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Persons with larynx or pharynx (voicebox or throat) cancer often undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment regimen. An uncommon complication is stenosis (narrowing, scarring) of the entrance to the upper esophagus at the junction of throat and esophagus.
January brought a trip to Minneapolis to speak before members of the Minnesota Otolaryngologic society meeting; April included sitting on a panel at the American Laryngological Association meeting in Chicago; May was Merida, Mexico for lectures and panel discussions for their national Otolaryngology meetings; June included an invitation to be keynote speaker at the annual Yale Andy Blitzer Voice Symposium, June 4. June also included a Grand Rounds lecture delivered to the Department of Neurology, University of Tennessee (Memphis).
In September there were two courses taught at the American Academy of Otolaryngology (San Francisco), and responsibility as a faculty member for a regional symposium of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, in Milwaukee. Topics at the above events included the diagnostic model for voice disorders; spasmodic dysphonia (laryngeal dystonia); office-based laser and other procedures; vocal fold microsurgery; and sensory neuropathic coughing.
The annual meeting of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) was held in Philadelphia. Dr. Bastian presented to approximately 125 speech-language pathologists on the subject of spasmodic dysphonia (SD). His talk was intended as a comprehensive review, but included an emphasis on the vocal phenomenology of the disorder. For those interested in further information, we suggest you begin with the encyclopedia entry, including videos, on our learning website.
At the Opening Ceremonies of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in Boston, on September 26, 2010, Dr. Brent Richardson was conferred the Honor Award, and Dr. Robert Bastian, the Distinguished Service Award. These awards are earned in part based upon “points” earned for instructional courses taught, committee service, participation in panel discussions, and papers presented. Both physicians have served or are serving on the Voice Committee of the Academy. Both teach courses on such subjects as the diagnostic model for voice disorders, vocal fold microsurgery, neurogenic cough, office-based surgery on the larynx and pharynx, and the videoendoscopic swallowing study.