The Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders
|Phelps Hospital - Northwell Health - Sleepy Hollow, NY
Professional and non-professional voice users alike develop problems with their voices at some point in their career and lives. Our unique
center, first of its kind in the Westchester, NY area, is comprised of the top voice therapists with professional singing and voice background
together with Dr. Craig Zalvan, our area's first and most experienced laryngologist specializing in disorders of the voice. This approach
allows for the complete care of the voice user.
Our advanced diagnostic techniques and tools, together with over 15 years of experience with over a thousand professional voice users,
allow us to help restore, improve, and fine tune the wonderful instrument, the human voice. Singers from all genres of music including rock,
opera, musical theater, folk, and rap have been cared for by our team of voice professionals.
We provide the full range of medical and surgical interventions for disorders affecting the larynx, or voice box. In addition, our vocal
rehabilitation techniques together with close medical supervision in our pleasant setting overlooking the Hudson river, have truly improved
the lives of thousands.
We believe strongly in the most conservative approach with surgery reserved for only the necessary cases.
When surgery is needed, we are the only center in the region using TUBELESS surgery (see Disorders tab) - no breathing tube means less
discomfort and less risk to the vocal cords for a better outcome and quicker recovery.
Difficulty swallowing can be debilitating, frustrating, embarrassing, and dangerous. Chronic coughing, choking on food, throat clearing, food
getting stuck, and discomfort while swallowing are all common signs of a swallow problem.
Our team of experts, together with the latest in diagnostic technology, will help diagnose your problem, find a treatment regimen, and get you
back on track to healthy and safe eating.
Chronic cough can be debilitating, uncomfortable, and socially embarassing for many patients. Many patients continue to cough despite
many treatments for asthma, post-nasal drip, allergy, and sinus disease. These problems can cause coughing but should respond to
medication. Lack of response often requires further diagnosis. Other disorders that I commonly see as the cause of chronic cough in these
people include a neurogenic chronic cough or chronic laryngopharyngeal reflux disease (LPR)
Our team of specialists can help diagnose the cause of your cough and formulate a treatment plan. We have a high success rate in stopping
cough that have been present for weeks, months, years and even decades.
Craig H. Zalvan, MD, FACS
Chief, Department of Otolaryngology - Phelps Hospital
Medical Director - The Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders
|Welcome to the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders. With over 15 years of experience in treating the various disorders of
voice, swallowing, and chronic cough, Dr. Zalvan and the team at the Institute have helped thousands of people regain their
quality of life, performance ability, and passion. The voice box, throat, and swallowing abilities are among the most complex functions
in the human body. Speciality training in this field and a focus on treating this group of patients has allowed us to gain the
competence, experience, and ability to successfully diagnose and treat these disorders.
Whether you have a problem that persists or another ENT has recommended vocal surgery, it behooves you to get another opinion
(especially if that ENT is not a laryngologist (I highly recommend that you ask)). Most problems typically can be treated in multiple ways. I
specialize in second opinions both in giving them and sending. I have an extensive network of top Laryngologists in the Greater Hudson
Valley region to whom I can refer. Most important is that all videos and images are shared with you at the time of your visit so you will see
the actual problem yourself and understand why there is an issue and what has to be done. If you bring a USB drive, I'm happy to share
your video with you.
2:2 rule: If you have had 2 treatments or over 2 weeks of continued symptoms, you should have a second opinion !
Our research, using a unique DIET approach, finds improvement of laryngopharyngeal reflux symptoms as good, if
not better, than with standard proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole. With a proper diagnosis,
Laryngopharyngeal Syndrome can be treated safely, without medication, and with other significant health benefits.
|JAMA Otolaryngology - Redefining Treatment of Reflux
Craig H. Zalvan, MD, FACS
Medical Director of the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders and
Chief of Otolaryngology at Phelps Hospital, Northwell Health
Director of Laryngology, ENT Faculty Practice, Westchester Medical Center
Associate Professor, New York Medical College
Adjunct Professor, Mercy College Department of Communications (Speech program)
Board Certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
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study on JAMA
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online links to various
Farma not Pharma! - Treat
REFLUX with a plant based diet
Our work featured in two major medical
institutions yearly report - Speaks to the
importance of diet over drugs being
innovative, healthier, and effective
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Craig Berzofsky, MD