Voice and Swallowing Disorders Center

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University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Institute


Nicole Maronian, MD (216-844-6000)
Mark Weidenbecher, MD (216-844-6000)
Tracey Newman, MA, CCC-SLP


Please call Program Coordinator Alaina Ockunzzi at 216-844-6000 for appointments.
For hospital transfers, please call 216-844-1111.

Conditions Treated

  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Laryngeal dystonia

Procedures and Therapies

  • Office and OR-based laser (KTP, CO2) therapy for laryngeal and airway lesions
  • Endoscopic and open partial laryngectomies
  • Complex airway reconstruction (laser, balloon, open and tissue transfer techniques)
  • Botulinum toxin therapy for laryngeal dystonias
  • Office-based transnasal esophagoscopy
  • Office-based bronchoscopies and biopsies
  • Voice restoration
  • Professional voice therapy
  • Laryngotracheal reconstruction for stenosis
  • Injection therapies for laryngeal disorders (BOTOX®, Restylane®, Prolaryn®)
  • Flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing
  • Endoscopic Zenker’s diverticulectomy

Distinguishing Features

  • Multidisciplinary voice therapy team, with ENT and speech language pathology working side by side
  • Vocal cord medialization in “awake and talking” patient; OR-based procedure with conscious sedation and voice fine-tuning for optimal effect
  • Leading-edge technologies for management of laryngeal papilloma, including Avasatin and KTP laser therapy
  • Office-based laryngeal and tracheal procedures for awake patients, including injections
  • Office-based KTP laser treatment for laryngeal lesions, eliminating the need for general anesthesia
  • Oncologic-laryngeal endoscopic and open procedures with preservation of voice and swallow function

About UH Cleveland Medical Center
At the core of University Hospitals’ $4 billion health system is UH Cleveland Medical Center, ranked among America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. UH Cleveland Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, including cancer, pediatrics, women’s health, orthopedics, radiology, neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, digestive health, transplantation and genetics. Its main campus includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University.