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Clark Rosen, MDClark Rosen, MD, is a Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Chief of the Division of Laryngology.

Dr. Rosen is originally from Los Gatos, California and is a proud graduate of Cal (Go Bears!). He attended Rush University for his MD degree, accomplished his residency in OHNS at OHSU, and was selected for a fellowship in Laryngology and Upper Airway Physiology at the University of Tennessee in Memphis under the tutelage of Gayle Woodson. Dr. Rosen inaugurated modern laryngology at the University of Pittsburgh beginning in 1995. He rose through the academic ranks from Assistant Professor to become a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology in 2009. He was also appointed Professor in the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and in the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Dr. Rosen originated the outstanding Fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002.

Dr. Rosen has had amazing productivity as a clinician scientist. He has authored over 160 peer reviewed publications, 30 book chapters, and is known the world over for being the coeditor of Bailey’s Head and Neck Surgery-Otolaryngology which is one of two main textbooks in our field. Dr. Rosen also authored (with Blake Simpson) a key operative atlas, Operative Techniques in Laryngology which has international reach, has been translated into multiple languanges and has experienced over 100,000 chapter downlowds since its publication.

Dr. Rosen has been a Co-Investigator on numerous NIH grants as well as grants from the Triological Society, the VA, and private industry.

Dr. Rosen has been a sought after speaker internationally and has had major service to multiple publications and professional societies. He is a founding member of the Fall Voice Conference, is the Vice Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS), and is the Treasurer of the American Laryngological Association (ALA) which puts him in line to be the president of the ALA in a few years.


VyVy Young, MDVyVy Young, MD, hails from Louisville, Kentucky where she attended the University of Louisville and received the Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship as well as the National Order of Omega Honor Society Scholarship. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Biology, summa cum laude. She matriculated at the University of Louisville for medical school where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship during all four years of her study there. She was elected to AOAa. She trained in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery under Jeffrey M. Bumpous, MD at the University of Louisville. During her residency, she was the recipient of the Francis Lejeune, Sr. Resident Research Award from the Southern Section of the Triological Society.

Dr. Young then accomplished her fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 2010. She was on faculty at the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor but then returned to the University of Pittsburgh where she is now an Associate Professor. She has been the Associate Director of the Otolaryngology Residency Program at Pittsburgh and the Assistant Director of Medical Student Education within the Department of Otolaryngology. She has a passion for and a focus upon education as part of her professional career interests. She was recognized as the Clerkship Preceptor of the Year in 2014 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. She has mentored 6 fellows and numerous residents and students during her time at Pitt.

Dr. Young has authored 24 papers and 4 book chapters and has participated in numerous courses, conferences, and presentations. She has built an outstanding reputation in her community and was peer selected for the Best Doctors in Pittsburgh list for 2016 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. She has participated in several funded projects and is currently the Primary Investigator on an award from the American Laryngological Association (ALA). She is the Chair-Elect of the AAOHNS Voice Committee and a member of the AAOHNS Airway and Swallowing Committee. Dr. Young has been a reviewer in a CORE Study Section for the AAOHNS.

Dr. Young will concentrate her clinical efforts in the Voice and Swallowing Center at UCSF and will be the Associate Program Director working closely with our Residency Program Director, Steve Pletcher.


Sarah Schneider, MSSarah L. Schneider, MS, CCC-SLP, is Speech Language Pathology Director and Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She practices clinically at the Voice and Swallowing Center. Clinical and scholarly interests include the evaluation and treatment of all aspects of voice and upper airway with special expertise in the professional speaking and singing voice, transgender voice and communication, spasmodic dysphonia and vocal tremor, irritable larynx including PVFM and chronic cough, and alaryngeal voice restoration. In addition, she has experience with pediatric voice and instrumental assessment of velopharyngeal insufficiency.

She joined the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the Voice and Swallowing Center in 2007. Since that time, she has helped to further develop the speech language pathology program throughout the Department of Otolaryngology striving to provide interdisciplinary and world-class care to those with voice, swallowing, and communication complaints. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in the state of California.

Ms. Schneider is active in several research projects within the department and acts as a research consultant in the area of voice. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Voice, contributor to voice texts, and an active speaker locally, nationally, and internationally on vocal health and rehabilitation. She is a leader in coordinating voice conferences and other educational activities, in addition to providing training and mentorship to students, residents, fellows and other healthcare providers. She has studied voice and performed as a soloist, in choral settings and in musical theatre which helps further guide her clinical practice.

Ms. Schneider earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Marquette University where she was awarded the Alfred J. Sokolnicki Clinical Excellence Award at each commencement. She completed her clinical fellowship at the Vanderbilt Voice Center in Nashville, TN and was hired to continue work there following her fellowship. Prior to joining the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center team, she also worked in the private practice of Dr. Robert T. Sataloff in Philadelphia, PA.

Professional affiliations include ASHA, the Special Interest Groups (SIG) - Voice and Voice Disorders (SIG3) and Telepractice (SIG18) of ASHA, and the California Speech and Hearing Association. She is a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) certified clinician.


Meg Cafferkey, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. She specializes in evaluation and treatment of patients with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, paradoxical vocal fold motion (PVFM), chronic cough, interdisciplinary assessment of resonance and velopharyngeal function and voice disorders across the age spectrum.

Ms. Cafferkey joined the UCSF the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology and the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center team in 2015. Areas of clinical and scholarly interest include working with families and treating their child with swallowing/feeding difficulties in the presence of aerodigestive disorders to optimize safe feeding progression. She additionally holds a certification in lactation counseling (CLC).

Ms. Cafferkey earned her undergraduate degree from Ball State University in Audiology and Speech Pathology in Muncie, IN and master’s degree from San Francisco State University in Communication Disorders in San Francisco, CA. Ms. Cafferkey has worked with patients across the age spectrum in a variety of environments including outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation and inpatient acute care. Before joining our team, Ms. Cafferkey most recently worked at Stanford Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA as well as Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, WA.

