Eugen Grabscheid MD Voice Center
Started by Dr. Eugen Grabscheid in 1989, the Eugen Grabscheid MD Voice Center was the first center for the medical treatment of the professional voice in New York. We have helped thousands of New York’s singers, actors, broadcasters, teachers, and other professional voice users during our history. We have always been on the front edge of new developments in the medical management of voice and swallowing disorders that affect not only actors and singers, but anyone who relies on their voice for communication. We continue to develop combined treatment programs that include surgical and non-surgical treatments as well as therapy targeting the health and use of the vocal cords for speaking, singing, breathing, and swallowing. We also provide comprehensive interdisciplinary evaluations in partnership with our teams in gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology and general surgery.
Dr. Kenneth Altman, MD, PhD, director of the Grabscheid Voice Center, and his team perform a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s voice and/or upper airway problems. We not only assess the tissues of the larynx and their innervations, but also the function of those tissues as they are used on stage, in recording, teaching, waiting tables, or reading stories to your grandchildren. Of special importance is the connection between the patient and their voice, and the way that emotions affect their voice. Voice problems are almost always the result of changes in tissue, changes in the use of those tissues, and the way our voice problem affects us. This combination of condition, function, and emotion is at the heart of our evaluation and treatment of a person’s voice problem.
Similarly, the treatment plans we build with the patient are combinations of physical treatments, repair of tissues, medications, therapy, and the emotional integration of the person’s voice back into their life. We are developing new treatments for difficult to treat conditions such as acquired hypersensitivity, chronic cough, upper airway disorders, vocal scar resolution, and post-operative healing. We specialize in difficult and uncommon cases. Our expertise allows us to diagnose these conditions and create individualized treatment plans.