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Kenneth Altman

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    Dr. Altman is a Professor of Otolaryngology who has expertise in laryngology, care of the professional voice, and rhinology.

    After receiving his BS from the University of Illinois at Champaign, Dr. Altman went to Duke University for his MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering prior to obtaining his MD degree. He was at the University of Pennsylvania for residency in Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, and then completed a fellowship in Laryngology & Care of the Professional Voice at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Altman joins the Department of Otolaryngology after six years in Chicago directing the Center for Voice at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

    Dr. Altman has numerous research interests, including interrelation of respiratory and upper gastrointestinal tract disease, neurolaryngology, hormonal effects on the voice, and emerging treatments for vocal paralysis and glottic stenosis.

    To read more about voice and swallowing disorders, click here.

    Related Links:
    The Eugen Grabscheid, M.D., Voice Center


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    Sigma Xi
    Scientific Research Honor Society

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    Tau Beta Pi
    Engineering Honor Society

  • 2005 -
    First Prize - Poster Session
    Middle Section Meeting of the Triological Society, Chicago, IL

  • 2003 -
    First Prize - Poster Session
    Annual Meeting of the Triological Society, Nashville, TN

  • 1997 -
    Association for Research in Otolaryngology Resident Travel Award

  • 1995 -
    Biomedical Engineering Society Travel Award

  • 1988 -
    Graduate Dean's Travel Award
    Duke University

  • 1988 -
    Paralyzed Veterans of America Travel Award

  • 1978 - 1980
    New York State Regents Scholarship


Research interests include:

  • Interrelation of respiratory and upper gastrointestinal tract disease.
  • Neurolaryngology, hormonal effects on the voice.
  • Emerging treatments for vocal paralysis and glottic stenosis.


Altman KW, Stephens RM, Lyttle CS, Weiss KB. Changing impact of gastroesophageal reflux in medical and Otolaryngology practice. Laryngoscope 2005 Jul; 115(7): 1145-1153.

Altman KW, Atkinson C, Lazarus C. Current and emerging concepts in muscle tension dysphonia: A 30-month review. J Voice 2005 Jun; 19(2): 261-7.

Altman KW. Laryngeal asymmetry on indirect laryngoscopy in a symptomatic patient should be evaluated with electromyography. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005 Apr; 131(4): 356-359.

Altman KW, Haines GK Iii, Hammer N, Radosevich JA. The Proton Pump is Associated with Human Laryngeal Submucosal Glands. Laryngoscope 2003 Nov; 113(11): 1927-30.

Altman KW, Haines GK, Vakkalanka SK, Keni SP, Kopp PA, Radosevich JA. Identification of Thyroid Hormone Receptors in the Human Larynx. Laryngoscope 2003 Nov; 113(11): 1931-4.

Altman KW, Simpson CB, Amin MR, Abaza M, Balkisson R, Casiano RR. Cough and paradoxical vocal fold motion. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2002 Dec; 127(6): 501-11.

8.\Tsidle DM, Altman KW. The contralateral injury in blunt laryngeal trauma. Laryngoscope 2002 Sep; 112: 1696-8.

Altman KW, Mirza N, Ruiz C, Sataloff RT. Paradoxical vocal fold motion: Presentation and treatment options. J Voice 2000 Mar; 14(1): 99-103.

Altman KW, Austin MB, Tom LW, Knox GW. Complications of frontal sinusitis in adolescents: case presentations and treatment options. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 1997 Jul; 41(4): 9-20.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Altman during 2013 and/or 2014. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.


  • NestlĂ©

Scientific Advisory Board:

  • WATERMARK Research Partners, Inc.

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