Her professional affiliations include the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA's Voice and Voice Disorder Special Interest Group SIG 3, ASHA's Swallowing Disorder Special Interest Group SIG 13 and ASHA’s Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders Special Interest Group SIG 5.


Cara Evans, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at UCSF’s Voice and Swallowing Center and Head and Neck Oncology Clinic. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders related to head and neck cancer. Her clinical interests include speech, voice and swallowing outcomes following surgery or chemoradiation for head and neck cancer.

Ms. Evans joined UCSF in 2018 after working at Community Regional Medical Center and the California Cancer Center in Fresno, CA in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and graduate degree at Portland State University. She completed clinical internships at Providence Portland Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University’s Northwest Clinic for Voice and Swallowing.

Ms. Evans belongs to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and participates in the association’s special interest groups for swallowing and voice disorders.

Ms. Evans is a former professional singer who has received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in classical voice performance from New York University.


Laura Habich, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center and Head and Neck Surgical Oncology with the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS). She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing, voice, and upper airway disorders. Her clinical interests include professional speaking/singing voice, neurogenic voice disorders, paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder, chronic cough, irritable larynx syndrome, and dysphagia in the head and neck cancer population. Her scholarly interests include the evaluation and treatment of paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder.
 
Ms. Habich joined the UCSF Voice and swallow team in 2018 upon completion of her clinical fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Voice and Swallow Clinics. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her graduate work in speech-language pathology at Loyola University Maryland, where she had a clinical internship at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center.
 
Her professional affiliations include the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). With a passion for music, Ms. Habich has studied voice privately and performed in the choral setting, which has helped to inform her clinical practice.
 

Joey Laus, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Senior Speech Language Pathologist and board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, with clinical expertise in the evaluation and treatment for those with swallowing disorders due to various diagnoses.

Ms. Laus joined the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2008, where she worked within the Voice and Swallowing Center and the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology. She is part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team of laryngologists, head and neck surgeons, speech language pathologists, radiation and medical oncologists, dieticians and social workers, which forms a specialty practice in speech and swallowing rehabilitation. Ms. Laus is actively engaged in clinical research, program development, and community outreach, and is routinely involved in providing professional training and mentorship to medical and health care professionals. Her clinical interests include improving speech and swallowing outcomes, and maximizing speech and swallowing quality of life for individuals following surgery and/or chemoradiation for head and neck cancer, and for individuals with neurodegenerative disease or age related decline.

Ms. Laus's professional affiliations include the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA's Swallowing Disorder Special Interest Group SIG 13, the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders, Dysphagia Research Society, and the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders. She is a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) certified clinician.


Brittany L. Mitchell, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center and Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS). She has experience in the assessment and management of a variety of speech, language, cognitive, voice, and swallowing disorders in both the pediatric and adult population. Her clinical and scholarly interests include the study of voice production and voice disorders, alaryngeal speech, management of neurogenic dysphagia, and the comprehensive rehabilitation of voice and swallowing following both surgical intervention and adjuvant therapies for patients with head and neck cancer.

 
Ms. Mitchell joined the UCSF OHNS team in 2018. Before joining our team, she also gained valuable experience in both the inpatient and outpatient setting while working at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center among individuals with acquired brain injury. Ms. Mitchell started her career with Easter Seals, Massachusetts where she had the opportunity to provide services to pediatrics and adults across a variety of settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She completed her graduate work at Emerson College, which included a clinical internship at Boston Children’s Hospital.
 
Ms. Mitchell is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and participates in the association’s special interest groups for swallowing and voice disorders. She is also a certified brain injury specialist.

Erik Steele, MFA, MA, CCC-SLP, is a Speech Language Pathologist at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center and Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with wide ranging voice, swallowing, and upper airway problems. Clinical and scholarly interests include individualized care of the professional voice, the use of advanced instrumental diagnostics in voice and swallowing, patient-centered rehabilitation of voice, speech and swallowing following head and neck cancer treatment, and community outreach to promote greater awareness of voice, swallowing and upper airway problems and therapies.

Before joining the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF, Mr. Steele completed his graduate work at San Diego State University, a clinical internship at the Scripps Center for Voice and Swallowing in San Diego, and his postgraduate fellowship at the Center for Voice and Swallowing at UC Davis, where he then remained for two years.

Mr. Steele is a former professional actor who has performed on and off Broadway, at major U.S. regional theaters, internationally, and as an audiobook narrator. He was a member of a classical singing ensemble at Vassar College, where he received his BA in Drama, before going on to earn an MFA in acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He maintains AEA and SAG-AFTRA membership, along with current professional affiliations with the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA's Voice and Voice Disorder Special Interest Group (SIG 3), ASHA's Swallowing Disorder Special Interest Group (SIG 13), and the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD). He is a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) certified clinician.


Sky T. Yang, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the UCSF Voice and Swallowing Center and Head and Neck Surgical Oncology in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS). She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a wide range of swallowing disorders. Her clinical and scholarly interests include voice and swallowing disorders, particularly in head and neck cancer, and neurogenic populations. She has specialized training and certification in the utilization of advanced instrumentation for diagnostics and treatment.

Ms. Yang joined the UCSF OHNS team in 2016. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Communication Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed her graduate work at Boston University, clinical internships at Boston Medical Center and Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, and her postgraduate fellowship at Stanford Health Care. Before joining our team, Ms. Yang worked at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Her professional affiliations include the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA's Voice and Voice Disorder Special Interest Group SIG 3 and ASHA's Swallowing Disorder Special Interest Group SIG 13. She is a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) certified clinician.