Yamileth Nicolau | Texas ENT Specialists

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Yamileth Nicolau MD

Dr. Yamileth Nicolau is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery.  After her residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in Panama, she was accepted as a Research Fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  She conducted her own genetics project winning an award from the American Society of Pediatric ENT and produced many publications while collaborating in the laboratory including in the New England Journal of Medicine.  She then continued to complete her US Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Residency at the University of California San Diego.  Dr. Nicolau provides professional and expert care, she listens carefully and offers compassionate management to her patients like she would family.  She has the training and experience to manage general Otolaryngology pathologies and keeps up to date with the latest technology and surgical procedures.  She has particular interest in the management of sinonasal disease including minimally invasive procedures, such as balloon sinuplasty, nasal obstruction, allergies, thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

Specialties:

General ENT, Ear, Allergy, Sinus, Head & Neck, Voice & Swallowing and Sleep

Languages:

English & Spanish

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Patient Testimonial

Dr. Nicolau is a warm and friendly doctor that is extremely thorough.

by D.S

In my opinion, she is the best ENT in Houston and the surrounding areas. The medical staff is also very efficient and friendly.


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

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

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

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

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

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 Testing
  • Hearing Aids Dispensing
  • Hearing Aids Programming & Maintenance

Ear & Hearing

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
  • Repair of Eardrum Perforation
  • Surgical Treatment of Chronic Ear Infections

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

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
  • Asthma Management
  • 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
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Balloon Sinuplasty

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 Surgery
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Surgery
  • Head and Neck Cancer Evaluation & 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.

  • Acid Reflux Testing
  • Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps
  • Vocal Cord and Voice Examination

Provider Biography

Dr. Yamileth Nicolau was born in the country of Panama. When she was a teenager, she lived in Colombia, Puerto Rico, and throughout Panama due to her father’s executive career relocations. She is completely fluent in both English and Spanish. During her high school senior year, she was chosen to go to Washington D.C. as part of the Presidential Classroom. She graduated first in her class and received the Academic Achievement Award signed by President George H. W. Bush. She attended medical school in Panama and graduated second in her class.

Upon graduation, Dr. Nicolau then completed her Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency in Panama, which included a four-month rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital.  She also completed a one-month clinical rotation in Galveston at UTMB. Upon completing her residency, she moved to Boston, having been accepted as a Research Fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  She conducted her own genetics project traveling to remote areas in Ecuador and won an award for her research from the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology.  During her years in Boston, she collaborated and produced many publications, including in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Nicolau completed her US Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency at the University of California San Diego.  During her first year at UCSD, she was chosen as Emergency Medicine intern of the year, an important recognition as the interns from all specialties rotate through the ER.  
She is proud to be able to serve the people of Houston. For all her medical and surgical skills, her ability to relate to each of her patients on a personal level, and being part of the wonderful team at Texas ENT specialists is what makes the difference.

Dr. Nicolau manages all the areas of the specialty in kids and adults.  She has a particular interest in the medical and surgical treatment of sinus disease, image-guided sinus surgery, minimally invasive in-office procedures including balloon sinuplasty, management of nasal obstruction and allergies, minimally invasive thyroid, and parathyroid surgery. 

Dr. Nicolau is married and is blessed with a beautiful daughter. As a former dancer, she enjoys practicing aerial silks and loves outdoor activities with her family including kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and e-foiling.  

Dr. Nicolau sees patients in the North East area of Houston, Humble/Kingwood.

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Education

Dr. Nicolau attended medical School in Panama and graduated second in her class. Upon graduation, she completed her first Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency in Panama, which included a four-month rotation at Texas Children’s Hospital. Upon completing her residency, she moved to Boston, having been accepted as a Research Fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Doctor of Medicine

  • University of Panama Medical School

Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Residency

  • University of California San Diego

Awards and Honors

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology
  • William P. Potsic Basic Science Award, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Best Intern in Emergency Medicine Award
  • Charles R. Ferguson Clinical Research Award

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Interamerican Association of Pediatric Otolaryngology (IAPO)

"I enjoy listening to my patients and strive to provide expert professional, compassionate and individualized patient care, offering the best and latest treatment for my patients."

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