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New York Otolaryngology Group Launches Voice Institute Headed By World-Renowned Surgeon Jamie Koufman

February 27, 2007

The New York Otolaryngology Group (NYOG), recognized as one of the nation’s leading otolaryngology practices, announced today that Dr. Jamie Koufman, a preeminent surgeon and academician specializing in voice disorders, has joined its medical practice to oversee its newly formed Voice Institute of New York.

Dr. Koufman, one of the first full-time academic surgical laryngologists, has pioneered laser surgery of the vocal cords, performed in her office without incisions or anesthesia. She has treated well-known CEOs, broadcasters, and performers, including Doug Gray, the lead singer of the Marshall Tucker Band, who last year publicly thanked Dr. Koufman at a concert for restoring his voice after his vocal cords were damaged.

Dr. Koufman, previously a professor of otolaryngology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was the founder and director of the voice center there. She also identified the disorder and coined the term “silent reflux,” a condition in which people suffer from gastric reflux symptoms in the upper throat and larynx (voice box), without esophageal symptoms such as heartburn. She has patented a diagnostic saliva test for the detection of gastric reflux that has been licensed by Bayer HealthCare’s Diagnostics Division.

Reflux is a major cause of incessant throat clearing and other throat disorders. Reflux also is a cause of sinusitis, but the condition is frequently undiagnosed, often resulting in unnecessary surgery or other medical procedures. Acid reflux can also cause sleep disorders, another NYOG treatment specialty.

“Our practice has long focused on ensuring that our patients receive the most advanced medical care and minimally invasive procedures,” said NYOG co-founder Dr. Scott Gold, who along with NYOG co-founder Dr. Robert Pincus, has repeatedly been ranked by New York Magazine and Castle Connelly Medical Ltd. as New York’s top sinus doctors. “Dr. Koufman’s ability to perform what until recently was a major surgical procedure as an in-office treatment where the patient can return to work right away is truly a medical breakthrough. Dr. Koufman’s extensive research and treatment of acid reflux will further enhance our ability to diagnose and treat this rapidly growing disease, which also is known to cause esophageal cancer.”

In addition to her directorship at the Voice Institute of New York, Dr. Koufman is currently Adjunct Clinical Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) at the George Washington School of Medicine and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at Drexel University. She earned her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She was chief resident at the time she completed the residency program in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) jointly sponsored by Tufts University and Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Koufman has received numerous national honors and awards in recognition of her contributions to the field of laryngology, including recently a Presidential Citation for Contributions to the Field of Laryngology from the American Laryngological Association. A frequent lecturer, Dr. Koufman has written six books and contributed to more than three dozen others. She has also authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles that relate to reflux and voice disorders.

The Voice Institute of New York is located at 9 West 67th Street (CPW). The main phone number is 212-884-8277.

About The Voice Institute of New York

The Voice Institute of New York is one of the most comprehensive voice centers in the United States, providing medical services for people with voice problems and other disorders of the larynx. Specialized clinical services are available for professional voice users (singers, actors, etc.) and others with vocal overuse syndromes, recurrent laryngitis, spasmodic dysphonia, vocal cord paralysis, the aging voice, cancer of the vocal cord, scarred vocal cords, and benign vocal cord growths, such as nodules, polyps, cysts, granulomas, and papillomas. The Institute’s director, Dr. Jamie Koufman, has been America’s leading clinician and researcher in the field of laryngology and the voice for more than 25 years. For more information, please visit www.voiceinstituteny.com.

About The New York Otolaryngology Group

Founded in 1993 by Drs. Scott Gold and Robert Pincus, the NYOG is among the nation’s leading diagnostic and treatment centers for otolaryngology-related illnesses. Areas of expertise include sinus, head and neck, plastic surgery, sleep apnea, and hearing and balance. All Otolaryngology Group physicians are board certified and adhere to a comprehensive disease management approach; they are affiliated with most of New York’s major teaching hospitals and medical schools. For more information, please visit www.newyorksinuscenter.com.




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