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Dr. Scott Rickert

Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
New York, NY
17 years experience male

Locations

Pediatric Otolaryngology at New York University Langone Medical Center

New York, NY

Address

160 East 32nd Street, L3 Medical, New York, NY
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Practice website

Fax

2122635808

Insurances accepted

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Aetna Life Insurance Company

UnitedHealthcare

Cigna

Oxford Health Plans

Office

New York, NY

About

Bio

Dr. Rickert is the Acting Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Director of the Pediatric Voice Center, and an Assistant Professor at New York University Langone Medical Center. He treats all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology and has particular subspecialty expertise in patients with airway/voice, sinus, and swallowing issues. His research interests include congenital and acquired pediatric airway/voice issues, vocal fold paralysis, swallowing issues, and surgical simulation. Dr. Rickert received his undergraduate degree at Yale University in physics and medical degree at Columbia University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He then completed his residency at Cornell/Columbia combined program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Subsequently, he has completed two subspeciality fellowships: Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Laryngology at New York Center for Voice and Swallowing. Dr. Rickert is unique in the Tri-State area as the only person to complete two year-long fellowships in pediatric otolaryngology and laryngology and is one of only six to do so in the United States. Currently, he is one of a handful of physicians in the United States who focuses specifically on pediatric voice issues. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, American Bronchoesophagological Association (ABEA), European Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

Specialties
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Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

ENT - Pediatric

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Licenses

United States: New York

Doctor Q&A

90 Answers
38 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Not likely but could: Pain in the leg and tooth pain are most likely unrelated as they are in two separate areas of the body and one pain is only happening occasionally. H... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Fungal treatment: Thrush is a common fungal infection that affects the throat. It can happen for many different reasons. The mainstay of treatment is nystatin, an antif... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Healing process: After having your tonsils removed, there is a raw surface that needs to heal. That raw surface typically is coated with a fibrous layer along with bac... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Tonsils stones: Tonsil stones are irritating and cause local inflammation and pain to the affected tonsils. They typically are white concretions of calcium and bacter... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Possibly: Nasal polyps cause nasal obstruction, poor smell, and accumulation of nasal secretions. This can cause bad breath as a whole and removal of the nasal ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Yes can be others: Gastroesophageal reflux (gerd) can cause irritation of the throat if not treated appropriately. There can be acid reflux and non-acid reflux as well s... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Further investigate: Halitosis can be due to poor teeth care or could be due to other issues including chronic tonsil stones, reflux, chronic post nasal drainage. If the d... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Lymph node/cyst: A doctor should evaluate it but it may be an lymph node or a cyst that is inflammed locally. Fever, pain, redness all point towards a localized infect... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Breathing/infecitons: Breathing issues due to large tonsils and adenoids are the biggest problem. Snoring/sleep disturbed breathing and obstructive sleep apnea affect many ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
May have tracheitis: You may have a low grade infection (tracheitis or cellulitis) of the tracheal stoma. You may also have a allergic reaction to something locally. Has a... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Ear pain, discharge: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/o... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Allergic reaction: Itching is typically due to a local irriation or a allergic reaction. The allergic reaction can be topical (on the skin) or it can be more systemic. I... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
May be reflux: Globus sensation or the feeling that something is stuck in your throat can be due to swelling in the area at the beginning of your esophagus. The most... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Microsurgery: Vocal fold cysts are very small cysts under the surface of the vocal fold. Their small mass is enough to make one hoarse. Surgery involves careful mic... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Eustachian tube: Eustachian tube dysfunction is the inability to equalize effectively when there are pressure changes such as airplane flights. If you can yawn or swal... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
May be many reasons: Sudden hearing loss is very disconcerning to the patient and need immediate care by a specialist. It may something local (wax impaction, infection) or... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Dental disease: Jaw and tooth pain is most likely dental disease in the form of tooth decay or a localized tooth infection. It can also be related to the muscles arou... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Peritonsillar abscesses cause local pain in the throat, trismus (difficulty opening the mouth), and voice changes. They typically begin as a bad tonsi... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
?submucous palate: A bifid uvula (double uvula) may be a sign of a small amount of misalignment of muscle in the palate. Although it may be superficially normal (and cou... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Severe infection: The combination of ear pain, drainage, hearing loss, and balance issues reveal a severe infection that should be examined by a specialist. The draina... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Gargles, waterpik: Tonsil stones are irritating and cause local inflammation and pain to the affected tonsils. Typically a conservative treatment of salt water gargles, ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Absolutely: Any infection affecting the throat can cause difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). This includes tonsil infections, pharyngitis, esophagitis, and any abs... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Ear drainage/fluid: Drainage/fluid from an ear infection block the conduction of sound and cause localized hearing loss. Treating the ear infection can help clear the inf... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Not recommended: Ear infections are inflammatory processes so flying and changing pressure in flight will most likely cause a great deal of pain. It can also cause the... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Ibuprofen, tylenol (acetaminophen): Pain from the ear infection typically presents with inflammation local to the area around the infection. Treating the infection slowly brings the infl... Read More
A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Three main phases: There are three main phases; oral phase, pharyngeal phase, and esophageal phase. There are many components to each phase that you can read about (wi... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Not necessarily: Many ear infections begin as viral infections and can clear without antibiotics. If the ear infection lasts over 1 week or involves foul smelling drai... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Yes depends on cause: A full evaluation is important to find out the cause. This is typically done by a laryngology/voice specialist. There are voice therapists that work... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Local nerve damage: Tinnitus is ringing in the ears caused by damage to the hearing nerve. It can come from a one-time event (rock concert) or multiple events over time. ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Varies: Typically a ruptured eardrum can heal in the first few weeks after it has been identified. However it can take months or it can not heal at all and re... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: Large tonsils are not on their own a problem. The question becomes whether there are any problems related to the tonsils. If there is any history of s... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Dry ear and ear drop: Keeping your ears dry and using antibiotic ear drops are the mainstay of treatment for otitis externa. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is an appropriate antibio... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Keep ear dry,tylenol (acetaminophen): If it is an otitis externa (outer ear infection or swimmer's ear) then appropriate drops are needed to treat the infection. In the meantime keeping th... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Discomfort, drainage: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in the ear canal) or middle ear (behind the ear drum). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/o... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends on treatment: There is a great deal of variety to voice disorders. There are neurological causes (nerve weakness, etc.), structural causes (masses/polyps/nodules/sc... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Usually 1-2 week: It depends on the nature of the ear infection (outer versus middle) and how quickly treatment is started. Some many take only a few days to treat whil... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
It can happen again: After adenoid or tonsil surgery there is a 1-2 week healing period in which there can be bleeding. Although the bleeding rate is 1-5%, it is unlikely ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Treatment depends: Chronic tonsillitis can be treated by antibiotics or removal of the tonsils. Once you have more than 5-6 infections/yr or 3 infections a year for 3 ye... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
See specialist: If it is a draining ear infection, the specialist will typically culture the infection to determine the antibiotics most appropriate for the infection... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
ENT symptoms: When you have ear, nose, or throat symptoms that you are concerned about, you should see your regular doctor and/or an ENT specialist. Many issues can... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Pain control: You should ask your surgeon but ear pain, throat pain are typical of the recovery from tonsil surgery. Many surgeons will place their patients on tyle... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Culture, change abx: If it is a draining ear infection, the specialist will typically culture the infection to determine the antibiotics most appropriate for the infection... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Recovery is possible with congential torticollis. Most of the time, intensive physical therapy and/or occupational therapy is all that is needed. Rar... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Talk with OB but no: Dayquil contains acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, pseudoephedrine. Acetaminophen (tylenol) is ok but the other two are class c which most OB do not al... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Trapped bacteria: Ear infections can be outer ear infections (in ear canal) or middle ear (behind ear drum). Outer ear infections can be bacteria or fungus trapped on t... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Mucinex, (guaifenesin) MD: Thick phlegm can be thinned out with something like a mucinex, (guaifenesin) which can be found at most drug stores. However, if this is a chronic pro... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Supportive care: The best thing to get over a sore throat quickly is following the basics that parents are always suggesting: good sleep, hydration, good hand washing,... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Possible to do: There are many reasons that someone may want the pitch of their voice altered. It is possible to do a thyroplasty (alter the structure of the larynx/v... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Both hurt but tonsil: Both wisdom tooth removal and tonsillectomy are painful recoveries which are performed with anesthesia. Tonsillectomy is most likely more painful beca... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Infections/trauma: Eardrum damage/perforation is typically due to chronic ear infections or trauma which can lead to hearing loss as well as other symptoms. Typically a ... Read More

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Apr 5, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Feb 7, 2016
Dr Rickert is a great doctor. He really knows his stuff very well. I was very disappointed that he never returned my phone calls. I had called numerous times to find out my test results and he never c
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rickert is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Will try mucinex..... thanks
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I only just saw this. This gives me so much hope. Thanks, man!
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! thanks dok

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, NY
Graduated 2004MD

Residency

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Residency

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Residency

NEW YORK-PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL

Awards

Noel Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, New York University Langone (2012)
Distinguished Housestaff Award, Weill Cornell Medical Center (2008-9)
Circle of Excellence Resident Teaching Award, Columbia P&S Medical School (2007)

Affiliations

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
American Broncho-Esophagological Association

Publications

Laryngeal Electromyography for Prognosis of Vocal Focal Palsy: A Meta-Analysis
Patient Perceptions of factors leading to Spasmodic Dysphonia
Laryngeal Manifestations of Relapsing Polychondritis and a Novel Treatment Option
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