SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD


M. Jennifer Derebery, MD

Dr. M. Jennifer Derebery is in private practice at the House Clinic in Los Angeles, where she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ear disease, and of allergy-related hearing loss and associated disorders. She serves as a Director of the Medical Board of House Ear Institute, as well as a Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Previously she has served as President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) from 2003 to 2004, and as a President of the American Academy at Otolaryngic Allergy. 

Dr. Derebery received her Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, completing her Otolaryngology Residency at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, and an Allergy Fellowship sponsored by the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Derebery is the author and co-author of numerous papers in the subjects of both otolaryngology and allergy, having published extensively in the areas of Meniere's Disease, as well as Otologic conditions. 


Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, FACS, FAAO-HNS

Dr. Sujana Chandrasekhar is the immediate Past President of the 12,000 member American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She is currently Director of New York Otology, Director of Neurotology at the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center, Otologist/Neurotologist at the New York Head and Neck Institute, Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine, and Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  As such, she is at the clinical forefront in management of disorders of hearing, balance, tinnitus, facial nerve, and lateral skull base, as well as cochlear and Baha implants. She is the medical director of the Vestibular Disorders Evaluation Clinic at the Bronx VA Hospital, a multidisciplinary team created to rapidly and thoroughly assess and treat patients, especially those returning from active duty, with complex dizziness disorders.

Dr. Chandrasekhar completed her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at New York University Medical Center in New York.  She then completed her fellowship in Otology and Neuro-otology at the House Ear Clinic and Institute in Los Angeles, California. She served on the full-time academic faculty of both UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (now Rutgers-NJMS) and Mount Sinai School of Medicine before entering private practice in New York City in October 2004. 


Charles Syms III, MD, FACS

Dr. Charles Syms joined the Ear Medical Group in September 1998. Previously, he was assigned to Wilford Hall Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology, where he was the vice-chairman of the department and director of research, resident training and otology/neurotology. At that time, he was the Air Force's only practicing otologist/neurotologist and ran the busiest skull base surgery practice in the Department of Defense. 

Dr. Syms has contributed to his profession by serving on numerous committees, including the Otolaryngologic Pathology Committee, the Facial Nerve Disorders Committee, and the IFOS Committee on the Prevention of Hearing Impairment, all committees of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In the American Neurotology Society, he serves on the Cochlear Implant and Semi-implantable Devices Committee. Dr. Syms also serves as an editorial reviewer for the medical journals Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, and the American Journal of Otology. 

Dr. Syms received his Medical Degree from the Thomas Jefferson University Medical in Philadelphia, and  completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, in Lackland, Texas. He then completed his fellowship in Otology/Neurotology, House Ear Clinic/House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA.