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Vocal Health

"A peek at Doc Red's Laryngoscopy session with world renowned Dr. Sims of University of Illinois at Chicago."

The Chicago Institute for Voice Care at UI Health is a leading program for the diagnosis, treatment — including surgery — and therapy for disorders of the voice. We offer state-of-the-art evaluation for patients with a variety of vocal issues, and we pride ourselves on community outreach, education on voice care, and the scientific exploration of all aspects of voice production.

Unique to humans, the voice communicates, inspires, educates, and entertains. It is our mission to maximize each voice according to the patient's needs — whether the individual is a professional voice user or a vocal performer. All voices are welcome!

Areas of Expertise

From vocal fatigue to reflux disease, we specialize in medical disorders that can impair the voice. We are skilled in treating paralyzed cords (vocal folds), chronic hoarseness, spasmodic dysphonia, and chronic throat irritation. We offer medical and speech services to restore your vocal strength and confidence, and our experienced otolaryngologists individualize care and treatment to each patient’s unique situation.

Who We Treat

  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal fold paralysis
  • Reflux laryngitis
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Voice tremor
  • Voice care services

Who We See

  • Actors
  • Lawyers
  • Singers
  • Radio hosts and personalities
  • Clergy
  • Telemarketers
  • Politicians
  • Teachers
  • Lawyers
  • Coaches
  • Fitness Instructors
  • Receptionists
  • Sales professionals
  • Parents
  • Brokers

Medical Services

  • Laryngeal videostroboscopy
  • Glutathione and IV nutrient therapy
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR, GERD)
  • Flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy
  • Laryngeal electromyography (EMG)
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Laser surgery for vocal cords/folds
  • Transnasal esophagoscopy (TNE)
  • Tonsillectomy

Speech/Voice Services

  • Voice evaluation and therapy outline
  • Voice disorders due to overuse or misuse
  • Neurological voice disorders
  • Other voices issues

Our Team

Our team of highly trained professionals uses state-of-the-art equipment and the latest scientific research to make diagnoses, and provides each patient a personalized plan to restore and maintain their voice.

H. Steven Sims, MD
Jeffrey YU, MD
Jan Potter Reed, MS, CCC-SLP
Ginevra Ciavarelli, MR, MSN
Ana Lopez, CRNA, MA
Vanessa Lucas, CMA

Our Location

Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary
Third Floor
1855 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312.996.6583
Fax: 312.996.4910
To make an appointment,
please call 866.600.CARE

Chicago Institute for Voice Care
60 E. Delaware St., Suite 1422
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.996.6583
Email: voicecare@uic.edu