Dr. Peter Belafsky

M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H
Medical Director

Peter C. Belafsky, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Professor and the Director of The Center for Voice and Swallowing at the University of California at Davis (www.ucdvoice.org). He is on the board of the NFOSD as our Medical Director and was the 2013 president of the Dysphagia Research Society (www.dysphagiaresearch.org)


Dr. Peter Belafsky, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H has dedicated his career to the care of individuals with devastating swallowing disorders and is currently working on exciting and new advances in the treatment of dysphagia. After obtaining a combined medical degree and masters in public health from Tulane University in New Orleans, Dr. Belafsky completed a surgical internship and subsequent Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Tulane University Department of General Surgery and Graduate school. He was a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and taught Epidemiology 601 and 603 in the evenings while completing his residency in Otolaryngology at Tulane. He finished a fellowship in Laryngology/Bronchoesophagology at the Wake Forest University Department of Otolaryngology in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

After the completion of his fellowship, Dr. Belafsky moved cross-country to accept a position as a clinical Laryngologist and Director of the Scripps Center for Voice and Swallowing in La Jolla, California.  He left Scripps in 2004 to accept a position as Associate Professor and Medical Director of the Center for Voice and Swallowing at the University of California, Davis. In late 2011, he was promoted to Professor from Associate Professor at UCD. Dr. Belafsky’s has dedicated his professional life to the care of individuals with profound swallowing difficulty. Dr Belafsky has authored or co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, and a textbook on Esophagoscopy. He has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. He has developed novel biomechanical swallowing devices and holds several patents.

Peter C. Belafsky, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Director
Center for Voice and Swallowing
Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
University of California, Davis
2521 Stockton Blvd, Suite 7200
Sacramento, CA 95817