- Medical School - Harvard Medical School (2002)
- Internship - University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (2003), General Surgery
- Residency - University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (2007), Otolaryngology
- Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center (2008), Otolaryngology
Ted Mau, M.D., Ph.D.
- Airway Conditions
- Larynx Related Voice Disorders
Meet Dr. Mau
Voice Care Specialist
Most of us take our voices for granted. But a bout of
laryngitis – or a more serious laryngeal condition – can shock us out
of complacency, making us realize what a gift it is to be able to speak
comfortably and clearly. Voice loss can be very hard to cope with.
"As a former choir singer, I have a connection with patients, and I can talk to them on the same level. I have some understanding of where they’re coming from."
Ted Mau, M.D., Ph.D., a specialist in voice care, understands the stakes. “We have a very direct attachment to our voice,” he says. “It's our primary mode of interaction and communication.”
Dr. Mau is Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Director of UTSW’s Clinical Center for Voice Care.
The Center serves patients who use their voices professionally, such as opera and rock singers, teachers, clergy, attorneys, and salespeople. Dr. Mau also cares for people whose voices have changed due to bowing of the vocal folds (vocal cords) with age, as well as those with voice tremor, vocal fold nodules and polyps, and vocal cord paralysis after surgery or infection.
The treatments Dr. Mau and his colleagues offer include microsurgery of the vocal folds, vocal fold injections, laryngeal framework surgery, and voice therapy. “Most patients come to the Clinical Center for Voice Care having already seen several other providers for the same problems,” he says. “There aren’t many physicians with specialized training in voice disorders.”
Because the workings of the voice box are still not completely understood, research is a large component of Dr. Mau’s work. He studies vocal fold biomechanics – that is, how the folds move and are positioned to generate the wide range of sounds we produce with our voices. He also conducts research into spasmodic dysphonia (a disorder in which the vocal folds move involuntarily, causing voice changes); the merits of different kinds of voice therapy; and whether a device that helps patients communicate can improve their quality of life after voice surgery.
Dr. Mau notes that while people can survive without the voice, having one is crucial to well-being. “The voice is something that’s very precious,” he says. “At the Clinical Center for Voice Care, we understand that connection, so we approach our patients with that understanding.”
Ted Mau, M.D., Ph.D., remembers the moment in medical school when he first saw the human vocal folds in action: a visiting professor delivered a lecture while holding a flexible laryngoscope inside his own throat. “It was the first time most of us had seen the vocal folds move within the voice box. I thought it was the coolest thing ever,” Dr. Mau says. A choral baritone, he became captivated by the structure and mechanics of the larynx and the vocal folds.
Thinking about structure and mechanics already came naturally to him. The son of an engineer, Dr. Mau graduated from Harvard summa cum laude in biochemistry, then earned a Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He attended Harvard Medical School for his M.D., then returned to UCSF for residency training in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, winning three research prizes. After residency, Dr. Mau completed a fellowship at Vanderbilt University in laryngology and care of the professional voice. He joined UT Southwestern in 2008 as its first full-time voice specialist.
“I started out as a scientist in biophysics, studying the atomic structure of proteins,” Dr. Mau recalls. “When I switched gears into medicine, I maintained the biophysics way of thinking about things. The voice box is fascinating: this organ has moving parts, and nothing else in the body behaves like vocal fold tissue.”
Dr. Mau brings that scientific
point of view to his practice. He not only cares for patients with a
wide range of voice disorders but also pushes the frontiers of our
understanding of the voice with his research and scholarly work. He has
published multiple peer-reviewed papers on the structure and function of
the vocal folds and the effects of therapeutic injections, among other
topics. Dr. Mau also has written several book chapters covering various
topics of otolaryngology. He serves as a peer reviewer in major journals
in his field and has delivered lectures to fellow specialists on vocal
fold injection and the care of the aging voice.
In 2010, Dr. Mau received a Young Faculty/Practitioner Award from the American Laryngological Association.
- American Laryngological Association (2015)
- Pan-American Vocology Association (2015)
- The Triological Society (2012)
- American Broncho-Esophagological Association (2011)
- The Voice Foundation (2008)
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (2003)
- American Laryngological Association Casselberry Award (2017)
- American Laryngological Association Young Faculty Award (2010)
- Henderson Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Biochemical Sciences, Harvard University (1992)
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (1992)
- Distinction in Teaching, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University (1991)
- John Harvard Scholarship (1990)
- Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College (1990)
Three-Dimensional Morphometric Analysis of Cricoarytenoid Subluxation.
Mau T Journal of voice : official journal of the Voice Foundation 2011 May
Rheometric properties of canine vocal fold tissues: variation with anatomic location.
Kimura M, Mau T, Chan RW Auris, nasus, larynx 2011 Jun 38 3
Phonation threshold pressure and flow in excised human larynges.
Mau T, Muhlestein J, Callahan S, Weinheimer KT, Chan RW The Laryngoscope 2011 Aug 121 8
Three-dimensional conformation of the injected bolus in vocal fold injections in a cadaver model.
Mau T, Brewer JM, Gatzert ST, Courey MS Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2011 Apr 144 4
Diagnostic evaluation and management of hoarseness.
Mau T The Medical clinics of North America 2010 Sep 94 5
Factors associated with voice therapy outcomes in the treatment of presbyphonia.
Mau T, Jacobson BH, Garrett CG The Laryngoscope 2010 Jun 120 6
Three-dimensional arytenoid movement induced by vocal fold injections.
Mau T, Weinheimer KT The Laryngoscope 2010 Aug 120 8
Viscoelastic properties of phonosurgical biomaterials at phonatory frequencies.
Kimura M, Mau T, Chan RW The Laryngoscope 2010 Apr 120 4
Influence of gender and injection site on vocal fold augmentation.
Mau T, Courey MS Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2008 Feb 138 2
Cadaveric and engineering analysis of the septal L-strut.
Mau T, Mau ST, Kim DW The Laryngoscope 2007 Nov 117 11
Complete bony syngnathia: Report of a case and review.
Trigg DJ, Mau IT, Rosbe KW Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery 2007 Feb 133 2 187-90
Minicricothyrotomy approach with fiberoptic guidance for management of posterior glottic stenosis.
Mau T, Pletcher SD, Cavanagh PW, Courey MS, Wang SJ The Laryngoscope 2007 Aug 117 8
Management of cervical metastases in advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsillar fossa following radiotherapy.
Mau T, Oh Y, Bucci MK, Eisele DW Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery 2005 Jul 131 7
Molecular architecture of a protein folding catalyst: alpha-lytic protease complexed with its pro region.
Sauter NK, Mau T, Rader SD, Agard DA. Nature Structural Biology 1998 5 945-950
Effects of DNA binding and metal substitution on the dynamics of the GAL4 DNA-binding domain as studied by amide proton exchange.
Mau T, Baleja JD, Wagner G. Protein Science 1992 1 1403-1412
- Three-Dimensional Morphometric Analysis of Cricoarytenoid Subluxation.
- Aging voice
- Computer simulation of voice production and of laryngeal surgery
- Improved anesthesia for laryngeal framework surgeries
- Injection laryngoplasty
- Vocal fold biomechanics
- Vocal fold paralysis
- Voice and self-identity
- Voice therapy adherence and effectiveness
- Airway Conditions
- Larynx Related Voice Disorders
- Professional Voice Care
- Voice Disorders
- Swallowing Problems