Joel H. Blumin, MD

Joel Blumin, MDProfessor
Chief, Division of Laryngology & Professional Voice
Medical Director, Professional Voice Program
Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin

Best Doctors 2015-2016

Patient Care Information


Dr. Joel H. Blumin is a Fellowship trained, Board Certified Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon who has a clinical emphasis in treating patients with voice and throat problems. He is Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and sees patients of all ages.

Dr. Blumin graduated from the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in 1993. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society in 1992. Following medical school, he went back to his home of Los Angeles, CA for a residency in Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at UCLA. As a resident, he received multiple awards for excellence in both teaching and research.

After his residency training, he stayed at UCLA to become the first Fellow in Laryngology, Voice Disorders, and Bronchoesophagology under the mentorship of Dr. Gerald S. Berke. During this two year Fellowship, he honed his diagnostic and surgical skills within the subspecialty of Laryngology.

At the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Blumin focuses his practice on diseases of the larynx and treatment of vocal professionals in all walks of life. He has a special interest and has been internationally recognized for his care of patients with spasmodic dysphonia, a neurologic disorder of the larynx. He also treats patients with airway stenosis, swallowing disorders, head & neck cancer including tumors of the larynx, as well as parotid and thyroid tumors. He is an expert in both traditional and minimally invasive surgical approaches to treatment.

He also enjoys his role as an academic otolaryngologist in teaching residents and medical students both the art and the science of medical practice. His research interests lie in neurolaryngology, laryngeal biomechanics, and spasmodic dysphonia.

Dr. Blumin has a simple philosophy of patient care that was passed to him from his mentors - treat every patient as if they were your mother, father, or a close family member. He'll carefully explain a patient's diagnosis and treatment options in terms they can understand.


  • Bachelor of Science (BS) - University of California, Riverside, CA, 1987
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) - University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA, 1993
  • Residency - Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999
  • Fellowship - Laryngology, Voice Disorders and Bronchoesophagology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2001

Board Certification

Society Memberships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association
  • The Voice Foundation
  • Society of University of Otolaryngologists
  • American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society also known as the Triological Society
  • American Broncho-Esophagological Association
  • American Laryngological Association
  • International Association of Phonosurgery
  • European Laryngological Society
  • Otolaryngology Historical Society
  • American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology
  • Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Association

Clinical Interests

  • Voice Disorders
  • Professional Voice
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngology
  • Neurologic Disorders of the Larynx
  • Laryngeal Electromyography (EMG)
  • Treatment of Spasmodic Dysphonia including Advanced Surgical Techniques
  • Botox (botulinum toxin) Injections
  • Rehabilitation of Patients with Vocal Paralysis
  • Microsurgery of Larynx
  • Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Laryngeal Surgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Injection Laryngoplasty/Vocal Cord Injections
  • Office Based Ambulatory Surgery
  • Reflux Disease
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Trans Nasal Esophagoscopy
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
  • Tumors of the Larynx
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Parotid and Salivary Gland Tumors
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders
  • Airway Stenosis
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) Implantation

Clinical Practice

  • Patient Age: All
  • Joined the Medical College of Wisconsin Faculty in 2005

Research Interests

  • Neurolaryngology
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Laryngeal Biomechanics


  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Travel Award, Western Sectional Meeting of the Triological Society
  • Most Outstanding Research/Clinical Presentation, Paul H. Ward Society Meeting
  • Resident Teaching Award, University of California Los Angeles
  • Clinical Faculty Teaching Award, University of California Los Angeles
  • Resident Research Award, American Laryngological Association
  • Named 'Best of Philadelphia' by Philadelphia Magazine, 2003
  • Faculty Teaching Award, MCW Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences
  • Most Outstanding Research/Clinical Presentation, Wisconsin Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery (twice)
  • Top 10’ Journal Reviewer , Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (Academic Journal)
  • Certificate of Honor, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Foundation
  • Best Doctor (multiple years), Best Doctors in America/The Business Journal
  • Broyles-Maloney Award for outstanding manuscript, American Broncho-Esophagological Association (twice)
  • MCW Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Medical College of Wisconsin Faculty Council
  • Top Doctors (multiple years), Castle Connolly Medical
  • Super Doctor (multiple years), Key Professional Media & Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Performing Outstanding Excellence Together (POET), Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Reward & Recognition Committee for Performance Excellence

Scheduling Information

  • Established Patient Appointments - (414) 805-5689
  • New Patient Appointments - (414) 805-5689

Clinical Practice Locations

Froedtert Hospital Clinic Practice Site
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-5580
(414) 476-4701 (fax)

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
9000 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-5689
(414) 805-5689 (fax)