Dr. Scott Rickert

Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
New York, NY
19 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

75 Answers
28 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Mastoiditis is an inflammation and infection of the bone next to the ear. It can be from a localized spread of infection from an ear infection and can... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Many causes: 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
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Inflammation to head: Outer ear infections (in the ear canal). Outer ear infections present with ear pain (inner/outer), discharge, fullness. If it is an outer ear infectio... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Only if resolved: Outer ear infections can be bacteria or fungus trapped on the skin in the ear canal causing a local skin infection. If there is an infection, i would ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
1-2 weeks: Typically it takes 1-2 weeks to recover. The exact time depends mainly on the patient and partly on the method of tonsil removal. Think of your worst... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Yes: Allergies can lead to discomfort on a flight due to the pressure changes on the flight. Nasal congestion and pressure tend to be the worst in situatio... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Likely local trauma: It is most likely local trauma from the teeth but should be examined by a doctor to ensure nothing else is going on. There are viral illnesses and oth... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Can help: Halls typically has menthol in its ingredients which can relieve some of the pain of the strep throat. It would not be the full treatment for a bacter... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Need abx ear drops: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is an appropriate antibiotic for the bacteria that typically causes an outer ear infection from swimming. However, the best cour... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Nasal saline: Nasal saline is best non-medication way to treat a chronic stuffy nose. You can use it 3-4 times per day and will rinse mucus out of the nose. Of this... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
No complete cure: Tinnitus is ringing in the ears caused by damage to the hearing nerve. It is typically heard at the frequency of the damage. It is essentially the br... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Yes they can help: An ear nose and throat specialist can help determine whether the vertigo is ear related or otherwise. They in combination with a neurologist are the t... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on cause: If it is chronic infections, then one can treat with antibiotics for each infection. If there is repeated infections, then one can continue to treat w... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Wax vs. infection: It is could likely be an ear infection with a small perforation (which caused the blood mixed in with the infection). Some children do not complain wi... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Could be: A croaky voice (especially if there is a change) could be a sign that there is some issue with the vocal folds themselves. It could be swelling, infec... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Drainage, pain, HL: Ruptured eardrums typically present with drainage and pain due to the perforation. Hearing loss due to the opening in the ear drum can also be a part ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Neti Pot is good: Neti pots done correctly can help tremendously with sinus issues. Follow the instruction to make sure you are not putting in unclean water, etc. It wo... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Eustachian tube: Eustachian tube dysfunction is the inability to equalize effectively. If you can yawn or swallow to open up your eustachian tube and equalize, that is... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Hearing test: She really needs a complete hearing test to determine the nature and extent of her hearing loss. Depending on those results and discussion with a good... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on type: There are two major types of Botox for spasmodic dysphonia (adduction, abduction) and your Botox treatment does depend on the type. If your Botox is ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Yes infection: Any throat infection (pharyngitis, tonsilitis) can be spread by close contact such as kissing (unrelated to the lymphoma).
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
May spread infection: Tonsilitis can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Given that, kissing and sharing saliva very well may spread the infection from one person to the othe... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Variety of help: Things that can help include steam/humdifier to help clear the sinuses/nose, nasal saline sprays to the nose to help clear out any build-up mucus, as ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 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
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Rickert
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Yes but mildly: Hydration can help your body fight an infection as it tries to recover. White patches on the tonsil is typically tonsillitis or a tonsil infection. Hy... 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 30, 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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