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White Plains Hospital Now Offering Cochlear Implantation, Bringing Sound to Those Who Are Hard of Hearing

February 4, 2022

Brian D. Nicholas, MD, FACS Joins as new Director of Hearing and Balance

White Plains, N.Y. (February 4, 2022)White Plains Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian D. Nicholas has joined as its first Director of Hearing and Balance. Board-certified in Otolaryngology/ENT and Neurotology, Dr. Nicholas is one of the few surgeons in Westchester specializing in cochlear implantation. A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that can help to provide a sense of sound to a person who is deaf or severely hard of hearing.

Dr. Nicholas is an expert in the medical and surgical treatment of hearing and balance disorders. He treats adult and pediatric patients for hearing loss, ear infections, balance disorders and skull base tumors, as well as Meniere’s disease, acoustic neuromas/vestibular schwannomas, and bone-anchored hearing implants.

The addition of these advanced ENT services expands on the breadth of head and neck specialties currently provided by White Plains Hospital, including the treatment of head and neck tumors, voice, airway and swallowing disorders, and medical and surgical therapies for advanced sinonasal disease in both adults and children.

Dr. Nicholas received his medical degree from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse and completed his internship and residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He then went on to complete a two-year fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Virginia.

He brings a wealth of clinical, academic, and research experience and leadership to the WPHPA Otolaryngology practice. Among his honors, Dr. Nicholas has been named a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the Triological Society. He has been named a top doctor by both New York Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America® over the past six years. He also has received the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the residents at Upstate Medical University, where he spent more than eight years as faculty.

Dr. Nicholas is a reviewer of clinical studies (awarded as a Star Reviewer by the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery) and has published over 25 articles in peer-reviewed publications. His research topics have included bilateral sensorineural hearing loss during malignant melanoma therapy, long-term otologic outcomes in children with cleft lip and palate, and audiovestibular symptoms as predictors of sports-related concussion severity, among many others. Dr. Nicholas is also the author of several book chapters and is regularly invited to present his work on the local, national and international stage.

He is currently seeing patients at three locations: 600 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 301, in Harrison; the Center for Advanced Medicine & Surgery, 122 Maple Ave. – 9th floor in White Plains; and at 21 Laurel Ave., Suite 290, in Cornwall. For appointments and information, please call 914-849-3755.

About White Plains Hospital 

White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit healthcare organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer CareThe William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 64,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.

The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2012, 2016 and 2021 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Hospital earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has also received full accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2021, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the sixth time and was the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded with an “A” Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 6th consecutive time.