Program for Professional Voice. In this program we address the special needs of professional voice uses to include actors, singers, salespeople, teachers and other professionals that rely on their voice for performance. Medical and behavioral (vocal technique) management is maximized, along with an education plan for the young, emerging professional. Here, we also work to complement techniques used by singing coaches and voice and speech trainers for acting.
Program for Interventional Laryngology. For vocal lesions that require surgery, our team brings state-of-the-art devices and techniques with minimally invasive approaches in order to achieve the proper priorities of cure and improving or maintaining voice and swallowing function. We’ve championed office-based, endoscopic and open surgical procedures for benign lesions, leukoplakia, papilloma, early laryngeal malignancy, vocal paresis and paralysis, among other conditions we treat.
Speech and Language Pathology. Speech and language pathology plays an important role with patients undergoing rehabilitative procedures on the voice to include a focus on 1) basic education about producing the voice and proper lifestyle support, 2) understanding and respecting vocal limitations, 3) improving efficiencies through posture and technique, and 4) introducing inflection and prosody as a therapy technique. There are also a host of techniques used for specific voice disorders.
Center for Dysphagia and Swallowing Disorders. This is an unparalleled collaboration between three unique specialties with dedicated interests in dysphagia. We provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach with a team of otolaryngologists, thoracic surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, speech therapists and nutritionists to evaluate and treat patients who have difficulty swallowing food or liquids.
Program in Dysphagia and the Voice in Movement Disorders. We take a comprehensive approach to meet the voice and swallowing needs of patients with neuromuscular diseases, to include patients with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, Huntington's disease, and many other areas championed by the Department of Neurology. Using office-based and other ways to diagnose these issues, we seek to 1) maintain quality of life in these patients, 2) recognize and reduce aspiration risk, and 3) identify and maintain nutritional status. It is also important to strive to improve upon the voice and communication needs of these important patients.
Program for Chronic Cough. Chronic cough is a fairly common problem for which patients seek medical attention, and it is sometimes complicated to determine the major contributing or causative factors. We take a systematic approach with evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to bring best practice to our patients. The comprehensive and interdisciplinary program is designed to determine possible contributions from the nose and sinuses, the lungs, and from gastroesophageal reflux disease, the three most common areas.