Don't concern yourself with the where at this point. I would say that you should go to the person you feel most comfortable with, on west coast, east coast, India, whereever. I traveled from New Mexico to California to see Dr. Brackmann. I stayed in the hospital, then at the Seton Hall Guest center, kinda like a dormitory, which was basic, but acceptable, until I was seen in followup by Dr. Stephan, and okay to travel back, by plane, to New Mexico.
This is serious business. So i'd say to you to see whomever it is you think can do the best for you, under your set of facts and circumstances. My insurance tried to make me see a local guy, with only 40 surgeries under his belt. I fought, tooth and nail to see Brackmann, which my ENT and other local doctors all said was the best. I went, and have no complaints, and did do research, but I had a tunnel vision, and was set on Brackmann, after the wonderful things i've read here, and elsewhere about him, HEI, and their whole involvement in this AN field.