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CornerStone Vol. 25, No. 1, Summer 2015
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NYU Winthrop's Medically Supervised Weight Management Program Helps Local Residents
NYU Winthrop Elects Two New Members to its Board of Directors
In Memoriam
College-bound Student Athlete Finds Relief from Sinusitis
New Research and Academic Center Celebrates Grand Opening
NYU Winthrop Recognized by U.S. News & World Report for Outstanding Pediatric Care
New Drugs, New Hope for Patients Facing Lung Cancer
NYU Winthrop Earns Designation as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the ACR
New Equipment Enhances Care for Pediatric Airway Emergencies
Grateful Family Gives Back to NICU
The Kornreich Family Makes Donation in Honor of Young Patient
A Leader in Research
Sports Medicine Program Gives Back to the Community with Student Athlete Scholarships
Long Island's First and Only Baby-Friendly Hospital
Celebration of the Theresa M. Santmann Biomedical Research Laboratory Signals Final Stage of the Opening of the Research and Academic Center
A Bite of Hope for Pediatric Diabetes Patients
The Starlight Foundation Delivers Tablets to Pediatric Inpatient Center
NYU Winthrop Partners With Local Boy Scout to Provide Vital Resource to the Mineola Community
Once Again, NYU Winthrop Earns Designation As NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center
Ninth Annual Black & White Ball Raises More Than $300,000 for NYU Winthrop's CCFK
Spirit of Children Brings the Spirit of Philanthropy to Cancer Center for Kids
A Lap Goes a Long Way for Child Life at NYU Winthrop
Verizon Foundation Helps Give Patients and Their Families Peace of Mind
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Continued Support
The Book Fairies Make a Special Delivery
A Cause to Celebrate Raises Nearly $120,000 for NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program
An Evening in Tuscany - Gala Raises Over $950,000 for NYU Winthrop
30th Anniversary Golf Tournament Raises $650,000 for NYU Winthrop's Research Programs
Ask the Expert - Women's Health: Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders
Glen Oaks Country Club Shows Continued Support for NYU Winthrop
Senator Jack M. Martins Delivers Toys to Young Patients
New York Islanders Bring Cheer to Young Patients
An Early Mother's Day at NYU Winthrop
The Irish American Golf Club Makes Donation in Honor of Former Captain
Yuletide Ball Raises Over $216,000 for Child Life Program

College-bound Student Athlete Finds Relief from Sinusitis

Pictured is an image of the revolutionary sinus implant, Propel®. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Courtney is back on the baseball field after finding relief from severe sinusitis at NYU Winthrop Hospital .

East Meadow resident Nicholas Courtney is looking forward to starting his studies at Stony Brook University in the fall, where he will also serve as the kicker for the Seawolves, the college’s football team. He will head to school free of symptoms thanks to Maseih Moghaddassi, MD, Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology at NYU Winthrop, who recently performed surgery on the 17-year-old to relieve the terrible pain and fever he was experiencing caused by sinusitis.

“I’m honestly not worried at all to go to school now,” said Nicholas.

Nicholas’ headaches were so painful prior to his consultation with Dr. Moghaddassi that he made several trips to the Emergency Room thinking he was experiencing a neuro- logical event. Other symptoms included a sore throat, facial swelling, postnasal drip and difficulty breathing. While antibiotics relieved the symptoms temporarily, they would always return when he went off of them. More recently, according to Nicholas’ mother, the antibiotics wouldn’t even relieve the symptoms, only stop them from getting worse.

“The sinus infections kept coming back,” recalled Nicholas. “Anytime the weather changed, I was in pain, particularly under my eyes. I was getting sick a lot and wanted to find a permanent solution to relieve my pain.”

Sinusitis occurs when the cavities around the nasal passages (sinuses) become inflamed, interfering with normal drainage in the sinuses, causing mucus to build up. Characterized by a cough, facial pain or pressure, nasal congestion and headaches like the ones Nicholas was suffering from, sinusitis that continues for an extended period of time is considered chronic.

Nicholas’ mother, who is also a patient of Dr. Moghaddassi, brought her son to meet with the otolaryngologist in the fall of 2014. After ordering a CT scan, Dr. Moghaddassi determined Nicholas was an ideal candidate for a minimally invasive endoscopic technique using Propel®, a sinus implant that is placed in the nasal passages and releases anti- inflammatory medication over the course of one month before self-dissolving, helping to reduce scarring and eliminate the need for a second surgery to remove the device. Dr. Moghaddassi performed the surgery on Nicholas in February and to date, Nicholas has not experienced any more headaches or fevers like the ones that were interfering with his life so much.

“I haven’t been sick since and I used to get sick monthly,” said Nicholas, an athlete who plays a sport every season. He was able to return to sports a few weeks after the surgery.

“Nicholas is an active young man who had debilitating headaches and fevers which caused him to go to the hospital on more than one occasion,” said Dr. Moghaddassi.

“It was wonderful to be able to help him using a new, minimally invasive technology.”

In addition to Propel, which Dr. Moghaddassi describes as “revolutionary,” the surgery performed on Nicholas incor- porates other cutting-edge technologies, including image guidance, which provides a computerized image of the patient’s sinuses to guide the surgeon, and Balloon Sinuplasty. Balloon Sinuplasty involves the placement of a small, flexible balloon catheter through the nostril into the blocked sinus passage- way. When the balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and ventilates the blocked nasal passages to restore normal sinus drainage and function. The procedure lasts about an hour under general anesthesia, and the patient can return home the same day.

A patient is typically able to be active the next day – walk around, eat and speak comfortably – and can drive within 48 hours. Most people go back to work or school in three to four days. "Some patients refrain from having sinus surgery because of fear of bone or tissue removal, or post-operative packing. Those days are behind us, so there is no reason for these patients to suffer any longer," said Dr. Moghaddassi.

NYU Winthrop's Division of Otolaryngologyis committed to the highest level of excellence and delivering a full spectrum of care for the treatment of ear, nose, throat and head and neck disease. It is comprised of Board Certified physicians and offers the full gamut of minimally invasive and specialty therapies for both adult and pediatric patients. For more information about the breadth of services available within NYU Winthrop's Division of Otolaryngology, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit