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Lee Akst, M.D.
Lee Michael Akst, M.D.
Director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Expertise: Dysphagia, Dysphonia, Early Glottic Cancer, Laryngeal Disorders, Laryngeal Dysplasia, Laryngeal Papilloma, Laryngeal Stenosis, Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, Otolaryngology, Parapharyngeal Space Tumors, Pharyngitis, Phonotraumatic Lesions, Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis , Subglottic Stenosis, Sulcus Vocalis, Swallowing Disorders, Vocal Cord Cysts, Vocal Cord Nodules, Vocal Cord Paralysis, Vocal Cord Paresis, Vocal Cord Polyps, Voice Problems ...read more
Research Interests: Robotic laryngeal surgery; Voice and swallowing outcomes of neuro-otologic skull base procedures; Use of pulsed lasers for treatment of laryngeal disease; Functional recovery of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury; Treatment of vocal fold scar ...read more
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Dr. Lee Akst specializes in the treatment of diseases of the larynx (voicebox), with particular emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of patients with voice and swallowing disorders. He is a leader in the performance of office-based procedures such as vocal fold injection medialization, pulsed KTP laser treatment and pharyngeal pH probes. Pulsed laser use in the operating room is another focus of his practice, allowing for subspecialty care of laryngeal papilloma, laryngeal dysplasia, and early vocal cord cancers while preserving voice quality.
A member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Akst serves on national committees focused on voice and also on laryngology/broncho-esophagology education. He also is an active member of the American Laryngological Association and the American Broncho-Esophagological Association. Some of Dr. Aksts research interests mirror his educational mission, as an area of study includes the teaching of laryngology to residents. Other research interests include the development of robotic laryngeal surgery, the study of voice and swallowing outcomes following neuro-otologic skull base procedures, and the use of pulsed lasers for treatment of laryngeal disease.
- Director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center
- Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Departments / Divisions
- Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - Otolaryngology-Laryngology
- MD, Yale School of Medicine (1999)
- American Board of Otolaryngology / Otolaryngology (2006)
Research & Publications
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
Best SR, Starmer HM, Agrawal Y, Ward BK, Hillel AT, Chien WW, Francis HW, Tamargo RJ, Akst LM. Risk Factors for Vagal Palsy following Cerebellopontine Angle Surgery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Mar 23.
Starmer HM, Best SR, Agrawal Y, Chien WW, Hillel AT, Francis HW, Tamargo RJ, Akst LM. Prevalence, characteristics, and management of swallowing disorders following cerebellopontine angle surgery. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Mar;146(3):419-25.
Olds K, Hillel AT, Cha E, Curry M, Akst LM, Taylor RH, Richmon JD. Robotic endolaryngeal flexible (Robo-ELF) scope: a preclinical feasibility study. Laryngoscope. 2011 Nov;121(11):2371-4.
Akst LM, Broadhurst MS, Burns JA, Zeitels SM. Microflap laryngosplasty for treating an anterior-commissure web with papillomatosis. Laryngoscope. 2007 Aug;117(8):1496-9.
Burns JA, Zeitels SM, Akst LM, Broadhurst MS, Hillman RE, Anderson R. 532 nm pulsed potassium-titanyl-phosphate laser treatment of laryngeal papillomatosis under general anesthesia. Laryngoscope. 2007 Aug;117(8):1500-4.
Lee WT, Milstein C, Hicks D, Akst LM, Esclamado RM. Results of ansa to recurrent laryngeal nerve reinnervation. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007 Mar;136(3):450-4.
Zeitels SM, Burns JA, Akst LM, Hillman RE, Broadhurst MS, Anderson RR. Office-based and microlaryngeal applications of a fiber-based thulium laser. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2006 Dec;115(12):891-6.
Broadhurst MS, Akst LM, Burns JA, Kobler JB, Heaton JT, Anderson RR, Zeitels SM. Effects of 532 nm pulsed-KTP laser parameters on vessel ablation in the avian chorioallantoic membrane: implications for vocal fold mucosa. Laryngoscope. 2007 Feb;117(2):220-5.
Kobler JB, Rosen DI, Burns JA, Akst LM, Broadhurst MS, Zeitels SM, Hillman RE. Comparison of a flexible laryngoscope with calibrated sizing function to intraoperative measurements. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2006 Oct;115(10):733-40.
Videos & Media
Diagnosing and Treating Voice Disorders: Johns Hopkins Voice Center (Q&A)
Director of the Johns Hopkins Voice Center, Dr. Lee Akst, answers questions about voice disorders, when it is time to see a voice specialist and what to expect when you do.
Recent News Articles and Media Coverage
Webinar Best Practices for a Healthy Voice (4/3/2017)
Advancing Treatments Help People Find Their Voices Again, TribeLive (4/25/16)
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How people speak — accent, vocabulary, even vocal intonation — can have a serious impact on how they’re perceived. Diversity Executive Nov. 19, 2015