Center for Voice, Airway and Swallowing

The Center for Voice, Airway and Swallowing is a comprehensive medical destination for patients with laryngologic disorders such as dysphonia (hoarseness), dysphagia (trouble swallowing), and tracheal stenosis. The Center, led by Dr. Paul Weinberger (the only subspecialty Fellowship trained Laryngologist in the northwest LA – AK – TX region), uses a multi-disciplinary approach and includes the expertise of speech-language pathologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, pulmonologists, and gastrointestinal surgeons to provide state-of-the-art patient care. With the advent of the Center, cutting-edge technology such as in-office minimally invasive transnasal esophagoscopy, bronchoscopy, and unsedated laser surgery are now available for the first time to patients in the region. The Center also receives referrals from other academic medical centers throughout the Southeastern United States for the specialty care available here.

It is the Center’s mission to provide the finest care for patients with laryngologic disorders in North America, and to train residents to become experts in the full spectrum of Laryngology.

Paul M. Weinberger, MD FACS (Director, Center for Voice, Airway and Swallowing)
Dr. Weinberger is a surgeon-scientist with expertise is in the evaluation and management of all Laryngologic conditions including Voice Disorders, Dysphagia, and Complex Airway disorders. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University), where he also completed his Otolaryngology Residency training. He has completed subspecialty fellowships in Clinical Research (Yale University). Laryngology (Medical College of Georgia), and Complex Airway Reconstruction (University College of London and the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital). He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Fanconi Award from the American Head and Neck Society, Young Clinical Research Faculty of the Year Award, and was a finalist for a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar award from the US Department of State. He was recognized by the American Medical Association with a National Leadership Award in 2007. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Weinberger manages an extramurally funded research laboratory. Dr. Weinberger’s research program is focused on developing novel therapies for anaplastic thyroid cancer, a disease for which there are no effective treatment options. He also has investigations focused on novel nanotechnology biomaterials applied to the area of regenerative medicine, and airway reconstruction. Dr. Weinberger serves on the national level as a member of the Science Education Committee of the American Association for Cancer Research and is a champion for promoting science and cancer research career options to disadvantaged high school and undergraduate students.