H. Steven Sims, MD, FACS


Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

  • Phonosurgery and care of the professional voice.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging in Medicine (Anti-Bias)
  • Mentorship and Sponsorship


Dr. H. Steven Sims is a board-certified Laryngologist and Director of the Chicago Institute for Voice Care at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center. He chose a career in professional voice care as an extension of his two passions: medicine and singing. He is from musical family and is an accomplished baritone and instrumentalist. He plays trombone, bassoon, and piano and sang in choirs during his undergraduate studies at Yale University. After completing Yale Medical School he secured a research fellowship at the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders before a residency at Yale Otolaryngology. He completed a fellowship in care of the professional voice at Vanderbilt University.
He is committed to identifying and addressing healthcare disparities as well as the effects of structural racism on medical education and the practice of medicine. He leads the anti-racism curriculum at UIC College of Medicine and was appointed during the Obama administration as an advisor to the National Institute of Health.

Memberships & Publications

  • IVTOM (International Voice Teachers of Mix)
  • UEP (Union of European Phoniatrists
  • PAMA (Performing Arts Medicine Association
  • PAVA (Pan-American Vocology Association)
  • The Voice Foundation
  • Society of Black Academic Surgeons
  • National Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Sigma Xi
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences