Tom Abelson, MD, FACS

Abelson is a Northeastern Ohio ENT (Cleveland Clinic Foundation Solon), who treats professional voice users, including principal singing artists of both classical and popular idioms. A graduate of Oberlin College (BA) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (MD), Abelson did postdoctoral surgical internship and residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, and an otolaryngology residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

For two decades, Abelson has been associated with Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a lecturer, and as a consultant for the Institute of Voice Performance Pedagogy. Appointed an Oberlin College Affiliate Scholar in 1997, Abelson is the OBSVAC medical advisor and examiner for on-campus fiberoptic/stroboscopic research protocols that include many Oberlin student singers.

Douglas Hicks, PhD

Hicks is director of the Voice Center and head of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Hicks is a frequent presenter at national symposia on professional voice care, prominent member of the Voice Foundation, and an Oberlin Affiliate Scholar since 1997. A prolific author, his articles appear in many professional journals.

He is a certified speech pathologist, and holds the PhD from Vanderbilt University, an MA from Northwestern University, and a BA from Wooster College.

In cooperation with Abelson, Hicks is advisor and examiner for on-campus fiberoptic/stroboscopic studies, OBSVAC, and for 20 years has served as participant in the Oberlin Institute of Voice Performance Pedagogy.

Claudio Milstein

Milstein is a certified speech pathologist in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He earned an MSc from the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD from the University of Arizona College of Medicine.