About Us

The larynx. We all have one, and we use it all day every day... without thinking about it. The larynx is the voice box, so it’s responsible for every word we form. It also plays an important role in swallowing, which — like using the voice — is necessary, constant and virtually automatic.

We usually become aware of our larynx when vocal function or swallowing is made difficult by one of many potential disorders. Laryngeal dysfunction can be annoying, inconvenient, uncomfortable and disruptive to normal living. It can also be painful, serious and — for anyone who makes a living with their voice — the end to a career and livelihood.

Which is why The Center For Voice & Swallowing Services provides comprehensive medical care focused exclusively on voice and swallowing disorders.

A board-certified Ear-Nose-Throat specialist, Dr. Andre L. Reed is also a Johns Hopkins-trained Neurolaryngologist, a subspecialist in all aspects of laryngeal function. He is a former NIH researcher, is actively involved in research at The National Center For Voice & Speech and, as a result, offers today’s most advanced tests and treatments. At the same time, having experienced laryngeal dysfunction himself, Dr. Reed also provides the utmost in personal caring and commitment.

What is “neurolaryngology”?

There was a time when voice and swallowing problems were seen by the town doctor. Then otorhinolaryngology (or otolaryngology) emerged as the medical standard for treating the ear, nose and throat. Later, laryngology focused solely on voice and swallowing. Neurolaryngology combines laryngology with today’s more complete understanding of the neurological mechanisms involved in laryngeal function for the most complete care for voice and swallowing.

About our medical director.

Our medical director, Andre L. Reed, MD, is a board-certified, Johns Hopkins-trained ENT specialist (Otolaryngologist) with advanced training and experience in voice and swallowing function. He also spent two years researching voice function at the National Institutes of Health. He was fellowship-trained in Neurolaryngology at Johns Hopkins and is one of fewer than 75 subspecialty Neurolaryngologists in the United States. Today, he regularly treats a wide range of physicians, their family members and their patients.

Board-Certified: Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
Fellowship: Neurolaryngology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
Research-Training Fellowship: Otolaryngology, Division of Head & Neck Cancer Research, Head & Neck Surgery Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
Internship: Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
MD: University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
BA: Biology, Westminster College, Fulton, MO
Member: American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, American Association for Cancer Research (Associate Member), Colorado Neurological Institute
Author: Book chapter “The Armamentarium of the Swallowing Team” in The Swallowing Handbook; numerous articles published in Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Oncogene, Current Opinions in Otolaryngology and others

Philosophy of care.

Dr. Reed was drawn to subspecialty voice and swallowing medicine because of a personal experience with larynx injury and loss of voice. Today, caring for laryngeal dysfunction remains a personal endeavor, one that he pursues with dedication and heartfelt understanding and compassion. In addition to being a highly trained, uniquely capable medical specialist, Dr. Reed loves his work and brings a high sense of ethics, honesty and obligation to every patient in his care.