Speech and Swallow Service

The Speech and Swallow Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is committed to providing excellent clinical care. The Service offers diagnostic and treatment services on all inpatient units, ICUs, and the Emergency Department as well as outpatient video swallow studies on the main campus. Care is provided to patients who range in age from neonates through elders.

We provide assessment and remediation of:

  • Dysphagia (swallowing disorders), including instrumental assessments (e.g., Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Studies [VFSS] and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing [FEES])
  • Aphasia (language deficits)
  • Dysarthria/apraxia (motor speech disorders)
  • Cognitive-communication deficits (e.g., memory deficits, executive dysfunctions)
  • Alaryngeal Speech
  • Infant/pediatric feeding

Our team serves Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard Medical School and Residency Program by instructing and educating medical students, residents, attending physicians and allied health professionals on the diagnoses and treatment of patients presenting with swallowing, cognitive/linguistic, and/or communication dysfunction. Our Speech-Language Pathologists participate in collaborative decision making and are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team approach at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. We actively lead and contribute to several research initiatives throughout the hospital.

See credentials and biographies of our staff.

All patient care is rendered in accordance with applicable state licensure laws and regulations, as well as the standards and regulation of all applicable state, federal and regulatory agencies, and with hospital and departmental policy and procedures. Striving for exemplary patient care is a continuous and dynamic process. All patient care is guided by the Brigham’s Mission and Code of Conduct, the Service’s Practice Standards and Philosophy and Mission, and by adherence to the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Professional Code of Ethics and acknowledged Professional Standards of Care in Speech Language Pathology.

We provide services 7 days a week on the inpatient adult floors and 5 days/week (Monday – Friday) in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Inpatient service hours are 8:00AM – 4:30PM. To schedule an outpatient appointment or learn more, please call 617-525-7225.

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