Lakeside ENT & Allergy is an independent, privately-owned medical group that was originally founded in 1976 by Dr Eric Birken after moving to the Finger Lakes region of New York State and opening a solo practice. We are now comprised of eight providers—six board certified ENT specialists (otolaryngologists), an ENT nurse practitioner, and a board-certified Doctor of Audiology. Our MDs are board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto). We provide medical and surgical treatment for pediatric and adult ENT conditions, head and neck tumors, skin cancers of the head and neck, otology or ear diseases, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, nasal disorders and sinus surgery, snoring and sleep apnea, and allergies, to name just a few. Lakeside ENT and Allergy has proudly provided ENT care to the Finger Lakes and Western NY for nearly 40 years.
Training and Patient Care
Otolaryngologists are ready to start practicing after completing up to 15 years of college and post-graduate training. To qualify for certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology, an applicant must first complete college, medical school (usually four years), and at least five years of surgical specialty residency training. Next, the physician must pass the American Board of Otolaryngology examination. Many of our physicians are additionally participants in the ABOto’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. All Lakeside ENT & Allergy physicians are Fellows or fellowship-pending members of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. Fellowship in the AAOA entails completion of specific rigorous clinical and educational requirements, completions of extensive AAOA-sponsored continuing education courses, demonstration of clinical experience in otolaryngic allergy and immunotherapy, and successful completion of written and oral components of the AAOA Fellow examination.
What is an ENT Specialist?
Otolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
Their special skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Otolaryngologists diagnose, treat, and manage specialty-specific disorders as well as many primary care problems in both children and adults.
What Do Otolaryngologists Treat?
The Ears-Hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans. The unique domain of otolaryngologists is the treatment of ear disorders. They are trained in both the medical and surgical treatment of hearing, ear infections, balance disorders, ear noise (tinnitus), nerve pain, and facial and cranial nerve disorders. Otolaryngologists also manage congenital (birth) disorders of the outer and inner ear.
The Nose-About 35 million people develop chronic sinusitis each year, making it one of the most common health complaints in America. Care of the nasal cavity and sinuses is one of the primary skills of otolaryngologists. Management of the nasal area includes allergies and sense of smell. Breathing through, and the appearance of, the nose are also part of otolaryngologists’ expertise.
The Throat-Communicating (speech and singing) and eating a meal all involve this vital area. Also specific to otolaryngologists is expertise in managing diseases of the larynx (voice box) and the upper aero-digestive tract or esophagus, including voice and swallowing disorders.
The Head and Neck-This center of the body includes the important nerves that control sight, smell, hearing, and the face. In the head and neck area, otolaryngologists are trained to treat infectious diseases, both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors, facial trauma, and deformities of the face. They perform both cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgery.