Department of Otolaryngology

Clark A. Rosen, MD

  • Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Clark A. Rosen, MD, is Director of the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center, Chief of the Division of Laryngology and Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Rosen received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He received his otolaryngology training at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, and completed a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, and the University of Tennessee Voice Institute. A board-certified Otolaryngologist and a founding member of the Laryngology Education Foundation, Dr. Rosen specializes in the care of the performing voice and the treatment of voice disorders. He is a leading physician-scientist in the area of voice disorders research and author of numerous articles in professional journals.  He has been and is a frequent co-investigator of research projects in voice disorders funded by the NIH. He teaches regularly at national and international voice conferences, and his foundational textbook Operative Techniques in Laryngology was published by Springer in 2008. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of Laryngology, Dr. Rosen was the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award conferred by the American Association of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Dr. Rosen initiated and directs a Fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the University of Pittsburgh Voice Center.

Education & Training

  • University of California Berkeley (BA)
  • Rush University Medical College (M.D.)
  • Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland (Internship/Residency)
  • University of Tennessee Medical College, Memphis (Fellowship)

Academic Affiliation

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology and University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Communication Science and Disorders

Representative Publications

Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Apr;24(2):121-7. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000245. Current understanding of the tumor microenvironment of laryngeal dysplasia and progression to invasive cancer. Trivedi S(1), Rosen CA, Ferris RL.

Muscle Nerve. 2016 Mar 1. doi: 10.1002/mus.25090. [Epub ahead of print] Consensus statement: Using laryngeal electromyography for the diagnosis and treatment of vocal cord paralysis. Munin MC(1), Heman-Ackah YD(2), Rosen CA(3), Sulica L(4), Maronian N(5), Mandel S(6), Carey BT(7), Craig E(8), Gronseth G(9).

Laryngoscope. 2016 Feb;126(2):415-20. doi: 10.1002/lary.25488. Epub 2015 Sep 25. Voice outcomes following treatment of benign midmembranous vocal fold lesions using a nomenclature paradigm. Akbulut S(1), Gartner-Schmidt JL(2), Gillespie AI(2), Young VN(2), Smith LJ(2), Rosen CA(2).

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Jun 3. [Epub ahead of print] Nomenclature proposal to describe vocal fold motion impairment. Rosen CA(1), Mau T, Remacle M, Hess M, Eckel HE, Young VN, Hantzakos A, Yung KC, Dikkers FG.

Laryngoscope. 2015 Mar;125(3):649-54. doi: 10.1002/lary.24932. Epub 2014 Nov 29. Comparison of microsuspension laryngoscopy positions: a randomized, prospective study. Smith LJ(1), Trout JM, Sridharan SS, Guyer JR, Owens GE, Chambers AJ, Rosen CA.

J Voice. 2014 Nov;28(6):775-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2013.12.017. Epub 2014 Oct 12. Development and validation of the Dyspnea Index (DI): a severity index for upper airway-related dyspnea. Gartner-Schmidt JL(1), Shembel AC(2), Zullo TG(3), Rosen CA(2).

Laryngoscope. 2014 Dec;124(12):2745-9. doi: 10.1002/lary.24711. Epub 2014 Oct 7. Prospective evaluation of the clinical utility of laryngeal electromyography. Ingle JW(1), Young VN, Smith LJ, Munin MC, Rosen CA.

Muscle Nerve. 2014 Jul;50(1):114-8. doi: 10.1002/mus.24111. Epub 2014 May 5. Prospective investigation of nimodipine for acute vocal fold paralysis. Rosen CA(1), Smith L, Young V, Krishna P, Muldoon MF, Munin MC.

Laryngoscope. 2014 Apr;124(4):921-7. doi: 10.1002/lary.23691. Epub 2014 Jan 28. Role of steroids in acute phonotrauma: A basic science investigation. Ingle JW(1), Helou LB, Li NY, Hebda PA, Rosen CA, Abbott KV.

J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2014 Jan 8. doi: 10.1002/term.1855. [Epub ahead of print] Glottic regeneration with a tissue-engineering technique, using acellular extracellular matrix scaffold in a canine model. Kitamura M(1), Hirano S, Kanemaru SI, Kitani Y, Ohno S, Kojima T, Nakamura T, Ito J, Rosen CA, Gilbert TW.

Laryngoscope. 2014 Aug;124(8):1854-61. doi: 10.1002/lary.24367. Epub 2014 Jun 10. Prevalence and risk factors for musculoskeletal problems associated with microlaryngeal surgery: a national survey. Wong A(1), Baker N, Smith L, Rosen CA.

Laryngoscope. 2013 Aug;123(8):1931-6. doi: 10.1002/lary.23916. Epub 2013 Jun 4. Development and validation of the cough severity index: a severity index for chronic cough related to the upper airway. Shembel AC(1), Rosen CA, Zullo TG, Gartner-Schmidt JL.

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Research Interest Summary

Advanced Laryngeal Surgery, Care of the Professional Voice, Clinical Trials in Laryngology, Neural Regeneration following Vocal Fold Paralysis, Outcome Measures in Laryngology

Research Interests

Dr. Rosen's multidisciplinary, center of excellence in Laryngology for clinical care, clinical education and research are his main focus. This involves caring for the patient, providing support for education of various level of learners, clinical trials and consortium for multi-center research.

Research Grants

R03 DC 015305
Efficacy of Conversation Training Therapy
Role: Co-Investigator, Gillespie (PI)
03/10/2016 – 02/28/2019

Prospective, Randomized Study of Prevention of Voice Problems in Teachers.
Role: Co-Investigator, Verdolini Abbott (PI)

R01 DC 00829001A1
Hybrid Model of Vocal Fold Inflammation and Tissue Mobilization.
Role:  Co-Investigator, Verdolini Abbott (PI)

R03 DC009655-01
Tissue Specific ECM for Functional Repair of the Vocal Fold Lamina Propria
Role:  Co-Investigator, Gilbert (PI)

R03 DC008690
Physiological Effects of Hypersomotic Vocal Fold Surface Fluid
Role:  Co-Investigator, Mahalakshmi (PI)