Debra Suiter is director of the Voice and Swallow Clinic and an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Suiter has been a speech-language pathologist for 24 years and has worked across a number of settings including acute care, acute rehabilitation, outpatient, and skilled nursing facilities. Her primary clinical and research interests focus on assessment and treatment of adults with swallowing disorders. Together with Dr. Steven Leder, she developed the Yale Swallow Protocol, a tool used to identify aspiration risk. Dr. Suiter has presented her work locally, nationally, and internationally, and she has published a number of manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications. She is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders, a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and a member of the Dysphagia Research Society.
There is equivocal information in the research literature regarding the effects, if any, tracheostomy tubes have on swallow function. Clinicians are often called upon to… read more
There is equivocal information in the research literature regarding the effects, if any, tracheostomy tubes have on swallow function. It remains unclear if it is… read more
Accurate assessment of individuals at risk for dysphagia is critically important because of the negative sequelae that can accompany unrecognized prandial aspiration, including malnutrition, dehydration,… read more