Acute Adult Speech-Language Pathology Services

Our hospital-based Speech-Language Pathologists have expertise in the evaluation and management of adult patients with speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders. Patients with these difficulties often have primary diagnoses of traumatic brain injury, stroke, head & neck cancer, generalized debility, neurological degenerative diseases (such as Parkinsons and ALS), and others. These clinicians treat inpatients at Vanderbilt University Hospital, who are experiencing new difficulty with cognition, communication, or swallowing. They also evaluate and treat outpatients with swallowing difficulty.

Inpatient Adult Services

  • Clinical Bedside Swallow Assessment
  • Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies (VFSS) / Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBS)
  • Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Swallow Therapy
  • Speech/ Language Evaluation and Treatment
  • Cognitive/ Communication Evaluation and Treatment
  • Post Operative Laryngectomy Evaluation and Treatment
  • Speaking Valve Evaluation and Treatment

Outpatient Swallow Services

  • Clinical Swallow Assessment
  • Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies (VFSS)
  • Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
  • Swallow Therapy

Location for outpatient services:

Clinical swallow assessments, FEES and swallow therapy are provided on the 9th floor of Medical Center East. Please check in at Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute.

Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies are performed in Radiology. Please check in on the first floor of the hospital in Radiology.

Making a referral
Inpatient referrals may be placed in Wiz.
Outpatient referrals require a signed physicians order sent via Star Panel or faxed to (615) 936-1565. Our standard referral form can be obtained by calling our administrative assistant at (615) 322-5152.

Helpful Links
MDA/ALS Clinic
VUH Stroke Center
Vanderbilt Geriatric Services
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
Tennessee Association of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
The Vanderbilt Voice Center