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August 9, 2012

What: Loss of voice or hoarseness is the inability to use the vocal cords (larynx) effectively for speech. Medical terms for this symptom are dysphonia (change in voice) and aphonia (loss of voice). When speaking, air moves through folds in the larynx responsible for producing sound vibrations. If swelling or obstruction occurs within the vocal cords, the vibration is altered, thereby causing changes in or loss of voice.

Montefiore Medical Center (@MontefioreNews) will be hosting a twitter chat on Voice Loss, featuring Marvin P. Fried, MD and Melin Tan, MD. The chat will be moderated by Kari Ragan, DMA, distinguished member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (@OfficialNATS). The chat will cover a range of topics including when you should see a specialist for voice loss, how voice loss is examined and how voice loss can be treated.

When: Thursday, August 16, 2:30pm EST

Where: Follow the chat on Twitter at #VoiceLoss (We encourage you to leave questions in advance of the chat)


Marvin P. Fried, MD, University Chairman & Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Fried is a recognized leader in the fields of rhinology (nose and sinus) and laryngology (voice). He has developed techniques and studied patient safety issues in these areas. His research interests are in the realm of technical applications for the improvement of surgery as it relates to disorders of the head and neck. This has included laser applications and safety, computer-assisted and image-guided surgery and surgical simulation.


Melin Tan, MD, Attending Physician & Assistant Professor, Otorhinolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Tan is a specialist in laryngology, encompassing voice and swallowing disorders. She provides comprehensive care in all aspects of voice and swallow such as benign laryngeal lesions, early glottic malignancies, vocal fold paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia and neurologic disorders of the larynx, laryngopharyngeal reflux, chronic cough, laryngotracheal stenosis and care of the professional voice.


Kari Ragan, DMA, Voice Faculty, University of Washington

Soprano Kari Ragan holds degrees from Indiana University (BM, MM) and the University of Washington (DMA). In 2012, Dr. Ragan was the recipient of the Van L. Lawrence Fellowship. This prestigious award is presented jointly by The Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In 2011, she earned the Wicklund Singing Voice Specialist Certificate and in 2010 the The New York Singing Teachers (NYSTA) Association’s Distinguished Voice Professional Certificate. Dr. Ragan was selected to present at the 51st NATS National Conference on Voice Disorders and the Multidisciplinary Team.


Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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