Meet Our Team
Eric Smouha, MD, FACS is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Director of Otology and Neurology of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Smouha is board certified in both Otolaryngology and Neuro-Otology. With over twenty-five years of experience, his clinical and academic interests span all aspects of otology and neurotology. Dr. Smouha has performed hundreds of operations for cholesteatoma and has given instructional courses on cholesteatoma and complications of otitis media at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and in Graduate Education at Mount Sinai. With expertise in hearing preservation, he has performed many successful stapedectomy operations for the treatment of otosclerosis, re-established the Cochlear Implant program at Mount Sinai, and is conversant in newer surgically-implanted hearing devices including BAHA. As a neurotologic surgeon, Dr. Smouha is an expert in the treatment of acoustic neuromas and diseases of the skull base. In addition, he has done pivotal basic research in hearing preservation surgery of the inner ear.
His publications include a textbook titled Cholesteatoma, and articles on the management of cholesteatoma in the normal hearing ear, the time course of recovery of benign positional vertigo, the medical and surgical treatment of Meniere's disease, and acoustic neuromas. He has also conducted basic research on matrix metallo-proteinase enzymes in cholesteatoma, and optical systems for cholesteatoma detection.
He is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons; and a member of the American Otological Society, the American Neurotological Society, the Triological Society, the North American Skull Base Society; and, a recipient of the Certificate of Honor of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Voted Teacher of the Year in 2009 by the resident staff, his devotion to training physicians has further established excellence in the otology teaching programs. His contributions to the field of Neuro-Otology at Mount Sinai have established him as a leader in his field and an outstanding clinician.
Karen E. Siegel, AuD, CCC-A is the the Director of the Audiology at the Hearing and Balance Center of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts degrees in Audiology from State University of New York at Plattsburgh and her doctorate from the Arizona School of Health Science in August 2010. Her work experience over the past 25 years includes being the Coordinator of Audiology in a community hospital, directing all areas of audiological services, serving as an audiologist for the past 8 years at the North Shore Medical Group of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and more recently becoming the Director of the Audiology at Mount Sinai . Her expertise includes pediatric evaluations, hearing aid dispensing and cochlear implantation, and vertigo and balance testing.
Elena Kagan, Au.D. CCC-A is a staff audiologist in the Hearing and Balance Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Brooklyn College and her Doctorate of Audiology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Kagan conducted her residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her doctoral research in transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions in children with ADHD. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor of pediatric audiology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Prior to joining the Mount Sinai Faculty Practice Associates in 2013, she was the audiologist for The Mount Sinai Hospital. Her research interests and clinical expertise include auditory electrophysiology, pediatric evaluations and diagnostic audiology.
Bess Nagler, Au.D. CCC-A is a staff audiologist in the Hearing and Balance Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts at University of Maryland in College Park and her Doctorate of Audiology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Nagler completed her residency at Weill Cornell Medical College Hearing and Speech Center in Manhattan, New York in 2013. She completed her capstone project on music perception in cochlear implant users. Her research and clinical interests include diagnosis of adult and pediatric hearing loss, audiologic rehabilitation, tinnitus, and cochlear implants.