UNC Voice Center Team

Robert A. Buckmire, MD, is the Director of the University of North Carolina Voice Center and the Chief of the Division of Voice and Swallowing Disorders. He completed a post-graduate fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at the Vanderbilt University Voice Center in Nashville TN. in 2000. Since that time, Dr. Buckmire has delivered more the 50 local regional, national and international presentations on vocal health, voice disorders and new techniques in laryngeal surgery. He has recently joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina to start a Division of Voice and Swallowing Disorders in the Department of Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery.

Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, J.P. Riddle Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, is Chief of the Division of Head & Neck Oncology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He completed a residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard University, in 1985, and a fellowship in Head & Neck Oncology at the University of Cincinnati in 1986. Along with Dr. Ellen Markus, he is a founding member of the UNC Voice Wellness Clinic and has been active in the practice of laryngology since 1986. His special interests in laryngology are in the treatment of laryngeal dystonia, vocal cord paralysis, laser surgery, treatment of benign and malignant laryngeal neoplasms (tumors), and the treatment of laryngeal and tracheal stenosis.

Rupali Shah, MD graduated from the University of Georgia and obtained her M.D. degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She went on to complete her residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After residency, Dr. Shah was accepted as a laryngology fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. There, she was mentored by Dr. Peak Woo and Dr. Kenneth Altman. Her fellowship training included medical and surgical treatment of voice and throat disorders including vocal paralysis/paresis, laryngopharyngeal reflux, laryngotracheal stenosis, benign and malignant neoplasms, and neurologic diseases including spasmodic dysphonia. She also gained expertise in office-based procedures including laryngeal botox, KTP laser, and injection laryngoplasty.

Ellen Markus, MA, CCC-SLP, DMA, Voice Center Coordinator, is a speech pathologist and singing voice specialist who is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders. She has a doctorate in vocal music performance and has taught singing for over 25 years. In 1991, she co-founded the UNC Voice Wellness Clinic, where she specializes in working with singers who have experienced vocal injury. She has lectured regionally and at the national level on the care and prevention of voice disorders.

Elizabeth C. Ramsey, MS, CCC-SLP, joined the Voice Center team in 2012. She holds a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology, and has a background in voice disorders, swallowing disorders, and head & neck cancer. She specializes in adult voice disorders and the pediatric voice population. She has particular expertise in performing and interpreting videolaryngostroboscopy.