Emerald Star Clinician Individual Consult with Meryl




Meryl Kaufman CCC-SLP, BCS-S


Meryl Kaufman is a speech-language pathologist specializing in head and neck cancer rehabilitation, post laryngectomy voice restoration, and dysphagia. She has extensive clinical experience in academic medical settings including the departments of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and Medical College of Georgia. She has served as instruction and clinical supervisor at MUSC and Georgia State University. She is the founder of Georgia Speech and Swallowing, LLC providing consultation and teaching in the areas of head and neck cancer program development and clinician training. She has trained many clinical fellows and presented numerous continuing education courses nationally.

Clinical Training:

  • Masters of Education – M.ED, University of Georgia – 1993
  • Bachelors of Education, B.S.Ed, University of Georgia – 1991
  • Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing – BCS-S, 2011 renewed 2016, 2022

Supervision Experience:

  • Trained 7 CFs at Emory Voice Center and Emory Department of Head and Neck Surgery- (Including the fabulous Aaron Ziegler!)
  • Supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate students in clinical placements
  • Georgia State University clinical supervisor August 2006- December 2008
  • Medical University of South Carolina College of Health Professions clinical supervisor
  • January 1999- June 2000

Skilled in:

  • Pre-operative laryngectomy education training
  • Early post-operative assessment and education
  • Managing radiation and/or chemotherapy side effects
  • Stoma evaluation and maintenance
  • Pulmonary hygiene management
  • Stoma accessory selection and recommendations
  • Post laryngectomy voice restoration with tracheoesophageal speech (TEP)
  • TEP troubleshooting
  • Recommendations for prosthesis selection to address issues/needs
  • Electrolarynx training
  • Esophageal speech training
  • Dysphagia evaluation and management post total laryngectomy
  • Multidisciplinary care and communication with team members
  • Social support in the community, resources for laryngectomees and caregivers
  • Reimbursement of supplies
  • Stocking and ordering supplies for functional clinic

Settings Worked:

  • Academic teaching hospitals
  • Graduate communication sciences and disorders programs (instructor, clinical supervisor)
  • Consultant course instructor for laryngectomy courses with industry laryngectomy suppliers
  • Private practice
  • Non-profit leadership