Course Information
UCLA Laryngology Update 2018: Physiology Defines Treatment

Geffen Hall Auditorium, UCLA
885 Tiverton Avenue
Los Angeles, California
April 13, 2018

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Course Description

Hoarseness, swallowing problems, and shortness of breath are some of the serious effects contained within the spectrum of laryngeal disorders. Patients suffering from these laryngeal disorders experience losses within their professional and personal lives. The otolaryngologist and the speech language pathologist must work together to form an efficient and effective treatment strategy. Yet this treatment decision tree demands a comprehensive understanding of the underlying physiology mechanisms of normal and pathologic laryngeal states. The UCLA Laryngology Update 2018 will focus on the physiologic basis for many important laryngeal disorders. Uncovering the physiologic causes of these disorders will offer new insights into the correct diagnosis and treatment of voice, swallowing and airway conditions of the larynx. This multidisciplinary course will provide an exciting learning opportunity for experienced or novice otolaryngologists (ENT) and speech language pathologists (SLP) alike.

Target Audience
Otolaryngologists (ENT), Speech Language Pathologists (SLP), Voice Pedagogues, Allied Health Professionals, Medical Students, Speech Language Pathology (SLP) Students, and Surgical Residents

Registration Information


Early registration is recommended, as space is limited.

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By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA Laryngology Update 2018: Physiology Defines Treatment
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

  • Physicians: $200
  • Speech Language Pathologists: $175
  • Residents, Medical Students and Speech Pathology Students: $50


Cancellations must be received in writing by Thursday, March 29, 2018 and will be subject to a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be cancelled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.


Course Chair

Gerald S. Berke, MD
Director, UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts


Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Pathologist
UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts

Dinesh Chhetri, MD
Director, UCLA Swallowing Disorders Program
UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts

Andrew Erman, MA, CCC-SLP
Director, UCLA Speech Pathology
UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts

Michael Holliday, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
UCLA Head and Neck Surgery, Santa Monica

Natalie Kadin, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
UCLA Head and Neck Surgery, Thousand Oaks

Lindsay Lanciault, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Pathologist
UCLA Speech Pathology Clinic

Jennifer Long, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts

Abie Mendelsohn, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, UCLA Head & Neck Robotic Surgery
UCLA Voice Center for Medicine and the Arts

Travis Shiba, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
UCLA Head and Neck Surgery, Santa Clarita

Program Agenda

Friday, April 13, 2018

8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:30 Welcome and Introduction to the UCLA Voice Center
Session I: Hyper-Functioning Larynx
8:45 Physiology: Neuroanatomy of the Larynx
Gerald S. Berke, MD
9:15 Treatment: Medical and Surgical Treatment of Spasmodic Dysphonia
Gerald S. Berke, MD
9:45 Treatment: Unraveling Episodic Laryngeal Breathing Disorders – PVFM, VCD, & EILO
Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP
10:15 Break
Session II: Dysphagia
10:30 Physiology: Neuromuscular Mechanisms for Normal Deglutition and Swallow Therapy
Dinesh Chhetri, MD
11:00 Assessment: In-Office Evaluation of Dysphagia
Dinesh Chhetri, MD
11:15 Assessment: Videofluoroscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
Andrew Erman, MA, CCC-SLP
11:30 Treatment: Developing the Optimal Treatment Strategy for Dysphagia
Dinesh Chhetri, MD and Andrew Erman, MA, CCC-SLP
12:00 Q & A Discussion
12:15 Lunch and Demonstrations*
*12:45-1:15 Optional Hands-On Workshop: Circumlaryngeal Massage
Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP
Session III: Vocal Fold Scar
1:15 Physiology: Cellular Anatomy of the Vocal Folds
Jennifer Long, MD, PhD
1:45 Treatment: Voice Evaluation and Therapy for Scar
Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP
2:15 Treatment: State-of-the-Art Management of Vocal Fold Scar
Jennifer Long, MD, PhD
2:45 Break
Session IV: Voice & Swallow Preservation
3:00 Physiology: Histology of Vocal Fold Epithelial Lesions
Abie Mendelsohn, MD
3:30 Treatment: Voice Preservation Techniques for Early Vocal Fold Cancer
Abie Mendelsohn, MD
4:00 Treatment: Swallowing Preservation during Chemo-Radiation Therapy
Andrew Erman, MA, CCC-SLP and Lindsay Lanciault, MA, CCC-SLP
4:30 Challenges in Laryngology: Case Presentation Panel
Natalie Kadin, MD, Michael Holliday, MD, and Travis Shiba, MD
5:00 Q & A Discussion
5:15 Reception with Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres
6:45 Conclusion


Following completion of the course, attendees should be able to:

  • Interpret hoarseness voice samples distinguishing between spasmodic dysphonia and other hyper-functioning voice disorders.
  • Offer patients physiologic causes of paradoxical vocal fold motion.
  • Delineate the findings on stroboscopy, which leads to poor voice production.
  • Guide patients through the novel advances in vocal fold scar treatment.
  • Incorporate esophageal evaluation within the treatment of swallowing disorder patients.
  • Lead discussions with patients to optimize a cancer treatment strategy focused on preservation of voice and swallow.


The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Geffen Hall Auditorium
885 Tiverton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Parking and Directions:
From the 405 freeway, exit Wilshire Blvd., East toward Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd. and turn right on Le Conte Ave. Then, turn left on Tiverton Ave. Parking Lot 18 will be on your left around the circle. Parking attendants will be selling permits from 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM for Lot 18. If you arrive outside of this time frame, please visit the parking kiosk on Westwood Plaza (between Charles E. Young Dr. and Strathmore Pl.) to pay for your parking permit. Participants are responsible for their own parking charges at a rate of $12 per vehicle. The Geffen Hall Auditorium is located just north of the intersection of Le Conte Ave. and Tiverton Ave.