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Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology Director of the Swallowing Center
Libby J. Smith, DO, FAOCO is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center. Dr. Smith received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her otolaryngology training at Grandview-Kettering Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Her fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice was in Philadelphia. A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Smith specializes in the care of the professional voice and the treatment of voice disorders. Her current research activities are in vocal fold paralysis, laryngeal electromyography, and ergonomics of microlaryngeal surgery. Her background in music and love of the larynx led her to a career in Voice.
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux, Laryngeal Electromyography, Vocal fold paralysis, Surgical ergonomics, Quality of life and dysphagia
Dr. Smith's primary area of research is the treatment of vocal fold paralysis, utilizing laryngeal EMG to guide customized patient treatment, as well as vocal fold augmentation. Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) often results in poor quality of life for affected patients. Recent research efforts are building around improving patients quality of life in dysphagia, especially after head and neck cancer treatment. Surgical ergonomics has been a passion of Dr. Smith's for years, to optimize surgeon positioning, to thus reduce musculoskeletal injury.