Ear, Nose & Throat/Head and Neck Surgery

Cristina Baldassari, MD
David Darrow, MD
Craig Derkay, MD
Stephanie Moody Antonio, MD
John Sinacori, MD

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Our ENT surgeons provides comprehensive care for childhood disorders of the ears, nose, throat, face and neck. While our physicians are skilled in the management of complicated and unusual disorders, many families also seek our expertise for more common conditions such as insertion of ear tubes and surgery to remove tonsils and/or adenoids.

Children requiring surgery are cared for by specialists in the region's only surgical program exclusively for children, where pediatric anesthesiologists and nurses are specifically trained to make surgery as safe and comfortable as possible for children. Our otolaryngologists work closely with general pediatricians to formulate long-term treatment plans for children with chronic illness and to provide care for children needing urgent ENT care. When needed, they consult with CHKD pediatric specialists in such areas as allergy, pulmonology, dentistry, infectious diseases and hematology/oncology. Our patients also benefit from CHKD’s related ancillary services, such as audiology, speech-language pathology and diagnostic testing, which cater to the special needs of children.

What services do you provide?

The CHKD ENT surgeons provide expertise in the areas of:

Does your staff have special training?

All of our specialists have completed residency training in otolaryngology and are certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and/or the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Several of our specialists have completed fellowship (post-residency) training in pediatric otolaryngology. Our department is dedicated to the care of children with ENT problems.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

This depends on what kind of insurance you have.

If you have an HMO, you must:

  • Get a referral from your child's primary care physician before you call to make an appointment.
  • Make sure that your referral has not expired. Many are good for only 30 days, so check yours before you come to your appointment. If your referral has expired, call your primary care physician and explain your situation. In most cases, your primary care physician will provide a new or extended referral.
  • Bring the referral with you to the appointment. If you do not have a referral, or if the referral you have is expired, your HMO will not pay for your appointment.
  • If you have fee-for-service insurance or a PPO, you do not need a physician's referral to make an appointment.

We offer in-depth information about insurance in our Billing and Insurance section.

How do I make an appointment?

For information about appointments or insurance requirements, please call the office of the physician you wish to visit. Physicians with the department of otolaryngology at Eastern Virginia Medical School can be reached by calling (757) 668-9327.