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Simon Best, USA

Otolaryngologist (ENT)

  • Clinical and scientific leader for Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis.
  • Creator of a of a comprehensive Transvoice program at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • Associate Professor, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital


Simon Best, M.D., is a fellowship-trained laryngeal surgeon whose clinical interests are focused on voice and airway disorders, including the comprehensive care of professional voice users and performers. He has developed the Transvoice surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in a collaborative environment along with a specialized Speech Language Pathology team. This team offers comprehensive care for the transgender patient population, including voice therapy, glottoplasty, pitch-lowering thyroplasty, and thyroid cartilage reducution. He also sees patients for all other voice disorders, with a special focus on Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis, where he leads clinical trials, basic scientific research, and novel clinical treatments for this rare disorder.

  • MD; Yale School of Medicine (2006)
  • Otolaryngology; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2011)
  • Laryngeal Surgery; Massachusetts General Hospital (2012)

Memberships & Publications

Factors Associated With Loss of Follow-Up in Transgender Patients Receiving Vocal Therapy. So RJ, Davis A, Akst LM, Hillel AT, Best SR. Laryngoscope. 2023 Nov;133(11):3061-3067.

Readability Analysis and Accessibility of Online Materials About Transgender Voice Care. Magrath, W.J., Shneyderman, M., Bauer, T.K., Best, S., Akst, L.M. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (United States), 2022, 167(6), pp. 952–95

American Laryngological Association – Member

Triological Society – Member

American Broncho-Esophagological Association – Member

International Papillomavirus Society

Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds – Care of the Transgender Voice; June 2020

Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health Educational Rounds – Transgender Voice Care; April 2022