"I can come by here and have a couple of polyps lasered off my vocal cords and then go straight to work."
— Daryl Collins, age 53

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Former Fellows

Laryngology Fellows

Dr. Joseph Bradley

2013 – Joseph P. Bradley, MD
Dr. Bradley graduated from Washington University then pursued Medical School at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his fellowship in laryngology & care of the professional voice at the Emory Voice Center under the direction of Dr. Adam Klein and Dr. Michael Johns, III. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. His is joining the faculty of Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine as Assistant Professor - Otolaryngology practicing Laryngology and care of the professional voice.

Laureano A. Giraldez-Rodriguez, MD

2012 – Laureano A. Giraldez-Rodriguez, MD
Dr. Laureano Giraldez-Rodriguez graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and completed his Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery subspecialty training at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals.

Dr. Giraldez chose to train at the Emory Voice Center due to its excellent commitment to patient care and its multi-disciplinary approach in the diagnosis and treatment of voice, swallowing and airway disorders. Dr. Giraldez pursued further training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery and Microvascular Reconstruction. He will return to Puerto Rico to establish the the first multidisciplinary voice, swallowing and airway center in the country.

Alexander Hillel, MD

2011 – Alexander Hillel, MD
Dr. Alexander Hillel is a board-certified otolaryngologist and fellowship-trained laryngologist. He completed residency at Johns Hopkins with a 2-year research fellowship in biomedical engineering. After residency, Dr. Hillel completed a laryngology fellowship at the Emory Voice Center. He is currently faculty at Johns Hopkins where his clinical and research interests focus on translating tissue engineering to patients suffering from voice and airway disorders. His current research focuses on a combined materials and biologic approach to study the pathogenesis and treatment of fibrosis of the vocal folds and trachea.

Manish Shah

2010 - Manish D. Shah, MD, MPhil
Dr. Shah is a graduate of University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, where he also completed post-graduate residency training in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery. During his residency training he obtained a Master's degree in Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Following his residency training, Dr. Shah pursued further training in Head & Neck Oncology through an American Head & Neck Society fellowship program at the University of Toronto. The strong clinical and research reputation of the fellowship program at the Emory Voice Center attracted Dr. Shah to come to Atlanta to obtain advanced training in the field of Laryngology and Voice Disorders.

Former Laryngology Fellows beginning 2009
Taryn Davids

2009 – 2010 – Taryn Davids MD, FRCSC
Dr. Davids is a graduate of the McMaster School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto, Canada. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Laryngology and the Care of the Professional Voice at the Emory Voice Center, Atlanta GA.

She is currently on staff as a practicing laryngologist at the University of Toronto Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Her clinical specialties include general otolaryngology, laryngeal and swallowing disorders, and the professional voice. She is an active member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Canadian Medical Association, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Speech Language Pathology Fellows

2013 – Jonelyn Langenstein

2012 - Madeleine Pethan

2011 – Marissa Stoltzfus

Marissa Stoltzfus Simpson is a speech-language pathologist at John’s Hopkins University who focuses on treatment of voice disorders, swallowing disorders, and head and neck cancer, including alaryngeal voice restoration.  She has a special interest in professional voice users, including singing voice rehabilitation.  Marissa is a classically trained soprano, and received a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City

2010 – Bryn Olsen (after Ziegler before Stoltzfus)

Former Speech Language Pathology Fellows beginning 2009
Archie B. Harmon

2009 - Archie B. Harmon, MA, CCC-SLP
University of Florida, BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2002
Graduate: University of Central Florida, MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2006
Current Education: Florida State University, Doctoral Candidate, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Personal Statement: Specialists often discuss their mentors when they are asked about their clinical knowledge and achievements. This principle remains true as a clinical fellow at the Emory Voice Center. The multidisciplinary team of experienced laryngologists, speech pathologists, radiation oncologists, and head and neck surgeons foster your growth as a competent clinician. I was surrounded with mentors that were passionate about sharing knowledge of laryngeal biomechanics, clinical assessment using videostroboscopy, and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. You are encouraged to further research in the field and to refine your knowledge of evidence-based practice in Speech Pathology throughout the experience. To an extent, you are pleasantly spoiled with the cutting-edge technology and assessment tools which enhanced the patient care provided.   When you leave the fellowship experience, you are competent and confident in assessment and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders

Eva Lukkonen

2008-2009 - Eva Lukkonen, MM, MA CCC-SLP
University of Southern California, BM, Music Performance: Vocal Arts, 2003
Graduate: California State University, Long Beach, MA, Communicative Disorders, 2008; MM, Opera Performance, 2009
Personal statement: The rigorous training I received at the Emory Voice Center inifinitely developed my clinical skills, not only in voice therapy and laryngeal imaging, but also in dysphagia management and head and neck cancer. I was able to work with and learn from speech pathologists and physicians at the top of their fields, and I was honored to be part of such a collaborative and highly respected team.

Yumi Sumida

2008 – Yumi Sumida
Mentoring! We give great lip-service to this process, but it is well demonstrated at the Emory Voice Center. Experienced and insightful SLP’s nudge me to explore various techniques beyond my comfort zone in voice therapy. The team of ENT’s and SLP’s steady hands have guided mine as I develop laryngeal imaging skills. I am mentored through dysphagia assessment and management, the research process, and professional development skills in a most collegial environment.

Maia Braden

2007 – Maia Braden, MS, CCC-SLP
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison, BA Music (Vocal Performance)
Graduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison, MS in Speech & Language Pathology
Personal Statement: The clinical fellowship at Emory Voice Center offers an outstanding learning experience in a multidisciplinary clinic. During my clinical fellowship year, I had the opportunity to develop assessment skills in laryngeal imaging, strobe interpretation, acoustic and aerodynamic assessment, modified barium swallow studies, and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, and developed my therapeutic skills in speaking and singing voice. In addition to clinical work, I had many chances to develop research and presentation skills. In collaboration with other team members, I developed and presented a research project at a national symposium. I am currently a voice pathologist/ singing voice specialist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation in Boston, MA.

Amy Fields

2006 – Amy Fields, SLP
Undergraduate: University of Delaware, BA, Music/Vocal Performance, 1998
Graduate: Indiana University, MA in Speech & Language Pathology, 2005 East Carolina University, MA, Music, Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University, Care of the Professional Voice with Dr. Rovert Sataloff
Personal statement: The opportunities presented by the Emory Voice Center have resulted in extensive clinical growth, both in therapeutic techniques and in laryngeal imaging skills. I have developed my first research project, the results of which I hope to present at a national symposium. The collaboration between the speech-language pathologists and laryngologists has created the ideal learning environment.

Carissa Portone

2005 – Carissa Portone, MS, CCC-SLP
Undergraduate: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, BA in Psychology, 2001
Graduate: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, MS in Speech & Language Pathology, 2004
Personal Statement: I had the honor of being selected as the first Voice and Swallowing Clinical Fellow at the Emory Voice Center. During my year-long fellowship, I developed my clinical and research skills in the voice field. I became comfortable with performing rigid and flexible videostroboscopy and honed my techniques in voice evaluation and treatment. I was able to gain independence quickly, but having the safety net of excellent supervisors helped me gain the confidence I needed to become a strong clinician. As the Emory Voice Center Clinical Fellow, excellence was expected. That expectation pushed me to achieve successes I never thought would be possible in my first year of professional work: I presented at state and national conferences and had my first article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Thanks to my top-notch training at the Emory Voice Center, I was employed as a full-time voice therapist at the Evelyn Trammell Voice and Swallowing Center at Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta immediately upon completion of my CFY.