James Curtis, PhD, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathology
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James Curtis, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathology

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Accepts New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English



Dr. James Curtis is an Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and a clinical researcher within the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a New York State licensed speech-language pathologist and board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of voice, cough, and swallowing disorders across a diverse range of medical etiologies.

Clinically, Dr. Curtis worked as a speech-language pathologist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center’s Voice & Swallowing Center and the Head & Neck Cancer Center where he specialized in the care of the professional and performing voice users, laryngeal hypersensitivity disorders, and dysphagia management in people with neurologic and oncologic disease. Academically, Dr. Curtis earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, master’s degrees from New York University and Columbia University, and a doctoral (PhD) degree from Columbia University. Dr. Curtiswas the first speech-language pathology researcher to be awarded the prestigious Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Parkinson’s Disease from the American Academy of Neurology. This training scholarship was used to fund his postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia University which aimed at developing and researching novel approaches to improve swallowing in people with Parkinson’s disease and dysphagia.

Dr. Curtis is the director of the Aerodigestive Innovations Research Lab (AIR) at Weill Cornell Medicine. AIR's mission is to improve the health and quality-of-life of people with voice and swallowing disorders through scientific discovery, clinical innovation, collaboration, and educational outreach. If you are a patient, caregiver, or healthy volunteer interested in participating in any current and ongoing research studies, or if you are a clinician, researcher, or an industry partner interested in collaborating with Dr. Curtis on potential research projects, feel free to reach out to him through email or phone.



Board Certifications

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Assistant Attending Otolaryngologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Speech Language Pathology in Otolaryngology - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 2020
  • M.S., New York University, 2013
  • B.M. (Music), Michigan State University, 2009


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • AgeWell New York
  • Emblem Select Care
  • 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
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare - Medicare
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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No External Relationships Reported