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Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellow


Hometown (Birthplace): Coatesville, PA

Undergraduate Degree: 2015 – BS in Neurobiology & Physiology and BS in Psychology – University of Maryland

MD: 2019 – Drexel University College of Medicine

Residency: 2024 – Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Hobbies: Boating, wakeboarding, crabbing, playing board games, hanging out with my family and friends


Why Otolaryngology?

I am passionate about working with children and I wanted to find a specialty where I could have a meaningful impact on the lives of children and their families. I quickly learned that otolaryngology affords clinicians the opportunity to restore a child’s ability to interact with the world through hearing and speech and I was hard-pressed to find a field more meaningful than that!


Why UNC?

The UNC otolaryngology department has a robust pediatric division through which trainees are exposed to the full breadth of pediatric otolaryngology. The opportunity to be immersed in the comprehensive care of pediatric otolaryngology patients drew me to the program and discovering that the faculty were phenomenal sold me!


Recent Publications:

  • Goyal, N., Goldenberg, D., Ruszkay, N., Tucker, J., May, J., Wilson, M. Can a flexible surgical robot be used in the pediatric population: A feasibility study. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2022 Aug; 159:111206.
  • Tucker, J.*, Ruszkay, N.*, Goyal, N., Gniady, J.P., Goldenberg, D. Quality tracheotomy care can be maintained for non-COVID patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. 2022 Jul; 7(5):1337-1342.
  • Ruszkay, N., Tucker, J., Choi, K. Otolaryngology in the Face of a Pandemic. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. 2022 Jun; 33(2):74-83.
  • Ruszkay, N., Wilson, M. Open resection of juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. 2021 Mar; 32(1):26-30.

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