Fellowship: Speech Language Pathology

The speech language pathology clinical fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center is an annual training program intended to develop the skills and clinical experience necessary to achieve competency in the evaluation and evidence-based treatment of adults with voice, swallowing and upper airway disorders. By the end of fellowship year, clinical fellows are expected to independently assess and treat patient caseloads consisting of a variety of complex patient populations and disorders with functional, organic, and neurogenic etiologies. 

The clinical experience will include multidisciplinary laryngology clinic, multidisciplinary head and neck surgery clinic, and independent outpatient and inpatient sessions under the clinical and academic mentorship of otolaryngology faculty and staff. The clinical fellow will work as a member of a multidisciplinary team consisting of 8 speech language pathologists, 4 laryngologists, 3 head and neck surgeons, and laryngology and head and neck fellows. Clinical fellows will gain independence and competence in procedures including rigid and flexible laryngeal videostroboscopy, flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), and modified barium swallow studies (MBSS). The clinical fellow will also have the opportunity to observe a variety of otolaryngology surgical procedures in the office and operating room.

In addition to clinical experience, this position offers dedicated academic time to complete a research project within the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. It is anticipated that the clinical fellow will submit at least one abstract to a national meeting for oral or poster presentation by the end of their fellowship year. The clinical fellow will also be expected to participate in our interprofessional monthly clinical case conference, multidisciplinary tumor board, and participate in resident didactics.

Total Number of Positions Available for 2021-2022: One 12-month position


The successful candidate will have graduated from an accredited master’s program in speech language pathology. The candidate must have strong clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of voice, swallowing, and upper airway disorders through their graduate program experience. The candidate must demonstrate a strong academic background and transcript, as well as solid recommendations of their clinical skill in the areas of voice and swallowing. The candidate should demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and self-motivation. The candidate should be eligible for State of Washington interim licensure in speech language pathology.

Interested applicants should provide the following materials to the email address listed below between January 15th, 2022 - February 1st, 2022.  

  1. Cover letter including background and areas of interest
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. 2-3 letters of recommendation
  4. Unofficial transcript from their accredited institution with documentation of graduation date or expected date of graduation 

If you have applied but have not received an email confirmation, please resubmit your application.

Note: applications received before January 15th or after February 1st WILL NOT be considered.


Program Director: Lisa Zughni, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathology Supervisor
Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
University of Washington Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific St
Box 356161
Seattle, WA 98195
Email address: Ldoyley@uw.edu

Fellowship Coordinator: Emily Wilson, MS, CCC-SLP
Chief of Laryngology: Al Merati, MD
Chief of Head and Neck Surgery: Neal Futran, MD

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