Lucian Sulica, M.D.
Dr. Sulica, a nationally-recognized laryngologist, serves as the Sean Parker Associate Professor of Laryngology and the Director of the Sean Parker Institute for the Voice at Weill Cornell Medical College. His clinical expertise lies in the treatment of voice disorders, including care of the performing voice. He has a special interest in both medical and surgical treatment of vocal cord problems like polyps, cysts, nodules and scar, and in neurologic voice disorders, including vocal cord (or fold) paresis and paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia.
Dr. Sulica received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Following a residency in Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Georgetown, Dr. Sulica pursued additional fellowship training in laryngology/neurolaryngology with Dr. Andrew Blitzer at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City. Before joining the faculty at Weill Medical College, Dr. Sulica served as Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York Medical College. He practiced at both Beth Israel Medical Center and the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, where he established the Center of the Voice for the multidisciplinary treatment of voice disorders. He has served as consultant to several vocal arts training and teaching programs in New York City.
Dr. Sulica's research and clinical investigations have focused on the treatment and prevention of vocal cord scar; neurologic disorders of the larynx and voice, including spasmodic dysphonia, essential tremor and other movement disorders; laryngeal electromyography; therapeutic use of neurotoxins; and the evaluation of outcomes and efficacy in voice treatment.
Dr. Sulica is the author of the textbook Vocal Fold Paralysis, and editor of a volume entitled Classics in Voice and Laryngology. He has authored more than 60 journal articles and 30 book chapters covering such topics as voice physiology, clinical evaluation of voice disorders, microsurgical technique in larynx surgery, principles of surgery for vocal fold paralysis and the use of botulinum toxin in the head & neck. He has authored www.voicemedicine.com, an informational site for voice disorders, and has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Sulica has been selected one of the Best Doctors in America biannualy since 2005; one of America's Top Physicians in Voice Disorders/Laryngology since 2006; a Castle-Connolly Top Doctor for the NY Metro Area; and a New York Magazine Best Doctor in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has been elected to the Council of the American Laryngological Association, and to membership in the American Bronchoesophagological Society, the American Laryngologic, Rhinologic and Otologic Society (the Triologic Society), the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, and the New York Academy of Medicine.
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Insurance Plans Accepted
The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.
- AETNA [HMO]
- AETNA [PPO]
- AETNA [Medicare]
- Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
- Affinity Health Plan
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
- Fidelis Care
- GHI [CBP]
- Health First
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
- Health Plus - Amerigroup
- Medicare [Medicare]
- Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
- Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
- Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
- Rockefeller University - CoreSource
- United Empire
- United Health Care [Medicare]
- United Health Care
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS BOOKS/EDITED VOLUMES
Sulica L, Blitzer A, eds. Vocal Fold Paralysis. Heidelberg: Springer, 2006.
Sulica L, Myssiorek D, eds. The Otolaryngology Clinics of North America: Vocal Fold Paralysis. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders, 2004:37(1).
Branski R, Sulica L, eds. Classics in Voice and Laryngology. San Diego: Plural 2009.
BOOK CHAPTERS (SELECTED)
Sulica L. Laryngeal Paralysis. In Snow JB, Wackym PA, eds. Ballenger’s Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 18th ed. Hamilton, ON:BC Decker, In press.
Sulica L. Voice: Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Evaluation. In Johnson J, Rosen C eds., Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 5th ed. In press.
Sulica L. Laryngeal Electromyography. In Lalwani AK, Pfister MHF, eds. Recent Advances in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. New Delhi: Jaypee Medical Press, 2012:125-139.
Sulica L, Blitzer A. Botulinum Toxin Treatment of Spasmodic Dysphonia and Other Laryngeal Disorders. Blitzer A, Brin MF, Ramig LO, eds.Neurologic Disorders of the Larynx, 2nd ed. New York: Thieme Verlag, 2009. 196-203.
Sulica L. Laryngeal Paralysis. In Snow JB, Wackym PA, eds. Ballenger’s Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 17th ed. Hamilton, ON:BC Decker, 2009. 923-930.
Sulica L. Microlaryngoscopy and Endolaryngeal Microsurgery. In Ferlito A, Fried M, eds. The Larynx, 3rd ed. Vol. 2. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2009. 227-244.
Sulica L, Fried M. Neurologic and Neuromuscular Disease of the Larynx. In Ferlito A, Fried M, eds. The Larynx, 3rd ed. Vol 1. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2009. 583-600.
Sulica L. Silastic Medialization Laryngoplasty for Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis. In: Rosen CA, Simpson CB, eds. Operative Techniques in Laryngology. Heidelberg: Springer, 2008. 241-251.
Sulica L. The Gray Minithyrotomy for Vocal Fold Scar/Sulcus Vocalis. In: Rosen CA, Simpson CB, eds. Operative Techniques in Laryngology. Heidelberg: Springer, 2008. 299-304.
Sulica L. Botulinum Toxin Injection of the Larynx. In: Rosen CA, Simpson CB, eds. Operative Techniques in Laryngology. Heidelberg: Springer, 2008. 221-227.
Sulica L. Perioperative Care for Laryngeal Framework Surgery. In: Rosen CA, Simpson CB, eds. Operative Techniques in Laryngology. Heidelberg: Springer, 2008. 235-239.
Sulica L, Louis ED. Essential Voice Tremor. In: Merati A, Bielamowicz S, eds., Textbook of Laryngology. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2006:245-253.
Meyer T, Sulica L, Blumin J. Vocal Fold Paralysis. In: Merati A, Bielamowicz S, eds., Textbook of Laryngology. San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2006:217-235.
Sulica L, Meyer T, Blitzer A. Laryngeal Electromyography. In: Rubin J, Sataloff RT, Korovin G, eds., Diagnosis and Treatment of Voice Disorders, 3nd ed., San Diego: Plural Publishing, 2006:249-259.
Sulica L. The Voice: Anatomy, Physiology and Clinical Evaluation. Bailey B, Johnson J, eds., Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006:817-827.
Sulica L, Blitzer A. Decision Points in the Management of Vocal Fold Paralysis. In: Sulica L, Blitzer A, eds. Vocal Fold Paralysis. Heidelberg: Springer, 2006:77-85.
Sulica L, Cultrara A, Blitzer A. Vocal Fold Paralysis: Causes, Outcomes and Clinical Aspects. In: Sulica L, Blitzer A, eds. Vocal Fold Paralysis. Heidelberg: Springer, 2006: 33-54.
Simpson CB, Sulica L. Principles of Medialization Laryngoplasty. In: Sulica L, Blitzer A, eds. Vocal Fold Paralysis. Heidelberg: Springer, 2006: 135-143.
Mendenhall WM, Sulica L, Sessions RB. Early-Stage Cancer of the Larynx. In: Harrison LB, Sessions RB, Hong WK, eds., Head & Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004:352-380.
Miller SD, Sulica L. General Principles of Rehabilitation of Speech, Voice and Swallowing after Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer. In: Harrison LB, Sessions RB, Hong WK, eds., Head & Neck Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004:178-189.
Sulica L, Verheyden J, Blitzer A. Botulinum Toxin in the Larynx and Pharynx. In: Moore AP, Naumann M, eds., Handbook of Botulinum Toxin Treatment, 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 2003:142-157.
Sulica L, Blitzer A. Laryngeal Electromyography. In: Rubin J, Sataloff RT, Korovin G, eds., Diagnosis and Treatment of Voice Disorders, 2nd ed., San Diego: Singular Publications Group, Inc., 2002:221-232.
Sulica L, Grundfast KM. Otologic Manifestations of the Craniosynostosis Syndromes. In: Cohen MM, MacLean RE, eds., Craniosynostosis: Diagnosis, Evaluation and Management, 2nd ed., New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
JOURNAL ARTICLES (SELECTED)
Sulica L. Vocal fold paresis: An evolving clinical concept. Curr Otorhinolaryngol Reports. In press.
Carey BT, Sulica L, Wu A, Branski R. A novel electrodiagnostic assessment of the laryngeal closure reflex. Muscle & Nerve 2013; 47(3); 432-436.
Sulica L. Laryngoscopy, stroboscopy and other tools for the evaluation of voice disorders. Otolaryngol Clin N Am 2013;46(1):21-30.
Rickert S, Childs L, Carey BT, Murry T, SulicaL. Laryngeal electromyography for prognosis of vocal fold palsy: A Meta-analysis. Laryngoscope 2012;122(1):158-161.
Sulica L. Hoarseness. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;137(6):616-619.
Drager DL, Branski RC, Wree A, Sulica L. Friedrich Berthold Reinke (1862–1919): Anatomist of the vocal fold. J Voice. 2011;25(3):301-7.
Rosow DE, Sulica L. Laryngoscopy of vocal fold paralysis: evaluation of consistency of clinical findings. Laryngoscope 2010;120(7):1376-82.
Sulica L, Louis ED. Clinical characteristics of essential voice tremor: A study of 34 patients. Laryngoscope 2010;120(3):516-528.
Sulica L, Rosen CA, Postma G, Amin M, Simpson CB, Courey M, Merati AL. Current practice in injection augmentation of the vocal folds. Laryngoscope 2010;120(2):319-325.
Benson J, Sulica L, Guss J, Blitzer A. Laryngeal neuropathy of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: Further observations and novel mutations associated with vocal fold paresis. Laryngoscope 2010;120(2):291-296.
Rosen CA, Amin MR, Sulica L, Simpson CB, Merati AL, Courey MS, Johns MM, Postma GN. Advances in office-based diagnosis and treatment in laryngology. Laryngoscope 2009; 119 (S2): S185-S212.
Paniello R, Sulica L, Khosla S, Smith M. Clinical experience with Gray's minithyrotomy procedure. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2008;117: 437-442.
