Our Physicians

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Our Physicians

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Peter T. Nigri, MD, FACS

  • Earned B.A. Providence College, 1965 and M.D. Medical College of  Wisconsin, 1969.

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  • Completed post graduate residency at Albany Medical Center, 1970 a and surgical/otolaryngology residencies at Rhode Island Hospital
  • Medical licensure in RI
  • Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  • Clinical Assistant Professor Brown University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Active staff at Rhode Island Hospital and consulting staff at Bradley Hospital and Butler Hospital
  • Former member of the Board of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology for the State of Rhode Island
  • Society memberships include, American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, American  College of Surgeons, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Rhode Island Society of Otolaryngology

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Robert G. McRae, MD, FACS

  • Earned his B.S. (Cum Laude) at Harvard University, 1972 and his M.D. at Tufts University School of Medicine, 1976.

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  • Completed Otolaryngological and surgical residencies at Yale University School of Medicine.
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, 1980 to present.
  • Licensed by the State of Rhode Island in the practice of medicine.
  • Assistant Clinical Professor at Brown University Department of Surgery/Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Tufts University School of Medicine.
  • Hospital affiliations include Rhode Island Hospital, St. Joseph Health Services, Women & Infants Hospital and Blackstone Valley Surgicare.
  • Published in numerous medical journals.
  • Past President of the Rhode Island Society of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgeons and of the New England Otolaryngological Society.
  • Triologic Society Recognition of Excellence, 1999.
  • Society Memberships include the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Providence Medical Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, New England Otolaryngological Society, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Foundation for Allergy Care and Treatment and the Triologic Society

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Sharon E. Gibson, MD, FACS

  • Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, 1996-Present

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  • Earned B.S. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1983 and M.D. at the University of Michigan Medical School, 1987.
  • Received specialty training in otolaryngology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Completed Pediatric Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1992-1993.
  • Associate Clinical Professor at the Department of Otolaryngology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Brown University School of Medicine. Assistant Professor & Director of the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Illinois, 1993-1996.
  • Licenses in the States of Rhode Island and Ohio in the practice of medicine.
  • Published in numerous medical journals.
  • Society memberships include, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Association of Women Surgeons, New England Otolaryngological Society, Rhode Island Medical Society and the Society for Ear, Nose & Throat Advances in Children.
  • Areas of interest and expertise include management of upper airway obstruction, head and neck masses, sinus disease and voice disorders in infants and children.

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Robert M. Risica, MD, FACS

  • Earned his B.A at Middlebury College in Vermont in 1983 and his Medical Degree at Pennsylvania State University in 1988

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  • Completed his residency in otolaryngology and head & neck surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center in 1993
  • Research Assistant, Division of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts 1983-1984
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology in 1994
  • Received Honors and Awards:
    Phi Beta Kappa, Middlebury College
    Highest Academic Award, Charles A. Dana Scholarship, Middlebury College
    University of Maryland Otolaryngology Alumni Association Scholarship: Achievement on Annual In-service Examination, 1991
  • Practice Interest: Extensive experience in chronic ear disease, functional endoscopic sinus surgery and head and neck surgery
  • Published in several medical journals

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Jan C. Groblewski, MD

  • Pediatric Otolaryngologist, Hasbro Children’s Hospital

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  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Otolaryngology and Department of Pediatrics, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2009
  • Earned B.A. degree at Middlebury College, Vermont,1999 and M.D. degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2003
  • Completed internship in General Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, 2003-2004
  • Completed residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University Hospital, 2004-2008
  • Completed fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, 2008-2009
  • Licensed to practice medicine in Rhode Island and Washington, DC
  • Published in numerous academic medical journals
  • Society Memberships include:
    American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    The Triologic Society
    New England Otolaryngological Society
    Rhode Island Medical Society
  • Areas of interest and expertise include: the diagnosis and management of pediatric airway disorders, congenital and acquired head and neck masses, pediatric otology, and pediatric sinus disease

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Brian E. Duff, MD, FACS

  • Earned B.A. at Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1986 and M.D. at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1990.

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  • Completed residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Chicago, 1995.
  • Completed Fellowship Training in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, Michigan Ear Institute, 1996.
  • Chief of Rhode Island Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology 2009-present.
  • Associate Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Brown University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • Medical Licensure in RI and MA
  • Active staff at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Miriam Hospital and New England Medical Center (Boston).
  • Courtesy staff at Roger Williams Hospital and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital.
  • Consulting Staff at Rhode Island veterans Administration Hospital
  • Medical Director, the ENT Center of Rhode Island
  • Co-Director, Cochlear Implant Program at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital
  • Society Memberships include, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, RI Society of Otolaryngologists-Head & Neck Surgeons (Past President), New England Otolaryngological Society, American College of Surgeons (Fellow), Rhode Island Medical Society, North American Skull Base Society, and American Neurotology Society.
  • Areas of interest and expertise include, hearing disorders, chronic ear surgery, dizziness and imbalance, facial nerve disorders, acoustic tumors, neurotologic skull base surgery, pediatric otology and cochlear implant surgery.

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Charles M. Ruhl, MD

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA, 1989 – 1993

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  • Completed post graduate residency and surgical/otolaryngology residencies at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, 1994-1998
  • Medical licensure in RI
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center and Brown University School of Medicine
  • Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
  • Active staff physician at Rhode Island Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and The ENT Center of Rhode Island
  • Former member of the Board of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology for the State of Rhode Island
  • Society memberships include American Rhinologic Society, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Christian R. Holmes Society, Rhode Island ENT Society, American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Rhode Island Medical Society, New England Otolaryngology Society and Board Member, Rhode Island Board of Health, Board of Speech and Language Pathology

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Joseph P. Bellino, MD

  • Earned his B.A. at Providence College, 1960 and M. D. at Georgetown University, 1964.

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  • Completed surgical and otolaryngology residencies at Rhode Island Hospital.
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Otolarynglogy-Head & Neck Surgery.
  • Licensed by the State of Rhode Island in the practice of medicine.
  • Chief of Rhode Island Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology 1995-2009.
  • Assistant Clinical Professor at Brown University Department of Surgery/Division of Otolaryngology and Tufts University’s School of Medicine.
  • Courtesy staff at St. Joseph Health Services.
  • Publications include articles in Laryngoscope(1982) and Cancer (1994).
  • Society memberships include, the National Board of Medical Examiners (Diplomat, 1965), American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, American Council of Otolaryngology, American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmologic and Otolaryngololic Allergy, New England Otolaryngological Society and the Rhode Island Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Society.

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Melissa Ramocki, MD

  • Dr. Ramocki is board certified in neurology with additional fellowship training in otoneurology.

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Dr. Melissa Ramocki returned home to Rhode Island and joined our practice in 2014. She and her husband live in Rhode Island with their three children and two dogs. She is very excited to again live in a four season climate where the family can spend time at the coast and on the ski slopes. Dr. Ramocki is board certified in neurology with additional fellowship training in otoneurology, and she sees children and adults who have dizziness, vertigo, or balance symptoms.

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Andrew E. Burchard, MD, FACS

  • Director of the Otolaryngology Ambulatory Clinic, Rhode Island Hospital

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  • Completed post graduate residency at Tufts/New England Medical Center, 2007 and a fellowship in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at University of Toronto
  • Medical licensure in RI and FL
  • Board Certified in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • Clinical Assistant Professor Brown University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Director of the Otolaryngology Ambulatory Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital and active staff at Miriam Hospital
  • Society memberships include theAmerican Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, and the Florida Medical Association