Welcome to UTMB Health's Pediatric Otolaryngology Consultants. Our practice is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of ear, nose, and throat problems in infants, children, and teenagers. Our continuing mission is to deliver state of the art care with old fashioned bed side manner.
From our spacious waiting rooms, to the well equipped exam rooms, to our entire staff who loves working with people, we have done our best to make sure your visit is a comfortable and rewarding one.
Our office serves as a referral source to your physician who will continue to see you for routine visits and emergencies. All of our referring physicians will receive detailed reports on their patients after every visit.
We offer a broad range of services including the following:
- Allergy Testing & Treatment
- Nasal & Sinus Care
- Treatment of Ear Infections and other Ear Disorders
- Voice Care
- Airway Evaluations
- Snoring and Sleep Apnea Solutions
- Reflux Evaluation
- Head and Neck Surgery including Thyroid Surgery
- Plastic Surgery of the Head and Neck
- Laser Treatments
- Hearing Evaluations
- Dizziness Evaluations
- Digital Hearing Aid
Your Child's First Visit
Prior to your first visit, please take the time to review our website and look for your child's problem in our education center. This will help you understand what is going on as well as help you generate questions for the doctor.
Some children may be initially concerned about the new experience of coming to the ENT doctor. Many individuals will respond better if they know what to expect beforehand. The exam may consist of several parts, including a visit with our audiologists who have "magic machines" that help perform a painless hearing test. We may also recommend a referral to a speech pathologist who asks children to say all sorts of funny sounds. We also have an amazing new allergy doctor named George Browne who can do allergy tests right in the office.
The ENT Exam
Our faculty surgeons along with the ENT residents will examine every child seen in the office. They are sometimes also helped by the UTMB medical students. Other hearing, allergy, and speech professionals may assist them as indicated. The doctors may use a wide variety of instruments to examine your child. They will explain any procedures first in an effort to make patients feel comfortable. Patients are thoroughly informed of all examination results. If any additional testing or procedures are recommended, they are fully explained in easy to understand language. A complete report will be sent to the referring physician after your first visit.
Nurses and Physician Assistants
You may also have the opportunity to visit with one of our nurse educators. They serve as a facilitator between you and the physician. Their role is to help you understand any treatment recommendations and to provide additional educational materials. You may also visit with a physician assistant. They help the physicians in clinic and may also see your child for post operative visits. Together they are available to answer clinically related questions. Our nurses and physician assistants work closely with the physicians to provide you with prompt responses and follow up. Any treatment plans discussed are reviewed with the physicians.
Records and Tests
If your child's primary care physician has ordered any tests relevant to your current problem including x-rays or CT scans, please bring them along with you to your visit. Other pertinent information which can be quite helpful includes outside hearing tests, allergy tests, sleep studies, or notes from your pediatrician. This kind of information is vital for our office to review in order to make an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.
We pride ourselves on being available to our patients as well as to the community physicians even after our office has closed. If you are a current patient and it is after 5pm, you can reach one of the on call physicians by calling 409.772.1011. For non urgent matters or routine prescription refills, please call the office during working hours between 9 and 5 pm. at the number listed to the right.
We participate in the majority of managed care programs as well as Medicare and Medicaid. We do require that the appropriate referrals are obtained prior to your visit. It may be necessary to reschedule your appointment if you do not have the required authorization from your primary care doctor or respective insurance company. Payment is due at the time of each office visit. If you are covered by a managed care plan, you will be expected to pay your deductible or copay in full at the time services are rendered. If you have questions regarding your coverage, please contact your insurance company to determine the details of your particular situation. For your convenience we accept payment in the form of cash, personal check, and Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. Detailed information about our special services and fees are available upon request to help you plan your visit.
As a courtesy to you, we will file your charges to your insurance carrier. Please remember that the responsibility of the entire balance is yours. We kindly ask that you bring your insurance cards with you to all visits so we may scan them for complete and accurate information.
We participate with a number of different insurance plans.
What is Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery?
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 and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians.
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, and then at least five years of specialty training.
What is Pediatric Otolaryngology?
Pediatric otolaryngology is a subspecialty within otolaryngology that exists to provide care of infants and children with both common and unusual ENT problems. These subspecialists have usually gone on for additional training or have completed formal fellowships at tertiary care centers.
Children are unique and so are their treatments. Many of the disorders that affect the head and neck are only seen in children. Other conditions may be treated quite differently in a child compared to an adult. This evolving body of knowledge has stimulated the development and growth of pediatric otolaryngology as a separate subspecialty. Pediatric otolaryngology as a subspecialty is recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS).
At UTMB Health's Pediatric Otolaryngology Consultants, our physicians are all well-trained. Our audiology and speech teams are amazing as well. Together they have the most extensive and comprehensive training and the greatest expertise in treating children with ENT and or hearing and speech problems.
Why should I go to a Pediatric ENT Surgeon?
Children are not small adults and their health needs differ greatly from adults. The successful treatment of the pediatric population requires special attention to the psychosocial dynamics of illness in children. Additional fellowship training (beyond residency) in pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat surgery allows for more comprehensive evaluation of pediatric illness. If your child needs an ENT evaluation, insist on a doctor who is a pediatric specialist.