Chhetri DK, Merati AL, Blumin JH, Sulica L, Damrose EJ, Tsai V. Reliability of the perceptual evaluation of adductor spasmodic dysphonia. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2008;117:159-165.
Sulica L, Blitzer A. Vocal fold paresis: Evidence and controversies. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007:15(3):159-162.
Sulica L, Simpson CB, Branski R, McLaurin M. Granuloma of the membranous vocal fold: An unusual complication of microlaryngoscopic surgery. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2007:116(5):358-62.
Sulica L. War, politics & the voice: The vocal fold paralysis of George Orwell. Laryngoscope 2007:117(2):364-370.
Bove MJ, Daamen N, Rosen C, Wang CC, Sulica L, Gaertner-Schmidt J. Development and validation of the vocal tremor scoring system. Laryngoscope 2006:116(9):1662-1667.
Tessema B, Sulica L, Yu GP, Sessions RB. Tongue paresthesias and dysgeusia following operative microlaryngoscopy. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2006:115(1):18-22.
Merati AL, Heman-Ackah Y, Altman KW, Abaza M, Sulica L, Bielamowicz S. Common movement disorders affecting the larynx: A report of the Neurolaryngology Subcommittee of the AAO-HNS. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2005:133(5):654-665.
Sulica L, Behrman A, Roark R. The inspiratory maneuver: A simple method to assess the superficial lamina propria during endoscopy. J Voice 2005:19(3):481-484.
Sulica L. Laryngeal Thrush. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2005:114(5):369-375.
Sulica L. Contemporary management of spasmodic dysphonia. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2004:12:543-548.
Behrman A, Sulica L, He T. Factors predicting patient perception of dysphonia caused by benign vocal fold lesions. Laryngoscope 2004:114(10):1693-1700.
Sulica L, Blitzer A. Botulinum toxin treatment of spasmodic dysphonia. Op Techniques Otolaryngol 2004:15(2):76-80.
Sulica L, Blitzer A. Botulinum toxin treatment of upper esophageal sphincter hyperfunction. Op Techniques Otolaryngol 2004:15(2):107-109.
Sulica L, Blitzer A. Laryngeal electromyography and the immobile vocal fold. Otolaryngol Clin N Am 2004:37(1):59-74.
Sulica L. The superior laryngeal nerve: Function and dysfunction. Otolaryngol Clin N Am 2004:37(1):183-201.
Behrman A, Sulica L. Voice rest after microlaryngoscopy: Current opinion and practice. Laryngoscope 2003:113(12):2182-2186.
Sulica L, Behrman A. Management of benign vocal fold lesions: A survey of current opinion and practice. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2003:112(10):827-833.
Sulica L, Blitzer A, Brin MF, Stewart CF. Botulinum toxin treatment of adductor spasmodic dysphonia after failed recurrent laryngeal nerve section. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2003:112(6):499-505.
Zalvan C, Sulica L, Wolf S, Cohen J, Gonzalez-Yanes O, Blitzer A. Laryngeal dysfunction from the implantable vagal nerve stimulator. Laryngoscope 2003:113(1):221-225.
Sulica L, Hembree A, Blitzer A. Sensation and swallowing: Endoscopic evaluation of deglutition in the anesthetized larynx. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2002:111:291-294.
Blitzer A, Sulica L. Botulinum toxin: Basic science and clinical uses in otolaryngology. Laryngoscope 2001:111(2):218-226.
Sulica L, Blitzer A, Lovelace RE, Kaufmann P. Vocal fold paresis of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2001:110:1072-1076.
Lovelace RE, Kaufmann P, Sulica L, Blitzer A. Laryngeal and phrenic involvement in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder: Another example of genetic heterogeneity. Acta Myologica 2001:20:29-32.
Sulica L, Blitzer A. Anesthesia for laryngeal surgery in the office. Laryngoscope 2000:110:1777-1779.
Van Waes C, Enamorada-Ayala I, Hecht D, Sulica L, Chen Z, Batt DG, Moussa S. Effects of the novel v integrin antagonist SM256 and cis-platinum on growth of murine squamous cell carcinoma PAM LY8. Int J Oncol 2000:16:1189-1195.
Sulica L, Wenig BM, Debo RF, Sessions RB. Schneiderian papilloma of the pharynx. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 1999:108:392-397.
Honors and Awards
New York Magazine Best Doctors 2009, 2010 and 2013
Best Doctors in America 2005-2013
America's Top Physicians (Voice Disorders/Laryngology) 2006-2013
Malcolm Schvey Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching 2007
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Honor Award 2008
Top Doctors: New York Metro Area 2009-2013, Castle Connolly Top Doctors.
- Voice Disorder
- Throat and Voice Problems
- Electromyography (EMG)
- Voice and Vocal Cord Disorders
- Voice and Vocal Cord Surgery
Contact and Practices
- M.D., Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1993