Dr. Kuhn specializes in disorders of voice, swallowing and airway.
Dr. Kuhn is directs the Otolaryngology Department Research Committee. She is actively involved in translational and clinical research exploring functional outcomes in head & neck cancer survivors and gastroesophageal reflux-mediated swallowing disorders.
Head and Neck Surgery
M.D., New York University School of Medicine, New York NY 2007
M.A.S., University of California, Davis, Davis CA 2014
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 2002
Otolaryngology, New York University Medical Center, New York NY 2007-2012
Laryngology & Bronchoesophagology, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2012-2014
American Board of Otolaryngology, 2012
American Academy of Otolaryngology � Head and Neck Surgery
American Bronchoesophagological Association
Dysphagia Research Society
Dysphagia Surgical Society
Society of University Otolaryngologists
Honors and Awards
Most Clinical Relevance Award, Bay Area Resident Research Symposium, 2017
GME High Value Competition, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2016
First Prize Scientific Poster Award, American Broncho-Esophagological Association, Boston MA, 2015
First Prize Scientific Presentation Award, Dysphagia Research Society, Nashville TN, 2014
Virginia Perry Wislon Endowment Award for Interdepartmental Events, Funded One Health Integrated Aerodigestive Tract Team Symposium, UC Davis Medical Center & School of Veterinary Medicine, 2013
Select Recent Publications
Lee JW, Randall DR, Kuhn MA. Intraoperative ultrasound guided retrieval of an extraluminal pharyngoesophageal foreign body. ENT J. 2017.
Johnson CM, Venkatesan NN, Siddiqui MT, Cates DJ, Kuhn MA, Postma GN, Belafsky PC. Outcomes of Laryngohyoid Suspension Techniques in an Ovine Model of Profound Oropharyngeal Dysphagia. Laryngoscope. 2017 Jul. (Epub)
Nativ-Zeltzer N, Kuhn MA, Imai DM, Domer AS, Litts JK, Adams B, Belafsky. The effects of aspirated thickened water on survival and pulmonary injury in a rabbit model. Laryngoscope. 2017 Jul. (Epub)
Kuhn MA, Black AB, Siddiqui MT, Nolta JA, Belafsky PC. Novel murine xenograft model for the evaluation of stem cell therapy for profound dysphagia. Laryngoscope. 2017 Oct;127(10):E359-E363.
Venkatesan NN, Evangelista LM, Kuhn MA, Belafsky PC. Normal fluoroscopic appearance status post-successful endoscopic Zenker diverticulotomy. Laryngoscope. 2017 Aug;127(8):1762–1766.
Lee JW, Randall DR, Evangelista LM, Kuhn MA, Belafsky PC. Subjective assessment of videofluoroscopic swallow studies. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 May;156(5):901-905.
Siddiqui MT, Litts JK, Cheney DM, Kuhn MA, Belafsky PC. The effect of aspirated barium sulfate, iodixanol and diatrizoic acid on survival and lung injury in a lagomorph model. Laryngoscope. 2017 May;127(5):E148–E152.
Venkatesan NN, Johnson CM, Siddiqui MT, Cates DJ, Kuhn MA, Postma GN, Belafsky PC. Comparison of swallowing outcomes of laryngotracheal separation versus total laryngectomy in a validated ovine model of profound oropharyngeal dysphagia. J Laryngol Otol. 2017 Apr;131(4):350-356.
Cates DJ, Venkatesan NN, Strong B, Kuhn MA, Belafsky PC. Effect of vocal fold medialization on dysphagia in patients with unilateral vocal fold immobility. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Sep;155(3):454-7.
Vernau KM, Marks SJ, Kuhn MA, Culp WTM, Owens TJ, Shelton GD, Siddiqui TM, Pollard R, Belafsky PC. Total laryngectomy for management of chronic aspiration pneumonia in a myopathic dog. Can Vet J. 2016 Jul;57(7):761-766.