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Dysphagia Committee

Mieke Moerman (Chair) Tamer Abou-Elsaad
Sara BaChar Reine Bou Issa
Astero Constantinou Renee Fabus
Kyriaki Kyriakou Oshrat Sella
Mershen Pillay
Mariella Poblete
Aliaa Sabry Ayatallah Raouf Sheikhany
Antonio Schindler Michelle Smith



Antonio Schindler – Italy

Mershen Pillay – South Africa

Tamer Abou Elsaad  – Egypt

IALP Dysphagia Committee Summary of Specialties

Dysphagia Committee member Specialties
Mieke Moerman,

Ass prof. SLP/ENT/Phoniatrician/Head & Neck Surgeon

Ghent, Belgium

CEO TelePHON.digital


Areas of specialties

  • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Rehabilitation via surgical, medical en conservative (compensation strategies & rehabilitation manoeuvres) means
  • Food consistencies
  • Educational programs
  • Telehealth


  • Oncological/Neurological
  • Postsurgical
  • Neuromuscular and degenerative disease
  • Acute care

Age range

  • Adults and elderly
  • Children (cleft lip and palate)





Tamer Abou-Elsaad

MD, Professor of Phoniatrics

ORL Department,

Vice  dean for postgraduate studies and Researches, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt











Areas of specialties:-        Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).

–        Feeding and swallowing evaluation and rehabilitation.

–        Endoscopic evaluation of the larynx and voice rehabilitation.

–        Vocal fold injection for vocal fold paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia.

–        Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the velopharyngeal port (VPP) and nasality rehabilitation.

Populations of focus:

–        Acute care in-patients with dysphagia

–        Head and Neck cancer patients.

–        Neonates and children with feeding and swallowing problems.

–        Voice problems patients

–        Velopharyngeal insufficiency/dysfunction  patients.

Age range:

–        Neonates, children, adults and elderly.

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Sara BaChar, 

(Committee member_ SECOND TURN


Speech Language Pathologist.

– Founder & President of the Emirates Speech Language Pathology Society under the Umbrella of the Emirates Medical Association.

– SLP at HealthPlus Children Specialty Center & Danat Al Emarat Hopsital under United Eastern Medical Services – Abu Dhabi – UAE


Areas of specialties

– Bedside swallow assessments.

– Feeding and swallowing assessment for neonatal and pediatrics patients.

– Instrumental and objective swallow assessment such as: VFSS – Videofluoroscopy.

– Feeding & Swallowing rehabilitation

– Prescription of modified dysphagia diets.

– Training of patient, caregivers and family on use of thickener to make right dysphagia diet consistencies.

– Participate as dysphagia specialist in MDT(Multidisciplinary) Clinics such as: Tracheostomy clinic- Maxillofacial clinic – Nutrition Support Clinic – Feeding support for Down’s Syndrome Clinic.

– Conduct Dysphagia and SLP role in treating Dysphagia Awareness campaigns in the community and population in the MENA region.

– Supervision of students in the observational and interventional Dysphagia trainings from Manchester Dysphagia Course in UAE.

– Voice Disorders assessment and rehabilitation.


Reine Bou Issa


Clinical Neuropsychologist,

CEO  Talking Brains Center FZE, Dubai




Areas of specialties

–        Rehabilitation of swallowing after partial laryngectomies (adults)

–        Oro-myo-functional treatment

–        Voice treatment (dysphonia, dysarthria)

–        Educational and Awareness programs


–        Oncological

–        Neurological

–        Postsurgical

–        Orthodontic cases


Age range

–        Children (cleft lip and palate, tongue posture)

–        Adults and elderly





Astero Constantinou, PhD, CCC-SLP

Scientific Associate & Dysphagia Clinic Consultant, Cyprus Institute of Neurology & Genetics


Scientific Collaborator/Lecturer European University Cyprus, School of Medicine/Dept. Of Dentistry


Lecturer/Cyprus University of Technology,

Dept. Of Rehabilitation Sciences



Areas of specialties

–        Epidemiology of dysphagia in neurodegenerative diseases

–        Swallowing function rehabilitation

–        Neuro-rehabilitation/Stroke Unit

–        Motor Speech Disorders

–        Radiologic & endoscopic imaging for the diagnosis and intervention of dysphagia (VFS/FEES)

–        Areas of research interest: longitudinal outcomes of dysphagia in Multiple Sclerosis; ultrasound volumetric tongue measurements in NDD


