Voice and AeroDigestive Center

The UAB Voice and Aerodigestive Center provides state of the art care for voice, swallowing, and airway problems. We provide cutting edge diagnostic and therapeutic methods both in-office and in the operating room. We are dedicated to education including medical students, residents, colleagues, and outreach to local universities and communities. Our specialists have diverse nationally and internationally recognized experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and surgery of all aspects of voice and swallowing disorders.

Our Voice Center is the preferred location for voice-related conditions and care of the professional voice in Alabama. As the only facility in Alabama with a fellowship-trained laryngologist, we provide unique care in collaboration with a speech pathologist specializing in adult and aging voice. Our focus on voice medicine includes whole voice care beginning with stroboscopic and voice evaluation. Our speech and language pathologists have specialized training and experience specifically with problems related to the professional voice and aging voice. When added to the surgical and in-office procedural treatment options, we provide care for all aspects of voice. We provide education and screening examinations to local university vocal majors. Patients suffering from neurological conditions or hoarseness can be evaluated and treated by a team of highly qualified voice and related specialists.

We provide comprehensive evaluation of upper airway disorders including laryngeal and tracheal stenoses. Treatment options include voice therapy, in-office procedures, and all forms of operative procedures.

Our aerodigestive capabilities include comprehensive evaluation and treatment of oral to upper esophageal swallowing disorders. Through the Kirklin Clinic we are able to perform esophagrams, modified barium swallows, and functional endoscopic evaluations of swallowing. Treatment plans focus on whole person care potentially with swallow therapy and surgical options.


faculty castellanosPaul F. Castellanos, M.D., F.C.C.P. has been in the practice of Laryngology Bronchoesophagology or LBE for over 20 years. He is actively developing a whole sphere of minimally invasive surgical procedures of the laryngopharynx esophageal inlet and trachea based on a surgical rubric he coined as "reconstructive trans-oral laser microsurgery". He has also extended this effort into the sphere of Trans Oral Robotic Surgery or TORS. He has lectured and instructed at numerous national and international conferences, operated on 5 continents and currently serves as the Executive Secretary/Treasurer for the International Bronchoesophagological Society, among other positions.


faculty mchughRichard McHugh, M.D., Ph.D. completed a fellowship at Vanderbilt in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice in 2012. Patients with hoarseness, voice changes, or those wishing to maintain a high level of vocal health because of their profession are welcome. In addition to treating all forms of voice and laryngology issues, McHugh provides education and medical screening to voice majors at local universities. His interests include biopsy and in-office treatment methods for benign and premalignant glottic lesions, and multidisciplinary whole person care in voice disorders with focus on the aging voice and vocal professionals by developing the UAB Voice Center.


faculty waguespackRichard Waguespack, M.D. moved from his Birmingham private practice of 33 years to join the UAB faculty in 2013. He continues to see general ENT patients including those with voice disorders and performs a monthly laryngeal botulinum (Botox™) injection clinic for patients with spasmodic dysphonia. He has held many educational and health policy leadership positions in Alabama and nationally, including serving as president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in 2013-2014.


faculty phillipsDaniel Phillips, Ed.D. has worked directly with ENTs evaluating and treating individuals with voice disorders in the Birmingham area over 20 years. His interests include voice disorders related to vocal hyperfunction and over use, the aging voice (presbyphonia), Parkinson’s disease, and patient education. He feels strongly that a team approach to managing voice disorders is the most effective and efficient method. He is LSVT certified. Phillips has served as President of the Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama and the state licensing board (ABESPA). Before coming to UAB he was an Associate Professor at Auburn University.