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Speech-Language Pathology

NewYork-Presbyterian was ranked among the top rehabilitation programs in the nation, according to US News & World Report.

If you or a loved one has an illness, injury, or other disorder that has affected the ability to speak, recall words, or swallow, a speech-language pathologist can help. The speech-language pathologists of NewYork-Presbyterian's Rehabilitation Medicine Department provide both inpatient and outpatient care to help people with communication and swallowing disorders resulting from neurological impairment, developmental conditions, injury, or surgery.

An Expert Team

Your speech-language pathologist has specialized training to help people improve speech production, voice, listening comprehension, word finding, and verbal expression. In addition, he or she addresses other skills such as reading, writing, attention, memory, problem-solving, thinking, and learning. Our speech-language pathologists each hold a master’s degree and are nationally certified through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Your speech-language pathologist coordinates your care with your doctors — such as physiatrists (rehabilitation medicine physicians), neurologists, and surgeons — and other rehabilitation medicine specialists to help you become the most effective communicator you can be and to function as independently as possible.

Dedicated Care for Swallowing Disorders

Speech-language pathologists also work with people who are having trouble swallowing ("dysphagia"). We offer expert evaluations and customized treatment, including recommendations about food textures, meal-time safety techniques, strategies to compensate for swallowing problems, and follow-up care.

Who May Benefit

Speech and swallowing therapy may help people recovering from or living with any problem that affects the ability to communicate or swallow, including:

  • Dysphasia (any trouble swallowing)
  • Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Insertion of a cochlear implant
  • Jaw and other maxillofacial surgeries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

State-of-the-Art Equipment for Speech and Swallowing Therapy

Our speech therapy programs feature high-technology computer programs and biofeedback games to enhance your care. To assess people with swallowing difficulties, we have access to instrumental evaluation studies, such as modified barium swallow (MBS), video fluoroscopy, and flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing with sensory testing (FEESST), as well as an electromyography (EMG) biofeedback for treatment. These technologies help us to ensure that your care is as advanced as it can be.

Contact

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell

For Outpatient Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Appointments, Please Call 212-746-1550; Fax 212-746-9913

Lisa Rivera, MS, OTR/L
Manager, Speech-Language/Occupational Therapy
212-746-1507
ril9009@nyp.org

MaryEllen George, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
212-746-0893
mag9154@nyp.org

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Ellen A. Goldberg, MA, CCC-SLP
Manager, Speech-Language Pathology
212-305-8268
eag9006@nyp.org