Ramon A. Franco, Jr., M.D.

Medical Director, Voice and Speech Laboratory

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School



Voice and Speech Laboratory

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Main Campus
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-573-3958
Fax: 617-573-3626
Mondays from 8:30am to 5pm, Tuesdays from 1pm to 5pm, and Fridays from 8:30am to 12 noon.



Clinical Interests

Laryngology - Medical and Surgical care of the Professional Voice, General Otolaryngology

Research Interests

Laryngology - Medical and Surgical care of the Professional Voice, General Otolaryngology

Select Publications

"Adduction arytenopexy, hypopharyngoplasty, medialization laryngoplasty, and cricothyroid subluxation for the treatment of paralytic dysphonia and dysphonia." Franco R Jr. Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 2012 Sept 23(3):164-172.

"Acoustic Characteristics Of Voice Before And After Endoscopic Partial Laryngectomy In Early Glottic Cancer." Chotigavanich C, Dowdall J, Franco R Jr. Journal of Voice.  Accepted for publication 08-09-11.

"Double-Bend Needle Modification for Transthyrohyoid Vocal Fold Injection." Achkar J, Song P, Andrus J, Franco R Jr. Laryngoscope, 122:865-867, 2012.

"Consideration of Genetic Contributions to the Risk for Spasmodic Dysphonia." Sharma N, Franco RA Jr. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Jun 2 (epub ahead of print)

"Photochemical Repair of Vocal Fold Microflap Defects." Franco RA, Dowdall JR, Bujold K, Amann C, Faquin W, Redmond RW, Kochevear IE. Laryngoscope. 2011 Jun;121(6):1244-51.

"Voice Outcomes after Endoscopic Injection Laryngoplasty with Hyaluronic Acid Stabilized Gel." Song PC, Sung CK, Franco RA Jr. Laryngoscope. 2010;120 Suppl 4:S199.

"Genetic Evidence for an Association of the TOR1A Locus with Segmental/Focal Dystonia." Sharma N, Franco RA, Kuster J, Mitchell AA, Fuchs T, Saunders-Pullman R, Raymond D, Brin M, Blitzer A, Bressman SB, Ozelius LJ. Mov Disord. 2010 Oct 15;25(13):2183-7.

"Hypopharyngeal Pharyngoplasty for the Management of Piriform Fossa Sinus." Richer S, Yelken K, Cunningham M, Randolph G, Franco R. Laryngoscope 2010. Mar 120(3):500-503.

"Aerodynamic and Acoustic Characteristics of Voice Before and After Adduction Arytenopexy and Medialization Laryngoplasty with Gore-Tex in Patients with Unilateral Vocal Fold Immobility." Andrus J, Franco RA Jr. J. Voice 2009. Mar 23(2):261-7.

"In-Office laryngeal surgery with the 585nm Pulsed-dye laser." Franco RA Jr. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.  2007, 15:387-393.

A complete list of research publications can be seen at www.pubmed.gov.



  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, M.D.


  • State University of New York at Brooklyn (General Surgery)


  • State University of New York at Brooklyn (Otolaryngology)


  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Laryngology)