Voice and Swallowing Center

The UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center provides state-of-the-art care for disorders of the upper airway, larynx and trachea that affect speech, breathing and swallowing. Our team includes otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists) as well as speech pathologists who focus on voice and swallowing disorders. We also work closely with colleagues in neurology, respiratory medicine and physical therapy to provide personalized, comprehensive care for every patient who comes to our center.

We have particular expertise in treating singers, teachers, actors and others whose voice is essential to performing a job or hobby. We also care for patients whose voice or swallowing problems resulted from other diseases, such as cancer or neurological conditions, or from treatments, such as radiation therapy.

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Who May Benefit

We address voice and swallowing concerns related to the following conditions:

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

Our 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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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • n7-2x

      Ranked No. 13 in the nation for ear, nose and throat care

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    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

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