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Michael J. Pitman, MD

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Credentials & Experience

America's Top Doctor
NY Top Doctor

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology

Clinical Expertise

  • Cricopharyngeal Dysfunction
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Laryngotracheal Stenosis
  • Singing Voice Specialist
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Chronic Cough
  • Laryngeal Dystonia
  • Dystonia
  • Voice Disorder
  • Throat & Voice Problems
  • Swallowing Disorder
  • Airway Disorder
  • Airway Reconstruction
  • Difficult Airway Management
  • Voice & Vocal Cord Surgery
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Acid Reflux
  • Vocal nodules and cysts
  • Vocal fold polyps
  • Vocal fold paralysis
  • Oromandibular Dystonia
  • Dysphagia
  • Care of Professional Voice

Education & Training

  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Internship: Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Residency: New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Honors & Awards

2017 New York Times “SuperDocs”

2016 Research Poster Award- 1st Prize- Presence of Human Papilloma Virus on Single Use EndostatTM Fibers Following in Office-Treatment of Respiratory Papilloma with the KTP laser.

2016 New York Magazine: Top Doctors

2016 America’s Top Doctors – Castle Connolly

2016 New York Metro Area Top Doctor - Castle Connolly

2016 New York Times “SuperDocs”

2015-2016 Peer Election to “Best Doctors in America”

2015 New York Times “SuperDocs”

2015 America’s Top Doctors – Castle Connolly

2015 New York Metro Area Top Doctor - Castle Connolly

2015 New York Magazine: Top Doctors

2014 New York Times “SuperDocs”

2014 New York Magazine: Top Doctors

2013-2014 Peer Election to “Best Doctors in America”

2013 New York Times “SuperDocs”

2013 American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Honor Award

2011-2012 Peer Election to “Best Doctors in America”

2011 The John Kearney Rodgers Physician of the Year Award New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

2009 -2010 Peer Election to “Best Doctors in America”

2010 Peter Schindler Memorial Award for Resident Teaching New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

2008 Research Poster Award – 1st Place Evaluation of Functional Recovery of Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Using Transoral Laryngeal Bipolar Electromyography (ToL EMG): A rat model.Triologic Association Annual Meeting

2007 -2008 Peer Election to “Best Doctors in America”

2007 Research Poster Award – 2nd Place Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Recovery Evaluation using Transoral Bipolar Electromyography (ToL EMG): A rat model. American American Laryngological Association Annual Meeting

2003 Resident Research Travel Grant American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

2003 Resident Teaching Award in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

2003 J Swift Hanley MD Memorial Award for Excellence in Research New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

2001 Resident Research Travel Grant American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

2001 Resident Research Grant Thyroid Fluorescence – The use of light to diagnose thyroid nodules  American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

1998 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Albert Einstein College of Medicine

1998 Medicine International Health Fellowship Malawi, Africa Albert Einstein College of Medicine

1989-1991 Honors Program – College of Literature, Science and Arts University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

1993 Golden Key National Honor Society University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

About Michael Pitman

Michael J. Pitman, MD - ColumbiaDoctors Otolaryngologist

Michael J. Pitman MD is Chief of the Division of Laryngology. He serves as Director of the Voice and Swallowing Institute of ColumbiaDoctors, the faculty practice of Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Pitman is a recognized expert in voice restoration, conservation and care of the professional voice as well as in the care of swallowing and airway disorders. These areas include such illnesses such as vocal fold paralysis, cricopharyngeal dysfunction, spasmodic dysphonia, laryngopharyngeal reflux, chronic cough, laryngotracheal stenosis, vocal fold polyps, nodules and cysts. 

Dr. Pitman received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his otolaryngology residency at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and was a fellow in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Dr. Pitman has been voted by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America”, as well as to New York Magazine “Top Doctors” and New York Times “SuperDocs”. Dr. Pitman has received numerous grants for pioneering research in the field of Laryngology. He has authored many articles for peer reviewed journals as well as book chapters, and he lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.

Academic Titles

  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at CUMC

Administrative Positions

  • Chief, Division of Laryngology

Committee/Societies/Council Memberships

Professional Organizations and Societies


2016-2017 New York Laryngological Society- President

2015-2016 New York Laryngological Society- Secretary/Treasurer

2015-present New York Laryngological Society – Secretary/Treasurer

2010-present New York Laryngological Society – Member

2007-present New York Singing Teachers’ Association – Member


2014- present American Laryngological Association - Fellow
2013-present The Triological Society – Fellow
2011-present American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology – Member
2009-present American College of Surgeons – Fellow
2009-present American Broncho-Esophagological Association – Member
2009-2014 American Laryngological Association – Post-Graduate Fellow
2004-present The Voice Foundation – Physician Member
2004-present American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Fellow

Editorial Board

2014-present Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
2013-present Journal of Voice

Journal Reviewer

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
Journal of Voice
Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia


  • Male

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Contact & Locations

51 West 51st Street
Suite 385
New York, New York 10019
Phone: (212) 305-5289
(212) 305-2249
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Phone: (212) 305-5289


Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Research

1. Howell RJ, Pate MB, Ishman SL, Isserof TF, Rubin AD, Soliman AM, Postma GN, Pitman MJ*. Prospective Multi-Institutional Transnasal Esophagoscopy: Predictors of a Change in Management. Laryngoscope. 2016. 2016 Dec;126(12):2667-2671

2. Hernández-Morato I, Tewari I, Sharma S, Pitman MJ*. Blockade of glial-derived neurotrophic factor in laryngeal muscles promotes appropriate reinnervation. Laryngoscope. 2016 Oct;126(10):E337-42.

3. Hernandez-Morato I, Sharma S, Pitman MJ*. Changes in neurotrophic factors of adult rat laryngeal muscles during nerve regeneration. Neuroscience. 2016 Oct 1;333:44-53.

4. Hernandez-Morato I, Pitman MJ, Sharma S. Muscle specific nucleus ambiguus neurons isolation and culturing. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 2016; (273):33–39.

5. Koss SL, Kidwai SM, Pitman MJ*. Contralateral Vocal Fold Reactive Lesions: Nomenclature, Treatment Choice, and Outcome. Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. 2016; Jun;154(6):1079-83

6. Pitman MJ, Cabin JA, Iacob CE. Small Intestinal Submucosa Implantation for the Possible Treatment of Vocal Fold Scar, Sulcus, and Superficial Lamina Propria Atrophy. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2016; Feb 125(2):137-144. 

7. Haser GC, Su HK, Pitman MJ*, Khorsandi AS.Extramedullary plasmacytoma of the cricoid cartilage with solitary plasmacytoma of the rib. Am J Otolaryngol. 2015 Jul-Aug;36(4):598-600

8. Hernandez-Morato I, Isseroff TF, Sharma S, Pitman MJ*. Differential expression of glial-derived neurotrophic factor in rat laryngeal muscles during reinnervation. Laryngoscope. 2014 Dec;124(12 ):2750-6

9. Naples J, Isseroff TF, Pitman MJ*. Laryngeal Extramedullary Plasmacytoma in an Adolescent. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. Extra 9. 33-35

10. Born H, Ruiz R, Verma A, Taliercio S, Achlatis S, Pitman M, Gandonu S, Bing R, Amin MR, & Branski RC. Concurrent Oral Human Papilloma Virus Infection in Patients with Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis. Laryngoscope. 2014 Dec;124(12):2785-90

11. Pitman MJ. Treatment of Spasmodic Dysphonia with a Neuromodulating Electrical Implant. Laryngoscope. 2014 Nov;124(11):2537-43

12. Pitman MJ, Rubino SM, Cooper AL.Temporalis fascia transplant for vocal fold scar and sulcus vocalis. Laryngoscope. Jul;124(7):1653-8

13.  Ruiz R, Born H, Verma A, Taliercio S, Achlatis S, Sulica L, Pitman M, Kapadia F, Fang Y, Branski RC, & Amin MR. Risk Factors for Adult Onset Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis: A multi-institutional investigation. Laryngoscope. 124(10); 2338-2344.

14. Kuet ML, Pitman MJ*: Photoangiolytic Laser Treatment of Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis: a scaled assessment. J Voice. 2013 Jan;27(1):124-8.

15. Alli O, Berzofsky C, Sharma S, Pitman MJ*. Development of the Rat Larynx - A Histological Study. Laryngoscope. 2013. Dec;123(12):3093-3098

16. Pitman MJ, Berzofsky C, Alli O, Sharma S. Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Transection and Anastomosis: Rat Laryngeal Motoneuron Survival and Effect of the Anastomosis Site Survival and Effect of the Anastomosis Site. Ann Otol Rhinol. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2013;122:283-287.

17. Pitman MJ, Berzofsky C, Alli O, Sharma S: Embryologic innervation of the rat laryngeal musculature-a model for investigation of recurrent laryngeal nerve reinnervation. Laryngoscope. 2013. Dec;123(12):3117-3126

18. Murukutla S, Bhatt VR, Vivekanandarajah A, Pitman MJ, Dhar M. Recurrent Primary Laryngeal Amyloidosis in a 36 Year-Old-Woman. Journal of Medical Cases. 2012. 4(1), 46–48.

