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Brian W. Rotenberg

Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Western University and Expert Advisor,

Dr. Brian W. Rotenberg is an expert advisor with and an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Western University, London, Ontario.
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We Need to Curb Our Use of Antibiotics

The overwhelming majority of these incredibly common infections are caused by viruses -- that is, they will not respond to antibiotics -- so I don't routinely offer antibiotic treatments. When patients hear they won't be getting an antibiotic many become surprised and often upset. I then spend time counselling them about why antibiotics are, in most cases, the wrong treatment choice.
07/19/2015 09:29 EDT
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How I Talk to My Patients About Vaccination

Every day when I see patients in my surgical clinic, some are offered a procedure to help them feel better. Whether it is a minor surgery like a tonsillectomy, or something larger scale such as tumor resection, I have a full discussion with the patient regarding the benefits and risks of doing "something." Each time I go over the common minor risks of an intervention and the exceedingly rare, but potentially very serious risks that can occur. I also review with them the risks of doing "nothing" - of what may happen if they don't have surgery. Vaccination is no different.
02/27/2015 10:10 EST