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The New York City Dysphagia Symposium

New York City Dysphagia Symposium

Northwell Health
Intermediate Level
1.35 ASHA CEUs


While great advances have been made in the speech-language pathology practice of assessing and treating swallowing disorders, it can be argued that it is still in its relative infancy. While rehabilitation and compensation of swallowing impairment may be at the core focus of assessment and treatment, the crucial factors that make up the patient “outside” the anatomical and physiological characteristics of swallowing are demonstrating to be of great value towards overall quality of life. “I fear that in our drive to know more and more about the intricacies of the swallow we have somehow lost sight of the bigger picture, the purpose of eating and drinking.” This quote from Dr. Paula Leslie highlights the importance for clinicians to not just thoroughly understand the anatomy and physiology of swallowing disorders, but to take a step back and and explore “the bigger picture.” This course will highlight discussion and critical thinking with a “big picture” and holistic health approach from the SLP, Physician, dysphagia survivor and caregiver perspective. Evidence-based practice and functional outcomes will be discussed with an overlying emphasis on patient’s QOL from head to toe.

Learning Objective: At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of the non-mechanical aspects of eating and drinking across cultures throughout the lifespan.
  • Evaluate dysphagia with the understanding of the whole patient, including cultural factors, Goals of Care and individual wants and needs.
  • Assess the impact of aspiration on various medical complications and diagnoses and apply its relevance in the context of patients’ goals of care.
  • Describe pathological vs normal factors when assessing and treating the pediatric patient
  • Describe pathological vs normal factors when assessing and treating the aging patient
  • Identify different variables when considering treatment across the lifespan


SLP Credit Designation: Northwell Health is recognized by the American Speech and Hearing Association as an approved continuing education provider for speech-language pathologists. Completion of this course will award 1.35 contact hours to speech-language pathologists. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. To obtain ASHA CEUs, you must remain on-site for the entirety of the conference and complete a learning outcomes survey and the ASHA CEUs form at the end of the conference. Partial credit will not be offered. If you have any questions or complaints, please contact Michelle Graham at magraham@northwell.edu.

Verification of Attendance: Will be provided to all professionals.

Disclosure Policy: Northwell Health adheres to the ACCME Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME-CE activity, including faculty, planners, reviewers or others, are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.


Friday October 20, 2023
7:30 – 8:00Registration
8:00Opening remarks & IntroductionJonathan Waller, MA, CCC-SLP
8:10Back to the Basics
8:10Telos & Techne: Why DO We Eat?Paula Leslie, PhD, MA Bioethics, CCC-SLP, FRCSLT (UK), Reg HCPC (UK)
8:30A History of Being NormalLaurie Wennerholm, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
8:50Eating Vs SwallowingKate Hutcheson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
9:10The Great BeyondRaele Robison, PhD, CCC-SLP
9:30The Dysphagia Happy Hour: Tips & Tricks to Help Your Patients Socialize AgainMario Landera, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
9:50Q&A Panel 
10:05*Break (20 minutes) 
10:25From the Cradle to the Classroom: Considerations for Pediatric Feeding & Swallowing
10:25The First Breath: The Infant Sucking PatternLouisa Ferrara-Gonzalez, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CNT, NTMTC
10:55Beyond The MouthRaquel Garcia, SLPD, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT, BCS-S
11:25Don’t Miss a Beat With DevelopmentAndrea Mangino, MS, CCC-SLP
11:55In the Thick of It: Aerodigestive Considerations in Pediatric DysphagiaKara Larson, MS, CCC-SLP
12:25Q&A Panel 
12:45**Lunch (1 hour) 
1:45The Art of Growing Up
1:45Proactive Swallowing Exercise to Promote Healthy AgingSonja Molfenter, PhD, CCC-SLP
2:05In Search of Eating EqualityRaele Robison, PhD, CCC-SLP
2:25Connecting the Dots: Ethics & Clinical Decision-Making in the Aging SwallowLuis Riquelme, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2:45Q&A Panel 
3:00*Break (15 mins) 
3:15Don’t Pathologize the Aging SwallowSonja Molfenter, PhD, CCC-SLP
3:35Don’t Pathologize Poor PO IntakeNicole Roach, RD
3:55Put Your Money Where the Mouth Is: Oral Health & Swallowing in the Frail PatientNicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP
Saturday October 21, 2023
7:45Announcements, Housekeeping 
8:00Aspiration: The Elephant In the Room
8:00Hungry, Thirsty, Confused & Scared: Assessment After IntubationMartin Brodsky, PhD, ScM, CCC-SLP, FASHA
8:20How Much Is Too Much: Is There Tolerance for Aspiration in the ICU?Linda Kirschenbaum, MD
8:40One of These Things Is Not Like The Other: Aspiration in the Head and Neck Cancer PatientSeth Kaplan, MD
9:00Considerations for PEG Placement in the Stroke Patient: Timing and Factors Beyond AspirationSalman Azhar, MD
9:20From the Palliative POVAlex Rimar, MD
9:55*Break (10 minutes) 
10:05It Takes A Village
10:05Around the World With 80 Patients: Becoming Culturally Competent in Dysphagia TherapyMario Landera, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
10:25The Struggle Is Real: Establishing Patient-Centered GoalsYvette McCoy, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
10:45Buy-in the SkyKeri Vasquez Miloro, MS, CAGS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
11:20***Lunch (30 minutes, boxed lunches provided) 
11:50Blow Me Away: Expanding the Dysphagia Management Paradigm with CoughMichelle Troche, PhD, CCC-SLP
12:10Putting It Into Practice: A Step-by-Step Tutorial for the Assessment and Treatment of CoughJames Curtis, PhD, CCC-SLP,  BCS-S
12:30Phoning It In: Improving Access Through Patient-Centered Telehealth and Wearable TechnologiesGeorgia Malandraki, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA
1:10Living With Dysphagia
1:10Story of SurvivalDebra Dout
1:30The 3 Pillars of Whole Health & Then SomeMarta Kazandjian, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, FASHA, NBC-HWC
1:50What Is Comfort Care?Rollin Wright, MD
2:10Eating as a Chronic AspiratorKate Hutcheson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2:30Worship the Dog: We’re Getting CloserPaula Leslie, PhD, MA Bioethics, CCC-SLP, FRCSLT (UK), Reg HCPC (UK)

