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Voice and Swallowing Institute

When you experience a change in your voice, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or the feeling of a sore throat, it can indicate one of many medical conditions. Treatment options for these symptoms can also vary greatly. At the Voice and Swallowing Institute, our voice and swallowing team have extensive training and years of experience in the evaluation and treatment of these disorders.

We understand the anxiety that can accompany a voice disorder and know that it can be frustrating trying to get a proper diagnosis. Here at the Institute, your voice, breathing, and swallowing goals are our primary concern. We not only listen to your voice, but we also listen to your individual needs, concerns, and goals. Working closely with you, we utilize the most current diagnostic techniques along with medical, surgical, and therapeutic treatments, so that you can be sure you are receiving the best medical care possible.

Our team has extensive expertise in the treatment of:

Minimally Invasive Office Procedures for Voice, Swallowing, and Breathing Disorders

Many conditions can be treated with non-invasive procedures, while others require minor outpatient surgery. At the Voice and Swallowing Institute, we are dedicated to finding the least invasive treatment for your voice, swallowing, or breathing disorder.  Dr. Pitman is a pioneer in the development of innovative surgical procedures, including laser treatment of vocal fold leukoplakia, electrical stimulation treatment for spasmodic dysphonia, and temporalis fascia transplant for vocal fold scar and sulcus vocalis. These and other minimally invasive procedures can be performed while you are awake in the office, rather than under general anesthesia in the operating room, greatly reducing your recovery time and risk of infection.  

Our Mission

The mission of the Voice and Swallowing Institute at Columbia University Medical Center is to provide comprehensive state of the art laryngeal care to patients in a compassionate atmosphere, while effecting groundbreaking research and educating future laryngologists and speech-language pathologists.