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Voice and Swallowing Center

The Voice and Swallowing Center specializes in the diagnosis and management of patients with voice, airway, speech and swallowing problems. Our team includes otolaryngologists or specialists in ear, nose and throat and head and neck disorders; speech pathologists and vocal trainers.

Singers, actors, TV news broadcasters and others who use their voice to perform their jobs are among our patients as well as those whose voice or swallowing problems are caused by neurological conditions or the side effect of treatments, such as radiation treatment for cancer.

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Some of the conditions treated are:

Voice

  • Age-related voice changes
  • Daily voice demands
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Recurrent laryngitis
  • Scarred vocal folds
  • Vocal fold nodules or polyps
  • Vocal fold paresis or paralysis

Breathing

  • Tracheal narrowing

Neurological Disorders

Research

Many of our experts are involved in research to improve patient outcomes and care. If you are a patient, you may be asked to participate in a study by filling out a questionnaire, completing additional tests or having your existing test results entered into a research database.

Participation is entirely voluntary. If approached about participating in a research project, you'll be provided information about the study so you can make an informed decision. If you decline, your care will not be compromised in any way.

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Please call the number below to make an appointment.

Getting Here

Voice and Swallowing Center
2330 Post St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 885–7700
Fax: (415) 885–7800

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What to Bring

    • New packet forms
    • A letter outlining your medical history and reason for the referral
    • Previous medical records, especially those for your current diagnosis and condition
    • Previous radiological reports and films from previous studies, pathology, laboratory, operative reports, photographs or video of previous laryngeal or swallowing studies, and the most recent summary dictation from your referring doctor

What to Expect

    During your initial appointment, several clinicians will evaluate you. A nurse will seat you in the examination room and take an initial medical history, then a resident or fellow (doctor-in-training) will ask you question about your medical history and initiate the physical exam. One or several of our clinical specialists, such as a speech language pathologist, vocal trainer or laryngologist, will then perform specialized tests and explain your options for treatment and follow-up.

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

Learn more about UCSF MyChart

Parking

Parking at Mount Zion

Public parking is available in two parking garages near our Mount Zion campus. One is a UCSF garage at 2420 Sutter St.and the other is a public garage at 1635 Divisadero St. Entrances to both garages are on Sutter Street, between Divisadero and Broderick streets.

The 2420 Sutter St. garage is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and UCSF holidays. The rate is $6 an hour with a $30 daily maximum. Those with a valid disabled placard may have their parking fee waived by obtaining a parking voucher from their clinic or the lobby information desk at 1600 Divisadero Street. Present the voucher, your disabled parking placard and your garage receipt to the cashier.

For more information about parking in the 2420 Sutter St. garage, call (415) 514-8935.

The public parking lot at 1635 Divisadero St. garage is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and closed on weekends and major holidays. The rate is $2 each 20 minutes with a $28 daily maximum. UCSF parking vouchers are not valid at the 1635 Divisadero St. garage.

For more information about the public parking lot in the 1635 Divisadero St. garage, call (415) 441-5408 or visit www.1635divisaderogarage.com.

Other public parking garages are available nearby.

Metered street parking is rarely available.

Public Transportation

Mount Zion

UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • No. 2*
  • No. 38*
  • No. 24

The No. 1 California bus route stops at the corner of California and Divisadero streets, which is three blocks north of Mount Zion.

For more information about Muni, visit www.sfmuni.com.

* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

UCSF Shuttles

Free UCSF shuttles travel between the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as other UCSF locations.

For more information about UCSF transportation, please call (415) 476-1511.

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Clinic Team

Mark Courey
Dr. Mark Courey,
swallowing and voice specialist
James Curtis
James Curtis,
speech and language specialist
Jonelyn Langenstein
Jonelyn Langenstein,
speech language pathologist
Joey Laus
Joey Laus,
speech and language pathologist
Sarah L. Schneider
Sarah L. Schneider,
speech and language pathologist
Katherine Yung
Dr. Katherine Yung,
head and neck surgeon

Patient Experiences