19. Pitman MJ, Lebowitz A, Iacob C, Tan M. The Efficacy and Safety In-office KTP Laser Treatment of Reinke’s Edema. Laryngoscope. 2012. Dec;122(12):2786-2792

20. Cohen SM, Pitman MJ, Noordzij, P, Courey M: Evaluation of Dysphonic Patients by General Otolaryngologists. J Voice. 2012 Nov;26(6):772-8

21. Cohen SM, Pitman, MJ, Noordzij, P, Courey M: Management of Dysphonic Patients by Otolaryngologists. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2012 Aug;147(2):289-94

22. Berzofsky C, Holiday R, Pitman MJ*: Variability of post-operative esophagram after endoscopic cricopharyngeal myotomy: technique dependence. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2012 Mar;121(3):145-50

23. Halum,SL,1 Ting, JY,Plowman E., Belafsky,PC, Harbarger CF, Postma G, Pitman MJ, MD,5 LaMonica D, Moscatello A, Khosla S, Cauley C,Maronian N, Melki S, Wick C, Sinacori JT, White Z, Younes A, Ekbom DC, Sardesai MG, Merati AL. A Multi-Institutional Analysis of Tracheotomy Complications. Laryngoscope. 2012 Jan;122(1):38-45

24. Weissbrod P, Pitman MJ, Sharma S, Bender A, Schaefer SD: Quantity and 3 Dimensional Position of the Recurrent and Superior Laryngeal Nerve Lower Motor Nuclei – A rat model. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2011;120:761-768.

25. Pitman MJ, Weissbrod P, Roark R, Sharma S, Schaefer SD: Electromyographic and Histologic Evolution of the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve From Transection and Anastomosis to Mature Reinnervation. Laryngoscope. 2011. Feb;121(2):325-31

26. Mayerhoff R, Pitman MJ: The Atypical and Disparate Presentations of Laryngeal Sarcoidosis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2010; Oct:119(10): 667-671

27. Rousso J, Pitman MJ*: Enterococcus faecalis Complicating Dermal Filler Injection: A Case of Virulent Facial Abscesses. Derm Surg. 2010 Oct;36(10): 1638-1641

28. Brown DJ, Pitman MJ: Retained Bjork Flap Suture: Nine years of morbidity. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg, 2010; (142): 626-627

29. Tan M, Pitman MJ: A Case of Bilateral Vocal Fold Mucosal Bridges, Bilateral Trans-Vocal Fold Type 3 Sulci and an Intracordal Polyp. J Voice. 2011 Jul;25(4):484-6

30. Tessema B, Roark RM, Pitman MJ, Weissbrod P, Sharma S, Schaefer SD. Observations of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury and recovery using a rat model. Laryngoscope. 2009 Aug;119(8):1644-51.

31. Tessema B, Pitman MJ, Roark RM, Berzofsky C, Sharma S, Schaefer SD. Evaluation of functional recovery of recurrent laryngeal nerve using transoral laryngeal bipolar electromyography: a rat model. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2008 Aug;117(8):604-8.

32. Pitman MJ, Weissbrod P: Endoscopic Cricopharyngeal Myotomy: History and Technique. Laryngoscope. 2009 Jan;199(1):45-53.

33. Pitman MJ, Rosenthal J, Savage H, Goupei Y, McCormick S, Alfano R, Schantz SP: The Fluorescence of Thyroid Tissue. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Nov;131(5):623-7.

34. Pitman, MJ, Abdelmonem, E, Moscatello, AL: Xanthoma of the Maxillary Sinus. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 126(4):426-7, 2002

Book Chapters

1. Karle WE, Pitman MJ*. Management of Sulcus Vocalis. In: Moore JE, Sataloff RT, Hawkshaw MJ eds. Vocal Fold Scar: Current Concepts and Management. 1st ed. Devon, England: Compton Publishing.  2016

2.Berzofsky CE, Cooper AL, Pitman MJ*. Postoperative Management of Superior Laryngeal Nerve Paralysis In: Randolph G ed, Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve.1st ed. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. 2016. 301-308

3.Berzofsky, Pitman MJ*. Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis In: Sataloff RT, Benniger M ed. Sataloff’s Comprehensive Textbook of Otolarynology: Laryngology. JP Medical Publishers, London, England. 2015

4. Pitman MJ. Laryngeal Anatomy In: Sclafani A ed, Total Otolaryngology. 1st ed. New York, NY: Thieme. 2014. 613-617

5. Pitman MJ. Vocal Physiology In: Sclafani A ed, Total Otolaryngology. 1st ed. New York, NY: Thieme. 2014. 618-623

6. Pitman MJ. Spasmodic Dysphonia In: Sclafani A ed, Total Otolaryngology. 1st ed. New York, NY: Thieme. 2014. 687-693

7. Pitman MJ, Kamat AR, Bliznikas D, Baredes S. Spasmodic Dysphonia. In: eMedicine from WebMD. 2009

8. Pitman MJ, Ossoff RH. Airway Stenosis: Diagnosis and Management. In: Merati A, Bielamowicz S, eds. Textbook of Laryngology. 1st ed. San Diego, CA: Plural; 2007. 351-376

9. Pitman MJ, Blixinkas D, Baredes S:  Spasmodic Dysphonia. In: Emedicine at  2007

10. Pitman MJ, Pearson JM, Williams, J:  Merkel Cell Carcinoma of the Skin:  M Abraham Kuriakose ed. In: Emedicine at  2006

11. Pitman MJ, Williams, J:  Merkel Cell Carcinoma: M Abraham Kuriakose ed. In: Emedicine at 2001