The laryngology program at MUSC was formally established in 1987 with the creation of the MUSC Voice Center by Lucinda Halstead, MD. The Voice Center was the first in South Carolina to have laryngeal videostroboscopy and to provide comprehensive care of the vocal professional by having a multidisciplinary team of professionals – laryngologist, speech-language pathologist, and singing voice teacher.
In 1988, the multidisciplinary course, Spoleto Symposium: Medicine in the Vocal Arts was first offered and has been an annual educational offering since that time. Pediatric airway and voice management was also established at this time and the majority of pediatric airway management for MUSC was assumed by the laryngology program. In 1990, the Voice Center became the official site for treatment of the performers of the Spoleto Festival USA, which is a 17-day international festival of the performing and visual arts. Awareness of voice and airway problems in children performers continued with invited lectures at the Performing Arts Medicine Association Meetings in 1999 and 2004.
In 1995, the Voice Center became the first in South Carolina to provide comprehensive neurological evaluation of the larynx with the addition of a neurologist to the voice team, laryngeal EMG, and Botox injections.
In June 2000, the Voice Center underwent a major expansion in its scope and became the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing with the addition of Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris to the faculty, who brought expertise in both voice therapy and swallowing to the University. Our ability to offer comprehensive speaking voice therapy and swallowing evaluation and therapy expanded tremendously. Multi-disciplinary treatment still continues, with singing voice evaluation and therapy performed by Deanna McBroom, MM at the College of Charleston. Her colleagues also have helped us with rehabilitation of specific problems with wind instrumentalists.
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Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
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