Lee Akst, M.D., specializes in treating the larynx (voicebox), in particular the treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. He is a leading laryngologist in office-based procedures such as vocal fold injection augmentation, pulsed KTP laser treatment and laryngeal botox injection.
In the operating room, Dr. Akst specializes in phonosurgery for treatment of vocal cord disease, with emphasis on voice restoration and improvement. A strong focus of his practice involves the use of pulsed angiolytic lasers, which allow for subspecialized care of laryngeal papillomas, laryngeal dysplasia, and early vocal cord cancers, while preserving the quality and strength of the voice.
Dr. Akst is a national leader in the field of laryngology and serves in leadership roles for the American Laryngological Association, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He lectures extensively on treatment of laryngeal disease, teaching other physicians how to care for patients with voice and swallowing concerns.
His research interests include the development of robotic laryngeal surgery, the study of voice and swallowing complaints in the elderly and the advancement of pulsed lasers for treatment of laryngeal diseases with a focus on leukoplakia.