St. Louis Sinus Center History
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In July of 2007, Dr. Rita M. Schuman joined the growing practice. Dr. Schuman is a board-certified Otolaryngologist who completed her residency at the world-renowned Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Synergy ENT Specialists is dedicated to providing the highest quality ear, nose and throat care to pediatric and adult patients. In addition, Drs. Gould and Schuman continue to bring the most cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technologies to their patients.
In 2005, new advancements in sinus care led way to the FDA approval of Balloon Sinus Dilation. The technology was mainly performed in hospitals and surgery centers, but in 2010 Dr. Gould began transitioning the procedure into his office. He felt the transition only made sense – the downtime for the patient is dramatically less (typically 1 day), there’s no need for general anesthesia and the cost is much less for the patient and healthcare system.
Patients began raving about their amazing results and word of mouth quickly spread within the community. As a result, patients began coming to our office from surrounding cities, counties and even states. In order to accommodate patients’ requests for the procedure, Dr. Gould created the St. Louis Sinus Center and established a secondary office in Ladue.
Since 2010, Dr. Gould has performed thousands of In-Office Balloon Sinus Dilation procedures and is known by his peers as a pioneer. Regularly, ENT surgeons travel across the country to theSt. Louis Sinus Center to observe and learn his techniques of In-Office Balloon Sinus Dilation. As a result of his extensive training initiatives, he received theNational Center of Excellence Award
In 2012, Dr. Gould was asked to participate in the Open Forum where hundreds of his colleagues gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to share and learn the latest advancements in rhinology (sinus) care. Dr. Gould performed the Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure on three patients at the St. Louis Sinus Center while the procedures were telecast live, via satellite, to the Open Forum.
In 2012, the largest ENT practice in the country gathered for Dr. Gould’s presentation on his techniques for In-Office Balloon Sinus Dilation.
Later in 2012 and then again in 2013, Dr. Gould was a guest panelist at several international rhinology meetings. As a guest panelist, Dr. Gould shared his expertise with performing minimally invasive sinus procedures in his office.
In 2013, Dr. Gould was a Principal Investigator in a national multi-center study, known as REMODEL. This groundbreaking study demonstrated Balloon Sinus Dilation to be as effective as conventional sinus surgery with improving chronic sinusitis symptoms long term. In addition, the study showed Balloon Sinus Dilation to have less downtime, less postoperative pain and a faster return to normal activities compared to conventional sinus surgery.
Today Dr. Gould remains committed to offering the best possible ear, nose and throat care for patients in the Midwest Region. He is a strong advocate for In-Office Balloon Sinus Dilation, continues to train colleagues on his techniques and is actively involved with clinical trials to assist with further advancements in medicine