Welcome to Chicago ENT, Chicago’s premier ear, nose, and throat specialty center. Whether you have a simple ENT complaint, suffer from snoring, sleep apnea or sinus infections, or have a thyroid and parathyroid problem, we can help. Chicago ENT doctors combine diagnoses and comprehensive treatments with innovative, minimally invasive solutions to resolve all your snoring, sleep apnea, sinus and general adult and pediatric ENT needs. Plus, you can schedule your appointment whenever you want – even in the middle of the night – thanks to our online scheduling capability. Many times, same-day and next-day appointments are available.
Since 1977 the doctors at Chicago ENT have been providing its patients the best in ENT services. Our physicians are proud recipients of various academic and research awards including America’s Top Doctor by Castle-Connolly and Chicago Magazine. We are recognized as world-class experts with more than 200 publications on diagnostic and therapeutic innovations for the treatment of ear, nose, throat and sleep disorders.
Our clinical philosophy is that the solution to a patient’s problem begins with their story. We believe that listening to the patient’s history and symptoms is the first step to helping them, and that a comprehensive assessment will lead to the most accurate treatment.
At Chicago ENT the patient experience is our top priority. We go the extra mile to treat our patients with kindness and respect. Hear what our patients have to say about us.
Dr. Friedman and his group have been nothing but the Best! My mom had first seen him in 2007. She had something visible in a CT scan she had done and he was the only one of many doctors who went over them who figured out what it was. A+ in my book for that alone. During exams, surgeries and even following they would check on you. Dr Friedman and his staff have been VERY compassionate and truly care. Any questions you have are answered and made sure that you understand. This team really takes care of you and we can’t say thank you enough for all that they have done.
My first visit I was extremely impressed. I was greeted warmly & professionally and I was called in before my allotted time. Dr. Friedman was friendly and engaging, he explained the procedure thoroughly; he was considered and patient when I asked questions. The day of surgery, Dr. Friedman greeted me & my family and again asked if I had any questions, the whole surgical team were friendly, engaging and most all put me at ease. The follow up visits were also good. I appreciated the over all experience. Thank you!!!!!
“Chicago ENT and Dr. Friedman gave me personalized and professional care from day 1. I had gone to another sleep clinic in Chicago and without much discussion they gave me a cpap machine, which never worked right. Dr Friedman’s solutions have worked wonders. I get a great night’s sleep, and have no problems with drowsiness during the day. My thanks and gratitude to the whole team at Chicago ENT. Highly recommended.”
I had a terrible nose bleed for 7 consecutive days and Dr. Venkatesan was so patient and professional, he made me feel safe. I enjoyed the ladies at the front desk they were actually working and not gossiping. I give Chicago ENT - Halsted the highest review it is hard to find service like this these days.
I visited Dr. Venkatesan at Chicago ENT to discuss some breathing problems, mostly that I experience while sleeping. He was very careful to explain everything he discovered during my exams, and we eventually decided on surgery to fix a variety of problems. Two weeks post-op, I can’t believe how much better I can breathe. I am still recovering, but it’s amazing how much better I sleep, and I’ve noticed a big difference in my general quality of life. The staff at Chicago ENT has been amazing and helpful. My appointments were always prompt and efficient, making it easy for me to get back to my day. Thank you for giving me a newfound energy and the ability to breathe. I never knew how much better it could be.
Dr. Adam Levy changed my life. I’d known for years that I needed to fix my deviated septum but I put it off until I finally got fed up. After some research I found Dr. Levy and scheduled my appointment. During my first visit he was able to see me and have a CT scan there in office so we could figure out what was really wrong. After talking with Dr. Levy we had an action plan in place and a date of surgery as my case was pretty bad. All of my post op visits have been quick with out waiting forever to see him and he is always patient to hear any concerns or questions. Please see him if you need any ENT help!!! Also the front desk is very helpful and quick to attend to you.
