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Julie Blair

MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Julie Blair is a senior speech pathologist at the Medical University of South Carolina and a member of the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team. She holds an adjunct faculty position at the College of Health Professions, where she teaches an introductory course in head and neck cancer and provides clinical supervision for the speech pathology graduate program at MUSC. Mrs. Blair earned her master of arts degree in speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994. Her primary areas of interest are voice and swallowing as they relate to the head and neck cancer patient. She has contributed to more than 20 collaborative research studies, and her work has been published in more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications. She has presented at the local, national, and international levels. Mrs. Blair received a Presidential Citation from the American Head and Neck Society in 2014 and was awarded the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Team Clinician of the Year in 2004 and 2022. She is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society and is a board-certified swallowing specialist. She has served on the coordinating committee for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders Special Interest Group and was co-chair on the development of the Dysphagia Competency Validation Tool.

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Managing Tracheoesophageal Prosthesis (TEP) Challenges

Presented by Julie Blair, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Managing Tracheoesophageal Prosthesis (TEP) Challenges

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Video Runtime: 72 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 37 Minutes

Tracheoesophageal voice restoration has become the preferred method of communication post laryngectomy. There are an estimated 50,000 laryngectomees living in the US, and the National Cancer Institute estimates an average of more than 12,000 new cases of laryngeal cancer diagnosed in 2023. This course is designed to educate clinicians on factors that influence patient candidacy for a tracheoesophageal puncture, training tracheoesophageal speech, assessing the tracheoesophageal tract, and troubleshooting complications. Clinicians will be introduced to the various features available in voice prostheses and how to determine which features will best meet a patient's needs to maximize function and safety.

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Postoperative Management of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient

Presented by Julie Blair, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Postoperative Management of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient

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Video Runtime: 39 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 43 Minutes

There are approximately 66,000 new cases of head and neck cancer (HNC) diagnosed each year. Speech-language pathologists play a vital role in the screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of persons with HNC, yet many clinicians have limited education or clinical training in head and neck cancer. This course seeks to provide detailed descriptions of the ablative and reconstructing surgeries performed, as well as the equipment and the potential complications encountered in the postoperative period. The impact on communication and swallowing will be discussed, and high risk factors will be identified.

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Communication Options Post Laryngectomy

Presented by Julie Blair, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Communication Options Post Laryngectomy

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Video Runtime: 43 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 29 Minutes

The speech pathologist plays a primary role in the restoration of optimal communication following a total laryngectomy. This course will provide information regarding the available communication options for a laryngectomy patient and the advantages, disadvantages, and patient considerations of each, and introduce training methods to facilitate alaryngeal speech production.

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