Marc D. Gottlieb, MD, has been appointed chief of otolaryngology at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn. He will lead a growing and expanded ear, nose, and throat (ENT) service for adults and children that is part of NYU Langone Health’s nationally ranked Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
A native of Canada, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and physiology, and received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He completed his internship in general surgery and a residency in otolaryngology at NYU School of Medicine.
“I love working in Brooklyn because of the opportunity to treat multigenerational families—from children with recurring throat or ear infections and parents with chronic sinusitis or rhinitis, to grandparents who may be experiencing ringing in the ear or difficulty walking because of a problem maintaining balance,” says Dr. Gottlieb, who previously had offices in Williamsburg, Bensonhurst, and Bay Ridge.
He has long had a fascination with the human ear. “Along with its role in hearing and maintaining balance, the ear functions as an exquisite measure of pressure,” he says. He notes that the ear performs an amazing feat of distinguishing sources of sound.
“Given the same energy and different sources, a variety of musical instruments can be playing the same note and the ear is able to distinguish the sound of a piano and a violin from an oboe or a trumpet,” Dr. Gottlieb says. “It is truly an amazing ability.”
Taking Care of ENT Issues in Children and Adults
The nose and nasal passages are the origins of many problems that bring patients to Dr. Gottlieb for consultation. Infections can cause a cascade of events: postnasal drip, sore throat, difficulty breathing, hoarseness, chronic cough, sinusitis, and ear infections.
Some of the most common ENT problems in children are ear and throat infections and chronic inflammation of the tonsils. Among adults, issues can include chronic sinusitis, allergy, hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders, head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid issues, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea.
Complaints can range from dizziness, diminished or loss of hearing, facial pain, and pressure, to difficulty swallowing, voice changes, and shortness of breath. A lump or swelling in the neck could require surgery, but is often benign and not harmful. To be certain, an ENT consultation can establish a definitive diagnosis.
Snoring is often a flash point in relationships between couples and can seriously affect quality of life. “It is important to be evaluated so we can diagnose the cause of the snoring, and establish whether it is associated with sleep apnea, which is a serious health issue, and recommend appropriate treatment,” says Dr. Gottlieb.