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Claudio Milstein, PhD

Claudio Milstein, PhD
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Department Head and Neck Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • General ENT
  • Laryngeal Function Assessment
  • Laryngeal Physiology
  • Laryngeal Sensory Testing
  • Laryngeal Videostroboscopy
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis Treatment
  • Vocal Wellness Counseling
  • Voice Therapy
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Dysphonia
  • Effortful Singing
  • Effortful Talking
  • Hoarseness
  • Immobile Vocal Folds
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Throat Symptoms from Reflux
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Fatigue
  • Voice Disorders
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About Claudio Milstein, PhD

Claudio F. Milstein, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Speech Scientist with clinical interests in laryngology and voice disorders. Born in Buenos Aires, he completed his studies at the Medical School of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He taught at this same University, and joined the faculty of the National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, teaching voice courses for actors and singers, and developing an expertise in the care of the professional voice.

In the U.S., he obtained his PhD in Speech Sciences from the University of Arizona and trained at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He has been actively involved in the clinical management of voice patients for over 20 years, and is frequently invited as a lecturer at national and international meetings. Dr. Milstein has authored numerous publications primarily related to the human voice and its disorders. He has been a Staff Member of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic since 2001 and holds an Affiliate Scholar appointment at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

His primary interests involve diagnosis and treatment of adults and children with laryngeal-vocal-fold voice pathology, aerodigestive-tract disorders, treatment of early glottic carcinoma, functional voice disorders and vocal-cord dysfunction.

Listen to Dr. Milstein on our Head and Neck Innovations podcast: Breathing Easy: Understanding Exercise-Induced Laryngeal Obstruction

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - University of Arizona College of Medicine
Speech Science
Tucson, AZ

Internship - Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Speech Pathololgy
Boston, MA

Graduate School - University of Buenos Aires
Speech Pathology
Buenos Aires, Argentina,

Additional Training

  • Internship, Voice Laboratory -ENT Department, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, Mass.
  • Internship, Speech Science Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

Professional Highlights

  • VisitingProfessor, XIII Congress of the Mexican Association of  Communication, Audiology, Neuro-Otology, and Phoniatrics, 2007, Merida, Mexico
  • Visiting Professor, VX Brazilian Congress of Speech Sciences, 2007, Gramado, Brazil
  • Visiting Professor, VII International Congress on Speech Sciences, 2007, Gramado, Brazil

Specialty Interests

care of the professional voice, disorders of voice, laryngeal physiology, laryngopharyngeal reflux, outcomes research, vocal cord diseases, Vocal Cord Paralysis, voice disorders, Voice medicine, voice science, voice swallowing disorders

Awards & Honors

  • Graduated with honors, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • National Secretary of Culture Award, Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina
  • National Secretary of Culture Award, Province of Chubut, Argentina
  • Flinn Foundation Graduate Fellowship, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology
  • American Speech, Language, Hearing Association
  • Ohio Speech, Language and Hearing Association
  • North East Ohio Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/1/2024, Dr. Milstein has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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