James P. Thomas, M.D. subspecialized in laryngology in 1998. He enjoyed learning from pioneers in the field from Europe to China.
Known around the world for his YouTube channel, VOXDOC – the voicedoctor and website voicedoctor.net; offering referrals, photographs and video instruction on voice disorder diagnosis; for his teaching methods on diagnosing voice disorders and for his writing. His publication, “Why is there a frog in my throat? — A guide to hoarseness” offers young laryngologists insights into the function of the human vocal cords. Interactive teaching on diagnosis is online at https://www.voicedoctor.net/diagnosis
His controversial perspectives on the voice, including diagnosis by listening to the voice and the critisicm of overuse of anti-reflux medication in laryngology, lead to thoughtful discussion about the mechanisms of injury to the vocal cords. He has pioneered Feminization laryngoplasty, a transgender laryngeal surgery to alter comfortable speaking pitch and vocal range.
Memberships & Publications
“Feminization Laryngoplasty – a comprehensive approach to reducing the size of the larynx and pharynx” “Otolaryngologic Clinics” online 21 Jun 2022 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.otc.2022.05.002
Nuyen, BA; Qian, ZJ; Campbell, RD; Erickson-DiRenzo, E; Thomas, JP; Sung, CK; Feminization Laryngoplasty: 17-Year Review on Long-Term Outcomes, Safety, and Technique in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 22 Aug 2021; Article Number: 01945998211036870, DOI: 10.1177/01945998211036870
Nuyen, BA; Kandathil, C; McDonald, D; Thomas, JP; Most, SP: “The impact of living with transfeminine vocal gender dysphoria: Health utility outcomes assessment” International Journal of Transgender Health, 13 May 2021, DOI: 10.1080/26895269.2021.1919277
Thomas, JP: “Feminization Laryngoplasty” in Gender Affirmation, Medical and Surgical Perspectives (Ed. Salgado, Christopher; Monstrey, Stan; Djordjevic, Miroslav) Thieme. 2017, ISBN-13: 978-1626236837
Thomas, JP, Macmillan, C: Feminization laryngoplasty: assessment of surgical pitch elevation. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2013 Sep;270(10):2695-700. doi: 10.1007/s00405-013-2511-3. Epub 2013 Apr 30.
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery 1985 – present
European Laryngology Society 2008 – present
Oregon Academy of Otolaryngology 1992 – present