Richard J. Vivero M.D. FACS

Dr. Richard J. Vivero, a native of South Florida, is a board-certified Otolaryngologist -Head and Neck surgeon and a fellowship-trained Laryngologist. He graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Biology and returned home to earn his M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. Dr. Vivero returned to Harvard to complete a fellowship in Laryngology and Laryngeal Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School under the guidance of the world-renowned Dr. Steven M. Zeitels.

Specialties:

General ENT, Voice & Swallowing

Languages:

English & Spanish


Ear

The ears help us hear the sounds around us, as well as maintain our balance when we stand and walk. When pieces of the ear are infected or begin not to work properly, your hearing and balance can be impacted.

  • Hearing Loss
  • Ear Infections
  • Dizziness

Audiology

Audiology is the branch of medicine that deals with hearing. Our specialized audiologists help to determine the source of your hearing loss and work with you to utilize the available options that can help improve it.

  • Hearing Loss

Allergy

Allergies are the immune system’s abnormal response to a foreign substance around you. These are items that don’t cause a reaction in all patients, but your immune system has found them to be harmful and reacted. Allergies can include environmental allergens such as dust and pollen, as well as food or medications.

  • Environmental Allergy
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Asthma Management
  • Hives and Eczema

Sinus

Your sinuses are hollow cavities that help found around the noses and eyes. Their walls are lined with mucus that helps filter and humidify our air. If this mucus does not drain properly, the sinuses can become blocked. This leads to problems such as sinus infections or other conditions.

  • Deviated Nasal Septum
  • Congestion (Nasal Blockage)
  • Nasal Drainage
  • Sinus Infections
  • Loss of Sense of Taste and Smell

Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of preparing yourself for the day ahead. We’ve all experienced the difficulties that a lousy night of sleep can cause. For those with sleep disorders, achieving a good night of sleep can be even more challenging and even require medical intervention to be achieved.

  • Snoring
  • Sleep Apnea

Head & Neck

The head and neck are hosts to different types of glands that help us maintain our health. Much like other areas of the body, the head and neck and the glands within can experience infection, swelling, and cancer. This can affect the overall balance of our health and the systems that maintain it.

  • Thyroid Masses
  • Neck Masses
  • Salivary Glands Masses
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • Abnormal Parathyroid Glands
  • Chronic Tonsils and Adenoid Infections

Voice & Swallowing

Our voices can help us connect and communicate with the world around us. While speaking can seem easily achieved, it is really the work of several muscles and organs working together to achieve sound. If one of these muscles is strained or infected, the voice or swallowing can be impacted.

  • Vocal Cord Tumors
  • Acid Reflux
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps

Ear

The ears help us hear the sounds around us, as well as maintain our balance when we stand and walk. When pieces of the ear are infected or begin not to work properly, your hearing and balance can be impacted.

  • Balance Testing
  • Ear Hygiene and Wax Removal
  • Ear Tubes

Audiology

Audiology is the branch of medicine that deals with hearing. Our specialized audiologists help to determine the source of your hearing loss and work with you to utilize the available options that can help improve it.

  • Hearing Aids Dispensing
  • Hearing Aids Programming & Maintenance
  • Hearing Testing

Allergy

Allergies are the immune system’s abnormal response to a foreign substance around you. These are items that don’t cause a reaction in all patients, but your immune system has found them to be harmful and reacted. Allergies can include environmental allergens such as dust and pollen, as well as food or medications.

  • Allergy Shots
  • Allergy Drops
  • Allergy Testing

Sinus

Your sinuses are hollow cavities that help found around the noses and eyes. Their walls are lined with mucus that helps filter and humidify our air. If this mucus does not drain properly, the sinuses can become blocked. This leads to problems such as sinus infections or other conditions.

  • Surgery for Nasal Polyps and Chronic Sinusitis
  • Septoplasty Deviated Septum Surgery
  • Nasal Turbinate Reduction
  • In-Office CT Imaging
  • Balloon Sinuplasty

Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of preparing yourself for the day ahead. We’ve all experienced the difficulties that a lousy night of sleep can cause. For those with sleep disorders, achieving a good night of sleep can be even more challenging and even require medical intervention to be achieved.

  • Prescribe and Monitor CPAP
  • Sleep Apnea Testing
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
  • Evaluation of Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Head & Neck

The head and neck are hosts to different types of glands that help us maintain our health. Much like other areas of the body, the head and neck and the glands within can experience infection, swelling, and cancer. This can affect the overall balance of our health and the systems that maintain it.

  • Head and Neck Cancers Evaluation and Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Endoscopic Inspection of the Throat and Voice Box (Flexible laryngoscopy)

Voice & Swallowing

Our voices can help us connect and communicate with the world around us. While speaking can seem easily achieved, it is really the work of several muscles and organs working together to achieve sound. If one of these muscles is strained or infected, the voice or swallowing can be impacted.

  • Swallowing Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Vocal Cord and Voice Examination
  • Acid Reflux Testing

Provider Biography

Dr. Richard J. Vivero, a native of South Florida, is a board-certified Otolaryngologist -Head and Neck surgeon and a fellowship-trained Laryngologist. He graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Biology and returned home to earn his M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, receiving honors with each degree. Dr. Vivero continued his education with a five-year residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. There, he was elected Chief Resident in his final year.

Desiring additional expertise in voice and airway disorders, Dr. Vivero returned to Harvard to complete a fellowship in Laryngology and Laryngeal Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School under the guidance of the world-renowned Dr. Steven M. Zeitels.

While at the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center, Dr. Vivero learned the latest and most advanced techniques to manage benign and cancerous lesions of the voicebox and airway, including awake laser surgery, endoscopic cancer treatment, medialization laryngoplasty, Botox, and other vocal cord procedures. In addition, he received advanced training in the management of professional voice users, including singers, actors, lawyers, and teachers, to ensure the best vocal outcomes. He has published significantly in this area and has presented at multiple national meetings regarding his work.

Dr. Vivero is interested in all aspects of ears, nose, and throat with particular attention to the diagnosis and management of the following:

  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal Cord Nodules
  • Vocal Cord Polyps
  • Vocal Cord Cysts
  • Vocal Fold Hemorrhage
  • Cancer of the voice box (larynx)
  • Recurrent Respiratory Papilloma (RRP)
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Tracheal and glottic stenosis (scarring) Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Dr. Vivero and his office are fluent in English and Spanish.

Dr. Vivero has hospital privileges at the following:

  • Baptist Hospital
  • Doctor’s Hospital
  • Homestead Hospital
  • Medical Arts Surgery Center – South Miami
  • Miami Children’s Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • South Miami Hospital
  • West Kendall Baptist

Please see ViveroMD.com for additional information.

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Education

Dr. Richard J. Vivero graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Biology and returned home to earn his M.D. from the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, receiving honors with each degree.

Bachelor’s Degree

  • Harvard College

Doctor of Medicine

  • University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine

Awards and Honors

  • Board-certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of otolaryngology
  • American Broncoesophageal Association
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

“I believe that patient care is a collaboration between the doctor and physician to provide the best results with respect paid to the individual concerns of the patient.”

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