Mark Courey, MD

Mark Courey, MD

Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, UCSF; Director, UCSF Voice Center

Phone: (415) 885-7700 (appts)
UCSF Box 1809, San Francisco, CA 94143-1809

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Research Summary

Mark S. Courey, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery who specializes in the management of diseases related to Airway, Voice, and Swallowing disorders. He is the Director of the Division of Laryngology, Medical Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center, and Director of the Medical Director of Speech Language Pathology Services within the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Courey received his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo in New York, and he finished a one-year internship from Beth Israel in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Courey completed a general surgery residency at Beth Israel, and he also completed an otolaryngology/head and neck surgery residency at SUNY Buffalo, followed by a laryngology fellowship from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to UCSF ONHS, Dr. Courey was an Associate Professor in Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt and the Medical Director of the Vanderbilt Voice Center.

Dr. Courey is well-regarded nationally and internationally for his skills in the clinical management of patients with airway, voice and swallowing disorders. He prides himself on evaluating patients through a multidisciplinary approach with speech-language pathologists, vocal trainers, laryngologists, neurologists, radiation oncologists and voice scientists. His research interests include rehabilitation of the paralyzed larynx, surgical management techniques for cancer of the voice box, management of voice problems in musicians and professional speakers, and developing an understanding of the central nervous system regulation of voice production.

Dr. Courey is a member of the American Academy Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Bronchoesophagological Association, The Triological Society, and the American Laryngological Association. He has published over 70 articles, and he has contributed to over 20 book chapters.


Airway, voice, and swallowing


Laryngology voice, professional voice, laryngeal cancer, spasmodic dysphonia, difficulty swallowing, neurologic problems of voice, aging voice, vocal fold paralysis, laryngeal stenosis, tracheal stenosis

Professional Interests:

Laryngology, professional voice, airway, swallowing, quality of life, laser tissue interactions, methods of laser energy delivery, laryngeal surgery, vocal fold paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia, cancer

Education and Training:

• Medical School: SUNY Buffalo, NY

• Internship: Beth Israel, Boston, MA – General Surgery

• Residency: Beth Israel, Boston, MA – General Surgery

• Residency: SUNY Buffalo, NY – Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

• Fellowship: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN – Laryngology

Awards and Honors:

• 2001-2014 Castle Connolly - America’s Top Doctors

• 2007 UCSF Department of OHNS - Roger Boles, MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Faculty Teaching

• 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation - Distinguished Service Award

• 2011 Pan European Voice Conference 9 Marseille, France - Keynote Lecturer

• 2012 Triological Vice Presidential Citation

• 2012-2013 Triological Association Western Section – Vice President

• 2014 American Laryngological Association - Daniel C. Baker Lecture

• 2014-2015 American Laryngological Association - President

Selected Publications

  1. Courey MS. Historical classics: Editorial. Laryngoscope. 2015 Aug; 125(8):1749-50.
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  2. Yung KC, Courey MS. Factors important in laryngology fellow and laryngology fellowship selection. Laryngoscope. 2015 Nov; 125(11):2543-6.
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  3. Villari CR, Courey MS. Management of Dysphonia After Radiation Therapy. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2015 Aug; 48(4):601-9.
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  4. Cohen SM, Kim J, Roy N, Wilk A, Thomas S, Courey M. Change in diagnosis and treatment following specialty voice evaluation: A national database analysis. Laryngoscope. 2015 Jul; 125(7):1660-6.
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  5. Cohen SM, Kim J, Roy N, Courey M. Delayed otolaryngology referral for voice disorders increases health care costs. Am J Med. 2015 Apr; 128(4):426.e11-8.
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  6. Olin JT, Clary MS, Connors D, Abbott J, Brugman S, Deng Y, Chen X, Courey M. Glottic configuration in patients with exercise-induced stridor: A new paradigm. Laryngoscope. 2014 Nov; 124(11):2568-73.
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  7. Cohen SM, Thomas S, Roy N, Kim J, Courey M. Frequency and factors associated with use of videolaryngostroboscopy in voice disorder assessment. Laryngoscope. 2014 Sep; 124(9):2118-24.
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  8. Clary MS, Milam BM, Courey MS. Office-based vocal fold injection with the laryngeal introducer technique. Laryngoscope. 2014 Sep; 124(9):2114-7.
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  9. Chang J, Courey MS, Al-Jurf SA, Schneider SL, Yung KC. Injection laryngoplasty outcomes in irradiated and nonirradiated unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Laryngoscope. 2014 Aug; 124(8):1895-9.
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  10. Cohen SM, Dinan MA, Roy N, Kim J, Courey M. Diagnosis change in voice-disordered patients evaluated by primary care and/or otolaryngology: a longitudinal study. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2014 Jan; 150(1):95-102.
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  11. Reinisch L, Garrett CG, Courey M. A simplified laser treatment planning system: proof of concept. Lasers Surg Med. 2013 Dec; 45(10):679-85.
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  12. Parker KL, Clary MS, Courey MS. The endoscopic approach to a fourth branchial pouch sinus presenting in an adult. Laryngoscope. 2013 Nov; 123(11):2798-800.
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  13. Mendelsohn AH, Remacle M, Courey MS, Gerhard F, Postma GN. The diagnostic role of high-speed vocal fold vibratory imaging. J Voice. 2013 Sep; 27(5):627-31.
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  14. Cohen SM, Kim J, Roy N, Courey M. Factors influencing referral of patients with voice disorders from primary care to otolaryngology. Laryngoscope. 2014 Jan; 124(1):214-20.
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  15. Cohen SM, Kim J, Roy N, Courey M. Assessing factors related to the pharmacologic management of laryngeal diseases and disorders. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jul; 123(7):1763-9.
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  16. Cohen SM, Kim J, Roy N, Courey M. Prescribing patterns of primary care physicians and otolaryngologists in the management of laryngeal disorders. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Jul; 149(1):118-25.
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  17. Fang TJ, Courey MS, Liao CT, Yen TC, Li HY. Frozen margin analysis as a prognosis predictor in early glottic cancer by laser cordectomy. Laryngoscope. 2013 Jun; 123(6):1490-5.
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  18. Clary MS, Courey MS. Development of procedures and techniques for the office. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2013 Feb; 46(1):1-11.
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  19. Chang J, Fang TJ, Yung K, van Zante A, Miller T, Al-Jurf S, Schneider S, Courey M. Clinical and histologic predictors of voice and disease outcome in patients with early glottic cancer. Laryngoscope. 2012 Oct; 122(10):2240-7.
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  20. Prendes BL, Yung KC, Likhterov I, Schneider SL, Al-Jurf SA, Courey MS. Long-term effects of injection laryngoplasty with a temporary agent on voice quality and vocal fold position. Laryngoscope. 2012 Oct; 122(10):2227-33.
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