Positions

Professor
The Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs
The Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Director
The Institute for Voice and Swallowing at Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Member
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States

Education

BS from University of Illinois
Life Sciences; Bioengineering
MS from Duke University
Biomedical Engineering
PhD from Duke University
Biomedical Engineering
MD from Duke University School of Medicine
Internship at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
General Surgery
Residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice
Graduate Certificate at Harvard Business School
Managing Healthcare Delivery

Certifications

Diplomate
American Board of Otolaryngology
Diplomate
Federation Licensing Examination

Honors & Awards

New York Super Doctors
Best Doctors in America
“Guide to America’s Top Physicians”
First Prize-Poster Session
Distinguished Service Award
Who's Who in America
Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation

Professional Interests

  • Care of the professional voice
  • Benign and pre-malignant vocal fold disease
  • Vocal Paralysis
  • Dysphagia and Swallowing Disorders
  • Chronic cough
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Laryngeal Spasm
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia

Professional Statement

Dr. Altman is Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in Otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine, and Chief of Otolaryngology at CHI-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He is a nationally and internationally renowned expert in laryngology, care of the professional voice, cough and dysphagia. After receiving his BS from the University of Illinois at Champaign, Dr. Altman went to Duke University for his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering prior to obtaining his MD degree. He was at the University of Pennsylvania for residency in Otorhinolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, and then completed a fellowship in Laryngology & Care of the Professional Voice at Vanderbilt University. In addition, he has a certificate in Managing Healthcare Delivery from Harvard Business School. Dr. Altman spent six years in Chicago directing the Center for Voice at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and almost 10 years in New York as Director of the Eugen Grabscheid Voice Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In 2014 he joined Baylor College of Medicine where he also directs the Institute for Voice and Swallowing.

He has over 140 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, edited 2 books, and delivered over 260 conference and course presentations, along with receiving multiple awards including Texas Super Doctors. Presently Secretary/Treasurer of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – HNS, Dr. Altman is Past-President of the American Laryngological Association. He is a fellow of the ALA, American Academy of Otolaryngology, American College of Surgeons, American Rhinological Society, and The Triological Society.

Dr. Altman has numerous research interests, including pre-malignant vocal fold disease, chronic cough (as a member of the cough guideline committee of the American College of Chest Physicians), and dysphagia in the presence of neurodegenerative disease. At CHI-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center he’s been focusing his efforts on an advanced respiratory failure care pathway, enahncing physician-hospital alignment, integrating an academic model into an open-shop environment, as well as physician coordination in a complex mixed health system.

Selected Publications

Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS
The Triological Society
American Laryngological Association
Fellow, Executive Board, Treasurer
American College of Surgeons
American Rhinological Society
American Broncho Esophagological Association
American Board of Otolaryngology
The Voice Foundation
American Medical Association
Voice and Speech Trainers Association