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Yale Voice Center helps patients return to their lives faster

Dr. Michael Lerner, MD

Michael Lerner, MD, is a fellowship-trained Yale Medicine laryngologist who specializes in the treatment of the larynx or voice box. (This photograph was taken before the COVID-19 crisis.)

The Yale Voice Center at Greenwich Hospital provides a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art services, including specialty care for professional, occupational and performing voice users, plus a variety of advanced, office-based procedures to help patients return to their lives faster.

Located at 55 Holly Hill Lane in Greenwich, the practice is led by Michael Lerner, MD, a fellowship-trained Yale Medicine laryngologist – an ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician with additional training to treat conditions of the larynx or voice box. The team includes speech language pathologists specializing in voice and swallow therapies.

"Having a dedicated voice and swallow team at one location allows us to evaluate patients the same day, which leads to improved communication and care planning," said Dr. Lerner. "Patients benefit from treatments and specialty care that, until now, have not been available in Fairfield County."

Dr. Lerner treats traditional ear, nose and throat conditions, in addition to offering specialized voice and swallowing care. He also uniquely uses Botox® to treat many conditions, including voice spasms and tremors, migraines and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. In addition, Dr. Lerner’s specialized training enables him to treat patients experiencing hoarseness or other problems due to overuse or misuse of the vocal cords, such as teachers, singers, clergy, lecturers, executives, lawyers, soccer coaches and many others.

The center offers non-invasive, office-based awake procedures such as vocal augmentation for paralysis and aging voice, laryngeal biopsy and laryngeal laser procedures, during which patients are kept comfortable using local anesthetic spray. Advanced equipment includes laryngeal stroboscopy video recording, laryngeal electromyography (EMG) and KTP green light laser therapy. "Our goal is to help patients use their voice in the healthiest way," Dr. Lerner said.