New York, NY (August 2005) -- Michael J. Pitman, MD, an otolaryngologist with a special interest in diagnosing and treating voice and swallowing problems, has been appointed Director of the Center for Voice and Swallowing at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, effective August 7.
The Center for Voice and Swallowing provides comprehensive care not only for professionals who depend on their voices -- including singers, actors, teachers, lawyers and salespersons -- but for any patient with hoarseness, throat pain, vocal fatigue, difficulty breathing or difficulty swallowing.
Dr. Pitman, a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the Infirmary. Most recently, he was a fellow in laryngology and care of the professional voice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The Center for Voice and Swallowing provides patients with a complete evaluation by a laryngologist, voice and swallow therapist, singing specialist and vocal scientist. Supporting the sub-specialized medical expertise at the Center is a state-of-the-art diagnostic laboratory which performs a variety of tests on the larynx, esophagus, vocal folds and trachea.
Dr. Pitman and the Center for Voice and Swallowing can be reached at 212-614-TALK (8255).
The Center for Voice and Swallowing at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has been created to encourage and develop research and educational programs related to voice and swallowing, as well as to provide state-of-the-art medical care.
The Center for Voice and Swallowing provides the most advanced and comprehensive care for patients with swallowing or voice disorders as well as care for the professional voice. Patients undergo a complete evaluation by a Laryngologist, Voice and Swallow Therapist, Singing Specialist and Vocal Scientist all in one center.
Supporting our sub-specialized medical expertise is a state of the art diagnostic laryngeal laboratory. This laboratory allows us to perform laryngeal function testing, laryngovideostoboscopy, electromyography of the vocal fold, transnasal esophagoscopy and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing with sensory testing.
Care includes treatment for such ailments as chronic hoarseness, laryngopharyngeal reflux, laryngeal tumors, spasmodic dysphonia, vocal fold paralysis, vocal fold scarring, vocal fold nodules and polyps, bowing of the aged vocal fold, chronic cough and swallowing difficulties. Preventive care for professional voice users is also stressed.
The Center for Voice and Swallowing at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is conveniently located on the corner of 14th Street and Second Avenue, in the vibrant and revitalized Union Square area of Manhattan.
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