle Connolly Guide to Best Doctors in New York every year since 1996. Dr. Litman sees patients in all fields of Otolaryngology including Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology, Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Surgery, and Sleep Disorders, and has a special interest in Pediatric Otolaryngology. He performs his surgical procedures at J.T.MatherHospital, St. CharlesHospital in Port Jefferson, and at the Stony Brook University Ambulatory Surgery Center in Stony Brook, N.Y.
William H. Sher, MD earned his bachelor’s degree from New York University and graduated from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA receiving his MD in 1980. He completed his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at New York University – Bellevue Hospital Medical Center. He is the section Chief of the Department of Otolaryngology at St. Charles Hospital and attending physician at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, both in Port Jefferson, NY. He holds the academic appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Sher sees patients in all fields of Otolaryngology with a particular interest in thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
Lee M. Shangold, MD graduated from SUNY – Upstate Medical School in 1986. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and became Board Certified in 1992. Dr. Shangold treats all aspects of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. His areas of special interest include both pediatric and adult sleep medicine and allergy. He is one of approximately 200 otolaryngologists in this country who are also boarded in Sleep Medicine through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Shangold is also an active member of the New York State Society of Sleep Medicine as well as a course instructor for the AmericanAcademy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery annual meeting on the topic of sleep medicine. He is the co-director of 2 different sleep labs on Long Island. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.
Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD is Board-Certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. She is also a member of the American College of Surgeons. After completing medical school at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she completed 2 years of general surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York and then her Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery residency at the University of Southern California, in 1994. Dr. Zaretsky is currently on the Board of Directors of the AmericanAcademy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. She is the Chair of the Ethics Committee for AAO-HNS as well as the Chair of the Women in Otolaryngology Section/AAO-HNS Program's Committee. In addition, Dr. Zaretsky is the current Vice President of the Long Island Society of Otolaryngology. She holds a position of Assistant Clinical Professor at Stony Brook University. Dr. Zaretsky sees patients covering all aspects of Otolaryngology including Pediatrics, Rhinology, Head and Neck Surgery, Laryngology, Otology, Sinus Disease, Allergy, and Sleep Disorders. Surgical procedures are currently performed by Dr. Zaretsky at John T. Mather Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, and the Stony Brook Ambulatory Surgery Center.
John P Sugrue, MD is Board - Certified in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery, and a member of the AmericanCollege of Surgeons. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1989 and completed his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Georgetown University Medical Center in 1994. He is an attending physician at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital as well as St. Charles Hospital both located in Port Jefferson, NY as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Sugrue sees patients in all fields of Otolaryngology including Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology, Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Surgery, and Sleep Disorders. He performs his surgical procedures at JohnT.MatherHospital and St. CharlesHospital and at Stony Brook University Ambulatory Surgery Center. His areas of special interest and expertise include, mastoid and sinus surgery (encompassing complex hospital-based procedures as well as office-based balloon sinuplasty).
Ajay E. Chitkara, MD graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1998 and completed his residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the GeorgetownUniversityMedicalCenter. He then trained in a Laryngology / Neurolaryngology Fellowship at the New YorkCenter for Voice and Swallowing Disorders under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Blitzer. When he came to Long Island in 2004, he was the first fellowship trained laryngologist in the area. Since then, Dr. Chitkara has been offering advanced voice and swallowing care to people across this region. He also has experience in the use of botulinum toxin for treating movement disorders of the head and neck such as spasmodic dysphonia, hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm. Dr. Chitkara treats problems relating to general adult and pediatric otolaryngology. He remains active in specialty organizations and is currently the President of the Long Island Society of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
Craig Litman, MD earned his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University, Atlanta, GA in 1998. He completed his medical school education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, in Rochester, NY in 2003. After medical school he did one year of surgical internship and then completed a residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Dr. Litman is Assistant Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Long Island and a Clinical Instructor at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx, New York. Dr. Litman sees patients in all fields of Otolaryngology including Pediatric Otolaryngology, Otology, Sinus Problems, Head and Neck Surgery, and Sleep Disorders. In 2012, Dr. Litman received a Patient’s Choice Award. He has a particular interest in endocrine surgery, including parathyroid and thyroid surgery. He performs his surgical procedures at John T. Mather Hospital and at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, and at the Stony Brook University Ambulatory Surgery Center in Stony Brook, NY.
Once again, all of these physicians are and will continue to be affiliated with the Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center.
To learn even more about the benefits of ENT and Allergy Associates, please visit www.entandallergy.com, where patients can conveniently find an ENT doctor or find an Allergy Doctor, and then easily book an appointment at the nearest New York (NY) or New Jersey (NJ) location.
Each ENT and Allergy Associates clinical location provides access to a full complement of services, including General Adult and Pediatric ENT, Voice and Swallowing, Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Disorders of the Inner Ear and Dizziness, Asthma, Clinical Immunology, Diagnostic Audiology, Hearing Aid dispensing, Sleep and CT Services. Visit www.entandallergy.com for more information. The Practice has a clinical alliance with The Mount Sinai Hospital for the treatment of diseases of the head and neck and esophageal cancer and a partnership with the American Cancer Society to educate and treat patients with smoking disorders and cancer. The Practice has also expanded its clinical capabilities to include advanced Immunodeficiency trials.
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