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National Dysphagia Awareness Month Photo Facts

June is National Dysphagia Awareness Month. Each day during the month of June, we will share a photo fact about dysphagia that is supported by research. We will include a citation for each fact if you are interested in learning more.

June 1

June 2

Citation: Field, D., M. Garland, and K. Williams. “Correlates of specific childhood feeding problems.” Journal of paediatrics and child health 39.4 (2003): 299-304.

June 3

Citation: Holland, G., et al. “Prevalence and symptom profiling of oropharyngeal dysphagia in a community dwelling of an elderly population: a self‐reporting questionnaire survey.” Diseases of the Esophagus 24.7 (2011): 476-480.

June 4


June 5

Citation: Steele, Catriona M., et al. “Mealtime difficulties in a home for the aged: not just dysphagia.” Dysphagia 12.1 (1997): 43-50.

June 6

Citation: Lindgren, Sven, and Lars Janzon. “Prevalence of swallowing complaints and clinical findings among 50–79-year-old men and women in an urban population.” Dysphagia 6.4 (1991): 187-192.

June 7

Citation: Dr. Maureen Lefton-Greif, “Feeding and Swallowing: Chapter 7.”

June 8

Citation:  Martin-Harris, B. (2015) Standardized Training in Swallowing Physiology – Evidence-Based Assessment Using the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP) Approach. Gaylord, MI: Northern Speech Services.

June 9

Citation: Leder SB, Suiter DM, Lisitano Warner H. Answering orientation questions and following single-step verbal commands: effect on aspiration status. Dysphagia. 2009;24(3):290–5

June 10

Citation: Sura L, Madhavan A, Carnaby G, Crary MA. Dysphagia in the elderly: management and nutritional considerations. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 2012;7:287-298. doi:10.2147/CIA.S23404.

June 11

Citation: Policy, Enteral Nutrition ASPEN Public. “Disease-related malnutrition and enteral nutrition therapy: A significant problem with a cost-effective solution.”Nutrition in Clinical Practice 25.5 (2010): 548-554.

June 12

Citation: Dettelbach, Mark A., et al. “Effect of the Passy‐Muir valve on aspiration in patients with tracheostomy.” Head & neck 17.4 (1995): 297-302.

Cameron, J. L., J. Reynolds, and G. D. Zuidema. “Aspiration in patients with tracheostomies.” Surg Gynecol Obstet 136.1 (1973): 68-70.

June 13


June 14

Citation: Rosenthal, David I., Jan S. Lewin, and Avraham Eisbruch. “Prevention and treatment of dysphagia and aspiration after chemoradiation for head and neck cancer.” Journal of clinical oncology 24.17 (2006): 2636-2643.

June 15

Citation: Arvedson, Joan C. “Assessment of pediatric dysphagia and feeding disorders: clinical and instrumental approaches.” Developmental disabilities research reviews 14.2 (2008): 118-127.

June 16

Citation: Ramqvist, Torbjörn, and Tina Dalianis. “Oropharyngeal Cancer Epidemic and Human Papillomavirus-Volume 16, Number 11—November 2010-Emerging Infectious Disease journal-CDC.” (2010).

June 17

Citation: Paciaroni, Maurizio, et al. “Dysphagia following stroke.” European neurology 51.3 (2004): 162-167.

June 18

Father’s Day Patient Story:

June 19

Citation: Baumann, Brooke, et al. “Postoperative Swallowing Assessment After Lung Transplantation.” The Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2017).

June 20

Citation: Rogus‐Pulia, Nicole, et al. “Effects of Device‐Facilitated Isometric Progressive Resistance Oropharyngeal Therapy on Swallowing and Health‐Related Outcomes in Older Adults with Dysphagia.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society epub ahead of print (2016).

June 21

Citation: Nguyen, Nam P., et al. “Impact of dysphagia on quality of life after treatment of head-and-neck cancer.” International Journal of Radiation Oncology* Biology* Physics 61.3 (2005): 772-778.


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Kindness is Powerful!

The Albert J. Ingrassia fund was established to help the countless individuals living with a swallowing disorder. Swallowing disorders are poorly understood, under-diagnosed, and as a result, mistreated, even by experienced professionals.

