Dr. Ronda Alexander

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

Locations

UT Physicians Otorhinolaryngology

Houston, TX

Address

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

Thursday: 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.

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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

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346 Answers
113 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Shouldn't : Benzonatate is an anesthetic which is often used to numb the throat in the context of cough. While almost any drug can be abused in some way, this one... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Check larynx : A laryngologist should see you and perform a stroboscopy to help answer this question. Most voice rest does little but, if there is a lesion on the la... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Vague: Your description is a bit vague to get good help here. It could be reflux, a tumor, a throat infection, big tonsils, anxiety or any of a number of oth... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Foreign body?: She sounds like she may have some nasal irritation which makes her sneeze in daytime but causes drip that makes her cough at night. Little kids freque... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Not relevant: If you're feeling unwell, stick to light exercise as it may make you feel somewhat better. If you're referring to wrapping yourself to force sweating,... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes but...: Such a culture must be taken not from inside the nose randomly, but from the area where the suspected sinus drains. The diagnosis of sinusitis is base... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Contact surgeon: Only your surgeon can tell you when this is NOT an emergency. With most techniques used in the USA, bleeding after tonsillectomy is NOT okay. Notify a... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Why the combo?: If you have a cold, you don't need antibiotics. If you have an infection, talk to your prescribing provider about what OTC meds might be safe.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Carefully: A safe way to get something out of your eye on your own is to gently wash out the eye with sterile saline which is meant for the eye (not a nasal solu... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Acid: When we vomit, stomach contents come up into regions that aren't prepared for them. This means that delicate tissues are exposed to acid & enzymes... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Choices: There are lote of reasons we recommend tonsillectomy: *repeated infections, *commplicated infection, *asymmetry which is supicious for cancer, *enlar... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Listen to your body: When you lose your voice, your first instinct should be to rest it. That means no whispering, shouting or talking on the cellphone in public as these... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Don't give up: When you consult with a physician skilled in the care of the human voice (a laryngologist), that visit will include an examination of your larynx (voi... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Unsure: Sore throat is a symptom which is associated with many conditions. Do you have a cold or flu? Then it's normal to have a sore throat. If not, it could... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Shouldn't : Your menstrual cycle should not be affected by an everyday cold. If you are late, consider taking a home pregnancy test or seeing a physician.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Ears not nose: The problem you are more likely to have is with your ears. They won't be able to 'pop' to react to the pressure changes if the nose is very congested... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Go in: Yes, it sounds a lot like mono but, there are other syndromes that result in fatigue. Check with your doctor if this has been going on for more than a... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: It depends on how old the patient is and how big the tonsils are. In children, removing the tonsils and/or adenoid is very helpful. For adults, it can... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
No and Yes...: Once you have a tonsillectomy, you can't get tonsillitis anymore. Unfortunately, there are other structures in the throat that can give you a 'sore th... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Ear problem: You need to be seen by an ENT soon. If you have changes in your hearing and balance at the same time, you should be evaluated for inner ear dysfuncti... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Recommend against: As a surgeon who does tonsillectomy, i would not recommend strenuous activity so soon after a surgery. Of course, this will depend on the nature of a... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Maybe: After this kind of surgery, there can be a good deal of swelling inside the nose. Your surgeon should have scheduled you for regular post-operative v... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Unclear: Either you have 'acute coalescent mastoiditis' and should be in a hospital or you have "mastoiditis" which was found on an imaging scan and really rep... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
General scar care: Scars usually are what they're going to be at 1 year. You should consult with either your initial surgeon or with a dermatologist about options for s... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Reflux?: Your symptoms sound a lot like acid reflux. See an ENT who can evaluate your voice and advise you on treatment options.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Monitor: After vomiting, the throat can be very sensitive since it's just been exposed to stomach acid and enzymes in high volume and violent fashion. When you... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Moisture: If you want to avoid medications, try to maintain good nasal health by using saline irrigations and keeping an appropriate moisture level in the air y... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Strange: Polyps are not normally treated with antibiotics. The cough may indicate an infection which would explain the antibiotics. Since you already have a d... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Are you sure?...: If a woman takes a pregnancy test too early, the result can be a false negative. If her period is delayed, seek medical attention from a gynecologist... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Define 'mix': If you're sick, it's ok to take dayquil in the daytime and nyquil at night. Just be sure to look at the directions and take note of how much... Read More
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Testimonials
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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
HealthTap member
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.
HealthTap member
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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