AIVER Physician Researchers



Robert Thayer Sataloff, M.D., D.M.A., F.A.C.S.


Robert Thayer Sataloff, M.D., D.M.A., F.A.C.S. is Professor and Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Academic Specialties, Drexel University College of Medicine.  He is also Adjunct Professor in the departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Adjunct Clinical Professor at Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; and he is on the faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts.  He served for nearly four decades as Conductor of the Thomas Jefferson University Choir.  Dr. Sataloff is also a professional singer and singing teacher.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Haverford College in Music Theory and Composition; graduated from Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University; received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from Combs College of Music; and he completed Residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellowship in Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Sataloff is Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the Voice Foundation and of the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research.  In addition to directing all aspects of these two non-profit corporations, he has led other non-profit and for-profit enterprises.  He has been Chairman and Chief Executive of a multi-physician medical practice for over 30 years; and he served as Vice President of Hearing Conservation Noise Control, Inc. from 1981 until the time of its sale in 2003.  He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Graduate Hospital; President of the American Laryngological Association, the International Association of Phonosurgery, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery; and in numerous other leadership positions.  Dr. Sataloff is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Voice; Editor-in-Chief of Ear, Nose and Throat Journal; Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Case Reports in Medicine; Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, and on the editorial boards of numerous otolaryngology journals. He has written approximately 1,000 publications, including 50 books, and has been awarded more than $5 million in research funding.  His medical practice is limited to care of the professional voice and to otology/neurotology/skull base surgery.  Dr. Sataloff has developed numerous novel surgical procedures including total temporal bone resection for formerly untreatable skull base malignancy, laryngeal microflap and mini-microflap procedures, vocal fold lipoinjection, vocal fold lipoimplantation, and others.  He has invented more than 100 laryngeal microsurgical instruments produced by Medtronic Xomed, ossicular replacement prostheses produced by Grace Medical, and novel laryngeal prostheses with Boston Medical.  Dr. Sataloff has been instrumental in training not only residents, but also fellows and visiting laryngologists from North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  His fellows have established voice centers throughout the United States, in Turkey, Singapore, Brazil, and elsewhere.  Dr. Sataloff has been recognized by Best Doctors in America (Woodward White Aethens) every year since 1992, Philadelphia Magazine since 1997, and Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” since 2002.


Robert J. Wolfson, M.D.


Robert J. Wolfson, M.D. is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. His major interests are otology and neurotology. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vertigo and balance disorders, especially those related to inner ear pathology such as Meniere’s Disease. His otologic interest is in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the hearing handicapped. He has lectured and published extensively on these subjects.


Karen M. Lyons, M.D.

Karen M. Lyons, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979 after having received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Connecticut. She completed her residency in otorhinolaryngology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. Dr. Lyons became assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In 1985, she returned to Philadelphia and has practiced at Pennsylvania Hospital, Northeastern Hospital,Graduate Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She has been associated with our office since 1996. Her publications include works on evaluation of flap perfusion and on vocal fold physiology.


Amanda Hu, M.D.

Amanda Hu, M.D. is a fellowship trained laryngologist and Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree with honors from the University of Toronto. She completed her residency in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Dr. Hu subsequently completed a fellowship in laryngology at the University of Washington in Seattle under the mentorship of Drs. Al Hillel, Al Merati, and Tanya Meyer. Dr. Hu's primary clinical interests include care of the professional voice, swallowing, and airway. She also has a special interest in rhinology. Dr. Hu speaks fluent Mandarin and she looks forward to serving the Chinese speaking population.


Mary J. Hawkshaw, R.N., B.S.N., C.O.R.L.N.


Mary J. Hawkshaw, R.N., B.S.N., C.O.R.L.N. has been in association with PENTA since 1986.  She has served as secretary/treasurer of American Institute of Voice and Ear Research (AIVER) since 1988, and was named executive director of AIVER in January 2000.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation since 1990.  She is a graduate of Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Thomas Jefferson College of Allied Health Sciences in Philadelphia.  Along with Dr. Sataloff, she has co-authored and published more than 170 articles and 11 textbooks.  She is currently Research Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.  She has served on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Voice since its inception, The Journal of OHL-Head and Neck Nursing, and The Journal of Occupational Hearing Loss.  She has been an active member in the Society of Otolaryngologic Head and Neck Nurses (SOHN) since 1988.  She is recognized nationally and internationally for her extensive involvement in the subspecialty of Care of the Professional Voice.

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