The Voice Health Institute (VHI) is a federally-approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2003 by patients with voice loss to advance care and research related to voice restoration and breathing impairment through the support of innovative research, education and outreach programs.

 

The Voice Health Institute

A small group of patients from around the United States convened in New York City to share their experiences with throat and larynx cancer, vocal cord paralysis and voice loss. These patients shared their gratitude to the caregivers at the Massachusetts General Hospital while acknowledging substantial frustration with their initial management.

Julie Andrews, Honorary Chairwoman with scott solombrino, board director.  VHI honored Ms. Andrews for her service and dedication to assisting the MGH researchers in the mission to solve vocal fold scarring.

Julie Andrews, Honorary Chairwoman with scott solombrino, board director.  VHI honored Ms. Andrews for her service and dedication to assisting the MGH researchers in the mission to solve vocal fold scarring.

(Left to right) ROGER DALTREY, PAUL STANLEY, TOM HAMILTON, AND STEVEN TYLER AT VHI'S "RAISE YOUR VOICE" Benefit IN LOS ANGELES.

(Left to right) ROGER DALTREY, PAUL STANLEY, TOM HAMILTON, AND STEVEN TYLER AT VHI'S "RAISE YOUR VOICE" Benefit IN LOS ANGELES.

The event in New York City highlighted the wide disparity of care offered in the United States and abroad and the generalized limited awareness of the general public about issues related to the throat, larynx and voice. Dame Julie Andrews, the iconic singer/actress who lost her singing voice joined the VHI at its incorporation as the Honorary Chairwoman through the efforts of Dr. Steven Zeitels, her current physician and surgeon. Since then, iconic rock vocalists Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Roger Daltrey of The Who have also provided invaluable support to the VHI to forward their mission.

The VHI has funded educational, pioneering and award-wining research programs at:

 


M I S S I O N

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.

2003 Press conference to announce the voice restoration research project. (left TO RIGHT) Dr. Robert Hillman, Dr. R, Rox Anderson, Dr. Steven Zeitels, Dame Julie Andrews, Dr. Robert Langer, Dr. James Kobler.

2003 Press conference to announce the voice restoration research project. (left TO RIGHT) Dr. Robert Hillman, Dr. R, Rox Anderson, Dr. Steven Zeitels, Dame Julie Andrews, Dr. Robert Langer, Dr. James Kobler.


VHI Programs and Activities

  • Fund on-going multidisciplinary research at world-class institutions leading to the initiation of clinical trials in laryngological surgical interventions in voice care and restoration.  
  • Sponsor fellowships for both clinical and research fellows in laryngology.
  • Sponsor training for doctoral and postdoctoral scientists interested in voice-related sciences.
  • Develop educational materials and programs for medical and health professionals and the general public in order to increase awareness and disseminate information about current developments in laryngology.

The Voice Health Institute (VHI) is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity founded in 2003.