Al Ingrassia passed away from complications due to Stage IV tongue cancer treatments on January 17, 2016. Aggressive radiation treatments damaged Al’s epiglottis so severely that he was diagnosed with severe dysphagia, unable to ever eat or drink orally again. Think about celebrating your next special occasion with a loved one who can no longer eat. No more sipping coffee, no more toasting special occasions, no more birthday cake. My father, my hero, survived on medically prescribed shakes, Gatorade and water. During his time living on a PEG Tube, my father was constantly choking on thick phlegm often telling family and doctors he felt as if he was being suffocated. Swallowing disorders not only effect the patient but dramatically impacts the entire family.

The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD) became the go to place for valuable information throughout my father’s illness. Your generous donation will go directly to the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders to provide patient support, raise disorder awareness and promote funding for promising dysphasia research.

Your donation will give hope and improve the quality of life to the countless patients like my father, enduring all types of swallowing disorders. Click here to donate. The NFOSD is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax deductible in line with IRS regulations.

NFOSD is also registered on Amazon Smile. Make giving a part of every Amazon purchase. Go to and chose the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders as your default charitable organization or click here to be directed to our Amazon Smile page. Our Amazon Smile link is:

This fund was established by Lisa Ingrassia in honor of her father, Al Ingrassia.

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Conference Planning Committee

Kate A. Hutcheson (Committee Chair), PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Kate A. Hutcheson, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Associate Director of Research for the Section of Speech Pathology and Audiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Hutcheson is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (BCS-S) and an expert clinician in radiation associated dysphagia and head and neck cancer rehabilitation. Dr. Hutcheson leads an NIH-funded research program focused on optimization of functional outcomes in head and neck cancer survivors.


Financial: Receiving lodging stipend from NFOSD

Research funding: NCI R03CA1881652, NIDCR R01FR025248, MD Anderson Oropharynx Program Fund, MD Anderson Institutional Research Grant Program, NCI CTEP NCORP

Salary: MD Anderson Cancer Center

Honoraria: MedBridge, Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin

Non-financial: AB-SSD board

Liza Blumenfeld, CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Liza currently works as the Co-Director of the UCSD Moores Head and Neck Cancer Center and UCSD Voice and Swallowing Center. She is a board-certified swallowing disorders specialist whose therapeutic approach integrates science and technology within a multidisciplinary care model. Liza has served in rehabilitation leadership since 1996, providing both therapeutic services and administrative oversight of clinical programs. Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, she was manager of speech-language pathology, audiology and motility at the Center for Voice and Swallowing at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, where she was recognized for transforming the center into a thriving regional center of excellence. Blumenfeld also is a national instructor to speech-language pathologists on transnasal endoscopy technique and interpretation.


Financial: I am co-owner of Endo-Education; employed by the University of California – San Diego; receiving lodging stipend from NFOSD

Non-Financial: none

Michelle Ciucci, PhD, CCC-SLP


Dr. Michelle Ciucci is a tenured Associated Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her NIH funded translational research program addresses the underlying pathologic mechanisms and potential treatments for communication and swallow disorders in neurodegenerative disease. She also uses state of the art high resolution manometry to study normal and disordered swallowing physiology. Dr. Ciucci has authored over 45 peer-reviewed publications, is a national and international invited speaker, and is committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Ciucci is on the board of directors for the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders,


Financial: Grants include NIH-NIDCD, Cornell University, University of Wisconsin, Michael J Fox Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Foundation, Reviewer for NIH. Receiving lodging stipend from NFOSD

Salary: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Non-Financial: Board of Directors for NFOSD, Editorial Board Journal of Speech-Language-Hearing Research

Nancy Swigert, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow, ASHA Honors


Nancy is the Process Excellence Coordinator at Baptist Health Lexington in KY. She is a board certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and the past chair of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.  She lectures and writes on both pediatric and adult dysphagia.


Financial: Receiving lodging stipend from NFOSD. Royalties from The Source for Dysphagia and The Source for Pediatric Dysphagia

Non-Financial: Published on dysphagia

Denise A. Barringer, CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Denise Barringer, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a board certified swallowing specialist with over 15 years of experience in the area dysphagia in patients with head and neck cancer.  Denise is the Manager of the Section of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center.  She serves both at the state and national level on various boards and is the Past President of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Financial: Salary from University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Non-Financial Disclosures:  Chair of the Public Relations Committee for the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders; Chair of the Past Presidents Powerhouse for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association