Course Information
5th Annual UCLA Laryngology Update 2020: Perspectives by Organ System

Iris Cantor Auditorium
Geffen Hall, UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, California

April 03, 2020

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Course Description

Laryngeal problems including hoarseness, swallowing difficulty, and shortness of breath do not occur in a vacuum. Systems throughout the entire body can create significant effects, at times producing profound laryngeal dysfunction. The otolaryngologist and the speech language pathologist must be familiar with the diagnosis and conditions outside of their area of concentration in order to arrive at the accurate diagnosis and ultimately deliver the most effective treatment. The 5th Annual UCLA Laryngology Update 2020 will focus on specific systemic body systems which impact laryngeal function. Learning details of these systems outside of the larynx 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 excellent learning opportunity for practicing otolaryngologists (ENT), speech language pathologists (SLP), and student trainees alike.

Target Audience

Otolaryngologists, speech language pathologists (SLP), voice pedagogues, allied health professionals, medical students, speech language pathology students, and surgical residents.

Registration Information


To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA Laryngology Update 2020
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

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 Friday, March 27, 2020 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.

This course is offered for 0.65 ASHA CEUs. (Advanced Level, Professional Area)


Course Chair Course Director
Gerald S. Berke, MD
Chair Emeritus
Director, UCLA Voice Center
Abie Mendelsohn, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Head & Neck Robotic Surgery Program
UCLA Voice Center
Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Pathologist
Voice Program Coordinator
UCLA Speech Pathology

Dinesh Chhetri, MD
Director, UCLA Swallowing Disorders
UCLA Voice Center

Andrew Erman, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Pathologist
UCLA Speech Pathology Director
UCLA Speech Pathology

Shira Grock, MD
Clinical Instructor
Gender Health Program
UCLA Division of Endocrinology

Tanaz Kermani, MD
Associate Professor
Director of the UCLA Vasculitis Program
UCLA Division of Rheumatology
Lindsay Lanciault, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Pathologist
Out-Patient Speech Supervisor
UCLA Speech Pathology

J.R. Laing, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist
UCLA Speech Pathology

Jennifer Long, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
UCLA Voice Center

Ali Sederat, MD
Assistant Professor
Interventional Endoscopy
UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases

Kiiya Shibata, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Pathologist
UCLA Speech Pathology

Gary W. Small, MD
Longevity Center
UCLA Geriatric Psychiatry Division

Program Agenda

Friday, April 3, 2020

8:00 Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:25 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Session I: Rheumatology
8:30 Rheumatology Review for Otolaryngologists
Tanaz Kermani, MD, UCLA Rheumatology
9:15 Therapy for Benign Vocal Fold Lesions
Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP, UCLA Speech Pathology & Kiiya Shibata, MS, CCC-SLP, UCLA Speech Pathology
9:45 Surgical Treatment of Benign Vocal Fold Lesions
Gerald S. Berke, MD, UCLA Head & Neck Surgery
10:15 Question & Answer Discussion
10:20 Break
Session II: Gastroenterology
10:40 The MBSS As It Relates to Gastroenterology
Andrew Erman, MA, CCC-SLP, UCLA Speech Pathology
11:10 Surgical Treatment of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia
Dinesh Chhetri, MD, UCLA Head & Neck Surgery
11:40 Interventional Advances in the Treatment of Esophageal Dysfunction
Ali Sederat, MD, UCLA Digestive Diseases Interventional Endoscopy
12:25 Question & Answer Discussion
12:30 Lunch Buffet
12:45 Optional Speech Language Pathology Lunch & Learn:
***MBSS Report Writing Workshop***
Session III: Gerontology
1:10 Physiology of Aging and Its Effects on Voice and Swallow
Gary W. Small, MD, UCLA Longevity Center
1:45 Voice Therapy for Presbyphonia / Swallow Therapy for Presbyphagia
Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP, UCLA Speech Pathology & Lindsay Lanciault, MA, CCC-SLP, UCLA Speech Pathology
2:15 Emerging Technology for the Surgical Treatment of Vocal Fold Atrophy
Jennifer Long, MD, PhD, UCLA Head & Neck Surgery
2:45 Question & Answer Discussion
2:50 Break 
Session IV: Endocrinology
3:10 The Role of Hormone Therapy in the Care of Transgender Patients
Shira Grock, MD, UCLA Endocrinology
3:55 Voice Therapy for Vocal Feminization
Lisa Bolden, MA, CCC-SLP, UCLA Speech Pathology & J.R. Laing, MS, CCC-SLP, UCLA Speech Pathology
4:25 Surgical Approaches for Vocal Feminization
Abie Mendelsohn, MD, UCLA Head & Neck Surgery
4:55 Question & Answer Discussion
5:00 Adjourn
Networking Reception


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

  • Specify which rheumatologic disorders commonly demonstrate laryngeal manifestations.
  • Offer patients an appropriate surgical plan for benign vocal fold lesions.
  • Delineate the findings on video fluoroscopic swallowing study which lead to unsafe swallowing function.
  • Discuss state-of-the-art endoscopic treatment options available for esophageal dysfunction.
  • Incorporate voice therapy and swallow therapy for laryngeal symptoms in the geriatric patient population.
  • Guide transgender patients through treatment options for gender-related dysphoria.


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 the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for Category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local state board for specific continuing education policies.


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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 structure 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 $13 per vehicle. The Geffen Hall Auditorium is located at the intersection of Le Conte Ave. and Tiverton Ave.