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The Voice Center

The Team

Speech language pathologist Daniel E. Martin, PhD, CCC-SLP, serves as the voice pathology director of the Voice Center. He is an associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Chicago with more than 35 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 and served as a consultant to several opera companies.

Dr. Jacquelynne P. Corey serves as the medical director of the Voice Center. She is a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Chicago with more than 23 years of clinical and research experience in otolaryngology. Her special interest is voice evaluation and treatment. She also serves as the director of the ENT allergy program and has a national reputation in the diagnosis and management of allergic disease.

Dr. Louis Portugal has extensive training and experience in the management of voice disorders and serves as an integral member of the voice team. He has more than 15 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.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Blair has extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating voice disorders. As a Professor of Surgery, she has over 20 years of experience in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She has a strong clinical and research interest in surgical management of benign and malignant tumors, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and treatment of vocal cord paralysis. She is nationally recognized as a Top Doctor in Otolaryngology and Top Doctor for Cancer by Castle and Connolly Medical Ltd.

The Program

The University of Chicago Medicine's Voice Center provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to children and adults with voice disorders. Located within the Center for Advanced Medicine, a modern outpatient facility, its proximity to other specialists allows us to make timely referrals to other services such as primary care, pulmonology, neurology, allergy, gastroenterology and oncology.

The Voice Center team is staffed by experienced otolaryngologists, voice pathologists and nurses who function as a multidisciplinary team with decades of experience with laryngeal/voice disorders. Our otolaryngologists and voice pathologists also have extensive backgrounds in music. This multidisciplinary 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 professionals, such as singers, actors, teachers and clergy, and non-professional voice users. The voice disorders that we treat range from common to very rare and complex. The most common disorders are patients with vocal cord edema, nodules, polyps, granulomas, cysts, vocal cord paralysis and 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 of accessibility to other medical and surgical specialties in the Center for Advanced Medicine for our voice patients cannot be overemphasized.