Our Team

Due to the complex nature of hearing loss in children, the Ear & Hearing Center services are provided by a team of pediatric specialists with expertise in a wide range of auditory, diagnostic and therapeutic areas. Those involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patients may include surgeons, audiologists and psychologists as well as speech, language and learning specialists.

Director, Ear & Hearing Center

I strive to build a trusting relationship with children and families, and use the most up-to-date medical knowledge and experience to guide decisions. Clinical Interests: Hearing implants, microtia (malformed ears), aural atresia (malformed ear canals), hearing loss, chronic otitis media,... Read more

Address: Texas Chidlren's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Mark Wallace Tower, Suite 540 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Health Center - Sugar Land 15400 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 281-494-7010 (Sugar Land)

Physicians

I grew up in the State of Idaho and from a very young age knew that I wanted to help improve the lives of children and their families.  After suffering from cholesteatoma surgery (an ear growth) as a child, I was destined to become a pediatric ear nose and throat surgeon.  I have practiced... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands 17580 I-45 South, Outpatient Building, Third Floor The Woodlands, TX 77384 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Specialty Care - Eagle Springs 5514 Atascocita Road, Suite 190 Atascocita, TX 77346 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 936-267-7400 (Woodlands) | 281-666-5006 (Eagle Springs)
I believe in personalized and patient-centered care for pediatric patients.  Each child has their own medical issues and I will use my clinical and research expertise to offer individualized and unparalleled quality care in the least invasive way.  Under my care you will benefit from innovative... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Mark Wallace Tower, Suite 540 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Health Center - CyFair 11777 FM 1960 West Houston, TX 77065 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 281-469-4688 (CyFair)
I believe in treating children as I would my own, with compassion, respecting their space and making the experience the least intimidating. When the parents trust me with the care of their child, the onus to deliver the highest quality of care in a timely manner lies with me. I believe in... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands 17580 I-45 South, Outpatient Building, Third Floor The Woodlands, TX 77384 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Specialty Care - Eagle Springs 5514 Atascocita Road, Suite 190 Atascocita, TX 77346 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 936-267-7400 (Woodlands) | 281-666-5006 (Eagle Springs)
Dr. Sitton's clinical interests are congenital and acquired neck masses and management of hearing loss including cochlear implantation.   Research Interest: Cochlear implant outcomes, Quality Improvement

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Mark Wallace Tower, Suite 540 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway, 4th Floor Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Health Center - Sugar Land 15400 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 832-227-1420 (West) | 281-494-7010 (Sugar Land)
Alex D. Sweeney, M.D. is double board certified in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and Neurotology. He has particular interests in hearing loss, cochlear implantation and skull base tumors. He earned his medical degree and completed residency at the Baylor College of Medicine. Following... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Mark Wallace Tower, Suite 540 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Jamail Specialty Care Center (Clinic) 1977 Butler Blvd., Suite E5.100 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 713-798-6336 (Jamail)
Dr. Vilela came to us following completion of his pediatric otolaryngology training at The Children's Hospitals of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Prior to fellowship training, Dr. Vilela graduated from medical school at the University of Texas-Houston and completed his... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Mark Wallace Tower, Suite 540 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Chidlren's Hospital - West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway, 4th Floor Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: Texas Children's Specialty Center - Bellaire 6330 West Loop South Bellaire, TX 77401 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 832-277-1420 (West) | 713-839-0164 (Bellaire)

Audiology

I am passionate about providing a family–centered approach to maximize the quality of life of my patients. My clinical interests include pediatric amplification and case management of patients with syndromic/ genetic hearing losses.

Address: Texas Children’s Hospital - West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway, WA 450 Houston, TX 77094 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-227-1235
Dr. Drob’s passion and focus is primarily centered around pediatric cochlear implantation and providing clinical services through evidence based practice. 

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Suite 500 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3249
Dr. Emery strives to achieve and maintain the highest level of professional competence and performance for her patient’s management and wellbeing.  Clinical Interests: Cochlear Implants, amplification and diagnostic evaluations.

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - Main Campus 6701 Fannin Street, Suite 520.30 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3249
Clinical Interests: Cochlear implants, newborn hearing screening and evaluation, pediatric amplification, and diagnostic hearing evaluation

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands 17580 Interstate 45 South, 3rd Floor, Pod B The Woodlands, TX 77384 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 936-267-7350
Dr. Samantha J. Lemelle strives to provide high quality, evidence-based, and family-centered care for her patients by staying up-to-date on current research and maintaining an open dialogue with the families she serves. Clinical Interests: Cochlear implants; Diagnostic testing of patients with... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus 18200 Katy Freeway, WA 450 Houston, TX 7 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-227-1030



Auditory-Verbal Therapy.

I firmly believe children with hearing loss have the right to grow up to be anything they want to be and do not have to be limited by the presence of a hearing loss.   Working with children with hearing loss and their families is truly an honor.  This has been my area of focus as a speech-language... Read more

Address: Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands 17580 I-45 South The Woodlands, TX 77384 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 936-267-7311

Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator

I began my nursing career here at Texas Children's Hospital in 2004 as an Emergency Center nurse before transitioning to Cochlear Implant Program Coordinator in 2013 where I have continued to build my interest in cochlear implantation, neurotology, and microtia & atresia abnormalities. I value... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 540 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas
Phone: 832-822-3250 (General Office) | 832-822-3508 (Direct Line)