The University of Chicago Voice Center provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to children and adults with voice disorders. The Voice Center is a program within Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Chicago. It is located within the Center for Advanced Medicine, a modern outpatient facility housing a large number of medical and surgical specialties, sub-specialties, and labs within one building. The proximity of other specialists allows us to make timely referrals to other services such as: primary care, pulmonology, neurology, allergy, gastroenterology and oncology.
The Voice Center faculty includes experienced otolaryngologists, voice pathologists, and nurses who function as a team. The team has decades of experience with laryngeal/voice disorders. Otolaryngologists and voice pathologists on our team also have extensive backgrounds in music. The team approach facilitates an accurate differential diagnosis, enhances patient care, promotes optimal treatment planning, and improves the clinical outcome. The center provides medical, behavioral, and surgical treatment services to our patients. Many of our patients engage in patterns of vocal misuse and overuse that directly contribute to their voice disorder.
Our patients include both professional and non-professional voice users. Professional voice users include: amateur and professional singers, actors, teachers, attorneys, radio and television personalities, clergy, auctioneers, and athletes. Voice disorders treated here range from the common to the very rare and complex. The most common disorders are patients with vocal cord edema, nodules, polyps, granulomas, cysts, vocal cord paralysis, voice effects of Parkinsons. Less common disorders include: spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cord dysfunction, papillomas, and vocal tics. The Center provides comprehensive voice diagnostic and treatment services. Voice patients are initially seen by both an otolaryngologist and a voice pathologist. Voice pathology services include: a detailed case history, clinical and instrumental testing, and voice therapy. Instruments used in testing include: laryngeal videostroboscopy, acoustic analyses, nasometry, and audio recordings. The University of Chicago Voice Center provides expert diagnostic and treatment services in a modern outpatient facility housing a variety of specialists and services. The importance to our voice patients of easy access to other medical and surgical specialties in the Center for Advanced Medicine cannot be overemphasized.
Speech-language-pathologist Daniel E. Martin, Ph.D. CCC-SLP serves as the voice pathology director of the Voice Center. He is an associate professor of otolaryngology-HNS at the University of Chicago with over thirty five years of clinical and research experience in the area of voice disorders. He is a member of the University of Chicago craniofacial team. He served two years as president of the Chicago Singing Teachers Guild. He has a background in both vocal and instrumental music and has served as a consultant to several opera companies.
Otolaryngologist Jacquelynne P. Corey, MD serves as the medical director of the Voice Center. She is a professor of otolaryngology-HNS at the University of Chicago with over twenty three years of clinical and research experience in otolaryngology. Her special interest is voice evaluation and treatment. She has a musical background in voice and piano. She serves as the director of the ENT Allergy program. She has a national reputation in the diagnosis and management of allergic disease.
Otolaryngologist Louis Portugal, MD has extensive training and experience in the management of voice disorders and serves as an integral member of the voice team. He has over fifteen years of clinical and research experience in his profession. He has strong clinical and research interests in voice disorders, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, head and neck cancer, reflux, and sinusitis.