Chicago ENT has been absolutely amazing. Dr. Michael Friedman and the staff at Chicago ENT have been so supportive and kind. They are thorough, answered all of my questions and above all they are absolutely amazing at what they do. Dr. Friedman’s skills alongside his bedside manner make this practice the absolutely amazing. I had a partial thyroid removal and Dr. Friedman and the medical staff did an amazing job. I was back to my normal routine in minimal time and had as much of a pain free experience as I could through this process. He is the best! We had so many insurance questions along the way and everyone I encountered at Chicago ENT helped me navigate through all of my questions and helped me find the best solutions. I can not say enough positive things about my experience. I recommend everyone to go to Dr. Friedman and Chicago ENT for any ENT needs you may have!
“People often ask me, ‘What drives your passion?’ It’s really quite simple: finding new solutions to help my patients.”
Michael Friedman, MD, is an Otolaryngologist–Head and Neck Surgeon and serves as Medical Director for Chicago ENT. Since 1977, Dr. Friedman has practiced as an ear, nose, and throat doctor in the Chicago area, and has earned recognition from peers and patients alike.
He started his career at the University of Illinois – Chicago Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery where he served as Associate Professor. In 1990. Dr. Friedman moved to Rush University Medical Center where he served as Professor of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery as well as Chairman, Section of Sleep Surgery. He left Rush in 2017 and is currently Chairman of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Advocate Aurora Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Dr. Friedman is also a nationally known expert on head and neck cancer, endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and sleep disorders.
Board Certified Otolaryngologist
“A successful doctor-patient collaboration allows me to apply my training, skills, and experience to provide the best possible care to my patients.”
T.K. Venkatesan, MD, is a board certified Otolaryngologist–Head and Neck Surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He completed his internship at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York and his residency in Otolaryngology at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. He currently serves as section chief of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Amita Health St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Venkatesan is fellowship-trained in endoscopic sinus surgery and an expert in sinus disease, sleep disorders, vertigo, thyroid and parathyroid, head and neck cancer, and all diseases of the ear, nose, and throat. He has worked alongside Dr. Friedman for more than 27 years, and has mastered numerous minimally invasive techniques. In addition, Dr. Venkatesan is currently an assistant professor at Rush University and has authored several publications and textbook chapters.
Board Certified Otolaryngologist
“I approach medicine from a holistic perspective, looking at all my patients as individuals who require and deserve their own unique, non-traditional approaches.”
Dr. Adam J. Levy graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. He completed his general surgery internship and otolaryngology residency at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident from 2008-2009 before joining the Advanced Center for Specialty Care. He has published several pieces of original research and has contributed chapters to leading textbooks in the field. Dr. Levy specializes in adult and pediatric otolaryngology including all diseases of the ear, nose, and throat. He has special interest in head and neck surgery, otologic disease, and the treatment of dizziness.
“Children appreciate that I am friendly and outgoing, and it helps us connect. That connection evolves into trust, which is essential for a good outcome.”
Dr. Kathryn Colman, Director of Pediatric ENT at Chicago ENT, is an accomplished Pediatric Otolaryngologist specializing in newborns to patients up to 18 years old. Dr. Colman is a former clinical instructor of the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard University, and a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She is the recipient of several honors and awards, and has contributed research to several prestigious otolaryngological publications. Though Dr. Colman specializes in Pediatric ENT, she has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all ear, nose, and throat conditions. Dr. Colman prioritizes patient accessibility and communication, and is available for urgent appointments.
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon
“My philosophy to patient care and to surgery is to augment our natural beauty and to accentuate what’s already there. I believe in a personalized treatment approach, and I’m passionate about helping my patients achieve their aesthetic goals…”
Dr. Daniela Burchhardt is an accomplished fellowship-trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and is board-certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Burchhardt is a former clinical instructor and fellow of the Department of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University and a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine after which she completed her residency at Wayne State University. Her research has focused on rhinoplasty teaching models and botox applications in facial paralysis, in additional to facial trauma. She is the recipient of several honors and awards, and her work has been published in prestigious otolaryngology journals.
