"I can come by here and have a couple of polyps lasered off my vocal cords and then go straight to work."
— Daryl Collins, age 53

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Physicians and Staff

The Emory Voice Center's multidisciplinary staff is dedicated to the compassionate care of all patients with voice disorders. We also serve the special needs of vocal professionals.

Michael M. Johns III

Michael M. Johns III, MD
Director, The The Emory Voice Center
Associate Professor, Emory University Department of Otolaryngology
Dr. Johns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Michigan, where he also trained as a research fellow through the National Institutes of Health program. He then pursued a fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at the Vanderbilt Voice Center of Vanderbuilt University. Dr. Johns was awarded the highest honors during his academic career, including membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He is a member of the Academy of Otolaryngology and the Voice Foundation and is involved in continuing research in his field, including a special interest in vocal fold paralysis and motion impairment.

Adam M. Klein

Adam M. Klein, MD
Laryngolgist, The The Emory Voice Center
Assistant Professor, Emory University Department of Otolaryngology
Dr. Klein is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. After completing his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Connecticut Health Center, he went on to do a fellowship to subspecialize in laryngology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, under the direction of Dr. Steven Zeitels. He is board-certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Klein's clinical specialties include general otolaryngology, laryngeal disorders and the professional voice. His research interests include imaging of the human vocal folds using enhanced laryngeal imaging tools.

Jeanne Hatcher MD

Jeanne Hatcher MD
Dr. Hatcher is a graduate of Wake Forest School of Medicine where she also completed her residency in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. While at Wake Forest she served as a founding member of the Resident Quality Improvement Council. She then furthered her training of voice, airway and swallowing disorders during her laryngology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio under the direction of Dr. Blake Simpson. Dr. Hatcher is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Her clinical interests embody all of laryngology with particular expertise in bronchoesophagology. Her research interests include tracheal and glottic stenosis as well as geriatric laryngology.

Edie Hapner

Edie Hapner, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr Hapner is the Director of Speech Language Pathology at the Emory Voice Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She received her doctoral degree in Voice Science and Exercise Science from Vanderbilt University in 2003. Dr. Hapner serves as the Vice President of Planning for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association 2014-2016. She was the Coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 3, Voice and Voice Disorders though 2012; served on the coordinating committee from 2005-2012; and multiple other ASHA committees during her 30+ years as a member of the Association. She served as ASHA’s representative to the AAOHNS Guidelines on the Evaluation and Treatment of Hoarseness (Dysphonia, 2009). Dr. Hapner has presented over 75 lectures, workshops, and seminars on voice and voice disorders. She has over 20 published articles in the area of voice and voice disorders, Co-Editor or the book Voice Therapy, Clinical Case Studies Edition 4 with Dr. Joseph Stemple, and multiple invited book chapters. She recently published a competency based program for flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) with Plural Publications, Inc. Dr Hapner has received numerous awards including the Clinical Scholars designation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Clinician of the Year Award from the Georgia Speech Language and Hearing Association, and Outstanding Alumnae from the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Education and received the  Honors Award  from the American Academy of Otolaryngology in 2013. Her passion, however, is the work she conducts as a founding member of Voices Against Cancer, a non profit organization dedicated to education and screening for oral, head and neck cancer.

Marina Gilman

Marina Gilman, MM, MA, SLP
Ms. Gilman is a licensed speech-language pathologist with voice specialization, voice and speech teacher and a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. Ms. Gilman has worked as the speech pathology voice specialist at the Bastian Voice Institute, Loyola University Voice Institute and as a singing voice consultant working primarily with singers, actors and other voice professionals for the University of Chicago Voice Center. Ms. Gilman offers techniques for effective voice therapy and on the application of the Feldenkrais Method for singers and voice professionals. Prior to earning her master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology, Ms. Gilman was the coordinator and principal teacher in the Vocal Coaching Program at Cornell University and Chair of the Voice Department at Syracuse University.

Carissa Maira

Carissa Maira, MS, CCC-SLP
Ms. Maira is a licensed speech-language pathologist who was the first Emory Voice Center Clinical Fellow in Voice and Swallowing (2004-2005). She returned to the Emory Voice Center in 2010 after working as a voice specialist at the Evelyn Trammell Voice & Swallowing Center in Atlanta, GA. Her clinical and research interests include adherence to voice therapy and the psychosocial ramifications of voice disorders. She has presented at national and international conferences and has published several papers on the topic of adherence in professional journals. Ms. Maira completed her Master of Science degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus in voice disorders. 

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