Dysphagia is common and costly. Complications of swallowing dysfunction include dehydration, malnutrition depression, social isolation, pneumonia, pulmonary abscess, and death. For patients with profound disease,treatment options are limited. The UC Davis Center for Voice and Swallowing (CVS) is pushing the boundary of research and patient care.
CVS clinicians have established close collaborations with the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, the UCD Institute for Regenerative Cures, The National Primate Center, The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, and the UCD Center for Health and the Environment. These collaborations have resulted in millions of dollars in grant funding, 4 patents, 2 startup companies, dozens of publications, 4 first in human and 5 first in canine surgeries. Our mission is to continue to advance the care of patients with disabling disorders of voice, swallowing, and breathing.