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H. Steven Sims, MD

Francis L. Lederer Professor

Director, The Chicago Institute for Voice Care (CIVC)

Department of Otolaryngology


Building & Room:

EEI Building, Suite 3.87


1855 W. Taylor St., Chicago, Illinois 60612

Office Phone:


Otolaryngology Clinic

Building & Room:

Specialty Care Building, 6C


1009 S. Wood St., Chicago, Illinois 60612

Office Phone:



Dr. Sims is a baritone singer and accomplished musician who carried these interests into the practice of medicine. CIVC is an internationally recognized center for innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders, laryngeal function, and the relationship between the larynx and systemic diseases. Endoscopic management of airway disease is another facet of the practice. CIVC is also committed to addressing healthcare disparities and integrated medicine.


Specialties & Services

  • Ear Nose and Throat
  • Otolaryngology
  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Flexible Laryngoscopy
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngeal EMG
  • Laryngology
  • Performing Arts Medicine
  • The Professional Voice
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Voice/Speech Care


  • Faculty Fellow, Certificate of Appreciation to recognize scholarly work on issues of race, ethnicity and culture. UIC Institute for Race and Public Policy
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Castleberry Award for Clarence T. Sasaki, YH Kim, HS Sims, A Czibulka, “Motor Innervation of the Human Cricopharyngeus Muscle

Selected Publications

  • H. Steven Sims, Bonnie E. Smith, Leping Yin, Wei Zhang, “Developing a Model to Assess the Culturally Sensitive, Predictive Value of the Voice Handicap Index”
  • H. Steven Sims, Naveen D. Bhandarkar, Benjamin Johnson, “Metastatic Melanoma of the Larynx”
  • H. Steven Sims, Sundip Patel, Arlene Barr, “Laryngeal EMG Findings in a Patient with HIV, John Cunningham Virus and Bilateral True Vocal Fold Motion Impairment”


Board Certification: American Board of Otolaryngology
Residency: Yale University School of Medicine, Otolaryngology
Internship: Saint Mary's Hospital, Surgery
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Laryngology
Fellowship: National Institute on Deafness and Communication
Medical School: Yale University School of Medicine

Professional Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • The Voice Foundation
  • National Medical Association, Inc
  • International College of Surgeons
  • Chicago Laryngologic and Otologic Society
  • National Association – Teachers of Singing
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Research Currently in Progress

  • Characterizing the Apoptotic Pathway in Papilloma Cells. New treatment for Papillomatosis, UIC Medical Center, 2007
  • Reservatrol as a Potential Survivin Inhibitor. New Treatment for Papillomatosis in a rabbit model, UIC Medical Center, 2006
  • Are Lower Socio-Economic Class African-American Exposed to Qualitatively and Quantitatively Greater Risk for Head and Neck Cancer, UIC Medical Center, 2006