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Division of Laryngology

The Division of Laryngology in NYU Langone Health’s Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery prepares current and future laryngologists wishing to specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect the voice, swallowing, and the upper airway.

We train medical students, residents, fellows, and professionals in the provision of comprehensive, compassionate care and rehabilitation services to a large and diverse patient population. Our division treats more than 3,000 patients and performs approximately 500 laryngeal procedures per year.

At NYU Langone’s Voice Center, trainees gain experience at a nationally renowned referral center for patients with complex laryngeal disorders, including those caused by congenital airway abnormalities, gastroesophageal reflux disease, head and neck cancer, laryngeal cancer, and vocal cord polyps.

During your training, you work with a variety of patients who rely on their voices in their professional lives, including singers, actors, teachers, and lawyers. Trainees at all levels also have the opportunity to learn about vocal feminization and pitch-raising surgery for transgender people seeking gender-affirming care.

Faculty in the Division of Laryngology participate in research, publish in prestigious journals, present at national and international conferences, and lead professional laryngology societies. Some are also professionally trained musicians and singers, bringing unique perspectives to our research and clinical services.

Laryngology Education

The Division of Laryngology trains medical students, residents, fellows, and otolaryngologists who wish to specialize in restoring and maintaining vocal health in people with voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders.

Medical students participate in electives at the Voice Center if they choose to explore otolaryngology and head and neck surgery as part of NYU School of Medicine’s Curriculum for the 21st Century. House staff in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Residency program and the Laryngology and Voice Disorders Fellowship participate in rotations specifically designed to give them experience in the clinical diagnosis and management of laryngological disease processes, including chronic cough, hoarseness, laryngeal cancer, airway stenosis, and swallowing dysfunction, as well as in caring for the professional voice.

Trainees at all levels work alongside our team of laryngologists, speech–language pathologists, voice specialists, and laryngeal surgeons. Your clinical experiences are enhanced through participation in weekly Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery grand rounds and lecture series.

Laryngology Observership Program

We invite medical students, physicians, and speech–language pathologists from other institutions in the United States and abroad to train with faculty at the Voice Center through our laryngology observership program. For more information or to apply, contact Milan R. Amin, MD, at milan.amin@nyulangone.org.

Vocal Pedagogy Courses

Division of Laryngology faculty teach courses as part of the curriculum for a post–master’s degree advanced certificate in vocal pedagogy offered at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. These courses focus on integrating singing voice instructors into rehabilitation processes for vocalists. Learn more about NYU Steinhardt’s Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy.

Laryngology Research

Researchers in the Division of Laryngology and at the Voice Center collaborate with investigators in other NYU Langone departments, including Radiology, Neurology, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, and Cell Biology to drive the development of new treatments for patients with voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders.

Our researchers explore a wide variety of topics in their research:

  • the laryngeal sensory system, an often ignored component of proper voice function
  • new techniques for delivering gene therapy to the vocal folds
  • the role of steroid receptors in mediating vocal fold injury and stimulating repair
  • the effects of estrogen on the female voice
  • vocal exercise for preventing and treating age-related voice disorders
  • novel biochemical targets to enhance healing after vocal fold injury
  • the use of the decellularized extracellular matrix to direct wound healing after vocal fold injury
  • steroids as an adjuvant to voice therapy for phonotraumatic vocal fold injury
  • epidemiology, risk factors, and treatment of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP)
  • human papillomavirus (HPV) infection of the oral cavity and larynx
  • the benefits of choral singing for patients with Parkinson’s disease
  • the effects of concurrent chemoradiation on tongue base function

Investigators Ryan C. Branski, PhD, and Aaron M. Johnson, PhD, run federally funded research programs that explore the biochemical dynamics of vocal fold injury and repair and the effects of exercise, aging, and hormones on laryngeal function. Clinical research efforts focus on developing minimally invasive techniques for laryngeal surgery.

Medical students, residents, fellows, and laryngologists have opportunities to participate in basic science and translational research and clinical research in the Division of Laryngology. Learn more about research in the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.

Laryngology Clinical Services

At NYU Langone’s Voice Center, we help people with voice, swallowing, and airway disorders regain function to improve health and quality of life.

Our team of laryngologists, speech–language pathologists, voice specialists, and laryngeal surgeons care for people with a wide range of conditions that affect the sound and quality of the voice, including sore throat, infectious or inflammatory disorders, vocal cord paralysis, and vocal cord cancer.

Learn more about the voice, swallowing, and airway conditions we treat, testing we offer at the Voice Center, care we provide for the performing voice, and surgical treatment options for voice disorders.

Contact Us

For questions or to learn more about education and research in the Division of Laryngology, contact Leola Silva, administrative coordinator, at leola.silva@nyulangone.org.

>2,000

patients treated per year

~400

laryngeal procedures performed per year

~$700,000

in National Institutes of Health grant funding per year

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