James P. Thomas, M.D. specialized in laryngology since 1998, after studying with numerous experts in the field from Europe to China, among them Robert Bastian, Guy Cornut, Marc Bouchayer, Steven Zeitels and Murray Morrison. Known around the world for his website; voicedoctor.net offering referrals, photographs and video instruction on voice disorders; for his teaching methods on diagnosing voice disorders and for his writing. His publication, “Why is there a frog in my throat? — A guide to hoarseness” offers young laryngologists insights into the function of the human vocal cords. He has published articles in academic journals and textbook chapters including the Nerurkar’s Laryngology, Salgado’s Gender Affirmation surgery and in Oswal & Remacle’s Lasers in Otolaryngology. His controversial perspectives on the voice, including diagnosis by listening to the voice and the overuse of anti-reflux medication in laryngology, lead to thoughtful discussion about the mechanisms of injury to the vocal cords. He has pioneered Feminization laryngoplasty, a transgender laryngeal surgery to alter comfortable speaking pitch and vocal range.