The Department of Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders & Reading Disabilities and its community-based programs offer comprehensive services, including diagnostic evaluations, treatment, counseling and consultations for children and adults with swallowing and communication disorders.

Massachusetts General Hospital Speech, Language and Swallowing Disorders & Reading Disabilities includes over 40 speech-language pathologists (SLP) providing services at three Mass General sites (Mass General Main Campus, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, and MGH Revere HealthCare Center), as well as Shriners Hospital for Children and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Services are provided across all levels of care including intensive care and inpatient units, ambulatory and community-based health centers.

Our Staff

Our diverse staff offers a broad variety of clinical expertise and an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. We are committed to setting the highest standard of clinical service. Each staff member works toward:

  • Maximizing our patients’ communication and swallowing abilities to enable them to function at the highest level possible
  • Returning patients to work and community
  • Preventing and decreasing medical complications
  • Improving quality of life

Excellence in Practice

The practice of speech language and swallowing disorders at Mass General also involves:

  • Education and counseling of our patients, their family members and the broader community
  • Collaboration with other healthcare members and partnerships with educators
  • Advocacy and community awareness through education and training programs
  • Presentations at national and local conferences
  • Research and publications in numerous journals and book chapters

We foster excellence in practice and strong collaborative relationships. Our staff work in teams comprised of clinicians who practice at the same site and/or who work with specialized patient populations. These include:

  • Outpatient Adult Swallowing Service
  • Outpatient Adult Speech, Language and Cognition Service
  • Outpatient Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Service
  • Outpatient Pediatric Speech and Language Service
  • MGH Chelsea and MGH Revere HealthCare Centers
  • Inpatient Adult and Pediatric Teams

Who we are

Qualifications for practice as a speech-language pathologist at Mass General include:

  • Master’s or doctoral degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Massachusetts Licensure