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Ryan Nord, MD

4.7 out of 5
254
254 Ratings
22 Comments

Specialty

Otolaryngology

Locations

Nelson Clinic
401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Stony Point 9109
9109 Stony Point Drive
Richmond, VA 23235

Temple Avenue
2035 Waterside Road, Suite 100
Prince George, VA 23875

Department

Otolaryngology

Education

Medical School

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Residency

Case Western Reserve University, Residency in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Biography

Offering a unique way to give patients a good night’s sleep
Although many people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to snore and even stop breathing at night, many don’t realize it. However, they might recognize some common symptoms, such as snoring or waking up tired even after a full night of sleep.

While many people find effective treatment with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, Dr. Ryan Nord, director of sleep surgery in VCU’s Department of Otolaryngology, is there for those who can’t tolerate the face mask or get targeted results. He focuses on reversing the causes of disordered sleep, starting with medication and specialized surgery. Those treatments can help open up the nasal passages and create more space in the throat, allowing for the normal oxygen supply to continue.

Dr. Nord also offers Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy, where a small device is implanted under the skin in the upper chest. Every evening, the device then delivers mild stimulation to keep key airway muscles moving during sleep. “Basically, the device synchronizes the patient’s own breathing, and it’s a much less invasive procedure than traditional sleep apnea surgery,” says Dr. Nord, adding that the outpatient surgery requires no permanent alteration to a person’s anatomy and allows for easier recovery.

The VCU Multidisciplinary Sleep Center is among an elite group of medical centers recognized nationally for its results and patient-centered care with Inspire. Few centers in Virginia provide Inspire therapy, an implantable medical device available for moderate to severe sleep apnea in patients who meet other select criteria. VCU Health is nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence for Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation (Inspire) based on exceptional results and patient care.

“Everyone is similar in their desire to lead happy, healthy and productive lives,” says Dr. Nord, noting that about half of his patients are there for a second opinion to treat their sleep apnea. “Despite this desire, many people are unable to reach their potential because they can’t get a good night’s sleep. My initial motivation to become a physician centered on this key aspect of our wellbeing. My enthusiasm has strengthened throughout the years as I see my patients thrive after a normal pattern of sleep is restored.”

Patients who come to Dr. Nord should expect a thorough head and neck exam at their first visit. He also might conduct an endoscopy, a quick and painless imaging procedure that allows him to help identify root causes of many complaints. Patients also will be asked to tell their medical story and what brought them to him.

“As I listen to my patients, I learn their struggles,” he says. “As I continue to listen, I learn how to help. To be successful in otolaryngology requires being adept at investigative medical diagnose, a compendium of knowledge related to medical treatments of disorders in the head and neck, and master of the technical aspects of surgery.”

He knows it also takes more than technical success. “It takes empathy and shared decision making to reach the best outcome,” he adds.

Every year, therapy options become more individualized, allowing physicians to truly match the approach to the exact condition in the patient. As part of the Multidisciplinary Sleep Center, Dr. Nord collaborates with specialists in related fields to resolve the most complicated cases.

Away from the operating and examination rooms, Dr. Nord enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. In the evenings, you can find him observing the sky as an amateur astronomer. In warmer months, the CrossFit athlete also is mastering his standup paddle board technique.

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Clinical Interests

  • Upper airway surgery for obstructive sleep apnea
  • General Otolaryngology
  • Sinonasal disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Hearing loss and chronic ear disease

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Locations

Nelson Clinic

401 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Stony Point 9109

9109 Stony Point Drive
Richmond, VA 23235

Temple Avenue

2035 Waterside Road, Suite 100
Prince George, VA 23875

Ratings & Reviews

254 Ratings
22 Comments

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I had not received results from my sleep study and Dr. Nord was able to get me those results within the same day of our visit.
November 2019
Already recommended provider to someone.
November 2019
Very caring doctor. Empathetic. Wants a good outcome for you. Competent ENT.
September 2019
[...] Dr. Nord spent a lot of time with me trying to find solution to my problem.
September 2019
DR Nord listened and wasn't in a hurry and was very down to earth and helpful ....
April 2019
Dr. Nord is a very nice doctor felt at ease with him immediately, wonderful bedside manner.
April 2019
Doctor was very knowledgeable and way able to convey the information I needed to know.
March 2019
Good.
February 2019
Good.
January 2019
Dr. Nord is wonderful.
January 2019
Tries to help with the bigger picture, not just his field.
December 2018
Would recommend this doctor
November 2018
He was very good about answering my questions.
November 2018
Dr. Nord is one of the best doctors we've seen in all area.
October 2018
Dr. Nord is a first class ENT.
September 2018
Grateful to have been afforded an overall "very good" first visit. Dr Nord was very comprehensive; felt that I could "trust" him to execute my medical needs/treatment in an optimum, safe, professional manner. He did ... reassured me
September 2018
Quick & thorough appt.
August 2018
Great doctor.
August 2018
Didn't seem to take my concerns seriously.
July 2018
All good.
July 2018
Very nice.
May 2018
Told me about the condition, but did not explain thoroughly with diagram. Had to ask at next appt. to explain condition and procedure.
May 2018

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Clinical Interests

  • Upper airway surgery for obstructive sleep apnea
  • General Otolaryngology
  • Sinonasal disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Hearing loss and chronic ear disease

Provider Videos


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