Doctor Robert Pincus is a founder of the New York Sinus Center and one of Manhattan’s most highly regarded, board-certified otolaryngologists. Do you want to learn more about otolaryngology? Learn more with our Dr. Robert L. Pincus interview, as he speaks about what attracted him to otolaryngology, the typical day at the office, as well as his most memorable experiences thus far. Go here to make an appointment with Dr. Pincus today!
What attracted you to otolaryngology? Why did you decide to go into this field?
Doctor: Well, when we’re in med school, you get to do rotations in different fields, and when I went to med school at Michigan, they had a great ENT program so that made it appealing. What I like about it too is that it’s a combo of medicine and surgery. I also liked the people in the field and they laughed my jokes. It’s a great combo of using both your brain and your hands.
What do otolaryngology doctors treat?
Doctor: The official answer is medicine and surgery go the head and neck. The ears, nose and throat, both medically and surgically.
What do you think draws people to the field of otolaryngology?
Doctor: I think the same thing that drew me, the mix of medicine and surgery. You get to treat all ages, each with a different set of problems and issues, and learn so many ways of dealing with people. We like having the ability to take care of people in all stages of life.
Please describe a typical day for an otolaryngologist?
Doctor: One thing that’s great about being and otolaryngologist is that there is no typical day! I have days I do surgery and that’s completely different than my days in the office. Office days you deal with patients and different the different problems of each. I see 15-20 patients on those days and spend as much time with each patient as I feel they might need. There are also administrative-type days where we are dealing with before and after patient care, rather than patients directly.
What has been your most memorable experience as a doctor?
Doctor: I don’t have a single most memorable event, but what I think is really memorable, now that I’ve been doing this for 30 years, is to see people throughout their lives. I get to see people who I took care of, who had cancer 30 years ago, but I see them healthy and living their lives with their families, living and growing. Also seeing kids grow up… To see kids that are 2 or 3-years old and their parents, but then to see the same baby grow up. For instance I remember one, 2-year old patient of mine who I worked with and treated is now a concert pianist! It’s figuring things out, people with problems and not so much a single patient, but really listening to what they need to see them grow.