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Dr. Ronda Alexander

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Houston, TX
20 years experience female

Locations

UT Physicians Otorhinolaryngology

Houston, TX

Address

6400 Fannin Street, Suite 2700, Houston, TX
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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About

Bio

Dr Alexander is a native New Yorker who moved to Houston to form the Texas Voice Performance Institute at UTHealth/Memorial Hermann-TMC. She is a former singer, herself, who is passionate about helping people reclaim healthy voice. She trained in Laryngology with Dr Andrew Blitzer at the New York Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders. Prior to this, she completed a 5-year residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at AECOM/Montefiore Medical Center. Her MD was earned at the Medical College of Cornell University in New York City after she graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana as a perennial Dean's List honoree and having earned a Rousseve Scholarship for her final year of study. During her undergraduate studies, she was honored with induction into Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu University Honor Society and awarded University Service Keys on two occasions. In addition to her clinical passion, she is the Assistant Residency Program Director for the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. She also works to share Divine love with the world through international mission work in Cuba, Mexico and Honduras. When not working, she enjoys classical ballet, modern dance, world travel, Bikram yoga and spending time with her family.

Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Doctor Q&A

346 Answers
113 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Reflux: I am thinking of reflux for you since you describe a sourness in the throat after. The cough may actually be a result, rather than the cause. Make s... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Topical vs surgery: Some of them may need to be opened and drained but, often they can be cured with topical antibiotic cream applied inside the nose. Have an ENT look i... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
OTC remedies: By the time you feel a cold coming on, there is usually little to do about it. Soothing remedies such as warm honey with lemon or lime juice as well ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Check with OB: Who is your appointment with- dentist or pregnancy health team? Call your ob/midwife/nurse immediately to get an answer about medications' safety. At ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
See a Laryngologist: You need someone to examine your vocal production and resonance system- your voicebox and throat. Yes, palate abnormalities can contribute to difficul... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Lots of data: Balloon sinuplasty has been shown to be helpful for diseases of the frontal, sphenoid and maxillary sinuses; not so much for the ethmoid sinuses. The ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Not smart: It's not recommended to mix any antihistamine with alcohol since even the modern meds can have some sedation in some people. What's so urgent about th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Odd: Vertigo is the subjective sensation of motion in the absence thereof. I've never heard of anyone not describing that as a loss of their balance so, m... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
How open?: If there is missing tissue or any flapping skin, it likely needs to be closed after it is well cleansed. Go to an er/urgent care and they can take car... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Needs a look: The possibilities are myriad: mucus from post nasal dripping, swelling from reflux, mass(es) on the vocal cords, poor articulation...You should see an... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Switch: There is no set time to leave debrox in the ear before letting it drain out. Leave it in as long as you can tolerate it. You may want to try using s... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Virus: Cols sores are a result of a herpes virus infection of the skin in the area. They can erupt during times of stress or when there is any other irritat... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Castrati: The male voice deepens at puberty because the male hormone (testosterone) changes the shape and tension on the vocal folds, which generate the voice. ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Needs care: Outside: make sure it's neither pressing nor pulling on any part of the nose or it can erode the structure of the nose. Inside: keep the nose moist ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Often nothing: Many times, there are no symptoms but, people can experience pain, trouble with swallowing and voice changes. If you suspect this, don't' try to trea... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
No: 'dry socket' only applies to a tooth removal after which exposed bone and nerve can cause pain. Tonsillectomy hurts for a different reason- the expos... Read More
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Be careful: Did you complete the full course of the antibiotics? If not, please resume and call your provider. If you have signs of the infection spreading- swe... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Various: If you have a history of tobacco use, any sore on the tongue should be checked to make sure it's not a cancerous growth. Other causes can includ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Skin health ; diet: Changes in the nails can reflect nutrition issues as well as skin problems. If you're eating a well-balanced diet with a variety of vegetables, seek ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Mostly, yes: Generally, you should be able to breathe from both sides of your nose. There is, however, a natural cycle which shifts relative congestion from one s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Likely: There is a good chance it will, especially if it's not humidified. It also depends on the flow, though.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Outer ear: Your inner ear can't get blackheads since it's a nerve structure deep inside your head. If you mean inside your ear canal, have an ENT look for skin c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
First aid: Much like a cut anywhere else on the body, you should seek to clean it of debris if any is present. Use mild soap/water or hydrogen peroxide. Once c... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Comfort: You have a cold...rest and hydrate. Not much else you can do. Try not to spread it to others. Please be specific in your next question if you want som... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Totally possible: If you haven't developed the characteristics of an adult male, eapecially when it comes to your genitals, it is possible that your testosterone never ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Good support: Begin by evaluating your sleeping arrangements- you need supportive pillows to sleep with your muscles well relaxed. Then, get some soft-tissue massa... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Doubtful: You sound like you have a cold. Hydrate, use comfort measures and keep your hands clean, especially if you're going to be around other people.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Too young?: It's usually not recommended to medicate babies this young. S/he doesnt have sinuses so, please do not try to treat for 'sinusitis'. Check with your ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Comfort measures: You may want to avoid too much milk as this may generate more mucus for the little one to deal with. After a soothing warm bath, you can continue the... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Lots of options: We are the specialists in the nose ; sinuses. First, we work with you to find the basis of your sinus problems- allergy, anatomy or other medical cond... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Naturally: Angiography is not risk-free and should only be performed by qualified, well-trained providers and for very specific indications. If you're nervous o... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Shouldn't : Since you are taking thyroxine, it shouldn't matter that your thyroid was removed. The body only needs the hormone so you should talk to your ne... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Meaningless: Those two conditions have nothing to do with each other. They can both exist in te same person but one does not cause the other with any kind of regul... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Tonsillectomy: There are many different reasons to take tonsils out including severe acute infection, chronic infection, concern for cancer, obstruction causing brea... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Make spit: These are the smallest of the major salivary glands and are located under the tongue. They are almond-sized in most people and make watery saliva wh... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Abnormal: There should never be fluid flowing out of the ear. Please see an ENT who can evaluate your ear health and tell you if there is a reason for the drai... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Blood vessel test: An angiogram is an injection of contrast into a set of blood vessels to see which are open vs blocked vs abnormally dilated. You need to make sure yo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Outer ear infection: With otitis externa, you don't always feel 'sick'. You will, however, have wicked ear pain. The wax plug can trap moisture and set up the infection/in... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Unlikely: What you describe sounds like a simple choking event. Rarely does the food/drink go into the actual windpipe unless you are in a weakened state for so... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Nose problem: Taste is intimately connected to smell. With a cold, the nasal congestion dampens taste for all but the spiciest foods (those are senses through a dif... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Balance: Weight loss results from energy expended > energy taken in. You say you're on a diet but, have you restricted your calories too much? The body ne... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Hormone balance: With blood pressure issues and problem periods, i'd see your pcp for a recommendation of an endocrinologist who can investigate your hormone levels. B... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Simple way to know: Have you ever had vaginal sex? If you have, sure you could be pregnant. Get a home pregnancy test from the store, read the instructions inside, wait ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Go together : Due to some 'crosstalk' in the nerves, a sore throat often does result in some ear pain. If you have a swollen tonsil on only 1 side, that's unusual a... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
?sinusitis: With colored mucus and the duration of your symptoms, seek treatment for acute sinusitis-saline irrigations + decongestants +/- antibiotics is the usu... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Exposure: It's a kind of virus that can infect anyone it encounters. There is no 'reason' why; it just is that way.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Soon: You shouldn't have balance problems for long. Make sure you have care from an ENT who can monitor the healing and make decisions with you about your b... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Doctor's orders only: A baby that young should only given such medication under a physician's direction. The pediatrician will need to calculate the dose based on baby... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Sinusitis vs cold: Go with over-the-counter sinus/cold remedy medicine. Avoid things with Aspirin or Ibuprofen since they may aggravate your ulcer. If you are sick for ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Expected: It doesn't sound out of the ordinary, especially if you have hard wax stuck in the canal. Please follow the instructions and go back for completion. ... Read More

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Apr 5, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Oct 19, 2013
Knowledgeable expert in ENT. Highly recommend.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Alexander is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I'm scared to do it because I love my voice so much, so maybe I'll just live with it. Thanks for the info!
HealthTap member
Thanks, I have been to the ENT and I am waiting to hear back from them. I have recently had severe pain down my left arm and shoulder.
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I have several enlarged lymph nodes and cysts in my neck and dr thinks tonsils are the cause. I'm very nervous, singing is my life.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, NY
Graduated 2002MD

Awards

Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine, 2013
Texas Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine, 2012
America' Top Doctors, Castle Connolly

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Laryngological Association
National Medical Association
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