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Welcome to the USF Health Voice Center

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Voice disorders can really impact patients’ lives as our voices are so important for communicating, socializing and working, especially in the new “zoom era”‘ said the center’s director, Yael Bensoussan, MD who is also an assistant professor of Otolaryngology in the Morsani College of Medicine.

The Multidisciplinary Approach 

USF Health Voice Center

The USF Health Voice Center is the only multidisciplinary academic voice center in the Tampa Bay Area. Our mission is to provide state of the art, personalized, compassionate, and evidence-based care to patients with voice, upper airway, and swallowing disorders.

Our center is committed to treating patients with a multidisciplinary team approach focused on patient-centered care while integrating innovation and standardized algorithms of care to optimize the patient experience and produce positive outcomes.

Custom Care

Our center is proud to provide multidisciplinary care to all our patients with voice, swallowing and upper airway disorders. All patients are assessed jointly by a laryngologist and a speech pathologist to provide optimal diagnosis and management.

We recognize that every patient is unique, with specific needs. Our team of providers customizes a care plan to suit the specific needs of every patient.

Our team is part of multidisciplinary collaborations through our partners at USF Health and Tampa General Hospital.

USF doctors lead research project using your voice to detect early signs of diseases, disorders

The National Institutes of Health awarded USF millions of dollars this month to develop a database of patient voices to train artificial intelligence for medicine. USF Health’s Dr. Yael Bensoussan is leading the research project called, "Voice as a Biomarker of Health." 

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Meet our Experts

Services

Providers of the USF Voice Center treat all conditions related to voice, upper airway and swallowing disorders including:

  • Benign voice lesions (Nodules, Polyps Cysts)
  • Bilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Care of the professional voice
  • Cricopharyngeal spasm
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic throat clearing
  • Essential Voice Tremor
  • Gender-Affirming voice care
  • Glottic stenosis
  • Irritable larynx syndrome and vocal cord dysfunction
  • Laryngeal Dystonia
  • Muscle Tension Dysphonia
  • Oropharyngeal Dysphagia
  • Pre-cancerous lesions and early laryngeal cancer
  • Presbyphonia or Aging Voice
  • Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis
  • Retrograde Cricophary
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia or Laryngeal Dysfunction
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Tracheostomy dependence
  • Unilateral vocal fold paralysis
  • Upper esophageal sphincter dysfunction or spasm
  • Zenker’s Diverticulum
  • Feminization voice surgery
  • In-office laryngeal procedures
    • Awake vocal fold augmentation
    • Awake Laser procedures
    • Subglottic steroid injections
    • Nasopharyngeal injection for VPI
  • Modified Barium Swallow Study
  • Pharyngeal Manometry
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Tracheal and Crico-tracheal resection
  • Thyroplasty
  • Voice evaluation with acoustic and aerodynamic measure
  • Voice therapy for voice disorders
  • Swallowing Therapy including education regarding your swallowing diagnosis
  • Swallow strengthening exercise
  • Biofeedback treatment with surface electromyography (sEMG)
  • Respiratory training for improved cough and swallow function –Expiratory muscle strength training (EMST)
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
  • Lingual strengthening with biofeedback using a portable device.
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