2015 Fall Voice Conference
October 15-17, 2015
Sheraton Station Square, Pittsburg, PA


Arriving to Fall Voice early?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (8am-4pm) –
*Contemporary TNE and Advanced Esophageal Procedures Course
UPMC Mercy Hospital - *(limited to the first 20 registrants)
This exciting course will offer beyond state-of-the-art training in office-based,esophagoscopy and advanced procedures. Topics that will be covered include contemporary indications and techniques of, transnasal balloon dilation of theand airway, office-based injection, office TEP, andfrequency energy delivery to the LES (STRETTA) a treatment of reflux disease. This course is both didactic and a workshop with hands on practice with models.

Fee: $500 – Course ONLY or $250 – Course with full Fall Voice Registration, CME will be offered.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 –
Dinner Program at UPMC Mercy Hospital
"Diagnosis: How, What and I Don't Know"
Join us for an Evening Dinner Educational Session focusing
on the Diagnosis of Laryngeal Conditions.
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres in the Voice Center
  • 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. - Dinner Reception
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. - Live Diagnostic Patient Evaluation with a Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation
  • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. - "Please Help Me With This Case": Challenging Diagnostic Cases from the Audience. (Attendees can submit a challenging Laryngology case from their practice to be reviewed and discussed by an expert panel. Cases must be submitted in advance).
Fee: $50 (includes Dinner, Drinks & Program) *No CME/CEU credits will be offered for this program.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 – Pre Conference
The Sheraton Station Square
  • SLP Pre-Conference 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • "Voice Therapy: Science Meets the Patient"
  • Laryngology Fellows Day: 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    • Matched Residents, Fellows and 1 year post-fellowship
  • Early Career Laryngologists Program: 8:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
 SLP Pre-Conference
Pre-Conference for Speech Pathologists
Thursday, October 15, 2015

When is Science Ready for Primetime?
Bringing Science into Clinical Practice

Course Co-Directors:
Sarah L. Schneider, MS, CCC-SLP
Ryan C. Branski, PhD, CCC-SLP


Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, PhD, CCC-SLP Christina Dastalfo, MS, CCC-SLP
Maria Dietrich, PhD, CCC-SLP Shirley Gherson, MS, CCC-SLP
Amanda Gillespie, PhD, CCC-SLP Edie Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP
Leah Helou, PhD, CCC-SLP Wendy LeBorgne, PhD, CCC-SLP
Bernard Rousseau, PhD, CCC-SLP Joseph Stemple, PhD, CCC-SLP
Katherine Verdolini-Abbott, PhD, CCC-SLP Aaron Ziegler, PhD, CCC-SLP


7:00 – 8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 AM Opening Remarks: Sarah Schneider and Ryan C. Branski
8:15 – 9:45 AM Treatment of Bumps, Lumps, Humps and Dips: Putting Resonance to the Evidence - Ryan Branski, Bernard Rousseau, Sarah Schneider and Shirley Gherson
9:45 – 10:15 AM Break
10:15 – 11:45 AM "Functional" Voice Disorders: Old Habits Die Hard – Maria Dietrich, Aaron Ziegler, Leah Helou and Wendy LeBorgne
11:45 – 12:00 PM Question and Answer Session
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM Innovations in Voice Therapy: Shaking Things Up By Finding Your Voice in ConversationAmanda Gillespie and Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer
2:30 – 3:00 PM Quantifying Voice Potential: The Role of Standardized Stimulability Testing in Clinical PracticeChristina Dastalfo
3:00 – 4:00 PM Pump It Up! Do Principles of Exercise Physiology Apply to Laryngeal Muscle…and does it matter?Joe Stemple and Edie Hapner
4:00 – 4:15 PM Break
3:15 – 3:45 PM Question and Answer Session with Master ClinicianKatherine Verdolini-Abbott/Moderator: Ryan C. Branski

 Laryngology Fellows Day

8:00-8:05 AM Welcome Gregory Postma
8:05-8:30 Laryngology: State of the Art Robert Sataloff
8:35-9:30 LEMG with ECL Michael Munin
9:35-11:00 Dysphagia: 3 Dudes talk about the most ignored area of Laryngology
Panel: David Lott, Gregory Postma
P Belafsky
11:05-12:00 Voice: Should I REALLY do this case?
Panel: Dinesh Chhetri, Libby Smith
Seth Dailey
12:00-1:00 LUNCH with ECL
1:05-2:15 Airway Management: Pitfalls and Pearls
Panel: Andy McWorter, Abie Mendelsohn
Blake Simpson
2:15-3:10 The Mystery of Good Coding Kathy Flaherty/James Burns/Clark Rosen
3:10-3:20 Comments & questions
3:20-3:45 BREAK
3:45-4:55 ICARUS: Lessons from the Ashes Lucian Sulica
4:55-5:00 Closing comments James Burns
5:01-6:00 Welcome and Cocktail Reception

The Pre-Conference is offered for a maximum of 0.75 ASHA CEU's (intermediate level; professional area).