MAYWOOD, IL – Eric Gantwerker, MD, MS, MMSc, an otolaryngologist who specializes in treating children for ear-nose-throat conditions, has joined Loyola Medicine.
Dr. Gantwerker treats general otolaryngological conditions in children, including ear infections, sleep apnea, tonsil and adenoids issues, neck masses and neck infections. Dr. Gantwerker also treats airway issues such as laryngeal cleft, aspiration, stridor/noisy breathing, dysphagia, laryngomalacia, subglottic stenosis, tracheomalacia, tracheostomy dependence, laryngeal papillomas, laryngeal webs and tracheoesophageal fistulas, as well as velopharyngeal insufficiency, submucous cleft palate and airway and esophageal foreign bodies.
Dr. Gantwerker is an assistant professor in Loyola’s department of otolaryngology. He sees patients at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood and Loyola Center for Children's Health at Oakbrook Terrace.
Dr. Gantwerker enjoys treating children. “Kids are very resilient," Dr. Gantwerker said. "They are fun to take care of, and their parents often are very appreciative.”
Dr. Gantwerker said that except in emergency conditions, he never tries to impose his recommendations on parents. “I believe in shared decision-making,” he said. “We decide together the best options for their children.”
He also involves children as much as possible. “I will talk to them directly and let them ask questions,” he said.
Dr. Gantwerker received his medical degree from Rush Medical College. He completed a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery from the University of Cincinnati and a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology from Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gantwerker has a master of science in medical education from Georgetown University and a master of medical science degree from Harvard Medical School.
Before joining Loyola, Dr. Gantwerker was on staff at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gantwerker is board certified in otolaryngology.