Specialty: Communication Sciences
Ph.D., Hearing & Speech Science, Vanderbilt University 1981
Douglas M. Hicks, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, served as Director, The Voice Center and Head, Speech-Language Pathology Section, at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) from 1989 – 2014. Dr. Hicks received his undergraduate degree from The College of Wooster, his Master’s degree from Northwestern University and his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining CCF, he held tenure and professorial rank at The University of Florida for nine years. He has been actively involved in the clinical management of voice patients for over 30 years and his almost 300 invited presentations / publications are primarily related to the human voice and its disorders. Care of the professional voice is an area of special interest that entails active involvement with the performing arts community. Dr. Hicks is one of the company doctors for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square (the second largest performing arts center in the country), providing clinical care to performers, including those with Cleveland Opera, touring Broadway shows, and pop/rock bands. Occasionally, he will provide vocal wellness workshops for performers of the touring Broadway shows. He actively works with performance faculty and students at local colleges and universities, such as Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music, where he holds an Affiliate Scholars appointment. Dr. Hicks formerly served as Coordinator of the Voice and Voice Disorders Special Interest Division for his national association, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, from which he received the honor of Fellow. He also holds adjunct faculty positions at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University.