Meet a Specialist: Benjamin S. Bleier, M.D.

BleierBenjamin150x216Physicians specializing in sinus disorders are at the leading edge of research for sinus disease and smell and taste disorders. But even more than that, Benjamin S. Bleier, M.D., is committed to providing only the highest quality patient care. "Each new patient is an opportunity for a partnership to provide the most personalized care possible.”

“The key to this partnership,” he continues, “is taking the time to listen and understand the patient's needs." Like his Mass. Eye and Ear colleagues in the Sinus Center, Dr. Bleier treats both pediatric and adult patients with difficult and complex sinus issues, many of whom require treatment by a physician with his unique expertise. Dr. Bleier focuses on revision and complex sinus surgery, as well state-of-the-art endoscopic management of sinus and cranial base lesions including tumors, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, and encephaloceles. "Each patient is different and I strive to provide the most informative care possible to better serve the patient, their needs, and their life."

At Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Bleier also serves as the Co-Director of the multidisciplinary Center for Thyroid Eye Disease and Orbital Surgery, which provides minimally invasive, state-of-the-art care for patients with thyroid eye disease and tumors in the eye socket. Through his research, he has helped to pioneer several new minimally invasive approaches for orbital tumors.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Bleier also pursued his residency in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Subsequently, he completed clinical fellowships in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Bleier currently lectures both nationally and internationally on the subjects of endoscopic management of orbit and skull base tumors, endoscopic dacyrocystorhinostomy, causes and treatments of sinusitis, and intranasal drug delivery techniques to the brain. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as two textbooks in the field of orbit- and sinus-related disease.

In addition to being an Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Bleier is actively involved in research designed to improve the medical and surgical treatment of orbit- and sinus-disease. He has developed a new method of sutureless wound closure that can be performed completely through the nose. Additionally, Dr. Bleier studies the mechanisms behind the development of chronic sinusitis and has identified a new set of cellular pumps which may promote the generation of polyps. This research may lead to completely novel therapies for this disease, which may help patients significantly improve their symptoms and quality of life in the future. He is also developing a variety of topical methods to treat sinusitis that avoid side effects to the rest of the body. 

“Through my research, I can continue to gain and share knowledge with the most recognized experts in my specialty. Using the latest technologies and engaging in active research allows me to continue to provide patients with the best care possible,” Dr. Bleier states.

Contact Dr. Bleier's office at 617- 573-3222.

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