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Division of Speech Pathology and Swallowing

718-670-2736/ 718 661-7816 (inpatient)
718-670-2716/718- 661-7493 (outpatient) 

The Division of Speech Pathology and Swallowing provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to pediatric and adult patients at NYHQ. Licensed and certified speech-language pathologists and swallowing specialists provide diagnostic assessment and therapeutic intervention to a wide range of diseases and conditions that affect speech, voice, language, cognitive-linguistic and swallowing function. Inpatients can receive services from admission to the emergency room, intensive care units, step down units or general medical units. Outpatients can receive state of the art diagnostic swallowing assessment and intervention through the multidisciplinary swallowing disorders team at the Center for Digestive Diseases and Swallowing Disorders.


  • Kathleen Adinolfi M.A. CCC-SLP BRS-S (adult/pediatric specialist)
  • Mei Cheng M.S. CCC-SLP
  • Cindy Nierenberg M.A.CCC-SLP
  • Abby Czekanski M.S. CCC-SLP (Silvercrest/NYHQ)
  • Jessica Shaw M.S. CCC-SLP (pediatric specialist)
  • Angela Melkonian M.A. CCC-SLP (pediatric specialist)

Meet the Director: Marta Kazandjian M.A. CCC-SLP BRS-S

Adult Speech-Language and Swallowing Services 

Communication and swallowing services are provided to adult patients with aphasia, dysarthria, aphonia/dysphonia, dysphagia, and cognitive-linguistic impairments. These adult patients with neurological, neurodegenerative diseases and conditions, traumatic brain injury, respiratory and pulmonary disease, tracheostomy and ventilator dependence, and head and neck cancer are seen at the bedside throughout the hospital by speech pathologists and swallowing specialists.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Services

Patients aged from birth to 21 years of age in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, general Pediatrics and Mother-Baby Nursery are seen by the pediatric speech pathologists and swallowing specialists.  Feeding and swallowing impairments related to prematurity, oral-motor, and sensory-based feeding disorders arising from cardiac/respiratory, congenital syndromes, neuromuscular, neurodegenerative disorders and acute onset dysphagia are assessed and treated daily.

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