Dr. Dinesh Chhetri graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Biochemistry. He then obtained his MD from UCLA School of Medicine, and graduated with distinction for his thesis on vocal fold paralysis and laryngeal reinnervation. He remained at UCLA for his residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and followed with further training with a 2-year Fellowship in Voice, Swallowing, and Airway Disorders. He is now Professor of Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Chhetri is a Laryngologist whose medical practice is devoted to voice disorders, swallowing disorders, airway (breathing) disorders. He is the director of the UCLA Swallowing Disorders Program, the UCLA Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Program and co-director of the Laryngology (Voice) program. He is certified in Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for head and neck cancer. Dr. Chhetri’s research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the topic of neuromuscular control of the larynx and voice disorders. He is known nationally and internationally for his clinical and research contributions in the arenas of laryngeal physiology, voice and swallowing disorders.
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His main focus in the Laryngeal Physiology Laboratory is evaluation and treatment of voice problems related to laryngeal posture and vibration, including study of laryngeal asymmetries such as vocal fold paresis and paralysis, as well as vocal fold vibratory abnormalities related to scar, tissue loss, vocal fold neoplasms, and tension asymmetry. His current research focus in the Swallowing Disorders Center is prevention dysphagia in patients undergoing chemoradiation therapy for head and neck cancer.