Ashely Davis, USA


Speech-Language Pathologist

Assistant Professor and Speech-language pathologist at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center.

  • Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology – Laryngology Division.
  • Voice Specialist in Gender Affirming and Gender Diverse Voice, Adult and Adolescent Voice and Upper Airway Disorders
  • Research and publication, Presentations, Diversity and Equity Advocacy and Education, TransVoice Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital


Ashley Davis is an Assistant Professor and Speech-language pathologist at the Johns Hopkins Voice Center. She graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.F.A in Musical Theater and Voice. She received her M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University of Maryland. As a singing professional, Ms. Davis performed with national and international touring companies, opera companies, on network television, and commercial music recordings. As a voice pathologist, her clinical work includes evaluation and intervention of adult and adolescent voice and upper airway disorders with a clinical focus towards multidisciplinary adult and adolescent gender affirming voice intervention, pre- and post-surgical gender affirming voice care and upper airway disorders. Ashley participates in the mentoring of speech-language pathology, nursing, resident, and medical student colleagues demonstrating a desire to provide gender affirming voice care. She has been invited to give lectures and scientific presentations nationally and internationally. She is currently investigating gender-affirming voice treatment and outcomes by bringing together physician, resident, medical student, SLP and the gender-affirming community to focus on voice therapy and pre- and post-surgical gender affirming voice care related issues. Ashley has testified before the US Senate in support of and alongside of the LGBTQIA+ community. She has provided gender affirming voice care since 2015.

Memberships & Publications

ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)

SIG 3 (Voice and Upper Airway Disorders ASHA)

SIG 13 (Dysphagia ASHA)

CTH (Hopkins Center for Transgender and Gender Affirming Healthcare/Emerge Adolescent Clinic)

USPATH (US Professional Association for Transgender Health)

WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health)

(IATVS) Associate Member International Association of Trans Voice Surgeons

So, R.J, Davis, A., Akst, L., Hillel, A., & Best, S. (2023, May 10) Factors Associated with Loss to Follow-up in Transgender Patients Seeking Vocal Care. Laryngoscope. doi: 10.1002/lary.30727

Best, Simon R.A.& Davis, Ashley C. Gender Affirming Voice Care. Chapter 72. Cummings Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 8th ed. Eds: Paul W. Flint, Francis H., Haughey B., Lesperance M., Lund V., Park S., Robbins K., Elsevier (in press)

Podcast:(March, 2022). Asis Plante’s Trans Talk. Discussion on transmasculine voice therapy.

Newspaper: (February 22, 2024) The Baltimore Sun, A Maryland Transwoman’s Journey to Find Her Voice.

Web Articles: (March, 2021) JHH Center for Transgender and Gender Expansive Health. Gender Affirming Voice Therapy.

(January, 2023). JHH Otolaryngology Update. Research and Clinical Advancements in Laryngology at Johns Hopkins.

(April, 2023). JHH Health Website. Gender-Affirming Voice Care at Johns Hopkins.

Talks: (July 26, 2019):Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD- International Facial Gender Symposium a Certified WPATH symposium Considerations in Voice: Gender affirming surgery and therapy for the voice. Co-presenter with Dr. Simon Best

(Oct 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023): John’s Hopkins Dept. of Otolaryngology: Equitable Healthcare Symposium for visiting medical students: Multidisciplinary Gender Affirming Voice-Co- presenter with Dr. Simon Best

(February, 2022)- Senate Testimony-Trans Maryland, Testified Maryland Medicaid Expansion of Coverage for Transition-Related Care Senate Testimony for bill- SB682

(May 13-14, 2022): GMBC Laryngology Symposium: Building a Gender Affirming Voice Program -Gender Affirming and Gender Expansive Voice- Speech Pathology Considerations

(June 23, 2022): Maryland Trans Resilience Conference: Panel Discussion Gender-Related Care

(September 10, 2022): Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses (SOHN) 46th Annual Congress and Education Symposium- Nursing Considerations for Gender Affirming Voice Care Co­ Presenter with Dr. Grace Snow.

(February 1, 2023) Panel on Gender Affirming Surgery, John’s Hopkins Medical School, Medical Leaders invited panel with other specialty providers from the Center for Transgender and Gender Expansive Health

(April/May 2022,2023,2024) University of Maryland medical student equitable healthcare program. Considerations in gender affirming voice care. Co-presenter with Dr. Grace Snow