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Maureen A. Lefton-Greif, M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Johns Hopkins Feeding/Swallowing Disorders Program
Professor of Pediatrics
Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Children (1-11 years), Infants (up to 1 year)
Expertise: Dysphagia, Swallowing Disorders
Research Interests: Oropharyngeal dysphagia in infants and children; development of standardized Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study procedures and outcome measures; development of respiratory-swallow coordination; respiratory-swallow coordination in Ataxia-Telangiectasia and Neuromuscular Disorders; aspiration-induced lung disease; aerodigestive disorders in infants and children ...read more
Dr. Maureen A. Lefton-Greif, M.A., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a Professor of Pediatrics, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include feeding/swallowing development and disorders. Certified in swallowing and swallowing disorders by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, her research focuses on standardization of fluoroscopic images from bottle-fed children with dysphagia and respiratory-swallow coordination in progressive diseases with pediatric origins.
Dr. Lefton-Greif co-authored the book dedicated to Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies in infants and young children. She is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Dysphagia, the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She is an active member of the Dysphagia Research Society.
As a nationally and internationally renowned clinician, Dr. Lefton-Greif has served on multidisciplinary, graduate education, and clinical practice guidelines committees. Her work has changed standards of clinical care including diagnostic, surveillance, and management protocols; improved the outcomes and survival of affected children; and resulted in clinical referrals beyond the local/regional area. Her clinical opinions, expertise, and instruction have been requested here and abroad.
- Director, Johns Hopkins Feeding/Swallowing Disorders Program
- Professor of Pediatrics
- Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Departments / Divisions
- 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)
- Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
Research & Publications
Dr. Lefton-Greif’s research focuses on standardization of protocols and images from bottle-fed children with dysphagia and respiratory-swallow coordination in progressive diseases with pediatric origins.
Her publications were the first to identify the presence of oropharyngeal dysphagia in children with unexplained respiratory presentations; identify dysphagia as a significant contributor to respiratory compromise in Ataxia-Telangiectasia, which is the leading cause of death and had been previously attributed to immunologic problems; and report on a novel scale that quantifies the impact on caregivers of feeding/swallowing problems in their children.
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
Lefton-Greif MA, Crawford TO, Winkelstein JA, Loughlin GM, Koerner CB, Zahurak M, Lederman HM. Oropharyngeal dysphagia and aspiration in patients with Ataxia-Telangiectasia. J Pediatrics. 2000;136(2):225-231.
Crawford TO, Mandir, AS, Lefton-Greif MA, Goodman, SN, Goodman B.K, Sengul H, Lederman HM. Quantitative neurologic assessment of ataxia-telangiectasia. Neurology. 2000; 54:1505-1509.
Lefton-Greif MA, Carroll JL, Loughlin GM. Long-Term Follow-Up of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in Children without Apparent Risk Factors. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2006; 41(11): 1040-1048.
Lefton-Greif MA, Crawford TO, McGrath-Morrow S A, Carson KA, Lederman HM. Safety and caregiver satisfaction with gastrostomy in patients with Ataxia Telangiectasia. Orphanet J Rare Diseases. 2011 May 15;6(1):23.
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. I 2013. 48:579-586.
Contact for Research Inquiries
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
200 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Activities & Honors
- Certificate of Honor, College of Health Professionals Alumni Association, Temple University
- Scientific Abstract Oral Presentation Winner, Dysphagia Society
- National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders Award
- 15th Award for Continuing Education, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
- Mentor for Student Research Travel Award, American Speech-Language Hearing Association
- Dysphagia Research Society
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children
- Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association
- Editorial Advisory Board Member, An International Multidisciplinary Journal Devoted to Swallowing and Its Disorders
- Editorial Review Board Member, Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
- Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
- Mentor - Student Research Travel Award Recipient, American Speech-Language Hearing Association (2009)