(The annual Phonosurgery symposium will alternate between the University of Utah and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)



July 18-19, 2013
Salt Lake City, Utah

Phonosurgery Symposium

The 2013 Phonosurgery Symposium: How Behavioral Treatment Can Enhance Surgical Outcomes will highlight current research and best practices in voice clinical care, from “bench to bedside (translational research).” Interaction is encouraged through question and answer opportunities during the program.Bring your experience and voice by submitting an abstract!

Phonsurgery Flyer

Interested professionals may include:

  • Interested in the Care and Recovery of the Voice
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Otolaryngologist (ENTs)
  • Vocologists
  • Voice Scientists

The Symposium encourages the submission of abstracts for podium presentations. Please submit your abstract to ps2013@ncvs.org. Please use the formatting pdf as an example for submission. Words should be between 250-350. Abstracts will be due by March 15, 2013.

Formatting sample (word doc)

  • Assess the role and timing of voice treatment
  • Discuss principles of wound healing and implications for the voice
  • Identify appropriate therapy approaches for phonosurgical patients
  • Evaluate the use of high-speed imaging for accurate assessment of vocal fold wound healing
  • Outline best practices for use of voice rest
  • Discuss approaches for returning to singing after phonosurgery
  • Review models for collaboration of phonosurgeons, speech pathologists, singing specialists, and other professionals in care of voice patients
Topics Discussed
  • Wound healing
  • Voice rest
  • Surgery and the performing voice
  • Voice therapy
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration

Robert Bastian, MD - Dr. Bastian is a certified otolaryngologist who has practiced laryngology since 1987. He received his medical training at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis. Dr. Bastian worked for 16 years at Loyola University Medical Center training medical students as well as physicians and speech pathologists from all over the world.  He is internationally known for his treatment of voice, airway, swallowing, and coughing disorders and has been a pioneer in the United States in support of vocal fold microsurgery to help singers restore disordered voices. He has operated on more than 1200 singers and many non-singers as well. Dr. Bastian founded the Bastian Voice Institute in Chicago, Illinois 2003 and currently works to “provide the highest quality medical, surgical, and behavioral care and consideration for persons with voice, swallowing, and airway disorders”(BVI mission statement).

Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer,PhD, CCC-SLP - Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer is a speech pathologist and professor in the Department of Otolaryngology’s Voice, Speech and Swallowing Center at UC-Davis.  Her research and clinical expertise addresses normal and abnormal voice and swallowing problems with particular focus on such neurogenic voice problems as vocal tremor and vocal fold paralysis/paresis.


Albert L. Merati, MD - Dr Merati is Professor and Chief of Laryngology in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in his hometown of Seattle, WA.    He is the coeditor of the Textbook of Laryngology, dozens of book chapters and nearly 90 peer-reviewed journal publications.  Dr. Merati's clinical investigation has mirrored his broad interest in all areas of contemporary laryngology - airway, voice and swallowing.    He currently serves on the American Broncho-Esophagological Association Council, is Chair of the Surgical Specialties Advisory Council for the AAOHNS and is a member of the Board of Directors of the AAOHNS.   Favorite album: Live at Leeds, The Who.  Favorite Movie: Doctor Zhivago    All time heroes: William Carlos Williams, Muhammad Ali, Robert Toohill -

Eric J. Hunter, Ph.D., Dr. Hunter is the Deputy Executive Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah, he is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering) and the Division of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery (School of Medicine), as well as in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (College of Public Health), where he teaches Hearing Science. He also teaches Voice Instrumentation (a University of Iowa Communication Sciences and Disorders course) at the NCVS’s Summer Vocology Institute. His specialty is voice biomechanics and vocal fatigue and recovery.

Full Registration

AFTER June 1,2013
Add $50 to the price above for Physician and Non-Physician add $25 to the price above for Student



The Symposium will be held at the
Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek
75 South West Temple  Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 531-0800

A block of rooms are being held at a "Discounted Rate of $165" for this event

For more information, please contact:

Carrie Pymm
Program Manager
National Center for Voice and Speech
136 South Main Street, Suite 320
Phone: (801) 596-2012
E-mail: carrie.pymm@ncvs.org

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“Disclosure: Our presenters have various related
financial, non-financial and/or absent relationships
in relation to their course presentations. All such
relationships will be disclosed on this website and
on the flash drive handed out at registration.”

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