*Breakfast and coffee will be provided on both days.
**Attendees are responsible for their own lunch on Day 1.
***A boxed lunch will be provided on Day 2.

Target Audience: Speech-language pathologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants. 

Registration Fees:
$395 Early-bird registration by August 20, 2023
$425 after August 20, 2023

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, all cancellations must be confirmed by emailing magraham@northwell.edu by September 15th, 2023. An administrative fee of $25 will be charged for all cancellations. No refunds will be given after this date or for “no-shows.”

We are sold out

We look forward to seeing everyone, LIVE and In-Person October 20-21 at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC!


Course Directors & Planning Committee:

Michelle Graham, MS, CCC-SLP
Director of Clinical Care, Division of Speech-Language Pathology
Department of Otolaryngology
Lenox Hill Hospital

Jonathan M. Waller, MA, CCC-SLP
Founder/Owner of Dysphagia Cafe

Lauren Reingold, MS, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist
Department of Otolaryngology Lenox Hill Hospital

Course Faculty:



The conference entrance is at 131 E. 76th street between Park Ave. and Lexington Ave. The main entrance to the hospital is 100 E. 77th St, please do not use this entrance for the conference.


By subway: 6 (green) train to 77th St or Q (yellow) train to 72nd St and 2nd Ave, then a 5 minute walk to Lenox Hill Hospital. 

By car: Driving is not recommended due to the challenges with finding parking. If you do drive, there are many parking lots nearby and will cost ~$60+/day. We suggest checking the parking app SpotHero for locations and best rates.

By taxi/Uber: Please give the Einhorn Auditorium address: 131 E. 76th St


Hotel Options

The Beekman Hotel is SOLD OUT

La Quinta Inn NYC Central Park: 31 W 71st, New York, New York 10023. Use Discount Group Rate: “Dysphagia Symposium” when booking. Call 1-800-753-3757. Reference Itinerary #5136B401397357. 1 Double Bed & 1 Twin Bed or 1 Queen Bed options. ~$280-$310/night. Please call for rates. ~10 minute car ride and ~25 minute walk. There is limited availability. Rates may increase without advanced notice.

Please check out these additional hotel options. Please note these hotels do not have a conference block or conference discount. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Courtyard New York Manhattan/Upper Eastside

Hilton Garden Inn New York/Manhattan-Midtown East

Elysee Hotel