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Robert W. Bastian, M.D.
Dr. Bastian is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat physician) who has practiced Laryngology exclusively since 1987.
is an internationally-recognized authority in the treatment of voice, airway, swallowing, and coughing disorders, having been invited to teach in university and professional society contexts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ireland, France, Belgium, and Turkey.
has been listed for several years by Chicago magazine
as one of "Chicago's Top Doctors," and by Castle-Connolly as one of "America's Top Doctors.
is also the recipient of the Honor Award for teaching contributions to the American Academy of Otolaryngology
, as well as, in 2010, the Distinguished Service Award.
has developed and directed multidisciplinary teams to consider patient disorders from three perspectives: behavioral, medical, and surgical.
In all of Dr. Bastian's
professional activities-whether consulting with patients, operating, researching, writing, or teaching-patients come first.
was arguably the first in North America to promote the voice-restoring possibilities of vocal fold microsurgery in singers with otherwise irreversible disorders.
An independent thinker, Dr. Bastian
began this work at a time when this sort of surgery was widely perceived - even condemned by experts - as unsafe to the voice in that population.
To date, he
has one of the premier North American experiences with this kind of surgery, having operated on an estimated 1,200 singers with diverse vocal fold problems, not to mention thousands of non-singers.
Beginning in 1983, through his
many lectures, later through courses taught at the American Academy of Otolaryngology, teaching
of residents, and his
hosting of numerous visitors to his
practice, Dr. Bastian
is also considered by many to be the North American leader and catalyst for the current return of office-based surgery (e.g. biopsy, injection, laser treatment) of the larynx and pharynx as a cost-effective, efficient, and safe alternative to surgery in the operating room under general anesthesia.
also innovated a comprehensive and often stand-alone method of swallowing evaluation called the videoendoscopic swallowing study (VESS).
was among the first handful of physicians to use botulinum toxin to treat a rare neurological voice disorder called spasmodic dysphonia, which is caused by laryngeal dystonia.
lifetime caseload is comprised of more than 1,500 patients, and represents one of the world's largest series.
For a particular swallowing disorder called cricopharyngeus dysfunction, Dr. Bastian
has been in the vanguard in the Midwest of the trend to use through-the-mouth laser surgery rather than traditional surgery through a neck incision.
The caseload he
shares with Dr. Richardson is believed to be the largest series in the Chicago metro area.
More than 15 years years ago, Dr. Bastian
discovered a previously undescribed neurogenic form of coughing, which he
terms "sensory neuropathic cough.
Building on this discovery, Bastian Voice Institute
has attracted a patient population of as many as 1,000 from as far away as Brazil.
reputation is also based on his
noteworthy experience in several additional areas:
was trained in medicine and surgery at Washington University Medical School
in St. Louis, Missouri.
Prior to forming BVI, Dr. Bastian completed a successful 20-year academic medical career first at Washington University, St. Louis, and then at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.
16 years at Loyola he
trained numerous residents and medical students as well as fellows and visiting physicians and speech pathologists from many countries.
passionate interest in the voice flowed initially from his
own singing training and experience.
studied singing with James Wilson, Greenville College; Dale Moore, Southern Illinois University and Washington University; Edmund LeRoy of Conservatory and Schools for the Arts, St. Louis; and Edward Zambara, at the same institution.
A subset of his
patients are singers, from the worlds of both opera/classical and popular music.
Dr. Bastian's Curriculum Vitae