In Memoriam: Dr. Hans von Leden On March 5, 2014, our field lost one of its founding fathers, Dr. Hans von Leden. Together with Dr. G. Paul Moore, Dr. von Leden transformed how physicians and speech-language pathologists work together to assess and treat voice disorders. Theirs were some of the first observations of vocal fold ... SIG News
SIG News  |   March 01, 2014
In Memoriam: Dr. Hans von Leden
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SIG News   |   March 01, 2014
In Memoriam: Dr. Hans von Leden
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2014, Vol. 24, 3. doi:10.1044/vvd24.1.3
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2014, Vol. 24, 3. doi:10.1044/vvd24.1.3
On March 5, 2014, our field lost one of its founding fathers, Dr. Hans von Leden. Together with Dr. G. Paul Moore, Dr. von Leden transformed how physicians and speech-language pathologists work together to assess and treat voice disorders. Theirs were some of the first observations of vocal fold vibratory behaviors using ultra-high-speed laryngoscopy, and their discoveries continue to influence our clinical practice today. After his fruitful partnership with Dr. Moore in Chicago in the 1950s, Dr. von Leden continued his work at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he served as postdoctoral mentor to Dr. Minoru Hirano. Through their continued work, the Voice Foundation was formed, and the subspecialty of phonosurgery formally was recognized. Dr. von Leden's pioneering influence in voice care, translational research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and arts medicine cannot be overstated. A veteran of World War II, he also served as a surgeon and medical consultant to the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1996, and served as a leader for military and community service organizations throughout his long life. He is survived by his children, and will be remembered with respect and gratitude by the generations of voice professionals working to advance the field and ideas which he helped to create. On behalf of the SIG 3 coordinating committee and the Perspectives editorial staff, I am proud to dedicate this issue of Perspectives to Dr. von Leden. May his spirit of inquiry, collaboration, innovation, and service continue to inspire our current and future colleagues.
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