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Yael Bensoussan

Yael Bensoussan, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - HNS Director, USF Health Voice Center , University of South Florida

About Yael Bensoussan

Dr. Yael Bensoussan is an attending laryngologist and an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of South Florida. She is a fellowship-trained laryngologist with advanced expertise in voice, swallowing, and upper airway evaluation and treatment. Prior to joining the University of South Florida, she completed her medical school at the University of Montreal, and her surgical residency training at the University of Toronto, Canada. She went on to complete a fellowship in Laryngology (voice, airway, and swallowing disorders) at the University of Southern California under the direction and mentorship of Dr. Michael Johns and Dr. Karla O’Dell. Dr. Bensoussan’s background also includes a degree in Speech Pathology and a prior career in music, which has led her to her passion for the voice and for laryngeal disorders. From a clinical standpoint, Dr. Bensoussan aims to provide expert care to patients with various laryngeal disorders and swallowing disorders including laryngeal cancer, vocal fold paralysis, benign laryngeal lesions, laryngotracheal stenosis, spasmodic dysphonia, muscle tension dysphonia, Zenkers’ diverticulum, and oropharyngeal dysphagia amongst others. She is known to provide compassionate and individualized care to all patients. She is also an avid proponent of multi-disciplinary care and has led multiple patient-education initiatives around tracheostomy care. While completing her clinical fellowship, she also obtained her Master of Science (MSc) in System Leadership and Innovations and the Institute of Health Policy, Evaluation and Management at the University of Toronto, Canada, where she worked on applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the laryngology field. She is developing an expertise in the integration of AI into the field of voice research and is involved in many projects of healthcare digitization and data-driven care. Passionate about optimization of health systems efficiency and algorithms of care, she is building bridges with multiple partners to integrate technology to optimize the quality of care provided to her patients. Dr. Bensoussan has served on the Voice Committee of the American Laryngological Association (ALA), and was awarded the Young Faculty/ Practitioner Award of the ALA in 2021 for her research work on AI and gender-affirming voice care.