About Our Physicians
Seth Pransky, MD
Seth Pransky is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist who has been on staff at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego since 1985. He was the Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Radys from 1997-2017. During his tenure at the hospital he served on the Executive Board of the Rady Children’s Hospital Specialists for 18 years and was also the Medical Director of Satellite Services for the hospital for 16 years. He has also been a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology at UCSD.
Prior to coming to San Diego, Dr. Pransky graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis in 1980 and then completed an Otolaryngology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C in 1985.
Dr. Pransky is actively involved with multiple national Pediatric Otolaryngology organizations. He has served as President of the Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC); on the board of directors of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology (ASPO) including chairing the Long Range/Strategic Planning, Liaison and Ad-hoc Leadership committees; and on the Pediatric Otolaryngology Committee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) for six years and the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section of Otolaryngology for six years.
Educating other professionals is a major focus for Dr. Pransky. He lectures extensively on a regional, national and international basis. Since 1985 he has given instructional courses yearly at the AAO, including ongoing courses on Pediatric Stridor and Pediatric Sinusitis and recently a third course on Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis. Previously, he was named by his peers as one of the top ten instructors in the instructional courses given at the AAO, and has been a recipient of the AAO Honor Award. He has also lectured multiple times for the AAP and internationally he has been a guest professor in 23 countries. Dr. Pransky is a co-founder and ongoing director of International Endoscopy Days, a live airway endoscopy course recognized as one of the finest teaching/educational activities in pediatric airway. This conference began in 1993 and alternates between San Diego and various locations throughout Europe with the most recent International Endo days taking place in Paris in June 2017.
His research in pediatric otolaryngology has resulted in numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and multiple book chapters, including a significant recent paper on the anatomy of ankyloglossia (tongue tie). His current research interests include an ongoing involvement with and study of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis as well as issues related to otitis media, tympanostomy tubes and otorrhea and operative management of nasal and sinus disease in children. (Please see CV)
Dr. Pransky has received several prestigious national organizational awards including the greatly respected Gabriel F. Tucker Award for outstanding contributions in Pediatric Laryngology from the American Laryngological Association, the acclaimed Chevalier Jackson Award from the American Bronchoesophagological Association and the highly esteemed Sylvan Stool Award for outstanding lifetime contributions to teaching and service from SENTAC. Locally, Dr. Pransky was honored with the Skoglund Physician Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. He has also been selected by Best Doctors in America yearly since 1992 as well as recognition from Castle Connolly Top Doctors from 2012-2017 and San Diego Magazine eight times.
Dr. Pransky’s warm personality, as well as his skills, make him beloved to patients and families, as described in Jessica’s Story.
- Alex Greiner, MD, CPI, FAAAAI
Dr. Greiner spent his childhood in Germany and Spain but moved to New York as an adolescent. He was educated at Columbia University and SUNY Upstate Medical University before moving to San Diego to complete his training in allergy and clinical immunology at UCSD. His philosophy regarding patient care can be summed up by the notion of “going forward by going backward.” This refers to an era in which doctors were not burdened or controlled by computers, insurance companies or pharmacy formularies. He believes that the unique setting of Pediatric Specialty Partners allows for the aforementioned as well as for a slow, careful and complete approach to patient care, to quality over quantity. He enjoys the ability to easily connect with his ENT and GI colleagues when needed to get a more complete picture.
Dr. Greiner diagnoses, treats and works up various allergic conditions such as:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Allergic rhinitis/rhinoconjunctivitis (“hay fever”)
- Food allergies
- Hives (Urticaria)
- Recurrent sinusitis
Dr. Greiner is happy to interact with his patients in Spanish, French or German, as well as in English. Outside of his busy life in allergy and clinical research, he enjoys spending time hiking, swimming, cooking, traveling and feeling connected to his friends and family.
Rebecca Cherry, MD, MPH
Pediatric Gastroenterologist recognized for her clinical judgment, empathic personality, and lateral thinking. She was educated at Harvard Medical School, with further training at Vanderbilt University, the University of Southern California, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She has also completed extensive training in Clinical Hypnosis.
Dr. Cherry has relocated and is no longer seeing patients in the office. However, she offers video consultation for conditions including:
- Chronic abdominal pain
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Constipation and soiling
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Swallowing difficulties
- Celiac disease
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abnormal liver labs
Jack climbed into your arms and played with your watch, despite the fact that he had severe separation anxiety and constantly clung to me. He wouldn’t even allow his aunts or grandparents to hold him… You met Jack for the first time at 3 pm on a Wednesday and cleared your afternoon the very next day to accommodate his bronchoscopy...Every patient should have such a tireless advocate – and I know every one of your patients does. You are a champion of children, Dr. Pransky. From the bottom of our hearts, we owe you our world.