Vocal Fold Paralysis Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Professor Lucian Sulica delivered his Semon Lecture on the 4th of November 2022 at the Royal Society of Medicine. He started by talking about the causes of vocal cord paralysis and the work up needed to investigate, then spoke about Semon’s Law and how our understanding of this has changed, before going on to show examples of the vocal cords in varying types of paresis. Sulica then moved on to speak about new insights in vocal cord paralysis and then its treatment currently and where it’s heading in the future, such as with dynamic rehabilitation and laryngeal pacing. 

Professor Sulica studied medicine and otorhinolaryngology at Georgetown University. He has gone on to specialise in voice disorders, focussing on medical and microsurgical treatment of injuries from voice use to the vocal fold and neurological voice disorders. He has published widely, with over 100 journal articles and 40 book chapters to his name, and delivered lectures worldwide. Sulica is the 2022-23 President of the American Laryngological Association and a Fellow of the Triologic Society.


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