RESTORING VOICES, TRANSFORMING LIVES
The VHI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing laryngology and voice restoration through the support of innovative research, education, and outreach programs.
Raise Your Voice
In late 2011, Dr. Zeitels performed voice microsurgery on the international vocal sensation Adele.
Using unique vocal cord microsurgical techniques developed with funds provided by the VHI, Zeitels halted Adele’s recurrent vocal bleeding and removed a benign vocal polyp. Adele provided international recognition of Zeitels’ efforts by thanking him at the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony on receiving the first of her astonishing 6 Awards. She also expressed her appreciation in an in-depth interview in Vogue magazine stating “When I met him I loved him. He made me feel safe.” With her restored vocal cords, she went on to record “Skyfall” for the last James Bond film and received the Academy Award for this unforgettable performance.
Research & Education
One of the most important contributions to the field of laryngology, made by the VHI, was to establish and endow the Eugene B. Casey Professorship in Laryngeal Surgery at Harvard Medical School, in the Department of Surgery of the Massachusetts General Hospital.
This was made possible through the gracious and generous philanthropy of the Eugene B. Casey Foundation of Gaithersburg, Maryland. In establishing this professorship, the VHI has ensured that the highest quality clinical care in Laryngeal Surgery will be maintained.
In The News
After being interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show, Steven Tyler and Dr. Steven Zeitels were featured on the National Geographic Channel (NGC), which presented the "Incredible Human Machine."
This two-hour documentary is a journey through an ordinary and extraordinary day-in-the-life of the human machine. With stunning high-definition footage, radical scientific advances and powerful firsthand accounts, Incredible Human Machine plunged deep into the routine marvels of the human body.
Striking feats of medical advancements are demonstrated, including Dr. Zeitels' digitally-recorded laser surgery on Steven Tyler and real-time measurement of the rocker's vocal cords during a live concert. Aerosmith's lead singer Steven Tyler opens wide and gives us an intimate endoscopic look at how his famous pair of vocal cords holds up to the trauma of singing his signature song, "Dream On."
The Voice Health Institute (VHI) is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity founded in 2003. The VHI is dedicated to advancing laryngology and voice restoration through sponsoring innovative basic and translational research as well as promoting education and outreach programs.
The VHI works in cooperation with Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other institutions.