Dr. Natalya Chernichenko, a leading otolaryngologist who specializes in tumors of the head and neck, has been named site chief of otolaryngology at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, effective May 1. Dr. Chernichenko was also recruited to Weill Cornell Medicine as an assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology and vice chair in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.
In her new role, Dr. Chernichenko will lead a skilled team of specialists and surgeons providing comprehensive otolaryngology care, also known as ear, nose and throat, or ENT care, and further develop the hospital’s head and neck surgical oncology program. She will also oversee clinical leadership across NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist’s ambulatory care locations and serve as the director of otolaryngology patient safety.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Chernichenko as our new leader of otolaryngology services,” said Robert Guimento, president of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. “Dr. Chernichenko is a skilled leader, surgeon and researcher who is dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate care for patients.”
“Dr. Chernichenko is a respected leader in comprehensive otolaryngology care,” said Dr. Michael G. Stewart, otolaryngologist-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. “We are pleased she will be leading our outstanding team of otolaryngologists and look forward to her contributions to our patients and the communities we serve.”
Dr. Chernichenko joins NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where she most recently served as the chief of head and neck surgery.
“I’m honored to be leading the talented ENT team at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and excited for the opportunity to expand our world-class, patient-centered care and improve the health of our community,” Dr. Chernichenko said. “It’s a privilege to build relationships with our patients and their families as we guide them through their diagnosis and treatment.”
Dr. Chernichenko’s research focuses on improving public health outcomes by addressing the quality of surgical care and cancer prevention. She earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from New York University and her medical degree and master’s in public health from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She completed her otolaryngology—head and neck surgery residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, followed by a head and neck surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During her fellowship, Dr. Chernichenko received the Young Investigator Award from the American Head and Neck Society for her work studying how cancer spreads among nerves.