Craig Zalvan, MD, a laryngologist and Medical Director of the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, was selected as one of 10 individuals worthy of Westchester Magazine’s 2015 “Healthcare Heroes” award who were honored at a luncheon held recently at the Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers. This honor is bestowed upon health professionals who have demonstrated leadership in the local healthcare field, commitment to community service and excellence in patient care.
Dr. Zalvan is known throughout the region as the go-to person for chronic cough, as well as voice and swallowing disorders, giving hope to patients who have been frustrated by the lack of progress or treatment for their medical conditions. He was instrumental in creating the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders at Phelps, which has helped thousands of singers, public speakers, teachers and others regain and improve their voices. His team has also restored and improved swallowing function to many patients, preventing pneumonia and restoring their ability to eat.
Dr. Zalvan has led the region in educational outreach concerning these disorders by sponsoring a yearly World Voice Day event to increase public awareness of voice disorders; leading quarterly meetings with local voice professionals to elevate the quality of care and knowledge of voice problems; and lecturing locally, nationally and internationally on the topics of voice, swallowing and chronic cough. Dr. Zalvan is an associate professor at New York Medical College, a faculty member of the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program, and an adjunct professor at Mercy College, where he teaches graduate-level speech pathology students.
Dr. Zalvan has also donated his time and expertise internationally, performing medical outreach in South America. Through Healing the Children, Northeast, he has travelled to Peru and Ecuador, providing surgery for cleft lips and palates and vocal disorders. In April, he returned from Lima, Peru, where he led a voluntary team on a surgical mission and a conference focused on teaching laryngology techniques used in the United States to local ENT doctors so that they may provide care to their local populations.
To learn more about the Institute for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, call 914-366-3636 or go to http://phelpshospital.org/clinical-services/voice-disorders/.
About Phelps Hospital
Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. www.phelpshospital.org. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities. www.phelpsmedicalassociates.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, nearly 700 outpatient facilities and more than 18,500 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 68,000 employees – 16,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.