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One Bowdoin Square

Facility & Services

The Center’s main facility occupies over 10,000 square feet on the penthouse floor of the One Bowdoin Square building on Cambridge Street in Boston, approximately three blocks from Massachusetts General Hospital. Both the outpatient clinic and laboratories for human voice and speech research are located here.

Outpatient Clinical Facilities

Drs. Zeitels (left) and Hillman (middle) examine a voice patient (seated) using digital videoendoscopy with stroboscopy.

Clinical rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders, including:

  • digital videostroboscopy
  • pulsed-dye and thulium continuous wave lasers for outpatient treatment of laryngeal pathology
  • flexible endoscopes with new distal digital-chip technology and operating channels [for delivery of pulsed (pulsed-dye and KTP) and continuous wave (thulium and KTP) lasers to larynx and upper airway]
  • electromyography for laryngeal muscle testing
  • office injection of botox (to treat spasmodic dysphonia) and other biomaterials

There is also a fully equipped clinical laboratory for acoustic and aerodynamic assessment of vocal function, up-to-date computer-based technology for providing biofeedback during voice therapy, and a voice studio for professional singers and speakers complete with baby grand piano and professional recording/playback equipment. This provides the performance environment necessary for the rehabilitation of the professional voice user, particularly singers.

Researchers Dr. Kobler (seated outside sound-treated room) and Dr. Heaton (standing in sound-treated room) gather data from a subject in the voice research laboratory.

Research Facilities

The Center’s research laboratories have a full complement of state-of-the-art acoustical, aerodynamic and physiological instrumentation for studying the production and perception of human voice and speech. This includes specially designed sound-treated rooms with custom built suspension systems that provide the isolation from environmental noise and building vibration required for gathering sensitive measures of voice and speech. The Center also has a 1000 square-foot basic voice-sciences laboratory connected to the research facilities of the MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine.

Surgical Facilities at MGH

Inpatient surgery is performed at MGH, which is world-renowned for its surgical/medical care. The operating room has recently been outfitted with the finest equipment and technology available, some of which is being developed specially at MGH. This includes unique lasers and optical imaging, latest surgical microscopy, and the finest minimally-invasive instruments available. Outpatient procedures are done in two specially designed treatment rooms equipped with state-of-the-art lasers and flexible endoscopes/laryngoscopes.

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