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Dr. Hillman and Dr. Zeitels

The Center for Laryngeal Surgery & Voice Rehabilitation was established by the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital to provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical management of throat disorders that affect the larynx and voice.

The Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, speech pathologists and research scientists who have been working together for over a decade to develop some of the world’s leading innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders.

The latest approaches to medical and surgical management, and voice-therapy services are provided at the Center for all types of laryngeal voice problems, including:

  • benign and malignant lesions
  • neurological disorders, and
  • vocal dysfunction due to behavioral causes

Clinical care is integrated with, and continuously improved by, an expansive ongoing program of research that is funded by both federal (National Institutes of Health) and private foundation sources.

The Center also is a site for advanced clinical training in voice surgery and therapy, as well as education in voice science. A majority of this training work is done in our home Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and in affiliation with leading academic institutions including Harvard Medical School (HMS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions.


Center Expertise

The Center has particular expertise in the management of disorders in “professional voice users” - for example -

  • singers/actors
  • executives
  • clergy
  • educators
  • lecturers
  • lawyers, etc.

and great experience in providing voice/speech rehabilitation to laryngectomy patients including tracheo-esophageal puncture prosthetics.

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