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Barbara Ebersole, BFA, MA, CCC-SLP

Barb Ebersole, BFA, MA, CCC-SLP

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Assistant Research Professor

Director, Speech Pathology

H&N Cancer Clinical Program Administrator

Clinical Instructor, Department of Otolaryngology

Specialties

Treatment Focus

  • Oncology rehabilitation
  • Swallowing disorders 
  • Voice disorders
  • Singing voice therapy
  • Voice & body work for performers

Treatment Philosophy

I am a rehabilitation clinician because I believe that surviving cancer is about more than just staying alive: I use my talents and skills toward improving quality of life for patients as they live through and beyond their cancer treatment.

Cancer and the treatment of cancer often lead to physical and cognitive impairments. This is particularly true with head and neck cancer, where the impacted structures are critical for eating and speaking. Together, my patients and I set realistic yet challenging goals for improving their function. Cancer rehabilitation is not easy; empathy, accountability and humor go a long way in motivating my patients towards achieving the highest function possible.

I also have background and training in the performing arts, and through the Temple Head and Neck Institute I spend a portion of my clinical time working with vocal performers who are experiencing a problem with their voice.  Vocal performers have unique needs and benefit from a specialized approach to their rehabilitation. As a singer myself, I love working with creative, artistic personalities and can appreciate how devastating a loss or change in one’s voice can be.  

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • MA, Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2004  
  • BFA, Performing Arts, Emerson College, Boston, MA 1997, Magna Cum Laude

Certifications

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech Pathology 
  • Survivorship Training And Rehabilitation (STAR) Certified Clinician                               

Memberships

  • American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Voice And Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)
  • ASHA Special Interest Group 3, Voice Disorders
  • International Association of Laryngectomees (IAL)
  • Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer (SPONCH)
Publications

Selected Publications

Clark S, Ebersole B . The role of the speech pathologist in the general medical-surgical patient. Nursing2018. Accepted for publication January 2018: IN PRESS.

 Zuniga S, Ebersole B, Jamal N. Utility of Eating Assessment Tool-10 scores in predicting aspiration in patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Accepted January 2018: IN PRESS.

Jamal N, Ebersole B, Erman A, Chetri D. Maximizing functional outcomes in head and neck cancer survivors – assessment and rehabilitation. Otolaryngol Clin N Am. 2017; 50: 837–852.

Ebersole B, Soni R, Lango M, Moran K, Jamal, N. The Influence of Occupation on Self-Perceived Vocal Problems in Patient’s with Voice Complaints. J Voice. 2017 Sep 26. pii: S0892-1997(17)30238-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.08.028.

Ebersole B, Soni R, Lango M, Moran K, Jamal, N. The role of occupational voice demand and patient-rated impairment in predicting voice therapy adherence. J Voice. 2017 Jul 11. pii: S0892-1997(17)30162-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.06.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Zuniga S, Ebersole B, Jamal N. Improved Swallow Outcomes Following Injection Laryngoplasty in Unilateral Vocal Fold Immobility. Ear, Nose & Throat Journal. In press: accepted for publication 4/12/2017.

Soni R, Ebersole B, Jamal N.  Does even low-grade dysphonia warrant voice center referral?  J Voice. 2017 Apr 7. pii: S0892-1997(17)30058-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.03.011. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28396220

Zuniga S, Ebersole B, Jamal N. Inpatient injection laryngoplasty for vocal fold immobility: When is it really necessary? Am J Otolaryngol. 2017 March; 38(2):222-225

Soni R, Ebersole B, Jamal N. Treatment of Chronic Cough: Single Institution Experience Utilizing Behavioral Therapy.Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 Jan; 156 (1): 103-108.

Lango M, Galloway T, Mehra R, Ebersole B, Liu J, Moran K, Ridge J.  Impact of baseline patient-reported dysphagia on acute gastrostomy placement in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma undergoing definitive radiation. Head & Neck. 2015: DOI: 10.1002/hed.24220.

Linkov G, Ebersole B, Jamal N. Dysphagia. In: Toskala E, Kennedy D, eds. ENT Essentials. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Medical Publishers; 2015. In press. 

Jamal N, Ebersole B. Voice considerations in the surgical treatment of early glottic carcinomas: lessons learned from the literature. Otorinolaringologica. 2014; 64(3):115-26.

Lango M, Egleston B, Fang C, Burtness B, Galloway T, Liu J, Mehra R, Ebersole B, Moran K, Ridge J. Baseline health perceptions in patients with head and neck cancer. Cancer. 2014;120(6):840-7.

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