Populations of focus

–        Neurodegenerative/Neuromuscular diseases

–        Trach & vent patients

–        Critical care/Acute care/Neurological

–        Oncological and postsurgical patients

–        Geriatric


Age range

–        Adult


Email: astero.constantinou@cut.ac.cy


Renee Fabus, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, TSHH

Chair of Proposed SLP Graduate Program

Stony Brook University, NY, USA (Committee member)


Areas of Specialties

– The neurological underpinnings of swallowing disorders

– Assessment and Intervention approaches


Populations of focus

-Patients diagnosed with neurodegenerative diseases and dysphagia

-Patients diagnosed with stroke and dysphagia


Age range – Adult and Geriatric

-Adult to geriatric


Kyriaki Kyriakou, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

Special Scientist, Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Adjunct Faculty Member, Dept. of Speech Language Pathology, Nova Southeastern University, USA

Consultant at Archbishop Makarios III Pediatrics Hospital


Areas of specialties


  • Feeding and swallowing assessments for neonates, infants, children, adolescents and adults
  • Pediatric and adult instrumental swallowing evaluations: FEES & VFSS
  • Pediatric and adult feeding and swallowing rehabilitation
  • Risk factors for the development of voice disorders in adults


Populations of focus


  • Neonates, infants, children, teenagers, and adults with behavioral feeding issues and swallowing problems
  • Teachers and university professors with voice disorders


Age range

From birth to adults

Oshrat Sella, Ph.D.



Lecturer at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Haifa

Reuth Rehabilitation Hospital

Ezra Le’marphe – Intensive Program for people with PD


Mershen Pillay, (Committee Consultant)


Areas of Specialties

–      Oropharyngeal dysphagia assessment

–      VFSS

–      FEES

–      Physiological-based approach to swallowing rehabilitation

–      Implementation of textures’ terminology at a national level, and its assessment

–      Oral hygiene program for patients with dysphagia

–      Training and continuing education programs for SLPs


Populations of focus

– Stroke

– Parkinson’s Disease

– Presbyphagia


Age range – Adult and Geriatric

-Adult to geriatric

Mershen Pillay,

Speech Pathologist and Audiologist,


Associate Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Board member: International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI)



Areas of specialities

-managing dysphagia as a disability

-diet textural modifications for low middle income countries

-dysphagia service development

-indigenous knowledge systems for food and food security/sovereignty


-adult neurologically acquired dysphagia, multisensory disabilities

-paediatric – feeding and severe, complex disabilities

Age range: older child, adults

Website:  http://speechlp.ukzn.ac.za/Staff/ProfMershenPillay.aspx

Mariella Poblete


-Head of Speech,

Language Pathology Service at Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplásicas.

Lima, Perú.

-Founder and General Manager of Peruvian Association of Laryngectomees

Areas of specialties.-

-Head and neck cancer.

-Swallowing rehabilitation.

-Voice rehabilitation.

– Quality of life.

– Prevention of communication disorders.

– Palliative care (communication).



– Oncological patients.

– Neurological patients.


Age range.-

-Adults and elderly.







Aliaa Sabry

MD, Assistant lecturer of Phoniatric, ORL Department, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

Post-doctoral research fellow, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network (UHN), ON, Canada.



Areas of specialties:

  • Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).
  • Swallowing evaluation and rehabilitation.
  • Current research areas of interest include non-invasive instrumental methods of swallow screening and management through signal processing of patients’ voice and vibratory signals generated during swallowing. Also, patient-reported outcomes for dysphagia in people with Head and Neck Cancer.


Populations of focus:

  • Patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia post stroke.
  • Head and Neck Cancer patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia.


Age range

  • Adults and elderly



Ayatallah Raouf Sheikhany, MD

Assistant Professor of Phoniatrics, ENT Department, Cairo University


Areas of specialties

  • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Swallowing rehabilitation

Populations of focus

  • Pediatric ( from NICU to 16 years)
  • Acute care in-patients with dysphagia
  • Head and Neck cancer patients
  • Neurological populations

Age range

From birth to elderly

Antonio Schindler, MD, Associate Professor

University of Milan, Milan, Italy




Areas of specialties

  • Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Swallowing rehabilitation
  • Health-related quality of life measurement

Populations of focus

  • Acute care in-patients with dysphagia
  • Head and Neck cancer patients
  • Neurodegenerative diseased patients

Age range

  • From birth to very very old




Michelle Smith-Tamaray, Ph.D, CPSP

Lecturer and Course Lead, Bachelor of Speech Pathology Program, Charles Sturt University, Australia


Areas of specialties

  • Rural health
  • Access and equity (service mapping)
  • Quality of life
  • Aged care
  • Medication management
  • Collaboration and team work

Population of focus:

  • Neuro and geriatric

Age range

  • Adult