Dr. Burchhardt specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face, including nasal reconstructions for breathing difficulties and cosmetic rhinoplasty, as well as facial trauma repair and skin cancer reconstructions. She is also an expert in facial rejuvenation procedures such as face and neck lift, fat transfer, and eye lid surgery as well as injectables such as Botox and filler.
Dr. Burchhardt prioritizes communication and understanding her patients’ goals to deliver a personalized treatment approach and a natural looking result. She is always available to her patients for urgent appointments.
Board Certified Allergy & Immunology Specialist
“With allergies on the rise, a lot of doctors are quick to give medications. That’s not my first choice. I prefer preventive treatments to eliminate the symptoms instead of treating them with medications.”
Dr. Ayesha Siddiqi is a board certified Allergist and Immunologist. She is also the Section Chief of Allergy at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Siddiqi completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cook County Hospital, and a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, both in Chicago. Dr. Siddiqi treats patients of all ages, from newborns to adults. She is an award-winning investigator and the author of several scientific papers. Her clinical interests are allergic rhinitis, asthma, urticaria, and immune deficiency.
Board-Certified Allergy & Immunology Specialist
“I believe a successful patient-doctor relationship begins with being an effective listener and providing the patient time to fully explain their concern. In doing so, I’m able to better understand the patient’s concern, so that I can offer a more personalized and patient-centered diagnostic and therapeutic plan.”
Dr. Kirk Shepard is a board-certified Allergy & Immunology specialist. Dr. Shepard finished his fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at the University of South Florida after completing his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee, WI. In addition to his medical education, Dr. Shepard completed a master’s in Biomedical Sciences and Healthcare Administration and Management. Dr. Shepard treats patients of all ages, from newborns to adults. His clinical interests are allergic rhinitis, asthma, urticaria, and food allergy. Dr. Shepard prioritizes patient accessibility and communication and is available for urgent appointments.
Board Certified Sleep Specialist
“The most important part of my practice is open and accessible communication with patients. I enjoy working closely with them from the initial consultation to successful treatment… and beyond.”
Dr. Claire Kenneally is an accomplished, fellowship-trained Sleep Medicine physician, board certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and an active member of the American College of Physicians and the Illinois Sleep Society. Dr. Kenneally completed her Sleep Medicine fellowship training at Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, IL, after finishing her Internal Medicine residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO. Recognizing the fundamental role of sleep in general health and well-being as well as its role as a risk factor for serious disease, Dr. Kenneally uses leading-edge tools and technology to accurately diagnose sleep disorders and treat them effectively. Her special interests include sleep disorders associated with chronic medical illnesses such as COPD, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, neurological diseases, insomnia, restless legs, and more.
Dr. Malik Nassan graduated with an honors degree from the Alfaisal University and received his Medical Degree in June 2014. Nassan went on to complete a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Department of Genomics of Neuropsychiatric in June 2016. Staying at the Mayo Clinic, Nassan completed a Psychiatry Residency and became board certified in June 2020. He completed a Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Harvard Medical School in June 2021, and will be completing a Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at Northwestern University in June 2023. Nassan won the Mayo Clinic, Psychiatry Department Research Summit Award in 2015 and 2016. He has published several pieces of original research and presented at many conferences.
Otolaryngologist – Head & Neck Surgeon
Dr. Friedman studied medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed his residency in Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. With dedicated training in every ENT subspecialty, Dr. Friedman offers comprehensive management of diverse problems involving the ears, nose, and throat. His special interests include sinus disease, nasal breathing, sleep disorders, voice problems, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and cancer of the head and neck. Dr. Friedman prioritizes patient accessibility and communication and is available for urgent appointments.
Dental Sleep Expert
“I am always trying to create better communication with each patient, looking at their unique individual concerns.”
John J. Kelly, DDS is a Chicago dentist and dental sleep expert offering the most advanced therapy for sleep breathing disorders from sleep apnea treatments to snoring therapy.Currently Dr. Kelly is on faculty at the NYU School of Dentistry dental sleep medicine program. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has taken over 1,000 hours of continuing education, including extensive coursework at the internationally recognized Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.An international speaker, Dr. Kelly has lectured and coached other dentists throughout his community. Today Dr. Kelly diagnoses and treats his patients based on the highest ideals of dentistry—the way he would treat his own family. With finished results, his patients achieve what they thought they could never have: smiles that truly enhance their lives…and a good night’s sleep too.
Doctor of Audiology
“ When I was growing up, we spent a lot of time with my grandfather, who had significant hearing loss and would frequently withdraw from social situations. When I became an audiologist, it helped me to understand how lonely and isolating hearing loss can be, and how important it is to identify and treat those with hearing loss to minimize these effects. I love being able to help those with hearing loss hear and connect with the world around them again.”
Dr. Ellen May graduated cum laude from Stern College for Women and went on to earn her Doctor of Audiology degree at City University of New York. While earning her doctorate, Dr. May worked with many different populations at a variety of sites, including a busy ENT clinic, a hospital clinic, and at her school’s three clinics. For her thesis, Dr. May traveled to Haiti along with her classmate to conduct hearing testing on under-served pediatric patients. Her interests include diagnostics and hearing aids.
Doctor of Audiology
Dr. Michelle Nebel graduated from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She continued on at U of I to earn her Doctor or Audiology where she completed clinical rotations in hospitals, school systems, a VA clinic and an ENT clinic. These clinical settings gained her experience working with pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. After graduation, Dr. Nebel worked in a private practice setting where she worked primarily with hearing diagnostics and hearing aids. Dr. Nebel’s interests in the field include hearing diagnostics, hearing conservation and hearing aids.
Doctor of Audiology
"Hearing and communicating with others is what allows us to build and maintain relationships throughout our lives. Most people do not realize when their hearing gradually begins to decline and they gradually begin to withdraw from social situations. Connecting with my patients and being able to guide them through their journey of re-adapting to hearing things that they haven’t heard in many years is what I love most about my job!"
Dr. Jaclyn Riel graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences and she continued on at Illinois State to earn her Doctor of Audiology. After graduation, Dr. Riel worked in several private practice settings and hearing centers where she gained experience with hearing diagnostics and hearing aids. Most recently Dr. Riel practiced at Rush University Medical Center where she saw pediatric, adult and geriatric patients with hearing disorders.
Dr. Riel’s interests in the field include hearing diagnostics, hearing conservation and hearing aids.
Dr. Lauren Lesniewski graduated Dean’s List from Cornell University and went on to get her masters at the Upstate Medical University, State University of New York. Lesniewski was a Cancer Control Research Assistant at the University of Rochester Medical Center from 2013-2016. She went on to become a Physician’s Assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, and then to become a Physician’s Assistant at the Center for Sleep Medicine in Chicago. Lesniewski specializes in patient-centered, value-based medical care.
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Chicago ENT has five convenient locations throughout the greater Chicago area. For the exact location and/or directions, simply click on the map next to your desired location. To book an appointment, call 773-296-5500 to speak to a scheduler or conveniently online 24/7.
Advanced Center for Specialty Care
3000 N. Halsted Street, Suite #400
Chicago, IL 60657
Monday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Allergy Shot Clinic hours:
Monday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 11:30 pm
St. Mary’s Hospital Professional Building
2222 W. Division Street, Suite #330
Chicago, IL 60622
8930 Gross Point Road, Suite #700
Skokie, IL 60077
Swedish Covenant Hospital
5140 N. California Avenue, Suite #600
Chicago, IL 60625
2522 W. Peterson Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659