Voice and Swallowing Disorders Center

INSTITUTE
University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

CO-DIRECTORS
Nicole Maronian, MD
Mark Weidenbecher, MD
Tracey Newman, MA, CCC-SLP

APPOINTMENT LINE
Please call Program Coordinator Alaina Ockunzzi at 216-844-6000 for appointments.
For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated
Laryngeal paralysis
Laryngeal cancer
Laryngeal dystonia

Procedures and Therapies
Office and OR-based laser (KTP, CO2) therapy for laryngeal and airway lesions
Endoscopic and open partial laryngectomies
Complex airway reconstruction (laser, balloon, open and tissue transfer techniques)
Botulinum toxin therapy for laryngeal dystonias
Office-based transnasal esophagoscopy
Office-based bronchoscopies and biopsies
Voice restoration
Professional voice therapy
Laryngotracheal reconstruction for stenosis
Injection therapies for laryngeal disorders (BOTOX®, Restylane®, Prolaryn®)
Flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing
Endoscopic Zenker’s diverticulectomy

Distinguishing Features
Multidisciplinary voice therapy team, with ENT and speech language pathology working side by side
Vocal cord medialization in “awake and talking” patient; OR-based procedure with conscious sedation and voice fine-tuning for optimal effect
Leading-edge technologies for management of laryngeal papilloma, including Avasatin and KTP laser therapy
Office-based laryngeal and tracheal procedures for awake patients, including injections
Office-based KTP laser treatment for laryngeal lesions, eliminating the need for general anesthesia
Oncologic-laryngeal endoscopic and open procedures with preservation of voice and swallow function