Department of Surgery
Board-certified laryngeal surgeon Semirra Bayan provides comprehensive treatment for disorders of the vocal cords, with a specialty in early glottis (vocal cord) cancer and pre-cancerous vocal cord lesions, vocal cord papilloma, vocal cord paralysis, voice disorders, and laryngeal stenosis. She also works with performers and professional vocalists. She is an expert in using innovative potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) laser procedures to treat early vocal cord cancers while preserving nearby healthy tissue and potentially avoiding the need for standard radiation therapy. She also uses the laser as a voice-preserving treatment for vocal cord papilloma.
In addition to her clinical practice, her scholarly work has focused on advancing the care of patients in laryngology through evaluating outcomes in airway management and chronic upper airway obstruction. Her research has been published in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, The Laryngoscope, and the Journal of Laryngology and Otology.
Bayan received her MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as a laryngeal surgery fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation.