Dr. Bastian to Speak at 2013 Phonosurgery Symposium

Dr. Robert Bastian will be a keynote speaker next month at the 2013 Phonosurgery Symposium, presented by the National Center for Voice and Speech. The conference will be held on July 18-19, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and this year’s focus is “How Behavioral Treatment Can Enhance Surgical Outcomes.” Dr. Bastian will share an address entitled “A Laryngologist’s View of the Role of Speech/Voice Therapy in the Surgical Patient.” The surgery in question is microsurgery on the vocal folds.

To learn about topics like speech therapy and vocal fold microsurgery, visit Dr. Bastian’s educational website, Bastian Medical Media for Laryngology.

BVI Now on Twitter!

Bastian Voice Institute is now on Twitter. Follow us at @bastianvoicedoc to receive selected excerpts from our growing set of encyclopedia entries, photos, and videos available at Bastian Medical Media, as well as alerts when we add new entries or multimedia. Our aim is to help more people with voice, swallowing, airway, and cough disorders to work more effectively with their personal physicians.

New Learning Center Content – Hypopharyngeal Stenosis

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.

We have added a short video clip example of this disorder in our video gallery. You can find it on the video gallery page of our standalone learning website (Bastian Medical Media for Laryngology) or by typing in “hypopharyngeal stenosis” at www.youtube.com.

Teaching Activities–2011

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.

BVI Represented at ASHA

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.

BVI Physicians Honored

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.