COVID-19 OFFICE UPDATE

Hello patients and friends,

I wanted to give you all an update on the current plan to start seeing patients in my office again.

For the past ten weeks, I have mainly been seeing patients through video chat or over the phone, with exceptions for urgent problems.

While I can learn a lot from a video chat, nothing replaces the ability to actually look in the ears, nose, and throat to confirm the diagnosis. **ENT is a particularly difficult specialty for telemedicine since so much of it involves looking into small dark holes. There is really no way to look in someone's ears or nose over a video chat, and a blurry video of someone's mouth and throat is definitely not the same as in person!

The office has reopened to essentially normal business hours. We are acutely aware that conditions still need to be treated, procedures still need to be performed, and screenings still need to be scheduled to prevent disease. Your health is too important to put on hold. We have heightened safety measures in place as listed below:

  • All patients must bring and wear a mask the entire time they are in the office. Cloth or other home-made masks are acceptable. We have a very limited supply and cannot provide masks. Any patient who arrives without a mask will be turned away and rescheduled to a later appointment.
  • No patients will stay in our waiting room. Arrive at your appointed time, enter the office and someone will bring you straight back to the exam room.
  • New patients must do their intake paperwork ahead of time through the online portal or print at home.
  • Only the patient is allowed in the office. For children and adult patients who require a caretaker, one adult may accompany the patient.
  • Dr. Kumra and staff will wear masks during all patient encounters. 
  • We are performing diligent hand washing and have stringent cleaning protocols for the patient rooms.
  • We have central air filtration in each exam room.
  • All patients will be screened prior to appointment for fever, cough, shortness of breath, cold/flu symptoms, red eyes, loss of smell/taste, and body aches. Prior to your appointment, we request that you visit the CDC Self-Checker below, to evaluate your risk for Covid (once on the CDC site, click the blue button on right side of page):

CDC SELF-CHECKER

 

Telemedicine appointments will continue to be available for higher risk patients and for routine follow up issues (like test results, etc). I hope all of you and your families are staying safe and healthy during these challenging times. Please call us with any questions at 212-580-1483.

Warm regards,

Dr. Kumra

Meet Dr. Kumra

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Vandana Kumra has focused on delivering patient-centric care.  Dr. Kumra is a board certified otolaryngologist /head & neck surgeon specializing in the evaluation and treatment of adult and pediatric patients, and has made the focus on the individual the hallmark of her practice. In an era of hyper-specialization in medicine, Dr. Kumra is a rare ENT physician who has focused on providing comprehensive care of the ear, nose and throat, head and neck. She and her dedicated staff take ownership of the patient’s complete care, coordinating care as needed with primary care doctors and other specialists. The goal of ENT New York is to develop long-term provider-patient relationships which enhance the quality, safety and satisfaction of the care provided.

A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kumra received her doctorate from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery followed at SUNY-Downstate. After board certification, fellowship was attained in The American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Kumra has been in private practice in Manhattan since 1998. Providing compassionate and comprehensive care has been the goal of her work. Care of all aspects of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck - with special attention to cutting-edge therapies and new approaches while ensuring excellence in the tested established treatments – is the principle upon which ENT New York is based.

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Kumra has a teaching appointment at the New York University Medical Center. She teaches residents, participates in courses and lectures, and holds memberships in national and local medical societies. She is a life member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Kumra is a New York native. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

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Over the past 15 years, Dr. Vandana Kumra has focused on delivering patient-centric care.  Dr. Kumra is a board certified otolaryngologist /head & neck surgeon specializing in the evaluation and treatment of adult and pediatric patients, and has made the focus on the individual the hallmark of her practice. In an era of hyper-specialization in medicine, Dr. Kumra is a rare ENT physician who has focused on providing comprehensive care of the ear, nose and throat, head and neck. She and her dedicated staff take ownership of the patient’s complete care, coordinating care as needed with primary care doctors and other specialists. The goal of ENT New York is to develop long-term provider-patient relationships which enhance the quality, safety and satisfaction of the care provided.

A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Kumra received her doctorate from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery followed at SUNY-Downstate. After board certification, fellowship was attained in The American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Kumra has been in private practice in Manhattan since 1998. Providing compassionate and comprehensive care has been the goal of her work. Care of all aspects of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck - with special attention to cutting-edge therapies and new approaches while ensuring excellence in the tested established treatments – is the principle upon which ENT New York is based.

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Kumra has a teaching appointment at the New York University Medical Center. She teaches residents, participates in courses and lectures, and holds memberships in national and local medical societies. She is a life member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Kumra is a New York native. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.


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The Plan To Reopen

Our office will be reopening in the upcoming weeks. You can start to book your appointments!

Insurance Accepted

Here is just a short list of insurance that we accept.  If you have any questions, please contact us.  

  Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
Aetna
Affinity Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Capital Blue Cross
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
CBA Blue
Cigna
EmblemHealth
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
HIP
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Independence Blue Cross
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
POMCO
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Vandana Kumra, MD
234 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024