Dr. Sidney Yankauer was one of the first surgeons to specialize in ear, nose and throat problems. He spent his entire career at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
He was known for his bronchoscopic skills.
In 1905 he was the first physician in New York City to use the procedure to remove a foreign body from a patient's airway.
He was president of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association in 1927.
Yankauer was also known for his medical innovations. He was the inventor of the suction device that we still use in tonsil surgery, called the Yankauer tip. This device he developed in 1907.
He also helped to design various wire mesh anesthesia masks for use with ether and chloroform, known as Yankauer masks.
He also developed instruments for surgery on the maxillary sinuses, as well as specula to be able to see the region of the auditory tube in the rhinopharynx.
Dr. Yankauer died in 1932, at the age of 60, with heart problems at the hospital where he worked for life, Mount Sinai in New York.