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Maureen A. Lefton-Greif, M.A., Ph.D.

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Program coordinator, Swallowing Disorders Program

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Research Interests: Feeding/swallowing function and disorders (dysphagia); Respiratory-swallowing coordination; Interactions between dysphagia (aspiration) and lung disease

Contact for Research Inquiries

The Johns Hopkins Hospital
200 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Background

Dr. Maureen A. Lefton-Greif is an associate professor of pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the program coordinator for the Swallowing Disorders Program.

Her primary clinical area of interest in the evaluation and treatment of children with feeding and swallowing disorders (dysphagia). She performs clinical evaluations, videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS), and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES) for children with dysphagia.    

Her research interests include the relationship between dysphagia and lung disease, and respiratory-swallowing coordination in children with dysphagia related to prematurity, aerodigestive tract disorders, and neurologic conditions including ataxia-telangiectasia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.

Dr. Lefton-Greif received her undergraduate degree in from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She earned her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. from Temple University. 

She serves on numerous committees for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a board member of the Specialty Recognition Program in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and a member of the Dysphagia Research Society. Dr. Lefton-Greif has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, received grants for her research and co-authored a textbook on pediatric videofluoroscopic swallow studies.

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Titles

  • Program coordinator, Swallowing Disorders Program
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Education

Degrees

  • B.A., Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (New York) (1972)
  • M.A., Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) (1973)
  • Ph.D., Temple University (Pennsylvania) (1988)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Lefton-Greif’s research interests include the relationship between dysphagia and lung disease, and respiratory-swallowing coordination in children with dysphagia related to prematurity, aerodigestive tract disorders, and neurologic conditions including ataxia-telangiectasia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and spinal muscular atrophy.

Selected Publications

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Collaco JM, Aherrera AD, Au Yeung KJ, Lefton-Greif MA, Hoch J, Skinner ML. "Interdisciplinary pediatric aerodigestive care and reduction in health care costs and burden." JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Feb 1;141(2):101-5.

Lefton-Greif MA, Okelo SO, Wright JM, Collaco JM, McGrath-Morrow SA, Eakin MN. "Impact of children's feeding/swallowing problems: validation of a new caregiver instrument." Dysphagia. 2014 Dec;29(6):671-7.

McGrath-Morrow SA, Lederman HM, Aherrera AD, Lefton-Greif MA, Crawford TO, Ryan T, Wright J, Collaco JM. "Pulmonary function in children and young adults with ataxia telangiectasia." Pediatr Pulmonol. 2014 Jan;49(1):84-90.

McGrath-Morrow SA, Ryan T, Riekert K, Lefton-Greif MA, Eakin M, Collaco JM. "The impact of bronchopulmonary dysplasia on caregiver health related quality of life during the first 2 years of life." Pediatr Pulmonol. 2013 Jun;48(6):579-86.

Lefton-Greif MA, Crawford TO, McGrath-Morrow S, Carson KA, Lederman HM. "Safety and caregiver satisfaction with gastrostomy in patients with Ataxia Telangiectasia." Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2011 May 15;6:23.

Activities & Honors

Memberships

  • Dysphagia Research Society
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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