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Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing involves chewing food and moving it into the back of the mouth to transport it down the esophagus, the tube that moves food to the stomach. A person with a swallowing disorder may have difficulty swallowing and may also have pain while swallowing. Some people may be completely unable to swallow or may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods or saliva. 

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Voice + Swallowing Center

Tufts Medical Center’s Voice and Swallowing Center in downtown Boston offers a range of cutting-edge treatments for disorders of the larynx.
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Doctors + Care Team

Douglas F. Roth, M.M., M.A., CCC-SLP

Douglas F. Roth, M.M., M.A., CCC-SLP

Title(s): Associate Director, Voice and Swallowing Center; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Speech Language Pathology and Audiology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-2887
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Adult and pediatric voice disorders, care of the professional voice, adult and pediatric breathing disorders such as paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder/vocal cord dysfunction and chronic cough, swallowing disorders, head and neck cancer

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Mark J. Sterling, MD

Mark J. Sterling, MD

Title(s): Advanced Endoscopist
Department(s): Medicine, Gastroenterology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5883
Fax #: 617-636-9292

ERCP and EUS, pancreatico-biliary endoscopy including EUS guided biopsy, direct cholangioscopy and laser lithotripsy, deep small bowel enteroscopy including management of obscure GI bleeding, GI luminal stenting, endoscopic mucosal resection

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Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS
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Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS

Title(s): Otolaryngologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Director, Otolaryngology Residency Program
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3030
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Head and neck cancer, management of thyroid cancer and hyperparathyroidism, head and neck reconstruction including microvascular techniques, management of radiation-related complications

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Richard O. Wein, MD, FACS
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Richard O. Wein, MD, FACS

Title(s): Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Otolaryngology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8711
Fax #: 617-636-1479

Head and neck surgical oncology, head and neck reconstruction including microvascular techniques, management of salivary and thyroid disorders, management of radiation-related complications, maxillofacial trauma

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